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  • King Henry VIII School
    Warwick Road
    West Midlands
    CV3 6AQ
  • Head: Mr Philip Dearden
  • T 024 7627 1111
  • F 024 7627 1188
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Coventry
  • Pupils: 1,016: 28 nursery, 334 prep, 648 senior; sixth formers: 178
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £8,430 - £12,660 pa
  • Open days: Sixth Form Open Evening Thurday 14th October 2021, 6.00pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The prep has super 3D work on display – nothing mimsy here. The displays around the corridors in both schools are seriously impressive – high quality photography, graphics and textiles as well as the fine art offerings. We spoke to a number of pupils, both older and younger, who reeled off a list of activities they regularly enjoyed – so it is not just a question of an impressive list in the school brochure...

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What the school says...

Established in 1545, King Henry VIII School is a leading co-educational day school. The school is proud to take pupils through from 3 to 18 years of age in a friendly, purposeful atmosphere. Excellent academic results are matched by a wide range of co-curricular opportunities and outstanding pastoral care. The school boasts a fine tradition in rugby, having seen many pupils going on to play for England. Current strengths include Outdoor Education opportunity, with a vast number of pupils completing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards amongst many other challenges. The newest facilities are the beautiful Swimming Pool and Fitness Suite which also allow the school to serve the local community. We offer a range of examinations, including IGCSE and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), in addition to GCSE and A level. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Philip Dearden, interim headmaster. BA in German, PGCE and MA in education, all from Nottingham.

Headteacher of Preparatory School: since 2015, Gill Bowser, who turned round a challenged state school before she arrived here. Positive and engaging, she is an excellent role model as the first female head in the Coventry School Foundation. Coventry through and through, Gill was brought up in the city and went to Warwick University to read art, music and education. She and Jason are partners in more than internal management diagrams. They share the same child-centred ideas, wanting to work with each individual rather than impose a narrow school pathway. Gill has introduced an innovative pastoral programme, Thrive, of which more under Pastoral care section.


Non-selective into nursery and reception, with assessments becoming more...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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