Hull private school with £5,500 fees rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted

A Hull private school has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted following its latest inspection.

Froebel House School in Marlborough Avenue, west Hull, has annual fees of between £5,594 and £5,960, according to the Ofsted report. It was previously rated "good" but a new inspection flagged concerns about how safeguarding is done.

It also raised concerns in the teaching of phonics for early years reading and claimed mathematics lessons were "jumbled". In response, the headteacher for Froebel House School said the high academic attainment of its pupils "proves it is a good school".


Several strengths were also identified in the Ofsted report, such as the school having a "calm and orderly" environment and celebrating the achievements of its pupils. "The school inspires pupils to consider their future careers," it said. "Pupils are aspirational, they hope to be doctors, surgeons, and teachers."

The mixed sex school has 107 pupils, aged from three to 11 years old and, while the inspector noted pupils "say they feel safe", it said the "safeguarding processes are not thorough".

There were strengths found in the computer lessons for older pupils but the report appeared to indicate children as young as seven (Year 3) should be given similar lessons. The report said: "The school ensures that pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 experience computer lessons.

"These pupils know how to stay safe online. "Pupils in the other year groups are not taught about internet safety. This potentially exposes younger pupils to dangers, such as online bullying."

Giving advice on how the school can improve, the Ofsted report said Froebel House School can make changes to the curriculum, such as providing phonics reading books. "The school should ensure that reading books connect precisely to pupils’ phonics knowledge," it said.

Describing maths lessons as "not well sequenced", the report said: "The school should ensure that the curriculum is coherent and well sequenced in order to build progressively from Reception to Year 6."

The main concern flagged in the report was safeguarding. It said: "The school does not promote an effective culture of safeguarding. There is not a shared recognition that ‘it could happen here’.

"The school does not promote an open culture of sharing information. There is a process to record concerns, but there is little evidence that leaders follow up any disclosures.

"The school does not routinely record conversations when pupils initially share potential safeguarding concerns. This means that the school does not gather information effectively or identify patterns of concern at the earliest stage."

Lilian Ann Roberts, the headteacher of Froebel House School, said: "Froebel House School is a good school - its high academic achievements prove this. The children are safe, feel safe, and have high aspirations for their future.

"All students pass entrance exams to independent schools and grammar schools. Children who attend state schools also become high achievers. Ninety-eight per cent of parents said their child is happy and 100 per cent said their child feels safe and well looked after."