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The Windsor Forest Colleges group was formed in May 2017 following a merger between East Berkshire College (in Langley and Windsor) and Strode’s College in Egham. We are delighted that the partnership creates a fantastic dual campus sixth form provision at Windsor College and Strode’s College alongside our vocational offering at Langley College. This enlarged group allows us to benefit from the individual strengths of each of the colleges.

Ofsted Rates the Windsor Forest Colleges Group as 'GOOD'

In its first full inspection since the merger between East Berkshire College (Langley and Windsor) and Strode’s College (Egham) – the newly formed Windsor Forest Colleges Group, which comprises the three separate colleges, has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted.

The group was visited by Ofsted under its new inspection framework in November 2019, which saw a team of 11 inspectors explore all aspects of teaching, learning, support and outcomes at each of the colleges. The following key points were made within the report.

  • The inspectors praised the learning environment stating in the report: Learners and apprentices benefit from a calm and respectful learning environment. They value, and gain confidence from the high levels of support and care from staff. Behaviour in lessons and across all college centres is very good and learners feel safe.”
  • They also highlighted the strength of careers guidance provided noting that “most learners who intend to progress to higher education do so, often to their first-choice institution”.
  • Inspectors noted how learners benefit from teachers who are industry professionals learning from their experience and “professional practice”.
  • They were also impressed with the quality of teaching and the way the learning is delivered, reporting: “Teachers sequence and deliver the curriculum in a logical and well-planned way. Learners build on the key knowledge and skills they have learnt, consolidate these through practice and apply them effectively in both practical and theoretical situations.”
  • They highlighted the support and added-value provided to students through the tutorial programme, commenting: “Learners develop a good understanding of wider society through a well-planned tutorial programme as well as the promotion of relevant content in lessons. Teachers encourage learners to take an active interest in current affairs and to be critical thinkers.”
  • The inspectors commented on the specialist provision for learners with high needs, commenting that “Teachers work well with support staff to ensure that learners with high needs are well supported.” But also commented on the need to ensure a small number of learners are given the opportunity to learn and progress further on their courses. This was noted as an area “requiring improvement”. The college has confirmed to inspectors that steps are already underway to address the issues raised.

To read the full report click here. Read our media release here.

QAA quality review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has placed its official stamp of approval regarding the quality and standards of Higher Education provision at The Windsor Forest Colleges Group following its last review in September 2019. QAA judged that the Group's academic standards and the quality of its student learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

This successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.  

 To view the full report, click here.

College National League Tables 2018

We are delighted that, so soon after merger, The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is a leading performer in a national college league table. Published at last year’s Association of Colleges National Conference, the league table is the work of journalists at leading industry newspaper FE Week. Colleges across the country have received scores based on learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, destination data for 16 to 18-year-olds and destination data for adult students. 

Overall, The Windsor Forest Colleges Group has been ranked as having the joint 7th highest score in the country out of over 200 FE Colleges.  The college scored highest in employer satisfaction, with data taken from the government’s latest FE Choices employer satisfaction survey and learner satisfaction, taken from the government’s latest national learner survey.

With the highest college scoring 35 points in total, the table marks The Windsor Forest Colleges Group out as a high performer and is a good indicator of progress made in the last year.

Overall college league table scores for The Windsor Forest Colleges Group College

Learner SatisfactionEmployer Satisfaction16-18 Positive DestinationsAdult Positive DestinationsTotal Points
7 9 9 4 29

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