Reed's School 律得中学（律得学校）Sandy Lane, Cobham,
Surrey KT11 2ES
Tel: 01932 869044 Fax: 01932 869046
• BOYS, MIXED SIXTH, Boys 11–18, Girls 16–18. Day & Boarding
• Pupils 460, Upper sixth 66
• Termly fees £3542–£4604 (Day), £4723–£6090 (Boarding)
• HMC, SHMIS
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary (01932 869001)
What it’s like
Founded in 1813 by Andrew Reed for the purpose of educating boys whose fathers
had died. In 1958 the school expanded and all boys became eligible for entrance,
but Foundation awards are still granted each year to boys who have lost the
support of one or both parents. Girls are now accepted into the sixth form. The
school is in the process of expanding, with an additional 20 pupils accepted at
11 each year. It has a very agreeable semi-rural site of about 40 acres of
heath, woodland and playing fields near Esher. The school is now well equipped
following many developments and extensions, most recently a library, ICT
facilities, CCF building, music school and astroturf pitches. It is situated on
a compact campus where the original buildings blend in with the modern. It is
proud of its charitable foundation and the Christian principles of the founder
live on. Ecumenical in spirit and policy, it has some emphasis on worship in
chapel and religious education is part of the curriculum. There is a favourable
staff:pupil ratio of about 1:9 and examination results are good. There are close
ties with Holland and a Dutch school has separate premises on campus. There is a
range of sports and games and a CCF contingent with both RAF and Army sections.
Considerable emphasis on outdoor pursuits, practical skills and self-reliance.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is well supported and there is some
commitment to local community services.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 460 pupils, 360 day (330 boys, 30 girls),
100 boarding (93 boys, 7 girls). In addition, some 30 Dutch pupils attend the
Rijnlands Lyceum, on the same site, largely integrated into the curriculum.
Entrance: Main entry ages, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own
exam; for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade B (including sixth-form
Scholarships & bursaries Some scholarships, value 10%–50% fees: 8
academic, others all-rounder, sport, music, art, drama, technology (awarded at
11, 13 and 16). Bursaries for children of single-parent families.
Head & staff
Headmaster: D W Jarrett, appointed 1997. Educated at Wellington College
and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Previously Acting Vice Master at
Teaching staff: 48 full time plus visiting music staff.
GCSE: In 2003, 71 pupils in fifth form: 97% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 55 (53 over 5 years).
A-levels: 50 in upper sixth: 12% passed in 4+ subjects; 83% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 305.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (20% after a gap year).
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 16 GCSE subjects, 21 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
AS and A-level general studies additional options. 20% take science A-levels;
55% arts/humanities; 25% both. Key skills taught as discrete units.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Dyslexic pupils.
Languages: Latin, French, Spanish and German offered to GCSE, AS-level
and A-level. Regular exchanges (France, Holland, Spain and Germany). Unique link
with Rijnlands Lyceum forms a Dutch section of the school (most are children of
Dutch businessmen and diplomats living in the UK); its pupils partly follow
their Dutch curriculum but take the majority of lessons in Reeds classes and
join in all extra-mural activities; strong links maintained between Reeds and
the parent school in Holland.
Special provision: Some for dyslexic pupils.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons a week in all years). 70
computers for pupil use (accessible 24 hours/day), most networked and with
internet and email access. Network includes all departments, library and
Music: 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 8 musical groups including choral, brass, wind, string, popular.
2 recent pupils won prizes for composition at Royal College of Music.
Drama: Drama offered; GCSE and A-level may be taken. Many pupils are
involved in school productions and majority of pupils in house/other
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Design also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket compulsory for first year only. Optional:
tennis, badminton, swimming, squash, athletics.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF available; RAF flying scholarships most years. Up to 30 activities eg
photography, printing, archery, dance, judo, karate.
Uniform: School uniform worn; sixth form may wear ‘office dress’.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects (elected by sixth form
and staff), head boy (appointed by the Head), head of house. School Council,
representing all year groups (no executive powers).
Religion: Compulsory C of E chapel.
Social: Debates and outings with several local girls’ schools. Organised
trips abroad. Day pupils allowed to bring own car, motorbike or bike to school.
Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Boarding Fifth and sixth form have single study bedrooms; Forms 3–4
are in dormitories of 2–6. Houses divided by age group (separate houses for
forms 1–2 and for sixth form). Qualified nurse. Central dining room. Pupils can
provide and cook own food.
Former pupils John Alvey (Chairman of Alvey Committee); Brian Miles
(RNLI); Simon Keenlyside (opera singer); Tim Henman (tennis player).