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East Berkshire College (in Langley and Windsor) and Strode’s College in Egham formally merged on 9 May 2017 to create a larger college group under the name, The Windsor Forest Colleges Group. We are delighted that the partnership with Strode’s College 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.

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

Ofsted Feedback on the new merged college

Since merger we have received positive progress reports from a Senior HMI at our Ofsted monitoring visits:

"I was pleased to note that although the college merger would have taken a large amount of time and energy, significant progress was still made through the previous academic year in improving learners’ experiences and outcomes"

"You have implemented a new teaching and learning strategy with a clear focus on developing teachers’ skills and practice"

"Improving outcomes give weight to the contention that this new strategy is having immediate positive impact"

"I was particularly impressed with the progress that has been made in developing your learners’ work-related skills" 

Legacy Inspection Reports

Strode’s College was inspected in December 2016 and rated Good with Outstanding features. The report highlighted:

"That the proportion of high grades has risen across the curriculum"

"The achievement of A*-C grades in GCSE maths is outstanding"

"Students progress to positive destinations"

"Staff across the College are enthusiastic and students develop good team-working and communication skills"

Read the full Strode's Ofsted report here.

Former East Berkshire College (Langley and Windsor) was last inspected in November 2016. The report highlighted that :

"Apprenticeship provision was graded as good overall, with learners making good progress towards achieving their qualifications on time"

"Apprentices benefit from highly individualised learning programmes, with teachers using good vocational experience to make learning interesting and relevant"

"Students benefit from high-quality practical classes in which they develop good employment skills" 

QAA quality review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at East Berkshire College following its last review in May 2015. QAA judged that East Berkshire College’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.

QAA Quality Matrix

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