Spotlight on Henley Charity – Henley Educational Trust

The Henley Educational Trust is a local charity that has a history of providing confidential educational financial assistance to needy families since 1604.

In order to receive assistance you must be under 25 years and live in Henley, Bix, Rotherfield Greys or Remenham parishes.  You could also currently attend Gillotts, Valley Road, Badgemore, Trinity, Sacred Heart or the Henley College.

The Trust has helped many young people with the cost of school uniform and shoes.  It has also helped with costs towards residential and non-residential educational trips.  Grants are also awarded for up to 90% of membership fees for sports clubs, music tuition, playgroup fees.  Grants are also available for expenses and travel costs to attend competitions and tournaments. The trust also provides the Henley partnership of schools with financial support.

The board of trustees is made up of local people with particular interest in educational needs.  One of the trustees is Maureen Smith who was the Deputy Head of Trinity school for over 20 years, Maureen has been a Trustee for over 15 years.

Maureen still has many connections with local schools, teachers and pupils. Communication between the schools and the trust are extremely important to ensure the trusts finances are put to the best use.

Over the time Maureen has been involved with the Henley Educational Trust, she has overseen many successful applications for a variety of causes, giving children and young adults amazing opportunities to further their education, their sporting achievements, and also their health and well-being through counselling. Maureen is delighted that many of the pupils she has known over the years have greatly benefited from the work the Trust has undertaken.

The charity meets 6 times a year to discuss applications.  The Trust’s Chairman is Colin Homent and there are nine Trustees currently with representation from Henley Town Council along with Trustees who have been invited to help.

Should you want further information please visit our website or contact the Clerk on

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