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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 - 15 Jan
Great to see Tim Henman and the continuing to offer creative solutions to keep our bodies and minds active during the lockdown. https://t.co/hR8NeA72Vh
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@ReedsFoundation - 12 Jan
The school site might be closed, but we have been busy supporting all our Foundation families remotely. For any Foundationers without a suitable place to study, we have invited them back to school to ensure they can access remote learning. https://t.co/ZWirqFWMcI
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Jan
What a week in education! This week has been a week of two halves. A mixture of hope in all the meetings we have had about helping more vulnerable children, and sadness as we said goodbye to a past Foundationer. https://t.co/pwDgpaMCK5
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Jan
A busy day of zoom meetings for the Foundation team talking with like-minded organisations committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. https://t.co/tEZHKqu8Wi
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@ReedsFoundation - 4 Jan
Great to see our Foundation featured in https://t.co/CfQVsMnFba
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@ReedsFoundation - 4 Jan
Happy New Year. The Foundation office has reopened, and we look forward to another year, helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children. Wishing all our 11+ Foundation candidates good luck today with their online interviews. https://t.co/ZACukv8GKr
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@ReedsFoundation - 4 Jan
Happy New Year from everyone at the Andrew Reed Foundation.
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 Dec
Wonderful, what a great idea! Thank you for sharing.
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 Dec
The team at the Foundation would like to thank all our incredible supporters for helping us to continue our life-changing work. We wish everyone a safe, peaceful and joyous Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2021. https://t.co/KP3VKIh6Be
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@ReedsFoundation - 18 Dec
As the term comes to a close for all schools, we wanted to thank all the headteachers, teachers, support staff, and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep children smiling, educated and safe. https://t.co/cRXhChkaKg
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@ReedsFoundation - 16 Dec
It's important to us that the children who are supported by external trusts send personal thank you messages. We hope you enjoy reading them and thank you for your continued support. https://t.co/hk8LkB9pMZ
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@ReedsFoundation - 16 Dec
We have loved seeing all the online Social Advent Calendars this year. Nothing better than seeing kids excitement in the run-up to Christmas. https://t.co/xLlU0uWmTL
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@ReedsFoundation - 14 Dec
Thank you for all the work you do towards supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children. We are proud to work in partnership with you.
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Dec
Every year we support approx 70 children to attend . This term has been an unusual one but despite the challenges, the term ended with lots of Christmas spirit (and some silly jumpers!) https://t.co/fIqNj0THUR
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Dec
As the term comes to a close for the students it has been heartwarming to watch the school minibuses being loaded up with the donations for the East Elmbridge Foodbanks. https://t.co/b7GbRL3CO2
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Dec
Look at all those lovely smiling faces. Merry Christmas from everyone at The Andrew Reed Foundation and Reed's School. We look forward to welcoming the children back to our school as soon as it is safe to do so.
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@ReedsFoundation - 11 Dec
is the founding school from our popular Outreach Programme. Please consider donating or helping to spread their appeal, to ensure all their students have access to a digital device. https://t.co/GGV6cOObAi
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@ReedsFoundation - 10 Dec
is the founding school within our Outreach programme. Please consider donating or help share this post to help ensure all their students have access to a digital device. https://t.co/GGV6cOObAi
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@ReedsFoundation - 10 Dec
Many of the students we support through the Foundation board at . We are extremely grateful to the wonderful Matrons who support the students. They listen, they offer comfort and they encourage, whatever is needed. https://t.co/pknG6agEL8
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 Dec
As a Foundation, we acknowledge that our continued success is helped by working with like-minded charities who share the same vision. It was great to catch up with the team at today. https://t.co/Z1P3HasVh9
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