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Exilium
Oakville, ON, Canada
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1411 of 1422  Tue 29th Sep 2020 9:59am  
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Sorry to hear about GPCC, one of the more pleasant Masters. Last saw him at the 'crease' while he was batting at the C&NW ground. I was surprised he recognised me as it'd been a few years since I'd left school.
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Roger T
Torksey
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1412 of 1422  Wed 30th Sep 2020 9:13pm  
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I was evacuated to Napton during WW2, then moved to Measham, attended Ashby Girls Grammar School, then Ashby Boys Grammar School, then returned to Coventry in 1947 (after the bad winter) and continued at KHVIII until 1951 when I went to HMS Conway sea training school. Had to return to Coventry from Napton - whooping cough. Oh, I forgot, had a period at Polesworth.
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bohica
coventry
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1413 of 1422  Fri 2nd Oct 2020 12:09am  
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A 'merger' with Bablake on the cards? https://youtu.be/jEekv4T3aFE
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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1414 of 1422  Fri 2nd Oct 2020 10:09am  
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Yes the schools are merging to become one - The Coventry School What the Foundation are not saying though is it’s down to dwindling numbers Sad What is almost inevitable by this is that sadly the Henry's playing fields and the Swallow campus on Kenilworth Road will now almost certainly be sold off for funds. The Swallow site is prime luxury housing land. I just hope the main school building is preserved. I hadn't realised it was so old - 1720! Edited by member, 2nd Oct 2020 10:45 am
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Roger T
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1415 of 1422  Fri 2nd Oct 2020 9:34pm  
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Yes,"we were the dump at the top of the hump, that Henry the chump did will"
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Woglet
Woking
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1416 of 1422  Sun 4th Oct 2020 7:44am  
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The only car my father had was his red Skoda. He never had a beetle and wouldn't buy a German car. Funnily enough I have got a red Skoda Yeti now and it’s the most reliable car I have ever owned. I guess someone will say "Like father, like son"
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JohnnieWalker
1417 of 1422  Mon 5th Oct 2020 6:56am  
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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1418 of 1422  Thu 15th Oct 2020 7:11pm  
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Letter received today I am writing to inform you that from September 2021 King Henry's and Bablake will officially merge to form a new school. I realise that this is quite a shock for all members of our community, from existing students and staff through to our alumni, so wanted to take the time to write to you about what has happened. I appreciate that many of you will be understandably upset and angry by the news, but I hope that this letter and the information included within will go some way to explaining the rationale and allaying some of your fears. I know from the large variety of comments that I have seen in social media that the initial reaction has been quite negative. What is happening? The two schools will merge in 2021 to form the new school. We will retain the King Henry VIII School name and site, but this will be through the relocation of all of the prep and junior schools onto our site, as children aged 5-11 will be taught at Henry's. The senior school will be at Bablake. This will be a phased transition, starting in the next academic year with all Year 7 being housed at Bablake and all Year 3 being at Henry's. Next year's Year 8 to Year 13 (our current Years 7-12) will remain here at Henry's. Then in September 2022, subject to the completion of building work at Bablake, the remainder of the senior school will move over. Why is it happening? This is a positive move which will allow us to develop the School and to continue to provide an outstanding education. Many of you may ask why change something that is working. To be honest, the impact of Covid on the economy and rising costs elsewhere meant that maintaining the status quo was not viable. Governors looked at lots of options and felt that this one protected the schools as much as possible, while also securing their future. Is that the end of the OCA and how we as an alumni group are represented? No! Nothing changes! We still hope you will come back to visit us and see what's happening. You will still be represented by the OCA and the new school will have an alumni and development team who represent both ourselves and Bablake. Our events such as the annual dinner, KHVIII Relays, amongst others will continue. This sounds like a takeover not a merger? This is absolutely not the case. Although we will be moving over to the Bablake site, we will move all of our teachers and students with us, taking our traditions, identity and uniqueness with us. The new school will be a collaboration of the things that we both do well, whilst also giving us the opportunity to begin something new, revisiting academic offering, curriculum profile, pastoral structure, co-curricular provision etc. It is possible that Bablake may even have a good idea or two themselves! What about our History and our site? The site itself will not change drastically, all of the existing facilities and buildings will continue to be used as before, with some internal work completed to ensure that the space is fit for younger children. The Jeff Vent Archive Room will remain as the room that showcases our history and traditions, whilst the little subtleties such as the sports shields in the Burgess Hall will also remain. What about the name? I've heard it will be called 'Coventry School'. This was a holding name of the launch. We will be consulting all stakeholder in the school for their ideas in what the name of the new school should be. The King Henry VIII name will continue in some form. So what are the positives? Aside from ensuring that both schools continue to exist into the future, the merger will bring the best that both schools have to offer together and allow us to offer so much more. There will be much needed investment at both sites that will allow us to upgrade facilities. I have more questions. Where do I find out more information? You can visit the project website www.coventryschool.org, which has an FAQ section which gives further details and explanations on the justifications for the merger, the processes forthcoming and the intended outcomes. We hope that you will continue to support us and be interested in the progress of the School. This is the next exciting chapter for our fantastic school. With regards, Philip M Dearden Headmaster
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bohica
coventry
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1419 of 1422  Thu 15th Oct 2020 8:50pm  
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This should never have been allowed to happen. Unless they dump the numpties that they call 'management', in a very short period they will be in the same position again. Angry
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Ken Dickson
High Hesket Cumbria
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1420 of 1422  Thu 15th Oct 2020 11:34pm  
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Midland Red, The decision to amalgamate King Henry's and Bablake, will, I am sure, upset many ex-pupils of both eminent scholastic establishments. I have friends who attended both. Approaching my 11+ in 1952 my parents received a letter from the Coventry Education Authority asking them to select which school they would like me to attend should I be successful in passing my 11+. My father, being very left wing and trade unionist said he would not contemplate me going to King Henry's or Bablake and selected Coventry Technical School as his first choice. He worked in the Toolroom at Morris Engines at that time. I respect any Toolroom workers regardless of their political opinions. If I remember correctly, at that time, the options, should I pass my 11+, were Bablake, King Henry's, Coventry Technical School, John Gulson and Churchfield High. My wish was to go to King Henry's. I did pass my 11+ and went to Coventry Technical School, which a year later combined with Templars Boys to form Woodlands in 1954. My father and myself had an altercation at the time of my leaving school, he wanted me to take an apprenticeship at Morris Engines, I wanted to join the Royal Navy. Eventually he relented, and I had a very successful and enjoyable 24 years in the Royal Navy. These events did not alter the loving relationship I had with my father.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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1421 of 1422  Fri 16th Oct 2020 9:19am  
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It’s the Henry's numbers that have dwindled and ultimately prompted the decision. The Foundation consulted no parents before the move was announced - even the teachers only found out about it literally hours before and they are all now going to have re-apply for their jobs, given there are x2 lots of year staff. Roll eyes
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JRL
Binley Woods
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1422 of 1422  Sun 25th Oct 2020 10:49pm  
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King Henry VIII Junior School has had a few different locations and is shortly to move back where it started. The location above is at 1 Belvedere Road where the Junior school moved to in 1941 after being bombed out of the main school building. I was there from 1941 to 1943 when I moved on to the main school. The photograph is taken in the back garden. A swimming pool is on the left, not used at all. Whilst there we had a 3 shifts system, of which you attended 2 shifts a day. The worst was if you had a day with first and last shifts. I’ve been asked why only the surnames are on the photo? Everyone used surnames, we only used Christian names with personal friends. Derek Skelcher covered some of this back in May 2017. I hope I’ve identified him correctly.
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