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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Tuesday, 17 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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Sunday, 22 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.

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  • 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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Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:20

Langley College celebrate class of 2019

Langley College showcased the very best in its specialist technical vocational education and training at the recent 2019 Student Awards evening. Nominated students joined their proud families, tutors, governors and VIP guest The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema to recognise academic excellence and achievement, exceptional dedication and contribution.

Commenting on the unique role Langley College plays in the community supporting the academic and skills development of local students, Rowan Cookson, Principal of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, said: “Tonight is about celebrating the success of our students and staff across all curriculum areas at the College. You have pursued such diverse pathways – we have aspiring engineers, nurses, teachers, builders, business owners and leaders with us tonight. Careers which are fundamental in shaping the world of tomorrow and we are very proud of you all.

“You have achieved great success, and your achievement at Langley College is a stepping stone for you to set yourself new ambitions, to challenge yourself to go higher and further. Savour this moment, enjoy tonight and inspire others through your own success and achievement.”

This year over 125 students were shortlisted for the prestigious awards which included prizes for Endeavour, Excellence, Best English, Best Maths, Most Promising and Best Higher Education Student.

A particular highlight of the evening was the award for the Most Outstanding Student which went to Hair and Beauty learner Michelle Moran. Michelle collected her award from the Mayor in recognition of her focus, five star commitment and ability. Nominated by her tutor for her enthusiastic work ethic and the support provided by Michelle to the other students on her course, she is described as one of the most inspiring individuals her lecturer has had the pleasure of teaching.

The Most Promising student Lauren Yates was inspired to sign up to the Access to HE Social Sciences and Education course by her young daughter Daisy. Commenting that she wanted to make Daisy proud she said: “After school one day my niece said she’d had to draw a picture of what her mummy did as work, and I thought ‘what is Daisy going to draw for me?’ So, I signed up for the Access course and am now progressing to Royal Holloway, University of London to study Psychology and Criminology.”

The evening’s other award winners include:

Best Higher Education student - Áine Sadler (Teacher Training)

Best English student - Adam Jellis

Best Maths student - Josephine Robinson

Langley College offers a wide range of courses designed to meet the needs of the local community and employers. With courses for schools leavers, adults and those wishing to pursue a degree, the College is renowned for its exceptional facilities and industry links. To find out more visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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As Europe decided the fate of its MEPs in the recent elections Strode’s College students were given behind the scenes access to the European Parliament. First year A Level students Athena Jamaranian and Henry Denegri were two of just 18 young people selected from across all EU countries to join the 2019 ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) Young Visitor Programme. The students spent five days seeing first-hand what happens at the EU headquarters in Belgium. 

The programme is aimed at 16 to 21 year olds, who do not have the connections or the means, to get acquainted with the EU institutions. Athena and Henry spent a week in Brussels enjoying an extensive and unparalleled insight into how the European Parliament operates, researches, legislates and represents on a daily basis.

Commenting on the experience Athena said: “It was so nice to meet people from different countries that I wouldn’t have done anywhere else. It was amazing to see the different places in the Parliament, and to have a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what goes on there. The EU is a massive part of our lives which we don’t fully realise, so being able to understand our country and the countries around us at such a young age is super important for us all.”

Athena and Henry joined young people from ten other EU countries ranging from Finland, Netherland and Austria to Portugal, Lithuania and Bulgaria. During their five days in Brussels they attended European Parliament talks, the Human Rights Watch and went to a meeting at Facebook. They visited the actual European Parliament Chamber where politicians meet to discuss major issues, met journalists and Catherine Bearder the Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

Commenting on the value of the trip Gill Phillips who is responsible for student engagement at Strode’s said: “A highlight of studying at Strode’s is the extracurricular enrichment opportunities. We believe that the further we can deepen student learning and understanding, the richer their sixth form experience will be. Athena and Henry had unrivalled access to the workings of the EU Parliament which can only broaden their perspective of modern-day politics.”

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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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