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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 - 26 Jan
On we wanted to share a photograph from recent visit to to participate in Launch Car Challenge! As a Foundation, we are committed to sharing our resources with local schools.#year5 https://t.co/QmptICBZiB
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@ReedsFoundation - 25 Jan
Today we are pleased to welcome students from to to participate in Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity designed for Year 5 students. https://t.co/2fnyCMkml9
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 Jan
The food at always comes up as one of the best parts when we get feedback from our outreach schools and Foundation students. https://t.co/6eWptjHDPq
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@ReedsFoundation - 19 Jan
Such a wonderful, well-thought-out appeal that truly benefits families within our community. Well done to everyone involved for helping to make a difference.
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Jan
Always wonderful to welcome students from
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 5 Jan
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 Dec
The Foundation team would like to thank all our incredible supporters for helping us to continue our life-transforming work. We wish everyone a safe, peaceful and joyous Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2023. https://t.co/lGr5Xyenrm
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 Dec
The students supported by trusts and charities have been busy signing Christmas cards - we hope you enjoy reading their personal messages. Merry Christmas from everyone at the Foundation. https://t.co/4zpDdn7GEL
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Revd. Winter - 14 Dec
Staff singing carols for the buses on the last day of term has become a tradition . Unity in diversity: we all had the same words but sang our own notes. Great way to start the Christmas holiday buzz. https://t.co/rHv5WFA13w
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Dec
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Dec
As a Foundation, we support children to attend on Foundation bursaries. This new film perfectly sums up what a great school Reed's is and the abundance of opportunities for any student. Highly recommend watching it if you are considering applying. https://t.co/VMD39DtF5J
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@ReedsFoundation - 7 Dec
Today we are pleased to welcome students from to to participate in Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity designed for Year 5 students. https://t.co/ygGW3v8PNU
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@ReedsFoundation - 2 Dec
Our Foundation has been transforming children's lives for over 200 years. Since it was founded, over 13,000 children have had the opportunity to benefit from a life-changing education Proud to be making a difference! https://t.co/bkXzl0QW2e
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@ReedsFoundation - 2 Dec
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 Nov
Please consider supporting us on https://t.co/LEXSkGLi7s
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@ReedsFoundation - 22 Nov
Please consider running the London Marathon for the Andrew Reed Foundation. In doing so, you will be helping support a vulnerable or disadvantaged child. https://t.co/nhHcMWrArn
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 22 Nov
The draw for our Christmas Raffle takes place at 4pm on Friday 25th Nov so you've still got time to win one of the fabulous prizes on offer – a £500 John Lewis voucher, £300 Amazon voucher, a Nintendo Switch, 5 hampers & much more! https://t.co/Ggyzh9KvA5 https://t.co/iiY4JgBuKq
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 Nov
This week it has been fantastic to see how many school partnerships exist and the incredible outcomes. We continue to be committed to sharing the resources we have here to work in partnership with our outreach schools. https://t.co/XJMEMmNjej
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@ReedsFoundation - 16 Nov
Today we are pleased to welcome students from to Reed's School to participate in Launch Car Challenge, a STEM activity designed for Year 5 students. https://t.co/2JQV4g4pt5
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@ReedsFoundation - 15 Nov
Delighted to see one of our Outreach programmes, the Olympiad, featured in the Celebrating Partnership report. Fantastic to see so many schools working together. https://t.co/gQMqD8dhGx
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