Reedham Old Scholars Association (ROSA)
Reedham was founded in 1844 as an orphanage, home and school for children whose fathers had died or were severely incapacitated. Over the years, more than 6,000 children passed through Reedham's "Home on the Hill" and were helped to make a good start in life. ROSA hopes to keep alive the story of Reedham and commemorate all those who worked or went there. Quite early in the story an association of old scholars was formed to keep in touch with friends and the old school, and wherever possible to help the work being done. For more information, please click here to be redirected to the ROSA website.
Reedham finally closed its doors in 1979 following improvements in social care and in education. By then, Beaumont Primary had been built "on the hill" to take over the teaching and together with other modern schools provide an education for all children who could be cared for in their own homes.
To remember this piece of local history, ROSA run a competition each year, just for Beaumont School, and call it "The Reedham Prize". It is a writing competition which is given a different topic each year and prizes of £10 given to the best entry from each year group. Everyone who enters also gets a certificate and a souvenir presented by one of the Reedham Old Scholars.
A second award for pupils in their final year at Beaumont is the Stuart Ellis Memorial Trophy for Good Citizenship. Awarded annually, the trophy is presented to a Year 6 pupil who has also attended Beaumont for all of their Primary School years. The recipient is decided on by all the teaching staff and is awarded to the pupil who, in their opinion, has contributed the most to promoting good citizenship throughout their time at the school.
Beaumont Primary School is proud of its links with Reedham and the support the old scholars give the school.