Saturday, 15 December 2018

New principal for town college

THE Henley College is delighted to announce the appointment of its new principal Jayne Davis.

THE Henley College is delighted to announce the appointment of its new principal Jayne Davis.

Jayne joins The Henley College from Havant Sixth Form College in Hampshire where she was deputy principal.

Having originally read Economics at the University of Wales, Jayne undertook her PGCE in economics and business studies. She has been head of the business departments of both Ormskirk Grammar School and Totton College and has worked in the sixth form college sector for almost 15 years.

Her areas of expertise include quality improvement, improving teaching and learning, learner progress tracking, curriculum assessment and the use of digital technology.

Jayne said: “It is a real privilege to be selected to lead a college with such an excellent reputation. I am excited about joining the Henley community and helping the college to go from strength-to-strength in the coming years.”

Jasminder Love, chair of governors, said: “Jayne has an excellent track record in the education sector and her appointment was confidently ratified by the governing body.

“In Jayne, we have found someone with the experience, skills and ambition to drive our vision to be an outstanding sixth form college for all.”

Jayne will be the first permanent female principal in The Henley College’s 410-year history, succeeding Tom Espley who retired at the end of December after 10 years in the post.

HEMDEAN House provides affordable, independent education within a friendly and supportive learning environment.

There are class sizes of around 16 boys and girls in the junior school and 12 girls in the senior school.

The school places great emphasis on pastoral care: staff seek to identify, nurture and celebrate every pupil’s gifts and talents.

They develop an active partnership with parents, recognising that only a full understanding of their child’s personality and interests will allow them to make learning a true adventure.

Teachers get to know each one of the girls and boys and they in turn know they have a real contribution to make to the school community. Their confidence grows with support and nurturing from our dedicated and experienced teaching staff.

Many of the pupils achieve level five or six in English and maths at the end of year six and gain places at their first choice of senior school, including successful admissions to Kendrick and Reading schools.

At GCSE level results continue to be excellent: this year 71 per cent of GCSE grades were A* to C, including English and maths. All students achieved the required grades to study at their first-choice sixth forms.

Pupils leave Hemdean House as confident, respectful and self-motivated students — ready for the next stage of their education.

Contact Hemdean House School in Caversham on 0118 947 2590, email or visit

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