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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 - 11 Jun
Do you know a current Year 5 boy or Year 10 girl/boy who would benefit from a Foundation bursary to attend ? Please take a look at our new Foundation brochure. https://t.co/DEMqAqbtLu https://t.co/pJse434Fcx
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@ReedsFoundation - 10 Jun
Wise words!
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 Jun
As a youngster, Tim Henman was granted a tennis scholarship . We are proud to support the campaign and encourage more young children to find their hidden spark! https://t.co/V6m99mhwOk
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@ReedsFoundation - 7 Jun
Great to see so many parents and friends of supporting the Eco-Fundraiser. Thank you. https://t.co/0u2Sp2bqId
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@ReedsFoundation - 3 Jun
Hope everyone's clearout is going well this week! A big thank you again to FORS for organising this Eco-fundraiser. For details on what to put in please visit https://t.co/3EshA33TZU https://t.co/pllqwFGx9O
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@ReedsFoundation - 2 Jun
At Reed's one of our core values is resilience. To help deliver the sports outreach programme, we work with , , , and . Our aim is to help build children’s resilience through sport. https://t.co/UC4bCiYMqB
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@ReedsFoundation - 28 May
A big thank you to the parents of and FORS for their latest fundraising initiative to raise money for the Foundation. 😊👍 https://t.co/di0a7Ah87P
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@ReedsFoundation - 28 May
We are proud to be an accredited Tim Henman Foundation Ace Centre and to work in partnership with this charity. Both charities share a passion to help disadvantaged children access opportunities, try new skills and find their spark. https://t.co/JGFKYzBiwX
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 May
Some great creations. Looks like they enjoyed making them!
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@ReedsFoundation - 25 May
Grateful to past Foundationers like David, who help explain the transformational effects of a Foundation bursary on a child's life! https://t.co/YM4T5JKe3I
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@ReedsFoundation - 24 May
Delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2021 AMCIS IMPACT Awards in the Partnership/Outreach Impact category. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have continued to run virtual outreach activities and support our Forum schools. https://t.co/w29I5gawEy
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@ReedsFoundation - 21 May
We are looking forward to restarting this highly popular sports/maths/nutrition programme with RacketsCubed in September. https://t.co/Ss3FrU255c
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@ReedsFoundation - 21 May
We can't wait to re-start in September 👍and welcome back to !
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 May
Did you know that the Foundation has supported over 13,000 children since our Founder Rev. Andrew Reed, founded the Foundation in 1813? For more information on our qualifying criteria, please visit https://t.co/JP8ELbnCHs https://t.co/L8729Wz9yk
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@ReedsFoundation - 20 May
Thank you for sharing. Let's hope we can inspire more people to get involved!
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@ReedsFoundation - 19 May
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 May
A fantastic fundraising initiative to draw attention to the mental health issues faced by many children as a result of the pandemic. Well done to everyone involved. Please consider supporting if you can. https://t.co/BCYu0BHvPo
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 May
Some of us are lucky enough to remember the moment where we found our spark and the people who inspired us, but sadly many children do not get these opportunities. Adrian, Reed's Director of Tennis, found his spark at 6! https://t.co/tHxdhCMLj3
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted Tim Henman Foundation - 17 May
One of our fantastic partners showing exactly what your kind donations fund. Excellent opportunities for children to learn new skills. https://t.co/XcuG33rq8O
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 May
This week we have been working with a past Foundationer on an exciting new film project https://t.co/w0M1AzIUpY
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