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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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@ReedsFoundation - 15 Oct
A big welcome to all our new followers! To find out what we do as a Foundation and to understand the Charities and Trusts we partner with, please visit our dedicated website. https://t.co/2kTCOVHjhw https://t.co/SRwcnym1py
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 Oct
We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the children . We look forward to inviting the winning team back for the Launch Car Challenge final next year.
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Oct
Today we welcomed children from to Reed's School to participate in one of our most popular outreach activities - Launch Car Challenge. Fantastic to see so much creativity and enthusiasm! https://t.co/7ECqO6Agll
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Oct
Fantastic visit to today. As a Foundation, we have had children transition from this inspiring programme into Reed's School and look forward to welcoming more children in the future. https://t.co/nxk7jcWCLC
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Old Reedonians - 8 Oct
to this time last week when we welcomed back our Class of 2016 to celebrate 5 yrs since leaving . Thanks to everyone inc Tom Rimmer, David Atkins & staff for making it such a great night https://t.co/6EAw1ur3zt
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Oct
During , we reflect and give thanks to all the amazing kinship carers. We have the privilege to meet some amazing kinship carers who make immense sacrifices. A special thanks to the kinship carers within our Reed's community. https://t.co/vhV5zp7bc1
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Oct
Foundation Applications for Sixth Form entry in Sept 2022 to Reed's School must be received by THIS FRIDAY! https://t.co/EPvaGOshOV
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@ReedsFoundation - 5 Oct
A massive thank you from everyone at the Foundation including the children whose lives you are helping to transform. https://t.co/cgeWGSdbKJ
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@ReedsFoundation - 5 Oct
We are grateful for the commitment and devotion shown by all the teaching staff towards nurturing our Foundation pupils, many of whom have experienced terrible trauma or tragedy. Thank you! https://t.co/LfdmNtf3cl
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Old Reedonians - 2 Oct
So grateful to Nick & all in our for what they are about to do tomorrow for disadvantaged children supported by . The young lives you are about to change cannot thank you enough . Good luck Nick🍀💪 https://t.co/ihGXtmmXjn
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@ReedsFoundation - 1 Oct
Grateful to these wonderful people, who will be running to raise money to help us continue our mission to offer life-changing educational opportunities to vulnerable and disadvantaged children. https://t.co/8akiShh8fU
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@ReedsFoundation - 1 Oct
As a Foundation team, we strive to make the application process as warm and positive as possible. Many families contact us about Foundation places as a result of family trauma or tragedy. It's always heartwarming to get feedback like this. https://t.co/CQVhluQJkJ
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 1 Oct
The speakers at this event also kindly offered work experience/internship opportunities to students & advised them that being curious to stay up-to-date with sector developments sets potential applicants apart! https://t.co/VGeCI9LvLC
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Esher CC - Girls Cricket - 29 Sep
Esher CC ladies/girls cricket coach, Lauren is running on Sunday for helping change the lives of over 12,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children. https://t.co/61nhKGXFOT
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Old Reedonians - 29 Sep
Thank you for your support of our lovely , Lauren, as she raises funds for disadvantaged children & the . We know she'll smash it on Sunday https://t.co/Dpj0srZ4TK
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@ReedsFoundation - 28 Sep
Always grateful for our wonderful supporters who help raise money for the Foundation. https://t.co/31aS4Rel4c
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@ReedsFoundation - 28 Sep
Good luck Lauren! Thank you for supporting the Foundation.
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 Sep
Do you know any students interested in a career in banking? Reed's School is hosting a free Online Careers Seminar with a panel of experts from the banking industry on September 28th from 7.30pm. Please use this link to sign up: https://t.co/he1lIlx12c https://t.co/ISq444hbnN
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@ReedsFoundation - 25 Sep
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