Last weekend I took the chance to explore some of Coventry's more interesting spots - as part of the Heritage Open Day weekend. As part of my day, I went back to school. My old school is King Henry VIII School. I was a pupil there from 1997-2004 and I have a lot to thank the place for, none more so than it's where I met and started going out with my the woman who is now my wife!
Anyway, I'd only been back to the school once since I left after my A-levels, and that was for a funeral in the main school hall, so wasn't the happiest of occasions. I was fascinated to see how it had (or hadn't) changed as well as getting a glimpse of the infamous swimming pool - something that was promised for almost every KHVIII alumnus and alumna I know. The visit was really interesting; it focused on the story of how the school was damaged during the World War II bombing raid on Coventry in April 1941 - it's something we were never really told about as pupils and, to be honest, we probably would never have been interested in.
Not that much has changed really - a little bit more tech in the classrooms and plenty of motivational branding on site, but otherwise it felt like the same space that was my educational home...it certainly evoked plenty of memories and reminded me how lucky I was to study there. The only thing I would have liked was for the tour to include a stop in the main school hall - which includes the first stage I ever played a live gig on - but I guess there was only so much they could show us in an hour. These pics are probably not the most interesting to many of you, but they have a sentimental value to me and show off a few details I never noticed when I was a pupil there - that parquet flooring on the top corridor, wow! Also, I now have photographic proof of at least the outside of the swimming pool!
Check back here over the next few days for more of my Heritage Open Day pics.