Governors announce plans for a merger between The Windsor Forest Colleges Group and Berkshire College of Agriculture.

The Boards of Governors at The Windsor Forest Colleges Group (TWFCG) and Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) have agreed in principle to merge, with a target date of July 2022.  The colleges will now enter a period of consultation and due diligence after which a final decision will be made. The proposed merger seeks to preserve, celebrate and extend the distinctive features of each college while forming a larger, dynamic and more resilient Group, which will increase opportunity and aspirations for young people, adults and employers in the region. The merger will bring together the expertise of the two organisations, both rated Good by Ofsted, which includes the flourishing Sixth Form offer at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges, progressive technical and vocational education at Langley College, and the specialist land-based and vocational programmes at BCA. Chair of Governors for The Windsor Forest Colleges Group – Angela Wellings commented on this mutual decision which will... Read more

Langley College to host new rapid testing centre for Slough Borough Council residents

Langley College is working with Slough Borough Council to enable a raft of new rapid flow testing centres to open across the borough.  From Tuesday 19th January, residents will be able to book appointments or drop in at a new testing hub at Langley College Sports Hall, Langley Road. Rapid testing, or community Covid testing, is available to anyone wishing to know if they have Covid but does not have Covid symptoms.  People administer the tests themselves and results are sent by text or email in under an hour.  The Langley College site increases capacity in Slough for rapid testing from one current hub operating at The Centre, Farnham Road.  Slough Borough Council will also be announcing the location of a range of mobile sites, which will be changing weekly. Kate Webb, CEO and Group Principal of Windsor Forest Colleges Group, explained: “We felt it was absolutely right to work with Slough Borough... Read more

ESOL Courses Now Free

Windsor Forest Colleges Group has decided to waive the fees on their English for Speakers of Other Languages courses (ESOL) to help those financially hit by the pandemic to continue learning. The courses, which are delivered at all three of the group’s colleges - Langley, Strode’s and Windsor, will now be completely free* for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21.  The CEO and Group Principal Kate Webb said, “We know under this current lockdown even more people are being furloughed, or are at risk of redundancy and are worried about committing money to pay for these vital courses. We have therefore taken the decision to waive the fees for the remainder of this academic year to ensure everyone can access the ESOL programmes without any financial barriers.” The ESOL courses are aimed at people who have been resident in the UK for at least three years and who need to improve... Read more

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