King Henry VIII School

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

Bob Carlton (1950 -)

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 Girl was 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.

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.

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.

Andy Goode (1980 -)

Andy Goode is a Rugby Union player.  Formerly a member of Leicester Tigers, he also played for Wasps, who are now resident in the Ricoh arena, Coventry.

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 – )

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.

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 Rugby 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 -)

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.

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.


Nick Skelton (1971 – 1974)

Nick is a former British equestrian who competed in show jumping. He retired at the age of 59 years old, in April 2017. He has competed numerous times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning three golds, three silvers and three bronzes both individually and with the British team over a 26-year time period. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics where he helped the British team to a silver medal. He currently holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record, which he set in 1978.

In 2012, at the age of 54, Skelton won the Olympic gold medal as part of the winning Great Britain team. In 2016, at the age of 58, Skelton won the Individual Olympic gold medal at his seventh Olympic Games.

Robert Clift (1977 – 1981)

He was a member of the Great Britain squad in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul where they won a gold medal. His preferred position was inside left. He also won silver with the England squad at the 1986 Hockey World Cup

John Marquez (1982 – 1988)

John is a British actor and cinematographer, best known for his role as PC Joe Penhale in hit ITV Comedy/Drama Series Doc Martin and Ray Wilson in Kay Mellor Drama In The Club.

Brian Matthew (1939 – 1946) (Deceased April 2017)

English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years from 1954 until 2017. He was the host of Saturday Club among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades.

Alex T Smith (1996 – 2003)

Alex T. Smith is an author and illustrator of several children’s books, including Primrose, Egg, Ella and the Claude book series. He was the illustrator for World Book Day 2014.

Courtenay Griffiths QC (1968 – 1974)

Courtenay Griffiths QC has been involved in some of the most high-profile and notable cases of the past two decades. He has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and International Criminal Law and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding jury advocates of his generation.

Martine Croxall (1981 – 1987)

Martine is a British journalist and television news presenter working for the BBC and is currently one of the main presenters on the BBC News Channel.

Elizabeth Copper (1980 – 1987)

Liz is the BBC’s North Midlands reporter, based at BBC Radio Stoke.

Dr Qanta Ahmed (1979 – 1986)

Dr. Qanta Ahmed is a Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). She is also a journalist, and has provided radio and media commentary including the BBC World Service, BBC World Have Your Say, Voice of America, WNPR and NPR, CNN, Fox, C-Span, CUNY TV, Al Arabiya and many others.

She is a frequent Op-Ed columnist to the Dutch National Trouw and Israel’s Ha’aretz and is also published in the Jerusalem Post, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Daily, USA Today, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Beast, Pakistan’s The Daily Times, Gulf News, The Times of Israel, The Investigative Project on Terrorism and the World Policy Journal. She is a Templeton Cambridge Fellow in Journalism, focusing on suicide bombing. Her expertise was called upon in June 2012, when she testified at the request of the Homeland Security Committee in the 5th Investigative Hearings on Radical Islam in the United States.

Dr. Ahmed is a noted national and international speaker and has addressed the National Press Club in Washington DC, The Union League Club of Philadelphia, The Citadel in Charleston SC, Cambridge University, Glasgow Caledonian University, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh and Jeddah, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health, the US Consulate in Jeddah, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, FIFA’s medical research committee at Qatar’s Aspetar in Doha (home of the 2022 World Cup) and many other venues.

Shane Geraghty (1997 – 2002)

Shane is an English rugby union player who most recently played for Bristol Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.

Sir John Egan (1956 – 1958)

Sir John Egan is a British industrialist, associated with businesses in the automotive, airports, construction and water industries.

Gary Hoffman (1972 – 1979)

Gary Andrew Hoffman is the chief executive of Hastings Insurance. He was formerly the chief executive of Northern Rock and NBNK.

Mark Walden (1984 – 1991)

Mark Walden is the award-winning author of the H.I.V.E. series of novels. He was a senior producer in charge of developing PlayStation games for Sony before taking up writing full-time

Tim Hands (1976 – 1981)

Tim, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, is a three time Emmy Award winner for his outstanding work as a dialogue and ADR supervisor on an impressive CV of blockbuster films and TV series. His most recent win was last year for ‘Outstanding Sound Editing’ on cult TV series Game of Thrones. His work on this series had also won an Emmy in 2012 and received three further nominations, while he received his first Emmy in 2005 for work on movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Lorna Daly (née Syson) (1997 – 2004)

Textile and surface designer who set up her own business producing wallpapers, lampshades, stationery, cushions and fabrics.  John Lewis is a stockist.

Fay McConkey (1984 – 1991)

Fay is a Special Effects Production Manager.  She has worked for Double Negative on some huge films including Total Recall, Angels and Demons and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Daniel Friebe (1988 – 1995)

Daniel Friebe is a leading cycling journalist and has covered at least seven Tour de France races. He is Features Editor of Procycling magazine and has written on a range of subjects as well as appearing on radio and television as an expert pundit on cycling. Daniel collaborated with Mark Cavendish on the best-selling ‘Boy Racer’.  His next book, Mountain High, a book on Europe’s greatest cycle climbs, was shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards 2012. His most recent title is ‘Eddy Merckx the Cannibal’, a biography of the legendary Belgian rider.

Mandy Bhandal Jensen (1986 – 1993)

Mandy Bhandal Jensen

News Editor at TV 2 Denmark.  Highly experienced journalist with almost 20 years of broadcasting experience in leading media organisations both within Denmark and in the UK.

Melissa Kite (1983 – 1990)

Melissa is a British journalist, and current columnist for The Spectator and GQ. She has also written articles for several other newspapers, including the Daily Mail and was deputy political editor of The Sunday Telegraph until March 2011.

Donald Trelford (1948 – 1956)

Donald a British journalist and academic, who was editor of The Observer newspaper from 1975 to 1993. He was also a director of The Observer from 1975 to 1993 and chief executive from 1992 to 1993.

John Skelton (1939 – 1953)

Sculptor whose craftsmanship in wood and stone lives on in cathedrals, parks and villages.


T.E. Dunville was one of the leading eccentric comedians on the music-hall stage.

Jack Parsons

The Rev. Canon John Henry Parsons MC (30 May 1890 – 2 February 1981) was an English first-class cricketer for Warwickshire County Cricket Club. A right-handed batsman, he made 17969 runs at 35.72 in his 355-game career which extended over 26 years. He became a Church of England clergyman.

Leonard Lord

Leonard Percy Lord, 1st Baron Lambury KBE was a captain of the British motor industry.

Ray Lund

Raymond Douglas Lund is a British anatomist. He is professor of ophthalmology at the John Moran Eye Center. He was previously professor of anatomy at the University of Cambridge