A NEW headteacher has been appointed at The Froebelian School in Horsforth.

Mrs Anna Coulson is the 6th headteacher of the preparatory school.

Mrs Coulson, from Yarm, North Yorkshire, brings a wealth of experience to the role, with a teaching career that has spanned two decades. She has held positions including: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage One leader, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School, Executive Headteacher, and Director of a large Teaching School Alliance. Her areas of expertise include delivery of school improvement, strategic operational change, curriculum design and innovation and all aspects of teaching and learning.

As a strong believer in the power of community and collaboration, Mrs Coulson is a passionate advocate for pupil success and is committed to creating a positive and engaging learning environment for the whole Froebelian Family. She will continue to work with parents, staff, and the wider community to continue to make Froebelian a safe and exciting place for children to learn and grow.

Chair of Governors Simon Bickerton said: “As a governing body, we are committed to ensuring that staff, parents and pupils have the best opportunities within Froebelian, in both quality of education but also the care and family values that Froebelian has long been known for. Having been Interim Headteacher since last Christmas, Mrs Coulson is definitely the person to now lead the school forward, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership together.”

Mrs Coulson said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be the 6th Headteacher of such an outstanding school. The sense of community at Froebelian is second to none and we value our place in our local community too. The breadth of opportunity on offer means that there is something for everyone to discover and in which to thrive. Our pupils are confident, and I am thrilled to be working with the talented and passionate staff team to guide and support each individual child on their personal journeys of discovery.”

As a pupil said: “Mrs Coulson makes me feel like I can do anything.”

A parent added: “Anna has changed the school in ways we didn’t realise it needed changing. She’s the friendliest and most approachable lady, she loves the children, and we can’t wait to see how Froebelian goes from strength to strength.”

The Froebelian School, Horsforth is one of the North’s leading independent preparatory schools for children aged 3-11 years. Since its foundation in 1913, influenced by German educationalist, Friedrich Froebel, it has become one of the North’s leading educational success stories.