Find your Spark

Inspirational Spark of the Week

Mrs Sally Pike

  • Name:
    Sally Pike - Careers Adviser
  • Main Sparks:
    Careers, Sixth Form Mock Interview Evening, 
  • Additional Sparks:
    School Council, Peer Support, Helping out on many school trips and school events
  • Number of Years Teaching and at Henry's:
    Qualified in 1991, started at Henry's in November 2006
  • Favourite Henry's Spark:
    Every Results Day - seeing so many students who achieve what they deserve and head off to exciting opportunities. 
  • Funniest Henry's Spark:
    I'm afraid that it was when the fire safety man at one of the Inset training sessions demonstrated how to put out a fire, but the flames shot up and singed his eye brows right off!
  • Teaching Spark:
    The moment you see a student realise that they can make a decision to move forward and get excited!
  • What's your main Henry's Spark:
    The students, undoubtedly! It's so much fun to work with such creative and aspirational young people!
  • If you could invite 4 people to a dinner party who would you choose?
    Michelle Obama, Rik Mayall, Thierry Henry and my Dad.
  • Desert Island Discs – 3 things you would bring with you to a desert island:
    My basketball, my smart phone and "can I take my daughter too??"
  • Spark Rating (Out of 5): *****

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire

William Butler Yeats.

Irish poet William Butler Yeats adapted his famous quote from ideas stated much earlier by Socrates and Plutarch. His idea is a great one; pupils should be inspired to learn, not simply filled with facts to remember. All too often such ideas are forgotten in today's exam-focused education system.

At King Henry VIII School we believe that every pupil has within them a spark of talent. It is our job to find that spark and to fan it to a flame of spectacular achievement. Our new film #KHVIIIspark features pupils from every year group enjoying the things at school that they do best; learning, exploring,questioning, being brave and challenging themselves.

The film opens with Year 8 Oscar who is currently wowing the crowds in the West End musical 'School of Rock'. The Year 7 band, Purple Brainz' made a massive impact with their White Stripes cover at the Coventry Young Performer event recently. Other features in the film include pupils finding their spark of talent in Art, Geography, Netball, Chemistry and Cricket. The spark and flame theme even continues into our nationally renowned Outdoor Education programme where Year 10 are currently enjoying their Duke of Edinburgh Award training around the campfire. The film draws to a close with a return to Purple Brainz in full flow and the applause cuts to the Year 13 students receiving their exam results. Whilst the school continues to achieve enviable GCSE and A Level results every year, we also celebrate daily the talents, friendship and enthusiasm of our pupils.

Ours is a special school community and we hope the film gives just a little insight into how your child might thrive at King Henry VIII School.

If you would like further details, please use the links on the side to explore our school further.

The making of...

We had lots of fun making the film and were in excellent hands with the Jones Millbank film crew. A few photos were taken whilst the filming took place at school. Thank you to all the students involved. Please share the video!

Jones Millbank Video Production

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