1:00pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013
By Jessica Nightingale
Horsforth’s Froebelian School is celebrating its centenary.
For a century the school has been providing education for children aged three to 11.
This small, thriving, independent school has grown from just four pupils in 1913 to almost 200 on today’s register.
Founded by Miss L Hoe, the school got its distinctive name in honour of the then influential German educationalist Freidrick Froebel.
The school has been in premises in Clarence Road, Horsforth, since World War One and has developed a reputation as one of the best independent schools in Leeds.
It has been featured in The Sunday Times Top 100 schools and in 2012 it was ranked at number nine nationally.
In 1991, Mr John Tranmer, the current head, was appointed and the school’s reputation as the leading private independent primary school has been further consolidated.
Mr Tranmer said: “We are very excited at the prospect of celebrating our centenary this year.
“There will be many special events to mark this important milestone, including a magnificent ball on Saturday May 4.”
The school is an educational charity where ultimate responsibility rests with a School Council and governors.
The day-to-day running of the school is delegated to the headmaster, supported by a senior management team.
On the first day of term in January the whole school came together to celebrate the start of the centenary year with the lighting of 100 candles. Mr Tranmer added: “Each candle represented one year and the pupils were amazed when we calculated that over 5,000 children will have attended Froebelian during those 100 years.
The children have also been involved in preparing an amazing mural in the school playground to mark the milestone.”
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