Wednesday, 14 August 2019 16:25

Summer Enrolment

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to secure your place at Langley, Strode’s or Windsor Colleges. We’ve got an exciting range of full and part-time, Access and Higher Education courses on offer for all ages.

Whether you’ve just left school, are returning to learning or looking to develop your career or leisure opportunities please see below for details of how to apply and enrol to secure your place:

GCSE RESULTS SURGERIES

If you need some urgent advice once you have picked up your GCSE results - then you can contact us online through our live chat portal, through social media, on our ADVICE HOTLINE on 01753 793288 or come to any of these advice surgeries below:

Langley: Thu 22 & Fri 23 - 10am - 4pm
Strode's: Thu 22 - 12-2pm
Windsor: Thu 22 - 12-2pm; Fri 23 - 10am-12noon

See below for more dates and times.

PART TIME/ADULT LEARNERS

Improve your career, develop your skills or learn something just for fun! Enrolment is open all summer – you can either enrol online at windsor-forest.ac.uk or come along to one of our open enrolment sessions (no appointment required):

Langley:                                             Strode’s:                                            Windsor:

Thurs 22 Aug: 10am - 5pm                Mon 9 Sept:    6pm - 7.30pm             Tue 27 Aug:    11am - 5pm

Fri 23 Aug:      10am - 4pm                Wed 11 Sept: 6pm - 7.30pm              Thur 29 Aug:   10am - 5pm

Wed 28 Aug:   10am - 5pm                                                                            Sat 31 Aug:    10am - 12.30pm

Fri 30 Aug:      10am - 4pm                                                                            Tue 3 Sept:     3.30pm - 5.30pm

Mon 2 Sept:    9am - 6.30pm                                                                         Thur 5 Sept:    3.30pm - 5.30pm

Wed 4 Sept:    3.30pm - 6.30pm                                                                    Sat 7 Sept:     10am - 12.30pm

Mon 9 Sept:    3.30pm - 6.30pm                                                                    Wed 11 Sept:  3.30pm - 5.30pm

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.

FULL-TIME COURSES

It’s not too late to apply for this September! Whether you’re stepping up at Langley College or ready to make your move at Strode’s or Windsor all you need to do is:

✔️ Jump online at windsor-forest.ac.uk to complete the online application form.

✔️ Admissions will then contact you with details of when you can come along to enrol.

✔️ Don’t worry if you’ve got your results and not yet applied – you can still apply online.

✔️ Already applied? You should have received an invitation to a specific enrolment session – please come along to this even if:

  • You did better than expected – we can adjust your course.
  • You didn’t get the results you needed – don’t worry, again we can adjust your course and give you advice about your options.
  • You’d like to change your course options.

Need some advice?

Come along to one of our open enrolments sessions (no appointment required) on the following days and locations. Please go to the college you wish to attend:

Langley College:

Thurs 22 Aug (GCSE Results Day)    10am - 5pm

Fri 23 Aug                                          10am - 4pm

Wed 28 Aug                                       10am - 5pm

Fri 30 Aug                                          10am - 4pm

Mon 2 Sept                                        9am - 6.30pm

Wed 4 Sept                                        3.30pm - 6.30pm

Strode’s College

Wed 28 Aug                                       8.30am - 5pm

Fri 30 Aug                                          8.30am - 4pm

Windsor College

Thu 22 Aug                                        12pm - 2pm

Fri 23 Aug                                          10pm - 12pm

Thurs 29 Aug                                     10am - 5pm

Sat 31 Aug                                         10am - 2.30pm

Tues 3 Sept                                        3.30pm - 5pm

Thurs 5 Sept                                      3.30pm - 5.30pm

For more information and advice call our Course Hotline on 01753 793000, 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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Join Windsor College Performing Arts students, 6-8 February at the Old Court Windsor, as they present Avenue Q, the laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. 

Although the show addresses adult issues, it is inspired by Sesame Street; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Parental advisory, explicit content -  age recommendation of 15 +

Tickets available at The Old Court Website

https://www.oldcourt.org/sales/events/avenue-q

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Whether considering a career change or upgrade, determined to finally take up a hobby or keen that 2019 will be the year to embrace health and fitness, Windsor Forest Colleges Group’s new programme of adult learning courses ticks all the resolution boxes. Courses start this month, with day and evening options available.

Funding for adult courses has also been upgraded. Recent government funding for low paid earners means many adult courses offered at the groups three colleges – Langley, Strode’s and Windsor, are now free to anyone earning less than £20,000.

Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb continues: “A new year often signifies the opportunity to do something new, different or better. This government funding can help make these resolutions a reality. If 2019 is going to be the year of the career the funding will cover the cost of professional courses, ideal for career changes or enhancers. Unfortunately, this funding is not going to be around for ever so I would encourage anyone keen to take advantage to move quickly.”

With the multi-million-pound facilities at Langley College mirroring those of the industries it trains for, there are a number of exciting opportunities to develop advanced technical skills across a broad range of sectors. There are courses from Computing to Construction, Hairdressing to Hospitality and Early Years to Engineering. Just down the road in Slough and new for 2019, is the opportunity to enrol on an ESOL courses at Slough Aspire. Windsor’s renowned creative hub has an exciting selection of courses on offer from flower arranging to foreign languages and interior design to sewing and textiles. And in Egham, Strode’s College offers something for everyone – courses for careers, courses for creative leisure, foreign languages and health and wellbeing.

For further information please go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/adult-learners or email the admissions team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our superb restaurant, Zest, provided the perfect backdrop to the Men’s Matters Christmas lunch. Langley College Hospitality and Catering students created, cooked and served up a spectacular lunch for more than 70 guests, including Mayor of Slough Councillor Paul Sohal and Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Councillor Paul Lion and Laura Lion.

The event marks three years since the male support group first began and guests spoke highly of the work the group does to support older men living in the Berkshire community who are socially isolated.

Trustee Paul Samuels said: “It was wonderful bringing together our members from our three centres in Windsor, Maidenhead and Langley and our partners who have supported us so well.”

Find out more about our Hospitality and Catering courses

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group and the Society for Education and Training (SET) have announced exciting plans to form a new corporate partnership.  The collaboration, which took effect from October 2018, will see a new era of professional development opportunities for the group’s academic staff.

As a corporate partner, teaching staff at the group’s three colleges – Langley College, Strode’s College and Windsor College are encouraged to become members of SET, the only professional membership body dedicated to teachers and trainers working in further education.

Announcing the partnership, the Windsor Forest Colleges Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb said: “Outstanding teaching and learning is a cornerstone to delivering exceptional outcomes for each and every one of our students. We are committed to ensuring our academic staff receive professional development opportunities which enable them to continuously develop their teaching expertise and technical know-how. We believe that no matter how good a teacher is and no matter how good our results are, we must always focus on maintaining standards and we are looking forward to working with SET to deliver this ambition.”

Education and Training Foundation Chief Executive David Russell said: “We are delighted to welcome the Windsor Forest Colleges Group as a corporate partner of the Society for Education and Training. This partnership is a positive step that signals a college’s commitment to high-quality development for its staff and teaching for its students. It will provide teaching staff with access to a host of CPD opportunities, expertise and resources, and help them strive for excellence in their professional journey.”

As SET members, teaching staff at the college will:

  • have the opportunity to study for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). SET is the only passport to achieving both QTLS and ATS
  • gain access to resources, training and teaching tools, research and expert views in further education
  • enjoy benefits, such as the Society for Education and Training's mentoring service
  • be part of a professional community of over 17,000 teachers and trainers in the education sector, with opportunities to share expertise and experience with their peers
  • receive copies of inTuition, the most widely read journal for practitioners working across further education, vocational teaching and training

Notes to Editors

1.         To find out more information about SET Corporate Partnership, visit https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/membership/set-corporate-partners/. If you are interested in becoming a SET Corporate Partner, please speak to Martin Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 3740 8294.

2.         About the Society for Education and Training (https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/)

The Society for Education and Training is the membership body dedicated to professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training. It is the professional arm of the Education and Training Foundation.

With over 17,000 members it is the largest professional membership body in the education sector and growing rapidly. All its members strive for excellence in all they do.

It helps the careers of professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training, inspires them to be even better, and, connects them with thousands of like-minded professionals and experts.

It aims to raise the status of the profession, champion the quality of professionals teaching and training across working across further education, vocational teaching and training and provide access to the best research and expert views there are.

3.         About SET Corporate Partnership

SET Corporate Partnership is a status for providers that support their staff to undertake QTLS and require it when recruiting new teachers and trainers. It is a public way of demonstrating commitment to staff development and progression.

4.         About the Education and Training Foundation

The ETF is the government-backed, sector-owned national workforce and professional development body for the Further Education (FE) and Training sector. Its role is to support the continuing transformation of the technical and vocational education system by ensuring the sector has world-class leaders, teachers and trainers. This leads to ever-improving learner outcomes, a better skilled workforce for employers and a stronger economy, country and society.

We do this by improving, driving and championing the quality of leadership, teaching and training through four key pillars:

•           Setting professional standards, running the sector’s professional membership body (Society for Education and Training) and for awarding practitioners with QTLS and ATS

•           Supporting sector change

•           Leading workforce development for leaders, governors and practitioners

•           Providing key workforce data and research.

5.         For journalists requiring further information, please contact John Hilsdon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Education and Training Foundation is a company registered in England Registered address: 157 -197 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SP, t:  0203 740 8280 Company registration number: 08540597. Charity number: 1153859

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Friday, 30 November 2018 12:38

The Berkshire Apprenticeship Award

We were delighted to be part of the first-ever Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards. The event, which was hosted by Slough Aspire, managed by The Windsor Forest Colleges Group, brought together businesses, apprentices and training providers from all across Berkshire for the celebration. 

 

The best in Berkshire is celebrated at first ever county-wide Apprenticeship Awards

 

Businesses, apprentices and training providers from across Berkshire came together this week to celebrate the first ever Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards. Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec, took title honours for Berkshire Employer of the Year and Erica Deane of Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec, was named as Berkshire Apprentice of the Year. The event, hosted by Legoland Windsor, showcased the invaluable contribution apprenticeships are making to learners, businesses and the local economy.

 

Berkshire Apprenticeship Service is hosted by Slough Aspire and managed by The Windsor Forest Colleges Group.Commenting on the inaugural celebration Slough Aspire’s Chief Executive Fiona Jones said: “This is a great opportunity to put apprenticeships centre stage. All our nominees are testament to the difference apprenticeships can make, with these organisations all reaping the many rewards from securing skilled employees for the future, impacting their bottom line to breathing fresh life into their business and improving staff loyalty and training.”

 

“Yet despite all these huge advantages Berkshire still tails behind the national picture with only 6% of workplaces in the county having an apprentice, versus 12% nationally. We need to shine a light on apprenticeships to encourage more organisations to step forward and embrace the apprenticeship advantage.”

 

Commenting on the awards, Paul Reilly, Managing Director of Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec, said: “We’re delighted to have been honoured by the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service for the work we do to support and develop apprenticeships. These awards not only recognise the performance and quality of our apprentices but they also acknowledge the hard work that our experienced teams and managers put into supporting and coaching our younger staff.”

 

The winners for the awards were all decided on by a panel of expert judges of leading figures and employers from across Berkshire. Winners announced on the evening were as follows:

 

Best Training Provider Award

awarded to West Berkshire Training Consortium

 

Most Innovative Education-Based Apprenticeship Promotion Initiative Award

awarded to Maiden Erlegh School

 

Best Apprentice Employer (non-levy payer) Award

awarded to The Forbury Group

 

Best Apprentice Employer (levy-payer) Award

awarded to PBA now part of Stantec

 

Star Apprentice Manager Award

awarded to Andrew Gadd, Arvato UK

 

Star Achiever Apprentice Award

awarded to Erica Deane, PBA now part of Stantec

 

Best Young Ambassador Apprentice Award

awarded to Vikas Khan, Arvato UK

 

Best Adult Apprentice Award

awarded to Kyle Marshall, Jacobs

 

For future information on the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service please go to www.sloughaspire.com.

 

For further information on the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service, please go to www.berkshire-apprenticeship.co.uk.

 

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is joining forces with the Association of Colleges (AOC) to support its campaign which is calling on the government to stop the FE funding squeeze and to give colleges a fair investment. The initiative is part of Colleges Week 2018 which aims to raise awareness of the funding challenges colleges face while also highlighting the role colleges play in transforming lives, helping businesses improve productivity and driving local social and economic growth.

Group Principal and Chief Executive Kate Webb will be taking centre stage, alongside a number of speakers including Jeremy Corbyn, at the ‘Love Our Colleges’ rally in Parliament Square. Commenting on the challenge of increasing learner needs versus a decline in funding, she said: “There is little doubt that colleges play an invaluable role in the education of school leavers and adults which hugely benefits local businesses and the wider community – our contribution, impact and effectiveness is unquestionable. As part of Colleges Week 2018 we are therefore very proudly raising the profile of further education and demonstrating that now is the time for the government to start investing in this sector which trains an incredible 2.2 million people per year.”

At the heart of Colleges Week ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which highlights the scale of the funding issue. Per-student spending in FE and sixth-form colleges is around 8 per cent lower than in secondary schools and has also fallen by around 12 per cent in real terms since 2010.

And it is in recognition that potential learners are also feeling the financial squeeze which prompted the Group which includes Langley College, Windsor College and Strode’s College, to raise the threshold of the government’s recent low wage initiative from £15,736.50 to £20,000. Ms Webb explains further: “This new funding is ideal for working adults to upskill or retrain in order to enhance their career as many of our courses will now be free. But being based in outer London we realised that the threshold would need to be raised in order to reach more people. Already we are seeing how this funding and the power of further education can genuinely transform lives while directly benefiting the wider economy.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like The Windsor Forest Colleges Group provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.

Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”

Ms Webb concluded: “At our colleges we are educating and training over 5,000 young people and adults every year from A Levels to degree. We have invested £30million in our college’s infrastructure to provide the very latest technology and industry standard equipment so our students gain the advanced skills employers want. We have students progressing to prestigious universities including Oxford, Durham, Bath and Warwick. We work with industry giants for our apprenticeship programmes. Yet our work, which is vital to the economy, is under recognized and under funded by the government.”

For further information on Colleges Week 2018 please go to www.collegesweek.co.uk and for further information on the low wage initiative and eligible courses please click here

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