Langley College’s Ashton Clark has put the value of an apprenticeship centre stage with a win at the recent Berkeley Group Apprenticeship Awards. Ashton, a Level 2 Plastering Apprentice, who is employed by Vince O’Brien Plastering, was named Best Interiors Apprentice in the national awards which were recently held at The Bridge Theatre, on London's South Bank.

The cross-industry judging panel at the event which saw record numbers of entries this year, commented on Ashton’s progress: “Ashton has come a long way since he started working at Woodhurst Park. He stood out to his managers and our judges as someone whose hunger to learn is really paying off. A team player, he takes a holistic approach to working on site, thinking about safety and site behaviour as well as his work as a plasterer.”

Staff at the college where the formal part of the apprenticeship qualification is delivered were also very proud of Ashton’s achievement, with the Chief Executive Kate Webb commenting: “What an outstanding achievement for Ashton who is an excellent role model for other young people looking to break into industry through an apprenticeship. It is Ashton’s great drive and determination that has seen him achieve so well. That coupled with the tremendous support he has received from his employer and the academic team at the College.”

Speaking at the event, which celebrates great apprentices, trainees and mentors, Berkeley Group Chief Executive Rob Perrins, said: "These awards showcase the very best of the built environment sector and the hugely talented people who are joining our ranks and shaping our future. It's also a chance to celebrate our industry's fantastic contribution to social mobility. We offer people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to forge a great career and make a positive difference to the world around them.”

For more information on apprenticeship opportunities available at Langley College please go to apprenticeships

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group has received the highest rating from the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) for its higher education provision. Following a recent three-day inspection the Agency gave the Colleges Group a ‘High Confidence’ rating in four areas recognising the high standards of student engagement and educational experience alongside high praise for the College’s admissions systems and handling of feedback.

Commenting on the impressive findings Kate Webb, Group Principal and CEO at the Colleges Group which includes Langley College, Strode’s College and Windsor College said: “This incredibly positive review from the QAA demonstrates that the high standards of our higher education provision means our students have a meaningful and quality educational experience. Students reported that we engage with them positively, take action on their feedback and they feel entirely supported to achieve successful academic and professional outcomes. Equally important is the inspector’s praise for our recruitment, selection and admissions policies and procedures and complaints handling which they found to be robust, fair and transparent. This huge endorsement from the QAA is testament to the incredibly high standards and good practice delivered by our staff.”

Principal, Rowan Cookson also commented on the outcome of the inspection saying: “We are delighted to once again meet the very highest standards for our advanced level programmes at Langley. Many people are not aware that you can study HNDs, Foundation Degrees and even Bachelor degrees at Langley and what a superb learning experience we offer – with small class sizes, industry trained tutors and our strong links with industry which make our courses stand out.”

The QAA safeguards standards and improves the quality of UK higher education, checking that students get the higher education they are entitled to. During their inspection at the Windsor Forest Colleges Group the QAA specifically looked at: how the College actively engages students individually and collectively in the quality of their educational experience; Support for students to achieve successful academic and professional outcomes; how reliable, fair and inclusive the College’s admissions system is and finally how fair and transparent the complaints handling and appeals process is.

The QAA’s assessment included formal meetings with students and senior managers and extensive reviews of college policies and procedures.

Find out more about studying Higher Education at Langley College.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:08

CEO Announces Plans to Step Down Next Summer

The Chief Executive Officer and Group Principal of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Kate Webb has announced her decision to step down from the role at the end of the academic year.

Ms Webb was appointed as CEO in 2017 following the merger between East Berkshire College and Strode’s College following eight years as the Principal of East Berkshire College and five years as the Deputy Principal.

Ms Webb announced her decision to staff this month saying: “After 25 years in the FE sector, with 15 of those being at East Berkshire College and now the Windsor Forest Colleges Group – I have decided the time has come to take my career in a new direction, and as such I plan to step down from my role at the end of this academic year.

“As many of you know I have been undertaking a doctorate and on the back of this I would like to change my career and try something different.” She continued: “I have had the best years of my career working with you and want my final year to be the very best, so I will continue to work with you to ensure continued success for our learners and will leave a strong foundation for my successor.”

The Chair of the Board of Governors, Tony Dixon commented on the many successes achieved by Kate during her tenure: “We are sorry to lose such a strong and capable leader for our group of colleges but fully understand that Kate feels now is the right time to move on in her career. She has taken the group forward in so many ways. With the incredible investment in our campuses which saw a brand-new college built in Windsor and a £30 million investment in Langley College - we now have state of the art colleges for 21st Century learners. However, her management of the successful merger with Strode’s College and the formation of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group has to be the pinnacle of her achievements.” He continued: “We now have three thriving colleges – an exceptional sixth form offer at Strode’s and Windsor along with the vocational, technical programme, apprenticeships and Higher Education at Langley. She leaves us in a strong position for a very successful future.”

The Board of Governors have started their search for a replacement and are launching their recruitment campaign this week. For more information on this exciting career opportunity please click here 

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As Brexit negotiations go to the wire, one Langley College Business Admin Apprentice has been to Brussels to meet key MEPs and European Commission staff. Natalia Orlowska, who is based in Slough Aspire, made the trip to the EU Headquarters to explore the opportunities offered to Apprentices through schemes funded by the European Parliament. Natalia joined a small group of apprentices as part of an initiative organised by Judith Bunting, the MEP representing the South East of England.

Natalia was one of only four apprentices from the region selected to join Judith at the EU Headquarters. During the two day visit she attended a reception with MEPs at the European Parliament and learned about Erasmus+, the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Natalia was also able to question key MEPs and European Commission staff regarding on the job training investments which will impact her, the other apprentices and the employers they work for. Natalia, in particular, has a keen interest as her work for Slough Aspire includes helping to deliver the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service.

Commenting on the value of the experience Natalia said: “Travelling to Brussels to meet other UK apprentices, sight-seeing the European Parliament along with discovering the life as an MEP was a truly fun and informative experience. This trip was designed to raise awareness of a range of opportunities available for young people in the EU. I really enjoyed finding out about Erasmus+ and I am interested in applying for this programme in the future to experience working abroad and other cultures. I am grateful to the Windsor Forest Colleges Group and Slough Aspire for offering me this opportunity, as I have met some really nice and interesting people over those two days and I am now thinking of exploring my future options.”

During the trip Natalia was also given a behind the scenes insight into the life of an MEP with talks about the role they play, a tour of the EU Parliament and a visit to the House of European History.

Natalia attended the trip, following a recommendation by Juliet Holloway Assistant Principal, Marketing and Business Development for the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, who said: “This was a great opportunity, kindly provided by our local MEP Judith Bunting, for Natalia to see the EU Parliament in action. Erasmus+ is all about linking organisations and enabling the sharing of best practice. I am sure that Natalia found the trip incredibly informative, bringing back new skills and knowledge to be shared among her colleagues at Slough Aspire and her tutors here at Langley College.”

Langley College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, offers a broad range of professional and trade apprenticeships, working with a number of the region’s leading employers. Apprenticeship opportunities include Business and Accounting, Computing, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and Motor Vehicle. These courses, which are available from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) to Level 5 (equivalent to an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree), combine training at the College with practical skills learned in the workplace. Apprentices get paid by their employer while they gain hands-on experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Click here to explore the full range of apprenticeships on offer. 

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Monday, 23 September 2019 13:40

Free mental health service launched

A free mental health resource is now available for all students studying at Langley, Strode’s and Windsor colleges. The Big White Wall (www.bigwhitewall.com) a leading digital mental health service, will provide help with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues, from anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, to relationship problems and lifestyle challenges.

The anonymous online community, which is monitored 24/7 by trained clinicians, provides peer to peer support, resources for self-management, information and advice plus guided support programmes on a range of common issues. It is the only service of its kind registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Commenting on the difference the free resource will mean to both staff and students Bernadette Joslin, Assistant Principal Student Services said: “We’re delighted to offer the services of the Big White Wall to all our students and staff. The highly regarded service is appealing as it’s really accessible to our college community 24/7 and offers a wider range of support for anyone who is stressed and anxious.   We have seen how popular it is in other colleges and universities and very much look forward to offering this exciting digital service as an additional way our staff and students can get support and advice when things feel a bit overwhelming.’’

Students looking for an anonymous and stigma-free environment and a means to follow their own path towards better mental wellbeing should go to www.bigwhitewall.com  and create an account using their college email.

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Friday, 13 September 2019 08:19

Returning Students

We hope you've all had a great summer!

The following information is for returning students only. New students will be given their start date when go through the enrolment process. 

Students continuing at Strode's and Windsor College in 2019-20

All students who are moving into Year 2 of their course start their classes as follows:

Strode's College Tuesday, 10th September 2019 from 8.45am
Windsor College Monday, 9th September 2019 from 9.00am

Details of your timetable will be on your Proportal ILP from Friday, 6 September 2019. See below for details about logging in.

Any problems or if your timetable is missing, please come to College at the start of the first day of teaching and check in Student Services or at the College Office at Windsor.

Students starting a brand new programme or a programme at a higher level will go through the enrolment process, unless they have received other instructions.

Students continuing at Langley College in 2019-20

All students returning to courses at a higher level or continuing onto Year 2 of a programme should attend enrolment on the days advised to you.

Induction for the new academic year will take place as follows:

Level 1 courses 2nd September 2019
Level 2 courses 3rd September 2019
Level 3 courses (Year 1 and 2) 4th September 2019

All classes for full time study programmes start week commencing Monday 9th September 2019.

Your timetable will be on Your ILP from Friday, 6 September 2019. See below for details about logging in.

Any problems, please contact the following Heads of Department:

  • Kerry Blandin – H&SC, Sport, Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, Public Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alison Dorman – Childcare, Travel, Business and IT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Graeme Trevor – Construction, Engineering and MV This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The main college reception telephone number is 01753 793000 .

Logging into Proportal

Log in to Proportal using the camera on your phone with the Q code below:

Proportal login code

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Monday, 16 September 2019 16:25

Summer Enrolment

There's still time to apply for a full time course - so don't worry if you have changed your mind or are undecided - it's not too late!

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Langley College

Thurs 3rd October 2019 3pm - 4pm Open Enrolment (16-18 Full Time Courses only)

Strode's College

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Windsor College

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01753 793000.

Adult Courses 

For part-time, adult or Higher Education courses you should also apply or enrol online. Alternatively, contact our admissions team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01753 793288 for any enrolment queries. 

Many adult courses attract a concession or are free:         

  • If you 19-23 and studying for your first Level 2 or 3 course then courses will be free.
  • If you are 24+ and are studying for your first or second Level 3 or 4 course - then you can cover the costs with an Advanced Learner Loan
  • If you earn £20,000 or less per year (full or part time) then qualification courses up to Level 2 are free.
  • If you are unemployed and on eligible benefits - then many courses will be free.

What Should I Bring?

Please make sure you bring the following with you:

  • Results slips or certificates showing your existing maths and English grades (e.g. GCSE or functional skills results) 
  • Results slips and any certificates for other exams you have passed and for qualifications you have gained previously
  • The letter from your pack that shows your enrolment time and date 
  • Recent evidence (dated within the last six months) of any benefits you receive, e.g. a bank statement or letter from Job Centre Plus 
  • Your passport or UK Borders Agency paperwork (if you have arrived in the UK within the last three years) 
  • A letter form your employer (if your fees are being covered by your employer) on headed paper, stating the amount that will be covered 
  • Payment if appropriate , which can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash. Please contact the college on 01753 793288 if you need advice on fees you may need to pay and the financial support available. 

 For more information and advice call our Course Hotline on 01753 793288, tweet or message us on social media or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb has joined forces with the leaders of every general further education college in England to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit”. In this unprecedented move the letter calls on the government to urgently invest in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the government’s recent Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review). 

 Commenting on the importance of the government taking action now, Ms Webb said: “We want to make sure the government is not distracted from the findings of the Augar Review which offers a turning point for the way in which colleges are funded now and into the future. Our colleges are primed and ready to deliver the country’s urgent demands for technical and vocational skills. However, we need the right level of funding to deliver the skills revolution this country requires.”

The 203 leaders are responsible for institutions that educate and train 2 million people each year, employing 180,000 staff with a combined turnover of £6 billion per annum.

The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year-olds, support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least Level three, and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.

Key extracts from the letter include:

  • “[The Post-18 Review] understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide.” 
  • “It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity.  It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.”
  • “In many respects the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential.”
  • “What we now need are decisions and commitments: with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need. “

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges concludes: “It is extraordinary to have every leader in every general further education college in the country collaborate like this. But then these are extraordinary times. These college leaders are uniquely placed at the hearts of their communities, working closely with local, national and international business, supporting individuals to get on in life, and driving the social mobility agenda.

“Government needs to listen to them if they’ve got any chance of tackling the major issues this country faces, now and in the future.”

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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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Enjoy reading about the latest successes and developments at our three colleges - Langley College, Strode's College and Windsor College.
 
Find out what’s new, what our students have been up to and how we deliver a rich sixth form and college experience.

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