Reedham Children’s Trust

Reedham Children’s Trust

Reedham was established in 1844 by Victorian Philanthropist, Andrew Reed.  Initially an orphanage for fatherless children, then a school and in 1970 the school closed and a Trust was set up.  Typically, we provide vulnerable children a place at a nurturing boarding school, but also supporting the family’s needs. 

Reedham supports children living in desperately challenging circumstances by giving them the chance to board at a nurturing, modern school where they can thrive and learn in a different environment.

Many children tell us that they want to focus on their education – the chance to study and to go to school every day.  Others need to find respite from the chaos of their domestic situation, a hot meal and a safe place to sleep.

With our support, boarding provided with a high quality education, together with giving them the stability of a ‘second home’ where they are cared for, make new friends and explore opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Our young people no longer have to face the daily pressures of their difficult home lives, but they still keep in close contact with their families.  They have the space to focus on their school work, to build strong relationships and enjoy simple things, such as regular hot meals, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

We support children and young people at a range of boarding schools (both state and independent), working closely with the schools to make sure they settle in and get the most out of this opportunity.

And our support continues throughout their schooldays, for example with extra counselling, money for sports kit, or a holiday break.

Find out more about how you can help transform the lives of vulnerable children –