Heathfield School, Wolverley

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Heathfield School
Heathfield crest.jpg
Motto Sevare Mentem
Established 1970 (current form)
Type Registered charity (No. 1098940)
Headteacher Lawrence Collins
Chairman of Trustees Mr A Jackson
Location Wolverley Road
Wolverley
Kidderminster

Worcestershire
DY10 3QE
England
Students 325
Ages 5–16
Houses 2
Website www.heathfieldschool.co.uk

Heathfield School is a small independent non-denominational day school in Wolverley, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire, England, for boys and girls aged five to 16 years.[1][2] The school is a registered charity, governed by a board of trustees, formed as the Heathfield Educational Trust in 1970. The school also has its own on-site day nursery for babies from three months and a pre-school facility for children of rising 3–4 years of age.

The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association[3] and the Independent Schools Council.[1]

The School is divided into four sections. Upper School, Middle School, Lower School and Early Years. Upper School is headed by Joanna Tidmarsh, Middle School is headed by Mark Stubbs, Lower School is headed by Wendy Holloway and Early Years is headed by Theresa Stooksbury.

Heathfield also has a School Newspaper which is released each term.

History[edit]

Heathfield School has its origins in 1620 when Wolverley Grammar School was founded by William Sebright.[2] This was renamed Sebright School in 1931 when it occupied new buildings on a greenfield site opened by the then local MP Stanley Baldwin who shortly afterwards became prime minister.[4] Financial difficulties forced the school to close down in 1970,[5] and its main premises became a state school (now Wolverley C E Secondary School). However, its junior section which had opened in 1961, remained in existence and has extended its age range up to 16.[6]

Heathfield now has an international affiliate in Bangkok, Thailand, the former Lord Shaftesbury School, now renamed Heathfield International.[2][7]

Performance[edit]

All Heathfield's GCSE candidates achieved at least five A* to C grades in 2007[8] and again in 2008.[9]

The school was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in September 2008. The report found that the school met its aims of providing a healthy balance of academic and extra-curricular activities. Pastoral care was described as "outstanding" and the school's relationship with the local community was also commended. Overall teaching was good, although access to computer facilities needed expanding. Literacy and numeracy skills were found to be strongly promoted. The curriculum was well planned. Test results were well above, and in maths and science far above, the national average. There had been achievements in sports, music and drama.[2]

Old Wolvernians[edit]

  • Philip Clarke, Managing Director of Clamason Industries[10]
  • Clare Irby, socialite and Guinness family heiress[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heathfield School page, Independent Schools Council.
  2. ^ a b c d ISI Inspection report September 2008 Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  3. ^ List of schools in the Midlands, Independent Schools Association.
  4. ^ "Arrangements for to-day", The Times, London, 10 October 1931, p. 15.
  5. ^ "School to close", The Times, London, 21 February 1970, p. 3.
  6. ^ Old Wolverians Association web page.
  7. ^ Richard Vernalls, "Hands across the world", Malvern Gazette, 11 March 2008.
  8. ^ Richard Vernalls, "Tables delight private schools", Malvern Gazette, 17 January 2008.
  9. ^ "100 per cent pass rate for Heathfield School", Malvern Gazette, 21 August 2008.
  10. ^ Steve Pain, "Business Profile: At the heart of Europe", Birmingham Post, 23 July 2005, p.26.
  11. ^ Richard Edwards, "Socialite appears in court charged with being drunk on an aircraft", Daily Telegraph, London, 16 May 2009.

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Coordinates: 52°24′26″N 2°14′33″W / 52.407092°N 2.242396°W / 52.407092; -2.242396