The Henley College (Henley-on-Thames)

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Henley College
Deanfield Avenue


Coordinates51°32′10″N 0°54′29″W / 51.536°N 0.908°W / 51.536; -0.908Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°54′29″W / 51.536°N 0.908°W / 51.536; -0.908
TypeFurther education/sixth form college
Local authorityOxfordshire
Department for Education URN130789 Tables
PrincipalSatwant Deol
Former nameKing James's College and South Oxfordshire Technical College

The Henley College is a sixth form 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.

History and origins[edit]

The college's roots date back to 1604, when the Free Grammar School of King James I was founded at the Chantry House in Henley. The Charity School, which was more vocational than academic, was endowned by Dame Elizabeth Periam in 1609. The two schools were amalgamated in 1778.[1] The two colleges from which The Henley College was formed, King James's College 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. In 2010 the college applied for sixth form college status, which was granted.

The college today[edit]

The college offers a range of academic and vocational courses including more than 40 A-Levels and a number of vocational and part-time day and evening courses. Among the sports on offer are rugby union, football, basketball, netball and rowing. College rugby is linked with the London Wasps academy. A recently completed sports hall has been built at a cost of £2 million. 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. The college achieved national Beacon College status in 2010.

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.

Notable college alumni[edit]


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

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