Foundation Bursaries Overview

The charitable mission of our Foundation is to help vulnerable children by providing a life-changing education at Reed’s School that will help to break the cycle of ‘family disadvantage’, inspire confidence and realise true potential through excellent educational provision and pastoral support.  

The Foundation has a commitment to support at least 10% of the School’s population as Foundation pupils on funded bursaries. Some of our Foundation pupils have sadly been exposed to a range of social issues including bereavement, domestic abuse and abandonment. All have lost the support of one or both parents and their family life is in crisis. In these cases, the need for strong pastoral support and a rounded education is as important today as it was 200 years ago when the Foundation was founded.

In order to ensure we support the most genuine cases, we conduct a sensitive application process  that links to our charitable criteria.


The impact of Foundation bursaries is best described by the Foundation pupils themselves; here is just one account:

My Story

"I would like to share with you my story and tell you how much the Foundation has helped and changed me, and essentially to say thank you.

I joined Reed’s in 2011. I had no idea what to expect. Of course, I’d never boarded before but I found it a surprisingly easy move. I think it was because of how welcoming everyone was at Reed’s; I still happily remember my first night, and I will remember it forever.

You see, life at home became very different, very fast. My dad has a mental illness. You wouldn’t know if you met him unless someone told you, but he’s got schizo-effective disorder, which is quite similar to being bipolar. He believes he is Jesus and so stopped looking after his children, saying that Mum and God will do it for him.

Then, nearly four years ago, my oldest brother was told he had brain cancer; the second rarest kind – anaplastic medulloblastoma. A golf ball sized tumour was removed from his brain and he was transferred to the Royal Marsden. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed, but the tumour grew back.  He had brain surgery again, chemotherapy again, radiotherapy again. Now, I’m an astoundingly optimistic person and I thought Alex was going to be absolutely fine…but then he wasn’t. He died just over two years ago. I love him…and I miss him.

Returning to Reed’s and the Foundation, I was first here because of the situation with my Dad, and the Foundation helped me. My brother was incredibly proud of me being at Reed’s and, ironically, his cancer gave me more of a reason to be at Reed’s. I was given counselling, and teachers were on my side and let me go to my room if I was having a bad day. And most importantly… my Mum’s life was made far easier because she didn’t need to worry about me – she knew I was happy at Reed’s. For all that… I thank you so much. I don’t want to know where I’d be without the Foundation.

I am incredibly grateful I can share my story with you. I absolutely must give back whatever I can, whenever I can, and if me telling you how much the Foundation has done for me is going to help any other kids, then I am beyond happy to do so.

I love being at Reed’s; I can’t think of a better place to be and I never want to leave! Talking about leaving, I know the School creates a community for life. I’m not an Old Reedonian yet, but when I am, the school is going to stay with me forever. Why?

Because Reed’s isn’t a place… it’s a family. Once again, and perhaps a million times more… thank you."

(Current Upper Sixth Form Foundation Pupil)

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