Our History, Heritage & Alumni

The Froebelian School, Horsforth is exceptionally proud of its history and heritage.

The school was founded in 1913 with the distinctive name adopted by the founder Miss L. Hoe, in honour of the then influential German educationalist, Freidrich Froebel. Froebel pioneered early years’ learning and the school still follows this tradition, educating children from the age of three years in Kindergarten classes.

Since World War I the school has always maintained premises in Clarence Road, Horsforth, and Miss Hoe remained as Head until 1949 when Mr. Noel Williams was appointed Headmaster. In 1969 the school ceased to be privately owned and became a Charitable Educational Trust, administered by a board of governors known at the School Council.

Pupils from 1970sBy now, the school had developed a reputation as one of the best independent schools in Leeds, and this was further strengthened in 1988 when, under the leadership of Mr. John Andrew, the school was amalgamated on one site with new, purpose-built facilities.

In 1991, Mr. John Tranmer was appointed and the school’s reputation as the leading private independent primary school has been further consolidated. The Sunday Times continues to rank Froebelian as one of the top schools in the country. Mr Tranmer left Froebelian in 2015 to take up the post of IAPS Chairman.

Mrs Catherine Dodds joined The Froebelian School in September 2015 to take over as Headteacher. Catherine was previously Deputy Head at GSAL Junior School.

“There is an excellent approach by all the staff to enable each child to reach their full potential, which in turn creates a wonderfully happy learning environment”

Arrange a visit to the school, you can meet some of our staff and pupils.

The Froebelian Flyers

This year we have introduced Froebelian Flyers. Each week staff nominate pupils who they believe have best met the characteristics of one of the flyers.