King Henry VIII School
Our School is one of the most distinguished co-educational day schools in the Midlands. Our intention is to provide our pupils with a superb education. We are proud of our rich heritage and tradition of academic excellence, which stretch back to 1545, but we are also forward-thinking and quick to adapt in a fast-changing world. We aim to discover each pupil’s potential and to ensure that we help our boys and girls to develop fully in an exciting, challenging and supportive environment.
Mr Philip Dearden (Headmaster)
Religious affiliation: Christian
Day/boarding type: Day
Gender profile: Coeducational
King Henry VIII School fees:
Day fees per term:
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
331 / 6016
Boys - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 11 to 18 (355)
Sixth form: (95)
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 11 to 18 (293)
Sixth form: (82)
Learning Development at KHVIII
Learning Development aims to build on the school philosophy of developing the potential of each and every individual pupil, as stated in the Mission Statement. More specifically, to help develop the learning skills of pupils who may find the rigours of academic life a challenge. The role of Learning Development is to support any pupil in a meaningful way; to maximise their enjoyment and progression through Senior School and into life beyond.
The approach is ALWAYS child-centred, starting with what the child CAN do, not what they can’t. Learning Development should enable the student to then bridge any gaps, build an understanding of their own learning skills and learn to work with these in the most effective way.
A variety of diagnostic assessments are used to identify pupils with a potential learning difficulty. Summative assessment of the efficiency of the Department can be nebulous; tracking the progress of an identified individual pupil by the usual means in school reveals a degree of success. The major aim is to support the pupil to achieve their own potential, be pleased with their own achievements, and know how to make independent progress.
The Learning Development department consists of a bright and comfortable classroom/office. The Head of Department is a specialist teacher and works with pupils in small groups and individually to support their academic and emotional needs. There is a selection of teaching resources such as specialist books, electronic spellcheckers, unabridged audiobooks, co-ordination and word building games and puzzle books.
What we do:
The Learning Development department encourages pupils to develop their individual learning profile and provides pupils with strategies to aid learning, often subject-specific and tailored to the individual. The Learning Development department develops pupils’ confidence and independence, motivating pupils to produce their best work, providing support with study skills, advanced reading techniques, spelling and organisational skills.
These are achieved by:
- A SEND policy which reflects good practice
- Creating a positive, helpful Learning Development department
- Implementing procedures for staff to follow
- Identifying pupils with concerns
- Remediating learning difficulties with appropriate support by devising individual or group programmes
- Liaising with external agencies as necessary
- Advising and supporting staff
- Advising and supporting parents
- Ensuring the pupil is always fully informed and supported
- Ensuring that the necessary access arrangements are made for examinations
Scholarships are awarded to pupils who excel in one or more areas of school life. Scholarships are assessed by testing. These awards are designed to assist those pupils who have demonstrated the potential to benefit from the education and opportunities provided by King Henry VIII School and who would actively contribute to the ethos and community spirit within the school. The awards will continue through a student’s time in the school, as long as it can be demonstrated that they are benefitting from the education provided.
Scholarships at 11+
All candidates who performed particularly well in the Entrance Examination will be considered for scholarships in English, Mathematics and General Excellence. They will be invited into school for interview or a scholarship paper.
Students seeking an Art Scholarship are requested to complete the Art Scholarship Application Form, alongside the Main Application Form. In addition they should provide a portfolio of their work for consideration by the Head of Art. The portfolio should include a variety of art forms, such as painting, drawing, photography, etc.
Candidates are requested to complete the Music Scholarship Application Form in addition to the Main Application Form. They are also asked to provide a simple recording of a piece, either instrumental or voice, which they would be prepared to perform if selected for interview. Music candidates are advised to consult our Head of Instrumental Studies, Mr Kennedy, before submitting their application.
Sixth Form Scholarships:
All students who have submitted an Application Form to join the Sixth Form at King Henry VIII School by December of the year preceding entry, will receive a letter inviting them to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship. This letter will also be circulated to current Year 11 students at the school. Application is by letter from the student, addressed to the Headmaster and should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae detailing (as a minimum) the GCSE subjects being studied, the results of GCSE Mock examinations and the intended A-level subjects.
Applicants should be capable of, and on course to achieve, at least A* grades in all subjects at GCSE that are intended for Sixth Form Study, as demonstrated by the predicted grades provided by their present school. Students should have made a full contribution to the life of their current school.
Students applying for a Music Scholarship should be able to demonstrate a wide involvement in music-making within their present school and ideally in the wider community. Successful candidates will be expected to show ability and enthusiasm to take a leading role in the musical activities of the school and to be capable of following the standard A-level courses offered at this school, one of which must be Music.
Applicants must have the academic ability to succeed within the Sixth Form and be able to demonstrate a wide-ranging contribution to school sport in two or more sporting activities.
Bursaries are awarded to pupils whose parents are unable to pay the full school fees. Bursaries are assessed by means-testing. These awards are designed to assist those pupils who have demonstrated the potential to benefit from the education and opportunities provided by King Henry VIII School and who would actively contribute to the ethos and community spirit within the school. The awards will continue through the student’s time in the school, for as long as it can be demonstrated that they are benefitting from the education provided.
Bursaries are available and are awarded by the Governors who consider performance in the Entrance Examination alongside parental income. Bursaries may offer up to 90% fee remission. Bursaries may be combined with Scholarships.
How to apply for Bursaries
Parents wishing to apply for a Bursary should tick the appropriate box on the main Application Form and will then receive a Bursary Form on which to submit financial details in confidence.
The deadline for Bursary applications for entry September 2018 was Friday 13th October 2017 (except 16+).
Sixth Form Bursary Forms submitted for September 2018 entry will be considered in May 2018. A Sixth Form application must have been submitted prior to any Bursary request.
Scholarships & Bursaries offered
- Academic scholarships
- Art scholarships
- Music scholarships
- Sport scholarships
- Sixth Form scholarships
- Sibling discounts
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Hardship awards for existing pupils
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies