Brian Corbishley, our founder reflects on starting a private school in Greytown. (letter dated 28 May 1997)
“Of recent we have been holding parents’ evenings to discuss the establishment of a private school in Greytown. We have just held the last meeting and have 235 kids enlisted for 1998. We now have the responsibility of holding a meeting with some 400 of the interested parents to get final commitment and take the decision to get go ahead or drop the whole idea. It is rather awesome to face up to the responsibility of all this. I just hope that I can do what everyone is expecting of me, but I suppose someone has to do what is necessary.”
The vision for Wembley College started many years ago, when Brian Corbishley decided to start a Cambridge School in Greytown. He along with his wife Dot Corbishley, decided to build the school on a Pidelta farm called Wembley situated just outside Greytown, a mere 70 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg. The campus is set on a sizeable property, overlooking a picturesque farming valley and a pristine dam at the bottom. It began as a few buildings and a sport field. Wembley is now made up of over twenty classrooms which include a pre-primary school, senior primary and a high school. There are numerous sport fields, a hockey astro, seven tennis courts and a twenty five meter swimming pool.
Wembley College was born out of the need for an independent school which could cater for the needs of people living and working within the immediate area, but currently also draws students from a lot further away. The school officially opened Northfield’s Manor boarding establishment in 2004 and this year, in 2020, an exciting new development - The Senior Primary Boarding establishment. Our highly-esteemed boarding establishment provides a safe haven and positive learning environment for our Senior and Primary scholars.
Brian David Corbishley was an entrepreneur, business-man, educational visionary, creator of employment opportunities for tens of thousands around the world, mentor, friend, family-man who passed away on 7 January 2017. He was passionate about the school which has grown and flourished.
Thanks to Brian and Dot Corbishley, Wembley College is now a thriving Cambridge International, co-educational school for more than 300 children, aged from 2 to 18. Brian has certainly left behind a great legacy.