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Welcome to King Henry VIII 3-19 School

Our vision is to provide excellent educational provision for all pupils in this wonderful community, in this fabulous town. We believe that every child should have access to a great education, regardless of background, so that they have real choices in life. We believe that every lesson counts, every pupil matters, and that every pupil should feel valued as an individual. In September 2024 our brand-new state-of-the art buildings will open.

Our pupils make rapid progress and achieve academic excellence in an environment of love and care. Our school is a strong family where expectations are high, values are positive, and children are treasured. We equip our pupils with the knowledge, character, and learning power to achieve top grades in their qualifications and to lead successful lives.

We do not believe that some pupils are bright and that others are not. We believe that anyone can learn anything, and the growth mindset underpins everything we do. We believe that what we become and what we achieve comes from great teaching, hard work, and fantastic support.

We are a fully integrated 3 to 19 all-through school. We fully embrace the transformative power through-schools provide in improving the educational experience and outcomes for pupils. The opportunity to support a Year 13 pupil that we have known since age 3 has dramatic effects. It leads to effective inclusion where every child is known. It allows the successful challenge of the primary/secondary divide. It leads to very high levels of pupil wellbeing.

Our approach to teaching and learning is always rooted in the science of how children learn. We ask lots of questions, we explain in small steps, and we guide first practice. We read a lot because of the profound impact on educational outcomes. We provide pupils with a broad, balanced, and diverse curriculum where representation is key. This is a 3-19 curriculum with the sequential and systematic development of content and skills across all phases.

We believe in the unlimited power of warm relationships between staff and pupils. We explicitly teach our pupils to live by positive shared values and to hold these deep in their hearts. We work tirelessly to ensure our school is a happy place where every pupil feels a real sense of belonging. We offer a wide range of innovative clubs and extra-curricular activity, this includes thriving choirs and bands, and opportunities for all to learn musical instruments. Productions and extravaganzas bind our community together and our pupils take part in friendly competition in a fully inclusive house system.

We look forward to working closely with each and every one of you to build a bright future together.