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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 Retweeted Old Reedonians - 27 May
: as part of our celebrations, a special Chapel Service was held to give thanks to our Patron, HM The Queen for her faithful support of & attended by , all past recipients of her Royal Bursary Award https://t.co/vfoBYTIrKL
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 May
A great end to the school term. Despite the school being closed, the Foundation office remains open for any support needed. https://t.co/8UoRSWvCwH
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 May
Congratulations and so well deserved.
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@ReedsFoundation - 26 May
We are grateful for the commitment and inspiration shown by the teaching and support staff in helping us to deliver a comprehensive outreach programme to over 3,000 children in Surrey and London. Thank you! https://t.co/6SQ4KGNqY1
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 May
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 May
Absolutely delighted to be supporting a pupil . A big thank you to the Reed's School community for the warm welcome they have shown this pupil and his family. https://t.co/ZfVBFAgKFP
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@ReedsFoundation - 23 May
We are proud to work in partnership with to offer life-changing educational opportunities to care experienced and disadvantaged children. We are pleased to see the work carried out by RNCSF and the independent sector is being recognised! https://t.co/8yY3i2PwK7
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 May
We know that part of our success as a Foundation is based on building relationships with charities that can help guide and support us. Today's Mufti Day is in aid of which supports bereaved families. https://t.co/q5l22ztRd4
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 20 May
Really excited for tonight’s sold out Sports Dinner hosted by with & . Should be a cracking night with lots to look back on over the past year https://t.co/HpxDnPoDlR
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 May
We are extremely grateful to the who provide both financial and mentoring support to a number of Foundation pupils . The mentoring event was a great success and acted as a source of inspiration to the attendees. https://t.co/R17DtErngt
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 May
Thank you for the mentoring event, all the scholars who attended found it very inspiring and have asked when the next one is! Providing guidance and support for young people who have encountered hurdles in their childhood journey is so important.
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 May
Do you know a Year 10 girl who has lost the support of a parent? We offer transformational bursaries for girls to attend the Sixth Form . Applications for September 2023 entry are now open! https://t.co/Zxqa46GPoI
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 May
As a Foundation, we are always looking to build relationships with schools to help identify students who would benefit from an educational opportunity post 16. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality today. https://t.co/BukEfEkB2W
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 May
Thank you for your continued support.
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 May
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@ReedsFoundation - 5 May
We are thrilled to announce that we have WON the Award for Working with Vulnerable Children! This award recognises the incredible job all the teachers and pastoral team do to transform the lives of vulnerable children. https://t.co/3XOQABkBtq
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 29 Apr
We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been rated ‘EXCELLENT’ (the highest grading) in our recent ISI Inspection. This inspection accurately reflects the ongoing dedication of staff and the outstanding character of our pupils. To find out more: https://t.co/qav2NoBxdI https://t.co/LYb8d82GoL
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@ReedsFoundation - 29 Apr
This week 14 teams from 8 primary schools attended the Launch Car Challenge Final . We were joined by the Master and Clerk from the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers who sponsor the initiative. Congratulations to the winning team from https://t.co/iCZzapux6e
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@ReedsFoundation - 21 Apr
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 20 Apr
WE NEED YOU! Our FutureCareers Fair 5/5/2022 relies on kind support from parents, former pupils & supporters of the school. Could you come & chat to our pupils about your industry & share advice about your profession? https://t.co/HZsH8dZA7K https://t.co/5GNJtitZUA
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