Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:20

Langley College celebrate class of 2019

Langley College showcased the very best in its specialist technical vocational education and training at the recent 2019 Student Awards evening. Nominated students joined their proud families, tutors, governors and VIP guest The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema to recognise academic excellence and achievement, exceptional dedication and contribution.

Commenting on the unique role Langley College plays in the community supporting the academic and skills development of local students, Rowan Cookson, Principal of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, said: “Tonight is about celebrating the success of our students and staff across all curriculum areas at the College. You have pursued such diverse pathways – we have aspiring engineers, nurses, teachers, builders, business owners and leaders with us tonight. Careers which are fundamental in shaping the world of tomorrow and we are very proud of you all.

“You have achieved great success, and your achievement at Langley College is a stepping stone for you to set yourself new ambitions, to challenge yourself to go higher and further. Savour this moment, enjoy tonight and inspire others through your own success and achievement.”

This year over 125 students were shortlisted for the prestigious awards which included prizes for Endeavour, Excellence, Best English, Best Maths, Most Promising and Best Higher Education Student.

A particular highlight of the evening was the award for the Most Outstanding Student which went to Hair and Beauty learner Michelle Moran. Michelle collected her award from the Mayor in recognition of her focus, five star commitment and ability. Nominated by her tutor for her enthusiastic work ethic and the support provided by Michelle to the other students on her course, she is described as one of the most inspiring individuals her lecturer has had the pleasure of teaching.

The Most Promising student Lauren Yates was inspired to sign up to the Access to HE Social Sciences and Education course by her young daughter Daisy. Commenting that she wanted to make Daisy proud she said: “After school one day my niece said she’d had to draw a picture of what her mummy did as work, and I thought ‘what is Daisy going to draw for me?’ So, I signed up for the Access course and am now progressing to Royal Holloway, University of London to study Psychology and Criminology.”

The evening’s other award winners include:

Best Higher Education student - Áine Sadler (Teacher Training)

Best English student - Adam Jellis

Best Maths student - Josephine Robinson

Langley College offers a wide range of courses designed to meet the needs of the local community and employers. With courses for schools leavers, adults and those wishing to pursue a degree, the College is renowned for its exceptional facilities and industry links. To find out more visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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As Europe decided the fate of its MEPs in the recent elections Strode’s College students were given behind the scenes access to the European Parliament. First year A Level students Athena Jamaranian and Henry Denegri were two of just 18 young people selected from across all EU countries to join the 2019 ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) Young Visitor Programme. The students spent five days seeing first-hand what happens at the EU headquarters in Belgium. 

The programme is aimed at 16 to 21 year olds, who do not have the connections or the means, to get acquainted with the EU institutions. Athena and Henry spent a week in Brussels enjoying an extensive and unparalleled insight into how the European Parliament operates, researches, legislates and represents on a daily basis.

Commenting on the experience Athena said: “It was so nice to meet people from different countries that I wouldn’t have done anywhere else. It was amazing to see the different places in the Parliament, and to have a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what goes on there. The EU is a massive part of our lives which we don’t fully realise, so being able to understand our country and the countries around us at such a young age is super important for us all.”

Athena and Henry joined young people from ten other EU countries ranging from Finland, Netherland and Austria to Portugal, Lithuania and Bulgaria. During their five days in Brussels they attended European Parliament talks, the Human Rights Watch and went to a meeting at Facebook. They visited the actual European Parliament Chamber where politicians meet to discuss major issues, met journalists and Catherine Bearder the Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

Commenting on the value of the trip Gill Phillips who is responsible for student engagement at Strode’s said: “A highlight of studying at Strode’s is the extracurricular enrichment opportunities. We believe that the further we can deepen student learning and understanding, the richer their sixth form experience will be. Athena and Henry had unrivalled access to the workings of the EU Parliament which can only broaden their perspective of modern-day politics.”

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Langley College Hairdressing students brought the Oscars to Berkshire for their 2019 end of year Hair Catwalk Show. Students took the famous film awards and its iconic golden statue theme to the extreme. Their avant-garde styles showcased their creativity and skill, impressing the panel of professional judges including Linsey Toon from hairdressing partner Francescos and Ruth White from hair giant Wella.

Commenting on the high standards displayed on the evening  Salon Manager and judge Angel DeFranceschi, who runs the commercial salons at the College’s specialist hairdressing centre, said: “Avant-garde Oscars is a great opportunity for students to really be inventive and experimental with  their ideas while drawing on all their training to execute their designs professionally. We were impressed with how the students interpreted the brief to demonstrate their skills and technical ability. The techniques used and overall looks have been of a really high standard.”

Student Nikita Gill was named the overall winner for her design ‘Oscar’, Molly Beldom came second with ‘Film Reals’ and Zahida Fasil hit third place with a ‘Futuristic’ inspired creation. Student Lewis Fulton was also recognised as best improved for the year with a classic Oscars styleHaving completed the two year programme the Hairdressing students are now fully qualified to work in professional salons. Miss DeFranceschi explained: “During the two years here at Langley our hairdressing students learn all the skills and techniques required to successfully work in this industry. Once they leave us they are fully skilled and ready to pick up the scissors in any salon.”

The College salons are equipped with the very latest in hair technologies and are accredited by haircare giant Wella. The professionally equipped facilities include two commercial salons, one training salon with professional styling stations, two commercial beauty treatment rooms and all the latest industry equipment.

For further information on the full range of Hairdressing courses available please go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/courses

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is celebrating its second birthday. Staff and students gathered last week to mark the merger between Strode’s College and East Berkshire College to form the Group which is now ranked 7th in the UK national league tables*.

Since the merger in 2017, the three colleges in the Group - Langley, Strode’s and Windsor have all seen a huge shift in the quality of both teaching provision and student outcomes. Strode’s College celebrated record-breaking A Level results in 2018, both Strode’s and Windsor achieved 100% pass rate for all BTEC courses and 41% of Langley College Level 3 students now progress to university.

Kate Webb, Group Principal and CEO said: “Two years ago, two wonderful colleges came together – East Berkshire College and Strode’s College. Today we have three incredible campuses. Windsor and Strode’s deliver a fantastic sixth form education and Langley delivers a progressive technical education. Together we are better and stronger and over the last two years thousands of students have benefitted from the new college group.”

By bringing the extensive vocational and technical expertise together with Strode’s sixth form experience the College’s Group has strengthened all aspects of its provision. During the last two years there has been significant curriculum development, improved student results, improving Ofsted reports and recent Matrix re-accreditation in recognition of the Colleges high standards of advice and support service.

Ms Webb concluded: “We’ve come a long way in two years and as a committed team we’ve delivered some incredible achievements. Our sum of expertise is definitely greater than our individual parts and I am excited to see what the next two years bring.”

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