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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 - 4 Aug
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@ReedsFoundation - 4 Aug
Like many charities during this pandemic, we have seen first hand how families have been impacted. Now more than ever, we need to be there to support vulnerable children and their families. Please help share https://t.co/iUWnyyChDb
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@ReedsFoundation - 3 Aug
Looking for ways to keep the kids active in August why not take a look at the being hosted by one of our sports partnership providers https://t.co/CfzsdKFtAJ
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@ReedsFoundation - 30 Jul
The foundation pupils we support are never identified whilst they are at school. We are grateful to who have shared their stories to help explain the importance of our Foundation. https://t.co/tVTzGDj9sc https://t.co/qnrvrfshQq
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@ReedsFoundation Retweeted OldReedonians - 30 Jul
We're indebted to Foundation pupils of who've so kindly agreed to publish their stories on our new website https://t.co/e4SVChWdY7. Their support will ensure the charitable legacy lives on in future generations of pupils. https://t.co/rb54Tkxa8P
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@ReedsFoundation - 29 Jul
How much do you know about the origins of our Foundation? Why not take a look at the history section of our new website and find out more about our Founder Rev. Dr. Andrew Reed. https://t.co/eHiDbv40Sm https://t.co/q7I65NOWYA
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 Jul
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@ReedsFoundation - 27 Jul
We are pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for our Foundation. To find out more about the Foundation or to contact us please visit https://t.co/RmzRmHoPvQ https://t.co/MZryC5hBc3
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@ReedsFoundation - 17 Jul
As a Foundation, we are extremely grateful and touched by the response to our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. On behalf of our Annual Appeal President Rt. Hon David Laws we would like to thank everyone for their donations. https://t.co/lRD4toL35y
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@ReedsFoundation - 17 Jul
Excited to see that has launched a virtual charity ride to help support charities to raise money despite this year's event being cancelled. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to raise money for the Foundation. https://t.co/lNmSpTUQgV https://t.co/ufX9lR2suD
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@ReedsFoundation - 16 Jul
In 2010 we established our popular Outreach Programme as a means to extend the reach of the Foundation. We offer a full range of activities from Sport to the Arts to STEM. Last year over 3,000 children from state schools took part in our programme. https://t.co/iXkchkwK7h
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@ReedsFoundation - 15 Jul
As a Foundation, we are immensely proud of all the students we support . Despite the challenges that many of our foundationers faced, many still managed to be awarded academic and school prizes. https://t.co/QppLoNLUHu
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Jul
School might be out for summer but the Foundation team continues to work to ensure all our Foundation families existing and those joining us in September are well supported. https://t.co/4eoM2l8Dk8
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@ReedsFoundation - 13 Jul
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 Jul
Did you know that the Andrew Reed Foundation supports over 70 children annually to attend Take a look at Reed's Virtual tour to find out more about the school. https://t.co/N1NuBDjVud https://t.co/LcNTmSoRZ3
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@ReedsFoundation - 9 Jul
For the last ten years, have held their Annual Sports Day . We will miss the sound of the children this year and look forward to welcoming the children back for their 2021 Sports Day. https://t.co/OV58rQGzcm
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@ReedsFoundation - 8 Jul
We have some photos we would be happy to share.
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@ReedsFoundation - 7 Jul
When we host our outreach activities we always invite the children and their teachers to join us for lunch. This is often the highlight for many children! On we thought we would share very popular chocolate brownie recipe. https://t.co/2JknXLrIOx
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@ReedsFoundation - 7 Jul
Absolutely, Paul is a shining example of a student who has embraced all the opportunities presented to him and is a leader in the making.
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@ReedsFoundation - 6 Jul
Our mission is to provide a life-changing education to break the cycle of disadvantage. We are incredibly proud of Paul and the amazing young man he has become. Paul epitomises what we stand for and we look forward to following his journey. https://t.co/17fuW557tT
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