A good education is a fortune a child can never spend

Rev. Dr Andrew Reed

Reedham Children's Trust was founded as The Asylum (Orphanage) for Fatherless Children by the visionary Rev Dr Andrew Reed, one the great Victorian Philanthropists and Social Reformers.

Andrew Reed had become increasingly moved by witnessing the deprivation and suffering of children.  He recognised that disadvantaged children needed the opportunity to develop skills through education to break the cycle of poverty and realise their true potential.  Andrew Reed was able to fund orphanages in the 19th Century because of his sincere commitment and determination to raise awareness of the plight of vulnerable children, appealing to influential supporters of the City of London and the Royal Family. 

Today, Reedham is still flourishing, full of energy and new ideas, and importantly continues to increase and develop its support for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.  Our whole emphasis is on boarding, and schools are carefully chosen and closely monitored to suit each individual child.

We fund on a shared basis with partner schools, with whom we have established a good relationship and have confidence in the quality of their provision.  Our approach builds a strong face to face relationship with the families we help and provides vital ongoing support to ensure the young person gets the best from their school placement.

Applications come from many sources; parents, grandparents, guardians, schools, charitable organisations, social services, churches and family friends.  Each application is careful investigated and the family interviewed before a case reaches the Selection Panel of Reedham Members who decide whether or not a grant can be given.

Main Criterion for Eligability

Is the inability of a family to care, with no other suitable care available, such that the child is unable to thrive. We provide help in circumstances such as:

  • Death or permanent absence of one of both parents
  • Severe and enduring mental, physical ill health or other disability of parent(s)
  • Neglect of a child
  • Disability of a sibling of sufficient severity to be seriously prejudicial to the normal development of the child

Additional information on our criteria can be found here.


Can be completed here.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, or have any queries about Reedham's services please contact [email protected].