On 10 April 1893, the solid buildings on Horsensvej were first used as a place of instruction. Under the name Statens Forskoleseminarium, early childhood teachers were to be trained here.
The school’s first principal RJ Holm, who himself lived at the school with his wife and their 14 children, was strongly influenced by Grundtvig and Kold’s school ideas. Seminary headmaster Holm and the Grundtvig movement wanted to train a special type of toddler teacher; teachers to the preschools. The seminary thus became a place of education for such teachers, but at the same time a preschool for children from 7-10 years was attached to the seminary.
Principal RJ Holm headed the seminary until 1913, and succeeded Peter Elmquist, who was at the seminary until 1923, after which principal Kristen A. Lange was in charge of the seminary until 1938. Then it was the women’s turn; On February 1, Ms. Ida Emilie Rambusch hired as supervisor. Under her leadership, the seminary experienced great progress. Thus, it is reported that she received mothers who came with their children in prams to get them enrolled.
The last headmaster of the seminary was Rigmor Fenger. Rigmor Fenger was a very distinctive lady with a great personality who fought bravely for the education of young children. A large new area of work was assigned to the seminary by the law of 8 June 1966 on the establishment of kindergarten classes, where it was also the intention of the early childhood teacher education to qualify. After this, the seminary was attached to two kindergarten classes, because the students now had to have insight into the work with the 5-7 year olds. A major turning point in the history of teacher education had been set with the Teacher Education Act of 1966 – now the teacher students could choose the early childhood education as a specialty.
The last seminary students graduated in 1971, and energetic efforts were made to continue the school, but it was definitely abandoned in March 1972. When this became a well-known issue, a circle of seminary friends, teachers and parents set themselves the goal of they wanted to establish a free school. On 9 May 1972, the founding general meeting was held – Vejle Fri Børneskole was a reality.
Vejle Fri Børneskole was to be a unitary school open to all children, regardless of the parents’ social position, political beliefs, religion and nationality. The child had to be put in the center – a safe environment had to be created; the democratic attitude should be given priority, built on an interaction between parents, teacher and student. There should be more hours in music subjects than was the case in primary school and the class quotient should not exceed 15 children.
Everything was thus in order, as the school with 100 registered children could welcome the first day of school on.7. August 1972. The school’s first head was Niels Pjested. The school started with kindergarten class up to and including the 5th grade, but was quickly expanded so that in 1979 there were up to and including the 9th grade. On August 1, 1979, the school was able to welcome its fourth principal. After Niels Pjested came Christen Christensen and later Arne Kristensen – and finally in 1979 Mogens Frisk, who was school leader until 1994, when Ole Carl Petersen was hired and was leader for 19 years. Helle Jørgensen joined as the school’s new leader in January 2014. However, it turned out to be a short visit of just over a year. Instead, Birthe Kidde Skov became the new school leader and started in March 2015. Vejle Fri Børneskole, which in 1982 changed its name to Vejle Friskole, has throughout its existence been a pioneer in many fields. The school was thus one of the first schools to start with the concept of schooling.
Today, Vejle Friskole has 10 classes from kindergarten to 9th grade. Every year in the month of April, the preschool starts up, so for well over a couple of months there are 11 classes at the school.
As I said, Vejle Friskole has always been housed in the nice buildings on Horsensvej. In all these years, Horsensvej has been a very busy road. A pedestrian area next to the school was for many of the school children a part of their daily school journey. To make this part of the school road less dangerous, free school teachers have for many years been a school patrol.
During the school’s well over 20 first years, the school had often tried to establish a safer school route for the school’s students. Unfortunately, this was not possible. In 1995, Vejle Friskole was so immensely lucky via the television program “The Challenge” to be given an underground pedestrian tunnel. – A huge problem had been solved in this way via the media world.