Henley resident and Director-General of the BBC, Lord Tony Hall joined hundreds of new students at The Henley College this week. Lord Hall wasn’t there to enrol but, like the record number of new joiners, he was excited to find out more about the range of opportunities on offer and to discover how the college is planning for the future.
The plans include a new college radio station and a revamped TV studio as well as a range of community projects backed by the Mayor. The Principal and Chief Executive, Satwant Deol, who is herself a computer scientist, also outlined proposals to attract more young women into Science and Technology subjects. She told Lord Hall that success rates at The Henley College are higher than ever and described how that success continues beyond college as 90% of former students who go on to Russell Group universities achieve a First or a 2:1, that’s 4% better than students from Independent schools.
Lord Hall has promised to return to The Henley College soon to meet more students and talk further about supporting the development of creative and technology offers for students. He said: “I have really enjoyed the sense of energy about the place and the plans for the future are very exciting. Henley should be very proud of what the college has achieved and will achieve in the future.”