Inspection Reports

ISI Inspection Summer 2017

We are ‘Excellent’


‘The pupils’ attitudes to learning are exceptional.’ 

The Independent Schools Inspectorate 2017

This inspection report is for Leeds’ leading preparatory school – The Froebelian School, Horsforth and is according to the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) schedule for interim inspections. The inspection took place in May 2017.

For Educational Quality, the inspection team focuses on two areas which together encompass all aspects of the outcomes for children: the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, and the quality of pupils’ personal development. We are thrilled that we have been judged as ‘excellent’ in both these areas; this is the highest judgement available from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

We do hope you agree with us that the inspectors have accurately captured the essence of Froebelian in their narrative. They were struck by the children’s high levels of academic performance, their attitudes to learning and the quality, breadth and depth of their personal development. We are incredibly proud of our pupils and the report is an absolute credit to them.

Here are the key findings of the Education Quality Inspection for The Froebelian School Horsforth

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent

  • The pupils’ attitudes to learning are exceptional
  • Pupils display outstanding communication skills
  • Pupils of all ages and abilities achieve highly and make good, or in some cases, rapid progress
  • The high quality of the pupils’ study skills is supported by an excellent understanding of their subjects

 The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent

  • Pupils display a strong moral code from an early age
  • Pupils make an excellent contribution to the lives of others
  • Pupils display high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Mutual respect forms a cornerstone of all pupil interactions

Read the full reports below:

The Froebelian School Educational Quality Inspection Report

The Froebelian School Focused Compliance Inspection

The Froebelian School Compliance Short Visit Report

ISI is an independent, government-approved body, which provides objective inspections to safeguard the quality and effectiveness of the education, care and welfare of children in schools. ISI is not an arm of the government, but an independent, not-for-profit inspectorate.

Their work is monitored on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and a public report is made annually to the Secretary of State. ISI regularly contributes to the development of the national policy for education and welfare, including the latest DfE legislation and statutory guidance.

The goal of both OFSTED reports and ISI reports is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people.


“I have two, quite different children and Froebelian brought out the very best in both of them”

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The Froebelian Flyers

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