Friday, 21 September 2018 14:32

Strode's College celebrates the class of 2018

Hot on the heels of Strode’s record breaking A Level performance last month comes the College’s celebrated Prize Giving Ceremony. The annual event recognises academic endeavour and excellence, exceptional effort and personal achievement. Students and their families joined proud teachers, trustees, governors, the Mayor of Runnymede, Worshipful Company of Coopers, local businesses, and Guest of Honour Fraser Jardine, a former fighter pilot, now enjoying a successful career in the television and broadcast industry. The evening showcases Strode’s strong reputation for outstanding academic results, progression to top universities and career paths.


A very proud Principal, Rowan Cookson said: “Congratulations to the class of 2018 who achieved record breaking A Level results with 99% pass rate, 67% high grade passes (A* to C) and a flawless 100% pass rate in their BTEC courses. It is an honour to celebrate the students who worked so hard and I would also like to recognise my colleagues for their outstanding commitment and teaching which are both pivotal to our outstanding success.”


During the evening 39 prizes were awarded. The prestigious Henry Strode prize and the Tercentenary Higher Education Bursary is awarded to the student who achieved the highest points score of all Strode’s College students in 2018. This year, the prize went to Oliver Sears who achieved a very impressive 500 UCAS points with his A*AAA in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics which earned him a coveted place at Durham University to study Physics.


The Strode's Foundation Academic Achiever's Award is awarded by the Trustees of the College to a student who demonstrated a very high level of academic excellence. This year the winner of the bursary of £1,000 for three years of university study went to Willow Rolls who secured her place at the University of Oxford to read Biochemistry by achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Highlights of the evening also included presentations from the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Team and Chloe Woodland who both won Coopers’ Travel Bursaries.

Strode’s will be holding an Open Day on Thursday 18 October, 4.30pm to 7.30pm. For further information please click here.

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Annual celebrations are underway at Strode’s College and Windsor College, part of the Windsor Forest College’s Group, where students achieved another year of excellent A Level results. Strode’s broke all records with an impressive 99% A level pass rate, while Windsor maintained its strong performance with a 93% overall pass rate. Both colleges performed outstandingly by achieving a flawless 100% in their BTEC Courses.

High grades were in abundance at Strode’s College with an impressive 68% achieving A*-C and 100% pass rate in over 80% of all A level subjects offered, exceeding national benchmarks.

Strode’s student Willow Roles has secured her place at the University of Oxford to read Biochemistry by achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Joshua Passey achieved a clean sweep of four A*s in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and is going on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Other stars in the A grade cohort include Eve Byrne, Thomas Ludlow, Oliver Sears, Rebecca Frymann and Krashna Bhagalia who all achieved three or more A*s and A grades.

Rowan Cookson, Principal of both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges said: “We are thrilled with these record-breaking results and are so proud of our students who have achieved first class grades. Such consistently high results across our extensive A level offer is testament to the exceptionally high standards of teaching and personal support that is the hallmark of our sixth form.”

She continued: “We are equally proud of our Level 3 BTEC results. Students achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate across the board with 79% achieving the best possible grades of Distinction* and Distinction (D*D).

Windsor College was also celebrating some exceptional results with a high number of students achieving straight As and 56% gaining A*-C grades. Top performing student Daanial Ahmed is taking his A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Economics to the Russell Group University of Bristol to study Computer Science while Andre Naroozi who achieved AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Maths is heading for a career in dentistry. Maria Avesta is also going on to study dentistry at the University of Plymouth after gaining AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

At Windsor, 13 subjects achieved 100% pass rate exceeding national benchmarks. Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish saw 100% achieving A*-C and 91% achieved A*-C in English Language.

Group Principal and CEO of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Kate Webb commented on the performance of both colleges: “This is the start of something wonderful. A new specialist 6th Form across two colleges offering the perfect combination of exceptional teaching and individual support.

“This is our first set of A level results since the colleges merged in 2017. We are delighted with the high standards achieved at both colleges and how this sets the tone for academic standards across our sixth form moving forward. We are conscious we are entering a new era of post-18 education, where university, higher apprenticeships or even employer training programmes offer a very different landscape. We have adapted our curriculum to enable students to follow the gold standard A Level pathway or develop the advanced technical skills of BTECs. Where we are different, is we also allow them to combine both A Levels and BTECs, providing the widest choice and opportunity.”

Strode’s and Windsor Colleges are part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group which also includes Langley College in Slough.

For those getting their GCSE results on 23 August, the Colleges will be open 9.00am to 5.00pm (Friday 4.30pm) with staff on hand for advice and late applications for their A level and BTEC courses.

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The newly formed Windsor Forest College’s Group will be launching a new Sixth Form programme at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges forthcoming open days on Thursday 28 June, 4-6pm (Windsor) and Thursday 5 July 5-8pm (Strode’s). The two Colleges bring together academic expertise, outstanding resources and facilities and the largest A Level and BTEC curriculum in the area.

“At 16 students are ready for a fresh start, often keen to go somewhere new and different for the next stage of their education. We find that those who choose college over staying at school are students who are looking for more independence while bridging the gap to university but still within a supportive and caring environment – the best of both worlds” commented Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

And that’s not the only way you get the best of both worlds at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges. Students looking to study both A Level and BTEC qualifications can do so with the Colleges’ Mix and Match option which enables students to build a tailored study programme best suited to their career ambitions.

It’s not just course choice and teaching excellence which the newly merged colleges offer students. Rowan Cookson, Principal at Strode’s College said: “We believe that the richer your time at college the better prepared you are for life after Strode’s or Windsor. Students can immerse themselves in a range of activities all designed to enhance their sixth form experience - from our very active Student Union which is the voice of students on both campuses to an exciting sports programme at Strode’s with teams competing at national and local level.”

Find out more at the Open Days on 28th June (Windsor College) and 5th July (Strode's College). Speak to the expert lecturing team, meet current students, and explore the facilities. For more information on the full range of courses offered at both Strode’s and Windsor visit sixthform.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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Windsor College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (17th August 2017) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an excellent 95%, with 10 students achieving A* grades in seven different subjects. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 subjects including English subjects, biology, law, further maths, fine art, Spanish, French and photography. The College’s overall A*-C pass rate was 68%.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Christopher Walden (aged 25, from Maidenhead), who achieved three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics.

“I can’t describe how happy I was when I opened my results. I never expected to come this far. I’m glad I decided to study at the College after many years out of education. My lecturers here were amazing, they believed in me and challenged me to go further. These results mean I can now go on to study maths at University College London – one of the best universities in the country!

“I didn’t enjoy school, but college was completely different. Education hasn’t changed but my attitude to it has. It is not about where you come from and start, it is about how hard you work and how much you want it. Education teaches you to be resilient and work through challenges and failures to build your character, as well as your subject knowledge. Studying at college has inspired me in so many ways, not just academically.”

The results are the climax of an incredible journey for Christopher, who left school with just a grade C in GCSE maths. He came to Windsor College three years ago to retake his GCSEs after seven years out of education. Having excelled at the college and discovered a new found love of maths, he achieved A* grades at GCSE and was inspired to continue his studies at A Level.

Josephine Ali (aged 18, from Windsor) was also elated with her results. Having achieved grade A in Business Studies, A in psychology and B in maths, Josephine has secured her place at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom to study Fashion Marketing and Business.

Josephine said: “I was so relieved when I saw my results. All the hard work I put in was worth it. I’ve made some great friends at Windsor College and the lecturers were very supportive. I’m really excited about the future and hope to work for a luxury fashion brand when I finish university.”

Rebecca Grosvenor (19, from Iver) is off to Canterbury University to study Primary Education after achieving grade A in psychology, B in sociology and B in maths. An excited Rebecca said: “These results mean everything to me. I cried with happiness when I opened the envelope. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the College, everyone has been really supportive.”

Scott Hancock (from Maidenhead) was also celebrating achieving an A in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths: “I’m so happy with my results, and want to thank the teachers as they were brilliant. I’m now looking forward to studying Veterinary Science at Liverpool University.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including UCL, Reading, Bath, Loughborough, Exeter and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Group Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, has continued to go from strength to strength over the last 50 years. With consistently high A Level results over the years, the College has earned itself an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality education and training.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, English literature, history, Spanish, fine art, photography and all sciences. Combining inspirational teaching and excellent support services with a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities, Windsor College is committed to helping every student fulfil their potential.

For further information on the College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2016) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 21 subjects including English subjects, law, fine art, Spanish, history, geography, photography, film studies and economics.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Yussef Soudan (aged 20), who achieved four As in maths, physics, chemistry and further maths.

“I was so shocked when I opened the envelope and saw that I had all As. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Windsor College, the teachers have been extremely supportive. The results mean that I can now go on to study theoretical physics at Edinburgh University.”

Sisters Yasmeen and Savannah Adisi-Musgrove (from Windsor) were also elated with their results. Having achieved A in sociology, B in geography and B in history, Yasmeen has secured her place at Birmingham University to study archaeology and anthropology. Meanwhile, Savannah is off to Loughborough University to study English after receiving an A in English literature, an A in English language and C in psychology.

Yasmeen said: “We are delighted with our results. It has been great to study at college together as we have been able to support and motivate each other. We are both very different, I’m more of an outdoors person and Savannah is more of a bookworm, but the freedom and opportunities we have had at college have suited us both. I’ve met so many different people at college and the lecturers have been amazing, it has been such a positive experience.”

Savannah added: “I’m really excited to be going on to university. We are going to different universities, but they aren’t far apart, so we’ll be able to visit each other all the time.”

Sadaf Khan (19, from Slough) was also celebrating achieving an A in chemistry, A in biology and B in English: “I am thrilled with my results, especially biology as that was my favourite subject. I’m now looking forward to studying optometry at City University in London.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including Edinburgh, Reading, Bath and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, politics, English literature, history, photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in engineering or science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

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Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, opened its doors to prospective students and their families on Thursday (28th January).

Over 310 visitors attended the Open Day at the college in St Leonards Road, to find out about an array of courses from A Levels to Visual Merchandising. Students gave guided tours around the College, and advisors were on hand to discuss financial support and travel schemes.

Visitors were able to have a go at a variety of activities from t-shirt printing to science experiments. Performing arts students showed off their singing talents by performing live music from their upcoming show at The Firestation Arts Centre, while art and design students showcased their creative talents in a mini art exhibition.

Cara McCaffrey, aged 15 years old, from Maidenhead was one of the prospective students who attended the open day to look at studying A Levels at the college.

"Everyone was very friendly and informative about their subjects," said Cara. "The student guides were really welcoming and gave you more information about the college as they showed you around. I liked the size of the building as it was easy to navigate."

Ben Harris, aged 15 years old, and Harminder Singh Bhinder, aged 16 years old, both from Slough, applied on the night to study A Levels at the college. "It's a good campus with a good atmosphere," said Ben. "The college has more specific and better facilities for Science than school."

Windsor College offers over 20 different A Level subjects, as well as BTEC and Higher Education qualifications in Applied Science, Performing Arts, Visual Merchandising, Art and Design, Media and Business. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in Engineering or Science.

Building on its excellent reputation, in August 2015, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 A Level subjects including English, Law, Fine Art, Spanish, French, Geography, Photography, Film Studies and Business Studies.

For more information about East Berkshire College, please contact 01753 793000 or visit click here.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:24

Top marks for GCSE language students

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East Berkshire College students celebrated another year of excellent GCSE results.

Language students had particular cause for celebration as they received their final grades on Thursday 20th August. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-C grades, with eight students obtaining A* grades. Plus, 100% of students also achieved A*-C in GCSE Polish.

From Spanish to Mandarin, the college offers an extensive range of language courses at various levels. The courses are ideal for those who want to learn a second or even a third language for either personal or professional reasons.

As well as languages, the College also offers GCSEs in English, maths and science as well as one-year GCSE pathways. This year more students sat and passed higher tier maths (124 students achieved A*-C) and English (136 students achieved A*-C) than in previous years. In fact, 96% of GCSE maths students achieved grade A*-E.

A delighted Ammar Hussain (20, from Slough) was one of the students to achieve an A* in English and a C in maths. He explains: "I'm really pleased with my results and grateful to my teachers for all the support they've given me. I needed to obtain my English and maths GCSEs in order to go to university. This result means I can study a degree in nutrition at St Mary's University."

Danielle Humphries (17, from Windsor) was elated with her C in psychology: "I am delighted to have passed as I can now go on to study A Levels at college, and then hopefully university! I am really enjoying studying at the College as it is such a great environment, the class sizes are smaller than school and the teachers make learning interesting."

Windsor College student Raima Butt was also celebrating her grade B in maths. She said: "Alongside taking my GCSE maths, I've also been studying the BTEC medical science course at the College. Achieving a good grade in maths will now give me lots more options."

East Berkshire College offers a wide variety of part-time and full-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training.


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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (13th August 2015) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an excellent 95% The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 subjects including English subjects, Law, fine art, Spanish, French, geography, photography, film studies and business studies. 

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

Michael Rafeh (25, from Windsor) was elated with his results. Having achieved As in Chemistry and Biology and a B in Maths, he has secured a place at Southampton University to study Biomedical science.

"I'm so pleased with my grades. I was just one mark off of achieving three As, but I have secured my place at Southampton University and I'm one-step closer to a career in medicine. I've had an amazing few years at Windsor College, it's sad to say goodbye to the teachers there. They have been so supportive, I couldn't have done it without them."

Another outstanding student was Anthony Poppe (aged 18, from Burnham), who achieved three Bs in Business Studies, English Language and Sociology.

"I'm delighted with my results. My grades mean I can go on to study a degree in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes University. I've always wanted to be a teacher, so I'm really grateful to the support of my college lecturers, thanks to them I am a step closer to fulfilling my dream."

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of universities and exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: "Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths."

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as 'good' with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including Maths, Media, Psychology, Politics, English Literature, History, Photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in Engineering or Science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, including A Levels, click here or call 01753 793000.

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Students at East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, can now save up to 50% on rail travel on First Great Western routes thanks to a brilliant new train pass scheme.

In association with First Great Western, the College has launched a fantastic new reduced fare rail card for those under 19 years old to help lower travel costs and encourage more students to use public transport.

The part-subsidised train pass will cost just £25 per term (or less for those from low income households who qualify for a further discount) and entitles the individual to child fares on First Great Western lines between Southall and Reading, including Hanwell, Maidenhead, Marlow, Windsor and Slough.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our current and future students the opportunity of discounted train fares," said Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College. "We are committed to providing as much support as possible to our students, from financial assistance to careers advice and work experience. This train pass scheme is yet another way the College is helping to ensure learning is accessible to all."

Available to those who are under the age of 19 and enrolled on a full-time course, the pass is being part-subsidised by the College and will offer students up to 50% off rail travel from September 2015.

First Great Western's Head of Retail Stuart McLay said: "Dedicated to the communities we serve, this new scheme helps support travel to and from college, encouraging East Berkshire College's students to take the sustainable travel option."

In addition to the new train pass, East Berkshire College already offers an excellent bus pass scheme in conjunction with First Buses. Launched in 2012, the scheme enables students to save at least a third on bus travel on First Bus routes in Berkshire and the Thames Valley, including the Green Line London coach service.

As well as helping students save money on their journeys to and from college, the bus and train schemes are designed to encourage students to use more eco-friendly modes of transport and reduce the College's carbon footprint.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses, call 01753 793000.

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:18

Top marks for GCSE students

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East Berkshire College has followed up excellent A Level results with outstanding GCSE results.

Language students at the Windsor College had particular cause for celebration as they received their final grades on Thursday 21st August. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-B grades and 71% of GCSE English students achieved A*-C, ahead of the national average of 62%.

A delighted Pernille Skall was one of the students to achieve a B in English: "I'm really pleased with my results. I'm originally from Denmark and I needed to obtain the English GCSE in order to go on to university. This result means I can now take up my place to study psychology in September."

As well as languages, the College also teaches GCSEs in maths and science as well as one year intensive GCSE pathways in science, business, engineering and humanities. The College has a good record of success in these subjects too, with 69% of GCSE maths students achieving grade A*-C, above the national average of 62%.

Jackie Tobin was elated with her B in Science. Jackie, who returned to college to further her career in teaching early years, said: "I'm delighted to have passed as I always found science difficult at school, but I knew I needed to gain my GCSE in order to do my teaching qualification. I have to say, hats off to my college tutors as they really did make learning fun and interesting."

From Italian to Mandarin, the college offers an extensive range of language courses at various levels. The courses are ideal for those who want to learn a second or even a third language for either personal or professional reasons. In addition, the College offers a wide variety of part-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training.

For further details on GCSE courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

For details on a wide range of language courses, please click here or call 0845 373 2500. 

 

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