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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 - 28 Oct
I'm sure the Foundation pupils we supported, who left in the summer will be delighted to receive these. Thank you to for the thoughtful gifts. https://t.co/uMngQ9e20e
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@ReedsFoundation - 23 Oct
And to the teaching assistants and support staff.
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@ReedsFoundation - 23 Oct
As a Foundation, we are grateful to all the teachers and at our partner schools who have worked incredibly hard delivering an outstanding education, all whilst navigating the new restrictions. https://t.co/BLPlhzcmfJ
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@ReedsFoundation - 22 Oct
Despite it being half term we are still busy talking to families about Foundation places for September 2021. We have now closed for Sixth Form Sept 2021 entry however we are accepting 11+ Foundation applications for until Friday 13th November. https://t.co/TIpfdb1Cvb
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 Oct
Statistics are essential in analysing the impact of the Foundation; however, every family we talk to is treated, as individuals. Each case is unique and, as such, we have no set formulas that we apply to our funding. Visit https://t.co/GT1QDtPc6S to meet us! https://t.co/xiFjsgKGA7
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 16 Oct
Join us for our VIRTUAL OPEN MORNING on Sat 7th Nov at 10am to find out about the values-driven education that our pupils experience & gain an insight into the Reed’s ethos. You'll meet our Headmaster and some of our amazing pupils. SIGN UP: https://t.co/OUaswpSm5f https://t.co/bHrd9yuz3m
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@ReedsFoundation - 16 Oct
Wishing the Foundation pupils, we support a restful and enjoyable half term. As always the Foundation team will be on hand for any support needed during the school holidays. https://t.co/MNPxunSzDB
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@ReedsFoundation - 15 Oct
We are missing seeing the smiling faces of the children from our outreach schools. We thought we would share one of our most popular desserts as a baking idea for half term. https://t.co/SsjWEKcUqR
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 Oct
The Foundation has been providing life-changing educational opportunities to vulnerable children for over 200 years. Today we support over 70 children to attend . 11+applications for Sept 2021 entry close on 13th Nov. https://t.co/n2T3XW85ah
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Oct
Do you know any boys who would benefit from a life-changing education? Every year we support over 70 children to attend and help transform their lives. For more information on our Foundation bursary criteria please visit https://t.co/wH9earog9m https://t.co/IunxTBp3Pj
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Oct
Fantastic news to see receiving some well-deserved funding. We look forward to working with as soon as we can, to help with their sports, education and nutrition programme. https://t.co/48l41txZDc
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Oct
Our Founding Father was an inspirational philanthropist who strongly believed in helping the vulnerable. The Annual Harvest Festival offered us the chance to reflect on the importance of being there to support families in need. https://t.co/V7vvtZcBW9 https://t.co/wCJVeufGlq
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted OldReedonians - 9 Oct
Foundation Friday: Harvest Festival has moved online, but the great part is we can invite our to join us. Watch out for an email from the Headmaster on Sun & make sure to sing the School hymn really loud! https://t.co/FdYiByYLz6
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 Oct
As part of our Outreach Programme, we offer a nutritious meal alongside an activity. The children and teachers from our Primary Forum schools always comment on how yummy the food is . https://t.co/SSIz9BzIog
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Oct
Great initiative, we will of course share with
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Oct
As a Foundation we work very closely with to help provide vulnerable children with a life-changing education. It's great to see the charity offering support to these children after they have left the safety of school life. https://t.co/AwbA0r3a4W
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Oct
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Oct
Proud to be supporting . As a charity we encourage everyone where eligible to please . Please spread the word https://t.co/Yhk7F3GSyG
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Oct
Great to meet other members of the Educational Trusts' Forum today (albeit virtually) and discuss our shared goals of offering educational opportunities to children, many who have lost the support of a parent or suffered hardship.
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Oct
A reminder that anyone wishing to apply for a Foundation Sixth Form place must submit their application by this Friday. The Foundation team is here to help with any questions you may have. https://t.co/0fHFn8MG6k
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