Reed's School Foundation

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who explain the difference a place at Reed's has made to their lives

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The Foundation Today

The charitable Foundation of Reed’s School is older than the School itself and without it, the School would not exist today.  Therefore, the Foundation continues to be an integral part of our ethos.  The School is charged with delivering a first class education to all its pupils, but it is the Foundation which provides the means by which the School can continue to support, educate and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children.  Our shared objective is to inspire pupils to reach their full potential: to think, act and work independently, equipped with the skills to embrace life.  The need for Reed’s School to offer opportunities to disadvantaged children is as strong today as it was when we were founded in 1813.  

The mission for our charitable Foundation  is:

  • to help as many vulnerable young people as possible (often from families where one or both parents are absent);
  • to break the cycle of ‘family disadvantage’ through the funding of a good education; and
  • to offer a range of enrichment activities that brings with them life-changing opportunities. 

The Foundation has a commitment to fund at least 10% of the School’s population as Foundation pupils on bursaries who meet the charitable criteria (in 2013, that equated to over 60 pupils).  All who apply are assessed financially, socially and academically, through a sensitive application process of home visits and interviews, to ensure we support the most genuine cases.  

The School, whilst having a wonderful asset in the 40 acre site, only has a modest endowment unlike many other large public schools.  In addition, as a result of the recent economic downturn, the endowment that has funded our Foundation pupils continues to generate insufficient income to meet the many essential demands placed up on it.  We are therefore faced with a gap in funding and so external voluntary funding continues to dictate the ability of the Foundation to support deserving students on bursaries. 

Please click here to see how you can help support the Foundation.

The Future of the Foundation

Andrew Reed could hardly have envisaged that the School and his vision to support disadvantaged children and families facing real hardship would still be thriving 200 years later.  But Reed’s School is not simply thriving as a vibrant educational establishment, it is also setting standards in sustaining its charitable status and purpose, positioning itself as a thought-leader in the subject of child deprivation.  The series of Andrew Reed Debates held in London's Guildhall is testament to this goal.

The focus for the Foundation is to fund deserving pupils through their seven year's of education which is obviously a long term and substantial financial commitment.  We have, therefore, had to explore other ways in which the Foundation can also have a positive effect on the lives of more children from needy and vulnerable backgrounds.  To this end, we have launched the Reed’s School Primary and Secondary Forums.

Forums

These Forums - which are entirely funded by third party organisations - enable the Foundation to reach into much wider communities in some of London's and the Far East's most deprived areas.  The overall aim of the Forums is to breakdown self-defeating barriers between:

  • state and independent education;
  • enterprise and education;
  • disadvantage and advantage.

Reed’s School has developed a network of schools, businesses, charities and educationalists that deliver opportunities to over 5000 disadvantaged pupils from low income families. This project is being delivered through a host of academic, sporting and creative enrichment activities. The aim is to raise aspirations and improve the performance of young people facing hardship.  However, these Forums also have another valuable role; they help the Foundation to identify the most deserving of candidates who have potential to be our Foundation pupils of the future.

To read more about the work of the Primary Forums, please click here
To read more about the work of  the Seconday Forum, please click here

History of the Foundation

In 1813, Rev Dr Andrew Reed, a prominent philanthropist, congregational minister and social reformer, founded The London Orphan Asylum (LOA) which later became The London Orphan School and then Reed’s School.  The aim of the Charity was to provide orphaned children with support, maintenance and education.  To fund the charity, Andrew Reed had a remarkable ability to appeal to benefactors, including the Church, the City of London, and the Royal Family.  This is endorsed by our patronage of HM The Queen.  

The Foundation has a heritage that links it very strongly to the City from where our Founder secured the patronage of many prominent public figures.  These included the Capel, Bristowe, Mullens and Blathwayt families  - to whom our School Houses are dedicated – as well as the Barclay, Gurney, Fry and Rothschild families. This strong heritage is continued with the Annual Foundation Appeal launched in the City every October.

The Future of the Foundation

Andrew Reed could hardly have envisaged that the School and his vision to support disadvantaged children and families facing real hardship would still be thriving 200 years later.  But Reed’s School is not simply thriving as a vibrant educational establishment, but it is also setting standards in sustaining its charitable status and purpose,

Whilst the focus for the Foundation is to fund deserving pupils through their seven year education, this is a long term financial commitment that can only be offered to a relatively modest proportion of our School population.

Forums
We have, therefore, had to explore other ways in which the Foundation can also have a positive effect on the lives of more children from needy and vulnerable backgrounds.  To this end, we have launched the Reed’s School Primary and Secondary Forums [insert hyperlink].
The overall aim of the Forums is to breakdown self-defeating barriers between:
•    state and independent education;
•    enterprise and education;
•    disadvantage and advantage.

Reed’s School has created a network of schools, businesses, charities and educationalists that deliver opportunities to over 5000 disadvantaged pupils from low income families. This project is being delivered through a host of academic, sporting and creative enrichment activities. The aim is to raise aspirations and improve the performance of young people facing hardship.  However, these Forums also have another valuable role; they help the Foundation to identify the most deserving of candidates who have potential to be our Foundation pupils of the future.
To read more about the work of the Forums, please click here [insert hyperlink to Forum website].

Andrew Reed, Founder, Reed's School


Founder’s Prayer


Blessed Saviour,
Receive what I have:
Strengthen my body and uplift my mind
Let my heart be cleansed from any base feeling
Let it become the temple of the Holy Ghost,
And let me speak and act and think and live
Under His inspiration; for thy name’s sake.
Amen.

 

"A good education is a fortune a child can never spend"  Andrew Reed

Reed's School is a registered charity
Charity Number: 312008

The Foundation

1st Form Activity Weekend

Headmaster with Foundation pupils

Biology lesson

Lesson at Watford

Sixth Form Toastmasters

 

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