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A History of the Foundation

THE BEGINNING

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to one man: the Founder of Reed’s School, Reverend Dr Andrew Reed, a visionary and social reformer, ahead of his time. 

In the early 1800s, as a young Minister based in Stepney, Reed found himself holding the hand of a dying parishioner. The man’s wife had passed away and his final wish was that his two young daughters would be cared for. Reed’s own mother had been left a penniless orphan and, recalling this, he agreed to help. 

The granting of this simple wish would lead the way to a life dedicated to philanthropy, changing the futures of thousands of children over the next 200 years.  In his search to find suitable care for the girls, Reed visited many orphanages and was appalled at the circumstances he found. He believed that a better solution must exist and, with the help of a small but committed group of supporters, who all shared his vision that the poor should not surrender their dignity in the face of poverty, resolved to make it reality.

The outcome was the founding in 1813 of a charitable foundation: the London Orphan Asylum in Clapton, East London. The word ‘asylum’ was carefully chosen to signify a place of shelter, safety and education for vulnerable children. Indeed, so driven was Reed by the need for social reform, he founded several other charitable institutions including the Royal Hospital for Incurables in Putney (now the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability), the Reedham Orphanage and the Infant Orphan Asylum in Wanstead.

FROM 1813 TO TODAY

With a move to Watford in 1871, the London Orphan Asylum charitable foundation was renamed the London Orphan School (LOS), which later became Reed’s School in the early 1940s. This heritage attests to the fact that we are not a school with a Foundation but, importantly, a Foundation with a school.

Funding this charitable foundation was a constant challenge, but Reed refused to be daunted. His resolve saw him appeal to wealthy members of the City, the gentry and the Royal Family. He knew that their patronage would bring prestige to the charity and also instil confidence in its other benefactors. This support remains today.

During World War Two, the boys were evacuated to Totnes in Devon and the girls to Towcester in Northamptonshire. In 1946, the girls moved to Dogmersfield Park in Hampshire and the boys took up residency at our present site in Cobham.

From 1813 to the late 1950s, every pupil who attended the School had lost the support of one or both parents and so was fully funded by the Foundation, receiving the education and care to transform their futures. Then, due to financial difficulties, it became necessary to take on fee-paying pupils as well, creating the thriving and successful School we are today. 

The Foundation remains central to our purpose: the challenge is to ensure we can continue to offer no less than 10% of our pupils, who come from vulnerable social backgrounds, the opportunity to change the course of their lives by raising aspirations, inspiring confidence and providing a well-rounded education.

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The Foundation in the News

@ReedsFoundation - 2 May
This time last week, we hosted the final of Launch Car Challenge . Huge thanks to , who very kindly sponsored this STEM outreach. Congratulations to the winning team from and the runners-up from and . pic.twitter.com/RMwefi7xjf
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@ReedsFoundation - 1 May
We are excited to celebrate that today marks the 100th anniversary of Reed's tenth Headmaster taking up his appointment on 1st May 1924 when the school was based at Watford! Rev. George Kendall Allen was 40 years old and in his short tenure he made many significant changes that… pic.twitter.com/XZRxJCqwOW
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 Apr
Today we were pleased to welcome 40 students from , , , and Fern Hill Primary School to Reed's School to participate in a Drama Workshop. pic.twitter.com/wFIed6uqLW
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 Mar
Training well underway for the in just under 4 weeks! Running on behalf of Any support of the amazing work they do would be gratefully received https://t.co/pWtNOtIkTn pic.twitter.com/GbdUyNz14B
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 Mar
Training well underway for the in just under 4 weeks! Running on behalf of Any support of the amazing work they do would be gratefully received https://t.co/pWtNOtIkTn pic.twitter.com/GbdUyNz14B
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@ReedsFoundation - 22 Mar
Big thanks to , pupils, parents & staff for donating works to the Affordable Art Fair held at & to the supporters who bought them.But biggest thanks to our fab Art Dept for pulling the exhibition together to raise money for & pic.twitter.com/FOkiswntsr
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 Mar
Big thanks to , pupils, parents & staff for donating works to the Affordable Art Fair held at & to the supporters who bought them.But biggest thanks to our fab Art Dept for pulling the exhibition together to raise money for & pic.twitter.com/FOkiswntsr
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@ReedsFoundation - 15 Mar
Great to see OR Toby Conway-Hughes (Br98) today, dropping off his incredible artwork for The Affordable Art Fair this Thursday, 14 March (from 4.30-7pm).Book your tickets herehttps://t.co/wxHArq8tlv with proceeds going to & pic.twitter.com/NZ8VOd1FMt
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Mar
First Form pupils were treated to a reading of Michael Rosen's poems, No Breathing in Class, in the Library today as part of their World Book Day celebrations. Head of Library, Ms Horton, transformed the space into a school 'prison' and the boys had such fun reading along to this… pic.twitter.com/WF3Y9cP2EJ
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Mar
The infamous magnolia tree in front of the school is suddenly in full bloom! A little bit of joy on this rainy, grey day. ☔️(Thanks to Mrs Lambert for the fab photo 👏)#magnolia#springhassprung#springflowers pic.twitter.com/ZK4gcdkC74
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Mar
The infamous magnolia tree in front of the school is suddenly in full bloom! A little bit of joy on this rainy, grey day. ☔️(Thanks to Mrs Lambert for the fab photo 👏)#magnolia#springhassprung#springflowers pic.twitter.com/ZK4gcdkC74
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Mar
Today we are pleased to welcome students from to Reed's School to participate in Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity for Year 5 students. pic.twitter.com/rDGb1bh82s
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Mar
Great to see OR Toby Conway-Hughes (Br98) today, dropping off his incredible artwork for The Affordable Art Fair this Thursday, 14 March (from 4.30-7pm).Book your tickets herehttps://t.co/wxHArq8tlv with proceeds going to & pic.twitter.com/NZ8VOd1FMt
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@ReedsFoundation - 7 Mar
First Form pupils were treated to a reading of Michael Rosen's poems, No Breathing in Class, in the Library today as part of their World Book Day celebrations. Head of Library, Ms Horton, transformed the space into a school 'prison' and the boys had such fun reading along to this… pic.twitter.com/WF3Y9cP2EJ
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Mar
Today we are pleased to welcome students from to Reed's School to participate in the Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity for Year 5 students. pic.twitter.com/8Bjr75om1e
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Mar
From farm-fresh ingredients to bold flavours, every dish is a celebration of culinary excellence. Join us as we embark on a delicious journey that delights the palate. Arrive hungry, leave happy! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/pcuqUIkdgE
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Mar
From farm-fresh ingredients to bold flavours, every dish is a celebration of culinary excellence. Join us as we embark on a delicious journey that delights the palate. Arrive hungry, leave happy! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/pcuqUIkdgE
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@ReedsFoundation - 28 Feb
We are grateful for the continued partnership with and for helping us to support disadvantaged young people. Our educational bursaries are life-changing in so many ways.
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@ReedsFoundation - 21 Feb
Today we are pleased to welcome students from class 5 Rowling to Reed's School to participate in Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity for Year 5 students. pic.twitter.com/8L8SKxYrzx
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 Feb
On this dull and rainy day, here is something to cheer everyone up! A heartwarming created by Diana, the Head of the Foundation Committee. Happy Valentine's Day to our amazing supporters. pic.twitter.com/mBple23Vmz
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