The Henley College (Henley-on-Thames)

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The Henley College
Established 1987
Type Further education/sixth form college
Location Deanfield Avenue
England England Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°54′29″W / 51.536°N 0.908°W / 51.536; -0.908
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE number ???/8001
DfE URN 130789 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Ages 16+
Former name King James's College and South Oxfordshire Technical College
Website The Henley College

The Henley College is a sixth form college college in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. It was founded as a tertiary college in 1987 and changed its status to a sixth form college in 2010. It is the only sixth form college in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

History and origins[edit]


The college owes its foundation to the two great traditions in British education- academic and vocational. These two traditions came together in the early seventeenth century in the Chantry House in Henley with the founding of the Free Grammar School of King James I (in 1604) and the Charity School endowed by Dame Elizabeth Periam (in 1609). The two schools were amalgamated in 1778- thus anticipating the founding of a tertiary college (combining a further education and a sixth form college)in 1987.[1]


The two colleges from which The Henley College was formed (King James's College of Henley and the South Oxfordshire Technical College) were controlled by Oxfordshire County Council. The merger of the two led (in 1987) to a newly incorporated tertiary college responsible to the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) for running its own affairs (notably estates, finance and personnel). Later, in 2010, the college applied for, and was granted, sixth form college status.


The college consists of two sites, Deanfield and Rotherfield. A third site, Southfield, was demolished in 1998 and the land sold to fund improvements to the rest of the site, notably a new building on the Deanfield site

The College today[edit]

The college boasts an impressive range of academic and vocational courses including some 40 plus GCE A levels, the International Bacalaureate and a number of vocational and part-time day and evening courses.It has achieved notable success in the fields of sport music drama and the performing arts. Among the sports on offer are rugby union, football, basketball, netball and rowing.College rugby benefits from a link with the London Wasps academy. A recently completed sports hall has been built at a cost of £2m Since its foundation the college has more than doubled in size and its catchment area has extended to cover a large part of the Thames Valley. In recognition of its outstanding quality and reputation the College achieved national Beacon College status in 2010

College alumni (including those from previous colleges/schools)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allen. The Henley College. Tempus. ISBN 0 7524 3246 X. 

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