A Brief History of Heathfield School and Day Nursery
The first mention of William Sebright is in the Wolverley parish registers for 1541 where there is an entry "William, the chylde of Edward Sebright, was christened on the 22nd day of February". He was the eldest of seven sons and one daughter. On 7th July 1618 Sebright, who by this time was the Town Clerk of the City of London, wrote a letter "To my very loving friends, Mr Anthony Carrington, Vicar of Wolverley, my nephew Edward Sebright, Samuel Attwood gent. And the rest of the parishioners of the parish of Wolverley" In it he announced his intention of giving funds for the poor of Wolverley and other parishes and of erecting a free grammar school within the parish. Following the acceptance of the gift on the first Sunday after All Saints Day 1618, loaves of bread were distributed to the poor of Wolverley and the neighbouring parishes of Old Swinford, Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Kinver, Bewdley and Alveley and at about the same time the construction of a schoolhouse in Wolverley was commenced. In his Will written the following January he confirmed and extended these arrangements.
The site of the original Wolverley Grammar School is still in the centre of the village: the grammar school changed its name to Sebright School in 1931 when it moved to a new site. Bewdley-born Stanley Baldwin opened the new school. Between 1948 and 1970, Sebright was a public school, and from 1965 to 1969, the sculptor Fritz Steller was the Head of Art. In 1960, Heathfield School was established as a boarding and day school for boys and as a preparatory school for Sebright. The school relocated to its present site in 1970.
Heathfield School, as it was then called, centres around a large country house built in 1845 for Matthew Heath who was a partner in the local firm of John Knight and Company who were Iron Masters and Tin Plate Manufacturers. Edward Morton, a carpet manufacturer, then bought the house and it was later purchased by the Webb family. Mrs. Webb lived to the grand age of 100 and had very happy memories of her time at Heathfield.
Heathfield School and Day Nursery is now a co-educational, independent day school and day nursery for children from three months to 16 years old. Over 300 children enjoy the extensive grounds and modern facilities, which still resonate with the traditional values established over the years.
In 2010, the first of an ambitious four-phase improvement programme was completed with the opening of the Cedar Building.
Heathfield's future is founded on the history of its happy, industrious and community based past.