Welcome to the Andrew Reed Debate website which supports this annual event held at London's Guildhall focusing on societies' role in helping to overcome deprivation and disadvantage amongst young people. This is an initiative of Reed's School, an independent day and boarding Foundation school founded by Rev Dr Andrew Reed in 1813.

Andrew Reed, a prominent philanthropist, congregational minister and social reformer, founded The London Orphan Asylum (LOA)  in 1813 as a charity with support from benefactors, including the Church, the Royal Family, Nobility and the City of London.  In 1915 the LOA was renamed The London Orphan Asylum and then Reed's School in 1939: HM The Queen remains Patron of the School.

The aim of the charity was to provide orphaned children with support, maintenance and an education in order to break the cycle of deprivation and realise their true potential.  Today, this charitable ethos still remains at the heart of Reed's School with over 60 pupils a year supported on Foundation bursaries: indeed, over the last two hundred years, thousands of children have had their lives changed, their aspirations raised and have achieved lasting success in their chosen field through support from the Reed's Foundation.

The annual Andrew Reed Debate is an initiative that was launched by Reed’s School during its Bicentenary year in 2013/14.  It forms one part of Reed’s School’s three strand strategy to promote the work of its charitable Foundation. These three strands are:

  • To host a forum to provide thought leadership in the matter of child deprivation, working with other children’s charities to engage support from the City, Government, Trusts and corporates to deliver positive outcomes in addressing the issues of disadvantage.
  • To work collaboratively with state primary and secondary schools to share resources, expertise and facilities and to offer a range of enrichment activities under the umbrella of the Reed’s School Primary & Secondary Forums. The aim is to raise aspirations and improve the performance of young people facing hardship in deprived areas on a wider scale.
  • To fundraise for our bursary programme that allows under-privileged children, who have lost the support of one or both parents, the opportunity of a life-changing education at Reed’s School.

The inaugural Debate in February 2014 looked at how Education can help ameliorate child deprivation; in 2015, the second Andrew Reed Debate was held focused on the role of Sport in addressing the problems of social exclusion and disadvantage.  

Thank you for visiting our website; we hope you find the information found here and further discussion on our Twitter page stimulating and thought-provoking.  If you would like to support the work  Reed's Foundation, please do attend the next Debate or click here.

Headmaster, Reed's School

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