How Henley Helps

We caught up with current student, Fiona Trew, who spoke about her time at Henley and how the college has supported her across multiple aspects of life.

We recently had the chance to speak with a current student at the college named Fiona Trew. Fiona joined The Henley College from Great Marlow School and is studying Criminology, Computer Science, Photography and is also carrying out an EPQ. We were lucky enough to get the chance to ask Fiona about some of her best times at the college, what she plans to do next and her general opinions on Henley as an education establishment. Have a read below to find out all of the details and get an insight into the type of education setting we are!


“I was originally attracted to The Henley College because of the Photography course! The combination of both technical learning and having the opportunity to be experimental within the course seemed like a really good balance that would set me up well for the future.

Upon joining the college and being a full-time student here, I have really enjoyed and valued the freedom that the college gives you as a student. There is a lot more independence given and it definitely feels like a step up from school. I also have appreciated the support that is offered and given to students when it is needed.

One thing that stands out to me about the courses I do is the relaxed atmosphere in the classrooms. It creates a much more positive working environment. It’s amazing what a first name basis can do! It definitely feels more personal and friendly which is good for everyone.

The college is brilliant at providing help in situations where there is disruption in a student’s life. I know that they have helped me through some really tough times while I have been here. The dedicated student services team is really good at offering support to students and in general, all the staff help a lot.

My best achievement while I have been at the college is overcoming my own personal battles and the college helped me through the worst of times. The support I have had has been great.

The college are always very active in making sure students have the best opportunities possible to do the best they can. There are always guest speakers coming to the college to share knowledge and experience, there are lots of opportunities for students to take advantage of.

On Wednesdays, we students have the opportunity to take part in an enrichment activity. I tried the enrichment rowing which was really fun and helpful for people who want to try something new, but maybe can’t afford to do it. It has helped me meet new people and take part in a new sport as well.

I had the opportunity to go to Oxford with the Art department and it was really fun because we got to just walk around the town, unsupervised doing photography for our projects, this really gives you that sense of freedom and independence to carry out a work project on your own, which prepares you well for having a job. I love that we are treated like young adults at college.

I have suggested and recommended The Henley College to several of my younger friends and family. I would recommend it to anyone because it is a great college.

After leaving Henley, I want to go onto university to study Criminology and believe that the college has prepared me really well to make this transition.”