The School Council is the governing body with ultimate responsibility for the school. They are directors of a company limited by guarantee (The Froebelian School (Horsforth) Ltd) and trustees of a charity (The Froebelian School, registration number 529111). On a day-to-day basis, most of their responsibility is delegated to the Headteacher, who also serves as chief executive.
The Council normally meets four times each year and more frequently if necessary. They receive reports from the Headteacher and Finance and Operations Manager, review the progress of the school and provide advice regarding strategic matters. Council members also take a close interest in the work of the school and through visits, attending functions and reading newsletters, reports etc, they are familiar with the daily life of the school.
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The Chair of the School Council – Mrs Rosey James, now retired, is the former Headteacher of Westville School.
Vice Chair, Mr Ravi Naru BSc. MCOptom, is an optometrist who has two children, both former Froebelian pupils.
Dr Belinda Horsman MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG has two children Emma and Amy who are former Froebelian School pupils.
Mrs Helen Forshaw BSc MBA has three children who are all past Froebelian pupils.
Mr Richard Taylor BSc MSc is a former MD and business consultant. He has two daughters who both attended Froebelian and have embarked on professional careers.
Mr Ken Beaty BSc ACMA MIFT is an independent company chairman who’s daughters Eleanor and Isabel have now left Froebelian and attend Bradford Grammar School.
Mrs Sue Woodroofe BA MEd is the Principal of The Grammar School at Leeds, and was formerly Principal of The British School of Brussels.
Mr Simon Dalingwater MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor and Property Agent with a Practice based in Horsforth. He has two young children who currently attend Froebelian.
Mr Malcolm Jones LLB is a commercial lawyer and former pupil whose three children all attended and benefitted greatly from the Froebelian – and (he keeps being reminded) a guitarist in the Froebelian parent’s band, ‘the Froebers’.
Mr Simon Bickerton is a retired dentist, now back in the NHS helping with the vaccination programme. His three children are all past pupils at Froebelian. Away from work, Simon enjoys tennis and conservation projects.
Mr Bobby Thandi is Founder and CEO of XR Games – an award-winning game development studio specialising in immersive AR and VR content. He has two daughters, both of whom attend Froebelian.
Mrs Jessica Hardman is a PR and communications professional. She is a local parent with two young children.