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Reeds School

In their own words

Choosing a senior school for your child is one of the most fundamentally important decisions we, as parents, can make and, as you peruse this website, I hope you will gain an insight into the Reed’s ethos and what makes us unique. 

As Headmaster, I firmly believe that the values-driven education that our pupils experience equips our boys and girls not only with the excellent academic qualifications and the interpersonal skills they will need for the future but, most importantly, it ensures that when our pupils leave Reed’s, they possess a strong moral compass and a desire to go into the world and improve it. 

We believe that our core values of Integrity, Compassion, Curiosity, Resilience, Responsibility and Independence, which we seek to instil in all our pupils’ characters, produces well-rounded individuals who are confident, personable, generous of spirit and deed, and who will possess a lifelong love of learning.

At the heart of our school is the understanding that exceptional pastoral care is fundamental to shaping pupils’ character and happiness and this we do within an educational environment where we nurture and encourage, where we stretch without stressing and push without pressurising.  

Set amongst 40 acres of countryside and benefiting from a beautiful and secure campus, our pupils enjoy the space, flow and surroundings which provide an inspiring setting.  At around 800 pupils, we are relatively small for a senior school, and although our boarding accounts for only ten percent of pupils, it brings with it all the best advantages for our day pupils, such as wrap-around care and outstanding pastoral support, allowing us to know each and every child.

We are an all-boys school from eleven to sixteen and we believe passionately that this structure allows our boys to develop and mature in an environment where they participate in all aspects of school life, be it drama, music, sports or the array of co-curricular activities on offer, without being distracted or stereotyped and where the academic lessons are tailored to inspire and motivate them to excel.  The co-educational Sixth Form then helps establish a community which prepares all our pupils for their transition to University and for life beyond the security of Reed’s.

The best way, of course, to find the right school is to visit. Many parents comment that choosing a school is like choosing a house: it has to feel right. I would encourage you to visit Reed’s to experience the school, to meet the staff, me and most importantly, our pupils. You will be warmly welcomed.

Mark Hoskins

BA MA MSc, Headmaster

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