Over 100 Strode’s students put Runnymede and Weybridge constituency candidates through their political paces at a recent student-chaired election debate. Dr Ben Spencer (Conservative), Councillor Robert King (Labour), Benjamin Smith (Green), and Councillor Don Whyte (Lib Dems, representing Robert O’Carroll) attended the pre-election hustings, held at the progressive sixth form college in Egham, to debate issues close to the heart of young people.

Brexit and a second referendum dominated the Q&A which was chaired by student leaders, Henry Denegri and Nathan Gage. Other issues high on the student political agenda included homelessness, education and sixth form funding, budgeting and priorities. The economy proved a divisive topic, especially regarding debt and borrowing. Students were also keen to explore disenfranchised groups, votes for 16s and how to inspire and engage students to be involved in politics. The political candidates all seem to agree on the importance of involving under 18s in political debate, although not all necessarily agreeing on the voting age being reduced to 16.

Commenting on the importance of political literacy Bernadette Joslin, Assistant Principal Student Services said: “’It was fantastic to see so many of our students engaged in social and political issues raised by the candidates’ debate.  Over 120 students and staff asked probing and stimulating questions of the local candidates and demonstrated they are passionate about politics.

“It is so important that young people feel involved in our political system and democracy and play their part in making it operate effectively.  At the College we believe therefore that an understanding of active citizenship is an essential part of our students’ wider development.”

To further encourage student participation in the forthcoming election the College has also had a successful voter registration drive and a mock ballot delivered the following results: 

Labour - 55

Liberal Democrats - 25

Conservatives - 14

Green - 13

Spoiled - 14

Abstained - 8

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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.

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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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Monday, 14 October 2019 08:08

Exciting new courses for 2020

The new 2020/21 Strode’s and Windsor College’s sixth form course guide is out! And with the autumn open days fast approaching there’s time to explore the exciting range of courses in the guide before seeing the impressive facilities in person. Pick up a copy and pre-register for the Windsor Open Day on Tuesday 22 October and the Strode’s Open Day on Thursday 24 October to get fast-track entry on arrival www. www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/opendays.

Windsor College has announced that their 2020 programme includes some exciting new additions including Graphics, Games and 3D Design. This Level 3 course is ideal for those looking to move into web, animation or advertising-based digital industries. Windsor has also added Criminology, a Level 3 BTEC where students focus on the impact of crime and criminal behaviour and the College’s renowned Performing Arts Departments is now offering UAL (University of the Arts London) courses. Here students can choose between either the Level 2 Performing and Production Arts or the Level 4 (which is Higher Education level) Professional Diploma in Performance.

Over in Egham, Strode’s College, which is already the largest provider of A Levels in north west Surrey, is adding Level 3 Applied Psychology to its comprehensive range of Level 3 and 2 BTECs.

Commenting on the changes to the 2020 course programme Rowan Cookson, College Principal said: “These exciting new additions mean both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges continue to offer students exceptional choice when it comes to selecting either A Levels, BTECs or a combination of the two. Coupled with impressive A Level results (98% pass rate at Strode’s and 95% at Windsor) and a flawless 100% BTEC performance, students considering either of these colleges can expect a dynamic, rich and meaningful sixth form experience.”

Going on to explain how the Colleges are delivering better results including high grade passes and impressive university offers including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions Ms Cookson continues: “Strode’s and Windsor proudly offer something different. Against a culture of quality, academic rigour and personal support, we treat students as young adults, giving them independence to mature and academically flourish. This is proving to be the ideal stepping stone between school and university.”

To make your move to sixth form and to explore the range of courses and register for the forthcoming open days please go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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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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Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:09

Strode's College celebrates its stars of 2019

Strode’s College’s recognised and celebrated its stars of 2019 at their recent annual Prize Giving Ceremony. Academic excellence and success, hard work and commitment and personal achievement and endeavour were all put in the spotlight as the College proudly showcased and cemented its strong reputation for outstanding academic results, progression to top universities and career paths.

Students and their families joined proud teachers, governors, trustees and the Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede Councillor Parshotam Sohi and Mrs Davinder Sohi. The College has long been associated with the Worshipful Company of Coopers who were represented on the evening by a number of members including The Master, Perry Bousfield. Guest of honour was former Strode’s student Molly Watt who was born severely deaf and lost her sight aged 12. Molly gave an inspiring account of her journey to success and the challenges she faces running her own charity and business.

Commenting on the students’ impressive A Level and BTEC results a very proud Principal, Rowan Cookson said: “Our 2019 results have been sustained at the highest level for a third successive year with a 98% pass rate for A Levels and 100% for all our Level 3 BTEC courses. The improvement in high grades for both is indicative of the high standards of teaching, learning and support which has seen over 70% of our students progress onto selected courses at many different universities. Others have taken the opportunity to move into apprenticeships, employment or take a gap year.”

Before moving on to the presentation of the awards she urged the students to challenge themselves to go higher and further in whatever direction life takes them and to take advantage of opportunities given or created in the future to see where it could lead.

During the evening 33 prizes were awarded. The prestigious Henry Strode prize and the Tercentenary Higher Education Bursary is awarded to the student who achieved the highest UCAS points score of all Strode’s College students in 2019. This year the prize went to Keeley Rose Pears who achieved 200 UCAS points in Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Dance), Music Performance and English Literature. Since leaving Strode’s, Keeley has won a Vice Chancellor’s Attainment Scholarship at St Mary’s University.

The Bill Skelton Higher Education Bursary was this year awarded to Betsy Holden for her achievement in English Language and Literature, Modern History, Film Studies and Drama and Theatre Studies. Betsy is off to the University of Reading to study English and Film.

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 Autumn Clarke who will be taking a gap year, deferring going to university until 2020.

Highlights of the evening also included the Coopers’ Apprentice for 2019 and the Coopers’ Travel Bursaries.

Strode’s College will be holding an Open Day on Thursday 24 October, 4.30pm to 7.00pm. For further information please go to https://www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/opendays

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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

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Friday, 20 September 2019 15:47

2019 Results

Strode’s and Windsor Colleges have cemented their position as leading sixth form providers with the news of their 2019 A Level and BTEC results. Students and tutors from both colleges are celebrating this morning with Strode's students achieving an impressive 99% pass rate for their advanced level courses and Windsor students securing an equally impressive 98% pass rate at advanced level. 

High grades were in abundance with 14 students gaining straight As and A*-B and D*D passes increasing to 56% at Strode's and 40% at Windsor. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is highly valued by universities, sustained its 100% track record for the third year running at Strode’s. At Windsor the EPQ also achieved a 100% pass rate, its third consecutive increase in a row, indicative of the improving academic culture at the College.

Strode’s student Thomas Brightwell was delighted with his A*AA results today in Biology, Chemistry and Maths saying: “I have secured my place to study Biochemistry at Imperial College where I hope to progress to a Master’s and then a doctorate.” He was joined by friends Sean Middleton and Yilin Zhang who also achieved top grades – Sean achieved A*A*A and is off to the University of Warwick to read Maths and Yilin achieved A*BB and is going to read Chemistry at UCL.

At Windsor, Ketsia Gault got a clean sweep with A*AA in Sociology, History and Psychology and is going to the University of Wolverhampton to specialise in Deaf Studies with the aim of becoming a SEND teacher. Emilie Wainwright achieved AAB and is taking an alternative route and undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship at Unilever.

BTEC student Kajol Karwal achieved D*D*D* in Applied Science and Business and has secured a place at the Royal Holloway University to study Criminology and Psychology.

Rowan Cookson, Principal of both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges reflected on the achievements at the Colleges that now come under the banner of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group and said: “We are once again delighted with the performance of our students who have excelled in their A Levels and BTECs. While we operate over two separate colleges, the culture of quality, academic rigour and personalised support are the backbone of our approach across the group – which has been evidenced by the increase in high grades, the number of straight A students and the impressive university offers including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions.” She continued: “We offer something quite different to sixth forms in schools and big general further education colleges. The environment at each college is welcoming and friendly, where students are known as individuals and where academic excellence and health and wellbeing work hand-in-hand. Our facilities are second to none and our extra curricular programme makes learning more enriched and enjoyable.”

Ms Cookson also highlighted the College's unique position in allowing students to combine A levels and BTECs for a more personalised programme that universities value and said: “I want to acknowledge the incredibly high standards achieved on both A Level and BTEC courses - 98% for A Levels at Strode's, 95% at Windsor alongside 100% achievement at both colleges for BTECs with 71% achieving the best possible grades of Distinction* and Distinction (D*D) at Strode’s and 49% at Windsor. This is testament to the expertise of the teaching team at both Strode’s and Windsor and the positive culture of achievement fostered at both.”

Group Principal and CEO of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Kate Webb commented on the performance of both colleges: “These excellent results demonstrate that our relentless focus on high standards in teaching and learning is the absolute key to student achievement. This is the hallmark of every college in our group – the Windsor Forest Colleges Group stamp of quality. Both of our sixth form colleges offer their local communities something different. They are ideal for those students who, are looking for choice and opportunity in a more mature, independent environment. We offer the ideal bridge between school and university, or employment and it’s an environment where our students clearly flourish.”

For those getting their GCSE results on 22 August, the Colleges will be open from 10am to 12pm with staff on hand for advice and late applications for their A level and BTEC courses. For more information visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk

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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

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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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