Froebelian School pupils reach the highest possible standards in academic work, sport, music, technology, art and drama.
We nurture good citizenship, believe that children benefit from good discipline and we encourage healthy competition. We offer an excellent staff pupil ratio (1 to 10), modern facilities and the support of highly dedicated, professional teachers.
As the only school in Leeds to appear consistently in The Sunday Times ‘Top 100’ independent preparatory schools, we aim to provide children with a happy learning environment, one where they are challenged and supported to achieve personal excellence.
Each year up to 24 children aged 3+ are admitted to the Lower Kindergarten (Nursery) class. Other places for older children are sometimes available and enquiries are always welcome. We are large enough to offer first-class teaching and facilities, but small enough to ensure that every child is part of our extended family.
Our goals of nurturing children to help them become rounded individuals and that of allowing them to fulfil their full potential are achieved through a broad curriculum and proactive pastoral care. Academic success is at the heart of the school and is complemented by plenty of sport, music, art and drama. There is a full programme of extra-curricular activities, including opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
The Quality of Pupils’ Academic Achievements
We are a thriving,independent school in Leeds for 190 boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years. We aim to provide children with a happy learning environment, one where they are challenged and supported to achieve personal excellence.
100% Success in Entrance Exams
In 2019, all 24 children in Form IV (Year 6) gained a place at their first choice of senior school with many children receiving multiple offers of places.
A number of children gained scholarships, with 13 being awarded in total, including a Headmaster’s Award from Woodhouse Grove School, one of the Foundation Scholarships at GSAL and one of the Chartered Scholarships at BGS.
- Bootham School, York 1 Place
- Bradford Grammar School, 3 Places (Scholarships)
- Grammar School at Leeds 7 Places (1 Scholarship)
- Harrogate Ladies’ College 1 Place (2 Scholarships)
- Woodhouse Grove School 7 Places ( Scholarships)
- Allerton High School 1 Place (Maintained sector)
- Abbey Grange 1 Place (Maintained sector)
- Horsforth High School 4 Places (Maintained sector)
National Curriculum Tests (SATs) & Assessment
In the past, children at Froebelian have performed consistently above national standards in National Curriculum Tests (SATs). This year, we have taken a decision to withdraw from the national testing, keeping us in line with other independent schools in our area. This will allow us to focus on delivering an holistic provision through a rich, broad and balanced curriculum offer which supports pupils’ academic progress as well as their personal development.
Children will still be assessed regularly each year using nationally standardised materials to help ensure our pupils maintain high academic standards and levels of progress.
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Each year as one of the leading independent schools in Leeds, The Froebelian supports a local charity. We believe that children benefit from a close involvement with the charity and this helps them to understand the value of helping others.
This sits well with the ethos of the school, particularly our original school motto of “Serve and Endeavour”.
The children are involved in fundraising activity individually, in their forms or as a complete school. It helps them remain grounded, and understand how lucky they are to enjoy good health and wellbeing. We also ensure that the children develop organisational skills through fundraising; this complements the growth of their social awareness and an appreciation of the value of money, and the effort that goes into earning it.
During 2018/19 we raised £3500 for Childline
This year’s charity is Yorkshire Air Ambulance – which relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire. As a Charity they only receive help through secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £12,000 per day. This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. The two Air Ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together both Air Ambulances cover the whole of the region.
In addition to this throughout the year the school supports a number of other charities and community projects including:
- Horsforth Live at Home Scheme
- Young Minds
- Jeans for Genes
- St George’s Crypt
- The Willows, Horsforth
- Bursary Funding
- Horsforth Walk of Art
- Children in Need
- Red Nose Day
- Sport Relief
- Brake Road Safety
We invite representatives to come and talk to the whole school about their work because we believe that children benefit from a close involvement with the charity. This helps them to understand the value of helping others which sits well with the ethos of the school, particularly our original school motto of “Serve and Endeavour”.
The children are involved in fundraising activity individually, in their forms, houses or as a complete school. It helps them remain grounded, and understand how lucky they are to enjoy good health and wellbeing. We also ensure that the children develop organisational skills through fundraising; this complements the growth of their social awareness and an appreciation of the value of money, and the effort that goes into earning it.
The latest Form IV and Form III pupil entrants for Drama examinations achieved an outstanding set of results with everyone receiving distinctions. The examiner commented on how very confident children were and how impressed she was with all of their performances.
We are very much looking forward to watching one of our Form III (Year 5) pupils performing at Leeds Playhouse in their production of The Wizard of Oz.
One of our Form IV pupils recently took part in the Yorkshire Swim Championships finishing an incredible 4th in Yorkshire – with times of 34.4 seconds in the 50m fly and 32.23 secondsin the 50m free.
One of our Form III pupils has been selected as an Academy Player at Manchester United Football Club for the 2019-20 season, having been awarded his first contract at 9 years old.