A truly nurturing and safe environment for your child to grow.

Froebelian is a warm and friendly school where we celebrate uniqueness and provide a happy and safe, learning environment where your child is 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.

All children are loved unconditionally, enabled ambitiously and supported compassionately.

Situated in Horsforth, and as one of the North’s leading independent prep schools, we welcome over 180 pupils between the ages of 3 and 11.

Children are at the heart of everything we do and we are passionate that they enjoy a positive experience, in a caring, structured, safe and secure environment. To ensure we are laying solid foundations for a lifelong love of learning, to gain knowledge and skills, and develop personal attributes, relevant to their futures.

“We chose Froebelian because it feels like a family.” Mrs Canavan, Parent

With 51 weeks a year provision for all children, and recent investment and development in Sport we aim to balance both academic and Extra-Curricular spheres of school life and honour our school motto – ‘Giving a flying start to the citizens of tomorrow.’

Our aim is to provide an exceptional, safe and inclusive, future focused all-round education with committed and supportive pastoral care, enabling us to develop the whole child.

Our children regularly secure a place at their first choice of senior school and we enjoy an excellent scholarship success rate.

The most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report judged the School as ‘excellent’ (the highest level) for the quality of the pupils’ achievements and personal development.

“The children and staff work harmoniously together creating a special place, with a uniquely happy atmosphere.” ISI Inspectorate

Our children adore their school,  love learning and there is a true sense of fun – please do come and meet them.

“The pupils’ attitudes to learning are exceptional” ISI Inspectorate

The school is easily accessible from Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate.

Success in Entrance Exams

In 2023, the class of 18 children worked with incredible focus and determination to achieve excellence in the 11+ Entrance Exams.

A total of 29 independent school places were offered – including three scholarships in total at: The Grammar School at Leeds, Bradford Grammar School, Woodhouse Grove School, and Ashville College.  Places were also secured at Horsforth School, Roundhay School, Allerton High School, Fulford School, Lawnswood School and Heckmondwike Grammar.

Headteacher Mrs Coulson said: “From the age of three, every pupil at Froebelian benefits from a nurturing, bespoke and dynamic learning environment where we support them to develop a life-long love of learning and equip them with solid foundations for their future lives.  The Froebelian Family is tremendously proud of all of our Year 6 pupils and we are confident that each and every one has received a genuine ‘flying start’ which has provided them with the perfect springboard for their chosen senior school.”


At Froebelian, we do not participate in national testing (e.g. SATs). Instead, we prefer to focus on delivering holistic provision through a rich, broad and balanced curriculum offer which supports pupils’ academic progress as well as their personal development.

Children are assessed regularly each year using nationally standardised materials to help ensure our pupils maintain high academic standards and levels of progress. Almost all our children work at the national age-related level and over half exceed national age-related expectations in English and Maths.

In our most recent end of year assessments, the children performed extremely well as can be seen below. Please note that assessments did not take place in 2020 due to COVID.

Froebelian Form IV (Y6) Nationally Standardised Tests
Average Standardised Scores
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
(NB National Averages – 100)

Charity & Community

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”…..read more


Music at Froebelian is an important aspect of school life and is taught to all age groups by a specialist teacher. Specialist peripatetic instrumental teachers visit school and pupils are encouraged to learn an instrument, including voice, in addition to the recorder...read more


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.
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Sport is an important and integral part of the curriculum and life at Froebelian, led by our PE and Games teacher, former Great British Pentathlete, Liz Mcgurk,  we recognise the importance of fostering positive attitudes towards PE and Games and creating an inclusive environment.……….read more

IT Provision

At Froebelian, technology is blended safely and securely into every part of the curriculum and is carefully monitored.

In the classroom, we enhance teaching and learning by embracing new and innovative uses of technology.  Our aim is to create learning environments which promote analytical skills, emotional intelligence, teamwork, adaptability, creative thinking, problem-solving, and global citizenship across the school curriculum.

iPads are used in every classroom to enhance diverse learning activities, such as enabling collaborative and creative tasks and resource sharing as well as being essential tools for teacher and peer feedback.

The importance of strong and safe digital skills is instilled across the curriculum and the children are regularly taught about online safety and their responsibilities as online citizens.  Appropriate monitoring and filtering safeguards are in place as outlined in our online safety policy.

In addition to IT in the wider curriculum, Froebelian offers designated IT lessons which focus on coding and digital citizenship. We also offer extra-curricular coding clubs run by specialist teachers.

Do contact us if you would like any further information.