At the start of the year, there were 1150 pupils on roll.
Apart from their lessons, our pupils participate in a wide range of activities such as field trips and visits to exhibitions, universities and language centres. The Eisteddfodau held to commemorate St David's Day provides pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in song, dance, readings, and recitations.
Our pupils also continue to participate in, to enjoy and benefit from a wide range of musical activities. The school values the services of the County Borough's peripatetic music staff, who provide tuition in woodwind, strings, brass, guitar and drums.
Sports teams compete successfully in regular fixtures against local schools, with many of our students gaining representative honours.
The School Council and the Year Councils meet on a regular basis and this enable our students to have a voice in the running of the school. There are two Associate Student representatives on the governing body of the school.
The school's tradition of public speaking and debating goes from strength to strength. Teams from Y7, Y9, Y10, Y12 and Y13 participate in the Youth Speaks competition sponsored by Abergavenny Rotary Club and teams also compete with distinction in events organized by the English Speaking Union and the Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC).
Taster lessons are held for Y11 students as an introduction to the range of courses, which will be available in the sixth form at KHS.
Pupils at King Henry VIII School remain, on the whole, happy, courteous and well mannered; they are enthusiastic and keen to benefit from the many opportunities that are on offer in the school.