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A few comments from our Former Students:

  • “Studying at Henry’s gave me the skills I need to be able to balance and manage a large workload with a very full social life.”

  • “Sixth Form was a brilliant gateway to University.”

  • “I am so grateful for all the support I got at Henry’s as it has made my University experience not only possible, but that much more enjoyable.”

  • “Henry’s prepared me socially and academically for life at University.”

  • “The help, support and advice given to me by the Careers Department, Subject Teachers and the Heads of Sixth Form was an essential part of my success.”

  • “I have learnt the importance of Independent Learning which has been an invaluable skill at University.”

Former alumni include: 

Bob Carlton (1950 - 2018)
Bob Carlton is the Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. He is perhaps best known for writing the Olivier Award-winning Return to the Forbidden Planet

Jerry Dammers (1955 -)
Jerry Dammers was the founder and keyboard player of the ska band, The Specials. He also contributed in founding the 2 Tone record label.

Paul Daniel (1958 -)
From 1990 to 1997 Paul Daniel was Musical Director of Opera North and Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia. He was Musical Director of English National Opera from September 1997 until 2005. In February 1998 Paul Daniel received an Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in opera, and in 1999 received a Gramophone Award for his English music series on the Naxos label. He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours list and in September 2005 presided at the Last Night of the Proms.

Peter Ho Davies (1966 -)
Peter Ho Davies is a contemporary British writer of Welsh and Chinese descent.  His novel The Welsh Girlwas longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007  and his collection of short stories The Ugliest House in the World published in 1997 won the John Llewellyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan Prizes in the UK as well as the 1998 H L Davis Award for Short Fiction.  Many of his other works have also received awards, both in UK and USA.

David Duckham (1946 -)
David Duckham was an English Rugby Union player who won 36 caps between 1969 and 1976; playing on the left wing he scored 10 tries.

William Dugdale (1605 - 1686)
William Dugdale was an eminent historian and antiquary. His works include Monasticon Anglicanum, The History of St Paul’s Cathedral and Antiquities of Warwickshire. During the Civil War Charles I deputed him to summon to surrender the castles of Banbury and Warwick. Following the Restoration, Dugdale rose through the Royal Household to the position of Garter Principal King of Arms.

Philip Errington (1973 -)
Read English at University College, London. Joined Sotheby’s in the Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts in 1999. Now Deputy Director working on English Literature, Children’s Books and Illustrations. Also Visiting Research Fellow within the Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2001–2003 and Honorary Research Fellow within the Department of English, University College, London from 2004. He has published widely on the writer John Masefield.

Hannah Evans (1990 -) 
Hannah Evans left King Henry VIII School in 2009 to attend Oxford University.  She then took a PHD in High Energy Physics at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  Hannah was selected to row for Cambridge in the 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Race.  Hannah previously won a Silver medal in the British University & Colleges Sport International Team of 8, plus cox.

Jack Fisher (1841-1920) Jack Fisher was a senior Naval Officer at the start of the 20th century and was largely responsible for the reforms prior to the Great War including the introduction of the Dreadnought battleships. He retired in 1910 but was recalled to the Admiralty on the outbreak of the First World War. However, disagreements with a young Winston Churchill over the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign brought about his resignation in mid 1915.

Andy Goode (1980 -)
Andy Goode is a retired Rugby Union player.  Formerly a member of Leicester Tigers and then Wasps. he now works for the media.

Roger Harrabin (1955 -)
Roger Harrabin is a frequent BBC correspondent on The World at One.

Benjamin Basil Heatley (1933 -) Benjamin Heatley, known as Basil, was a British athlete who won an Olympic Silver Medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  He had previously broken the world record for the marathon at the Polytechnic Marathon in England, running 2:13:56 to take the record by 32 seconds.

Louise Delahunty (1960 - )
Louise Delahunty was one of the first 4 Girls admitted to King Henry VIII Sixth Form in 1975. Louise is now a leading international lawyer in criminal and defence investigations. She is a former chairwoman of The Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force and past member of the Government Money Laundering Advisory Committee. Her experience encompasses global, multi-jurisdictional investigations, dealing with regulators including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and financial institutions such as the World Bank.

Philip Larkin (1922 - 1985)
An English poet, novelist and jazz critic, Larkin spent his working life as librarian at Hull University. Following the death of John Betjeman he was offered the Poet Laureateship, but declined the post. Larkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the latter half of the 20th century.

Eric Malpass (1910 - 1996)
Eric Malpass was an English novelist noted for his humorous and witty descriptions of rural family life, writing 15 novels. His work acquired its most devoted readership on the Continent, particularly in Germany.

Martin Marquez (1964 -)
Martin is an actor who has appeared on stage and television.  His tv appearances include The BillHotel Babylon and Eastenders.  On stage he has appeared in Anything Goes and Billy Elliot the Musical.  He has also performed as part of a comedy team, The Brothers Marquez, alongside his brother John.

Christopher Marshall (1949 -)
Chairman, Section of Cell and Molecular Biology, Institute of Cancer Research.

Rachel Millward (1977 -)
Founded Birds Eye View, a collective for women film-makers. She is highly respected in the profession. One of the patrons is Joanna Lumley.

Remi Mobed (1984 -)
Former Captain of Rugby Football whilst at King Henry VIII School.  He is currently lead physiotherapist for the England Football Team.

Jonathan Ockenden (1965 -)
Jonathan organised G8. He works for the Global Policy and Institutions sector of the Committee for Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance at HM Treasury. He represents the UK at meetings on Global Policy.

Simon Over (1964 -)
Founded the Southbank Sinfonia, for young musicians. Former Head of Music/Organist/Choirmaster at St Margarets, Westminster. He founded the Parliament Choir.

Elizabeth Preston (1980 - 2018)
Elizabeth is an Officer of the House of Commons, based in the Department of the Clerk of the House. She is currently UK Delegation Secretary for the NATO and OSCE Parliamentary Assemblies.

Brendan Price (1947 -)
Brendan Price is an actor whose film credits include Savage Grace and The Sleep of Death.  His television appearances include Man at the Top, The Sweeney, Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood.

Michael Bowen Tooby (1956 -)
Director, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff since 2000. Founding Curator of the Tate Gallery St Ives and Curator of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden 1992–1999.

Graham Wheeler (1944 -)
Graham Wheeler represented England and Great Britain at Orienteering, including the 1972 World Championships.

Peter Whittingham (1984 -)
Peter Whittingham plays for Cardiff City Football Club and has made several appearances for the England U21s.

R E S Wyatt (1901 - 1995)
Bob Wyatt played cricket for Warwickshire, Worcestershire and England, winning 40 caps, 16 of those as Captain. He is probably remembered as the first England Captain to employ the controversial ‘bodyline’ tactic against Australia. Warwickshire’s home ground, Edgbaston, has a stand named in his honour.

The school opened the Jeff Vent Archive in 2015 as an extension to the Memorial Library. The Archive is a wonderful repository of information from the school’s history. The current archivist is the School Librarian, Ms Helen Cooper, who can be contacted at school by those keen to visit or learn more.

Forthcoming Events

King Henry VIII Rugby 1st XV vs Bablake KO February 6th - 7pm

Butts Arena Park. For more information contact John on

Class 2001 Reunion 

Saturday 19th May 2018. Afternoon Tours of the School and an evening Dinner.
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