Reedham Children’s Trust developed from the vision of its founding father Andrew Reed, one of the great Victorian philanthropists.  He recognised that disadvantaged children needed not only food, shelter and care, but also the opportunity to develop skills through education.  In 1856 he opened the Reedham Orphanage which continued until its closure and demolition in January 1980.  Reedham Children’s Trust was set up from the proceeds of sale of the land.

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Our Heritage Website provides a treasure trove of over 175 years of history, containing historic photographs from pictures of child evacuees to many years of sports days and will give you an insight into school life for vulnerable children in the 18th Century. 

Andrew Reed, Founder Evacuated Children returning 
Children waiting in the school line

"Home on the Hill"