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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 (14th August 2014) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an excellent 96% The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 14 subjects including English subjects, chemistry, accounting, psychology and ICT. In fact, in photography 100% of students achieved A*- B grades and 93% achieved A-C in English Language, a facilitating subject accepted by any university! 

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 Shama Ali (aged 18), who achieved an A in law and Bs in psychology and sociology.

"I wasn't able to sleep last night, but it was worth the wait. I'm delighted with my results. My grades mean I can go on to study law at Westminster. I'm really grateful to the support of my college lecturers, thanks to them I am a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a barrister."

Ariadne Hudson (18, from Windsor) was elated with her results too. Having achieved As in English Language and English Literature and a B in sociology, she has now secured her place at Kings College London.

"I'm so pleased. My final grades are even better than I expected. I've really enjoyed my time at College and my results mean I can now take up my place at university to study a degree in English Language and Communications. College really is a great place to learn!"

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.

"We have seen no decrease in the number of our A Level students applying to university. Although degree courses in a subject with a clear career path such as pharmacology, nursing and psychology are proving particularly popular. A clear indication that, now more than ever, young people are thinking seriously about their long-term career goals in the current economic climate."

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 0845 373 2500. 

For those who didn't get the grades they were expecting or are unsure of what they want to do next, click here for some useful information and advice on the options available.

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East Berkshire College in Windsor was in the pink last week as students used their entrepreneurial skills to raise over £2,000 for Breast Cancer Care with some hair-raising antics.

Students at the Windsor College in St Leonards Road organised a range of events including a cake sale, a "wear it pink" day, apple bobbing and male leg waxing to raise much needed funds and awareness for the cancer charity. However, A Level student Charly Matthews went a step further and bravely volunteered to have her long hair shaved off for the cause!

Charly (17, from Windsor), whose own mum lost her life to breast cancer earlier this year, said: "Lots of people have been affected by cancer one way or another, so I think it's important to raise awareness as well as money. Our event was a fun way to do just that and I'm delighted so many people have supported our efforts.

"Originally, I was just going to have my hair cropped short if I raised enough money. But then I decided if donations to my just giving site reached over £1,000 I would shave my head completely."

Family friend and hairdresser, Debra Hammond, had the responsibility of shaving Charly's head as College students and staff cheered her on. Debra said: "What Charly has achieved is amazing and a real honour to her mum's memory. She is a real inspiration to us all!"

For those interested in making a donation to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, Charly has a Just Giving page for fundraising at www.justgiving.com/charly-matthews.

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Art & Design, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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A slumber party was on the timetable at East Berkshire College on Friday (18 October), when students and staff from Windsor College wore their bedtime attire to class to raise over £185 for Great Ormond Street Hospital with a charity pyjama day.

The idea of media students, Matthew Leybourne and Charlie Wawman, the Pyjama Day was a fun way to raise money and awareness for the remarkable children's hospital in London. Students and staff from across the College entered into the spirit of the event by sporting a wide range of fetching sleepwear – including some terrific tiger onesies!

Student Matthew Leybourne (16, from Colnbrook), one of the organisers, explains: "Great Ormond Street Hospital helped me when I was a baby, so I wanted to do something to support them. Many of the children they help have to stay in overnight or for long periods of time, so holding a pyjama day to raise money seemed like a fitting tribute. Plus, the event has really brought the whole college together. I've got to meet people from different classes that I hadn't even spoken to before."

Co-organiser Charlie Wawman (16, from Sunningdale) added: "The pyjama day was just the first part of our fundraising campaign. Next, we are looking to organise a gig in Windsor in April to raise even more money. We are hoping to get some local bands and a DJ involved as well as sponsorship from local companies."

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Art & Design, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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WWL 1403East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (15th August 2012) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99.5%, ahead of the national average of 98.1%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 21 out of 23 subjects including English subjects, maths, chemistry, biology, physics, accounting and ICT. In fact, in photography an outstanding 18 students achieved A*- A grades.

The College’s Windsor Campus 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 Steven Burnett (19, from Slough), who achieved an A* in maths and two As in physics and biology.

“I’m delighted with my results. I’ve been thinking of going to university since I was in Year 7 and now it is really happening. I have a scholarship to go to Southampton University to study physics.”

Fellow student Gurjinder Cheema was elated with her results too. Having achieved an A* in Sociology, an A in English Language and a B in Government & Politics she has now secured her place at Brunel University.

“I’m so pleased. My final grades are even better than I expected. The A* is unbelievable. I’ve really enjoyed my time at College and my results mean I can now take up my place at university to study a degree in law.”  

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to good 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.

“With a growing reputation for excellence, we have seen continued demand for our courses. In fact, we have experienced a significant rise in the number of applications for this year, with A Levels, ICT, health & social care and hospitality & catering courses proving particularly popular.  

“We have also seen no decrease in the number of our A Level students applying to university. Although degree courses in a subject with a clear career path such as pharmacology, midwifery and psychology are proving most popular. A clear indication that, now more than ever, young people are thinking seriously about their long-term career goals in the current economic climate.”

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 wide range of subjects at A Level (AS and A2) including Maths, Media, Psychology, Politics, English Literature, History, Photography and all the sciences.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

For those students who would like discuss their results and what to do next, you can drop into our Langley or Windsor colleges from Monday to Friday to speak to an adviser or call 0845 373 2500. 

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Monday, 15 April 2013 16:48

College celebrates 'Good' Ofsted report

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There was much cause for celebration this week as East Berkshire College was judged to be consistently good by Ofsted following a week-long inspection in February. 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, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, was praised in the report for the quality of its teaching and the high proportion of its students gaining employment or progressing on to higher levels of study. Furthermore, Ofsted found the College’s provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to be ‘outstanding’, which is reflected in students’ excellent progress and high success rates.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the good work the College does in serving the community and providing real life enhancing opportunities for students. This latest report demonstrates the significant progress we have made over the last few years and indicates we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming outstanding. Our success is testimony to the dedication of our staff and governors, who work tirelessly to ensure all students have the chance to achieve their potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

“As a College, we are very much focused on student outcomes. Working closely with local employers and partners, we provide work experience programmes and job clubs as well as industry recognised qualifications and training on the latest industry specific technology. The skills that students develop at the College set them on the path to a prosperous career, with the majority going on to a range of good employment opportunities and higher education.”

Commenting on the news of the College’s Ofsted Report, Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, added: “I am proud of the success of our college. It provides many local people with the opportunity to learn practical skills so that they can make a greater contribution to our society, in work, with their family or through higher education.”

The College’s key areas of strength highlighted in the report included:
  • Good learner progression to higher levels of study, Higher Education and employment.
  • Good teaching and learning.
  • Good levels of support to all learners.
  • Good promotion of equality and diversity
  • Outstanding provision for learners on courses for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Learners develop good skills that are relevant to the area in which they study, preparing them well for employment.
  • High proportion of learners completing their courses successfully.
  • Success rates for functional skills are higher than the national averages.
  • Learners’ are respectful, well organised and generally make good progress.
  • The College has established strong long-term relationships with a good range of employers, which result in apprentices gaining employment and higher training.
  • The Principal and governors have established a clear mission for the College and high aspirations for their learners.
  • The College offers a broad curriculum with progression routes from pre-entry level to Higher Education in most areas.

Along with the Ofsted inspection team, the students themselves also gave the College their seal of approval. The College’s Student Satisfaction Survey 2011-12 revealed that 95% of students are happy overall with their course and the College.

Each year, East Berkshire College supports the education and training of over 8,000 individuals, helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. A recent destination survey of former students revealed that 81% of the College’s 2011-12 leavers are in employment or education.    

Learning at East Berkshire College also offers a good return on investment for students and their families according to a recent impact study conducted by EMSI. For example, the study found that someone who completed a Level 3 course at the College can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life.    

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses call 0845 373 2500.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 16:40

College life on display at Open Day

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Windsor College, which is part of East Berkshire College, showcased its impressive facilities in St Leonards Road to prospective students and their families on Monday (4th February).

Over 260 visitors attended the Open Day, enjoying guided tours of the campus and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were also on hand to answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

From performing arts to forensic science, there was an array of displays and demonstrations throughout the event. Highlights of the evening included an exciting exhibition of work by retail and merchandising display students. Meanwhile, media students were at work in the state-of-the-art media suite, which includes a well-equipped recording booth and new internet radio studio complete with Sonifex mixing desk. The College mascot, Red, even put in an appearance to welcome visitors.

Wilma Nemharn and Levona Gumbs were two prospective students who applied for courses at the event.

"I was keen to come along to the Open Day to find out about the College's science courses," said Levona. "I've always been interested in Forensic Science and I was really impressed with the science labs at the College. The classrooms are very modern and everyone is really friendly. It was good to be able to talk to current students about the courses as well as the teachers."

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99% in 2012, ahead of the national average of 98%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 20 subjects including Business, Psychology, Sociology, Law and English. IMG 1174_web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College call 0845 373 2500.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:32

College celebrates A Level success

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (16th August 2012) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99%, ahead of the national average of 98%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 20 subjects including Business, Psychology, Sociology, Law and all English and Science subjects. The College’s A-C pass rate was 65.4% 

The College’s Windsor Campus 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 Charlotte Sullivan (19), who achieved A* in English Literature and three A’s in English Language, Politics and Maths.

“I am thrilled with my results, which have surpassed all of my expectations. Studying at the College has been such a great experience and I owe my tutors everything, they have been amazing! Now I’m looking forward to studying English Literature at Reading University.”    

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

Peter Mills, Director of Curriculum at the College, said: “Our students have really 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 to their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

In recent 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 few years and a growing reputation for excellence, the College has seen continued demand for its A Level courses. In response to this demand, the College recently completed extension works to its Windsor Campus to provide new science laboratories and enhance student social facilities.

In May 2009, Ofsted judged the College to be consistently good overall, with outstanding social and educational inclusion, and financial planning.

The College offers a wide range of subjects at A Level (AS and A2) including all the traditional Science, Humanities and Creative subjects, with Languages, and also Accounting, Economics, Law, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, please call 0845 373 2500.

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Monday, 02 July 2012 14:06

College launches new student bus pass

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Students at East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, can now save money on bus travel on First Bus routes thanks to a new subsidised bus pass scheme.

In association with First Bus, the College has launched a fantastic new student bus pass for those under 19 years old to help lower travel costs and encourage more students to use public transport. For example, with the new bus pass a student undertaking a typical journey to College three times a week will be able to save an average of £100 a year on bus travel from this September. And what's more, as the pass is also valid at evenings and weekends, there is the chance to save even more!

The 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 any First Bus routes serving Berkshire and the Thames Valley, including the Green Line London coach service.

Available to those who are under the age of 19 and enrolled on a course, the pass is being part-subsidised by the College and will offer students at least a third off bus travel.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our current and future students the opportunity of discounted bus 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 programmes. This subsidised bus pass scheme is yet another way the College is helping to ensure learning is accessible to all."

Many people may also be eligible for free course fees or help with the cost of study. As well as government funding schemes, East Berkshire College has its own financial support schemes and flexible instalment plans available on some courses to help with the cost of studying.

For further information on funding and an extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses, contact East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500.

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Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

A passion for fashion and fundraising

charity fashion_show_01-400pxStudents from East Berkshire College took to the catwalk on Thursday (9 December) in a retro charity fashion show at Windsor's Firestation Arts Centre in aid of Cancer Research UK. Delivering a thrilling journey through eight decades of fashion, the event showcased a variety of vintage clothing from the roaring 1920s to the present day.

Raising over £540 for the charity, the show entitled 'Deja Vu' was organised by students in conjunction with Cancer Research in Peascod Street. Around 90 people attended the event with money from ticket and clothing sales going to the cause.

The models, who were all students from the College's Windsor Campus, were accompanied on stage by music from the era, which included the Beatles and Nirvana. There was even a special appearance from Buddy Holly himself!

The show brings to a close another year of record success for the College, which achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate for A Levels in 2010 – placing it in the top 10% of UK colleges.

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor Campus including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The campus also hosts specialist courses in Science, Business, Media and Retail and Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses available, visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 0845 373 2500.

Published in A Levels
Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

College celebrates A Level success

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2011) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 98%, ahead of the national average of 97.8%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 17 subjects including photography, English literature and physics. In fact, 96% of photography students achieved A*- B grades.

The College's Windsor Campus 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 Ellen Barnet (25), who achieved three As in chemistry, maths and biology.

"I've been so worried about whether I'd get my grades, but I'm absolutely thrilled with my results. The College has been so supportive in helping me juggle study with working part-time. I've always wanted to go into the medical field and now I'm looking forward to studying pharmacology at Liverpool University."

Rizwan Ullah (18, from Taplow) was elated with his results too. Having achieved an A* in maths, an A in economics and an A in psychology, he has now secured his place at Royal Holloway University.

"I'm so pleased. My final grades are even better than I expected. I've really enjoyed my time at College and my results mean I can now take up my place at university to study a degree in maths and computer science."


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

Peter Mills, Director of Curriculum at the 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."

"With a growing reputation for excellence, we have seen continued demand for our A Level courses. So much so, we are currently expanding our campus in Windsor to meet the needs of the communities we serve."

In recent 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 and a growing reputation for excellence, the College has seen increasing demand for its A Level courses.

In May 2009, Ofsted judged the College to be consistently good overall, with outstanding social and educational inclusion, and financial planning.

The College offers a wide range of subjects at A Level (AS and A2) including Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 600 courses available, visit A Levels or call 0845 373 2500.

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