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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Annual celebrations are underway at Strode’s College and Windsor College, part of the Windsor Forest College’s Group, where students achieved another year of excellent A Level results. Strode’s broke all records with an impressive 99% A level pass rate, while Windsor maintained its strong performance with a 93% overall pass rate. Both colleges performed outstandingly by achieving a flawless 100% in their BTEC Courses.

High grades were in abundance at Strode’s College with an impressive 68% achieving A*-C and 100% pass rate in over 80% of all A level subjects offered, exceeding national benchmarks.

Strode’s student Willow Roles has secured her place at the University of Oxford to read Biochemistry by achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Joshua Passey achieved a clean sweep of four A*s in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and is going on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Other stars in the A grade cohort include Eve Byrne, Thomas Ludlow, Oliver Sears, Rebecca Frymann and Krashna Bhagalia who all achieved three or more A*s and A grades.

Rowan Cookson, Principal of both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges said: “We are thrilled with these record-breaking results and are so proud of our students who have achieved first class grades. Such consistently high results across our extensive A level offer is testament to the exceptionally high standards of teaching and personal support that is the hallmark of our sixth form.”

She continued: “We are equally proud of our Level 3 BTEC results. Students achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate across the board with 79% achieving the best possible grades of Distinction* and Distinction (D*D).

Windsor College was also celebrating some exceptional results with a high number of students achieving straight As and 56% gaining A*-C grades. Top performing student Daanial Ahmed is taking his A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Economics to the Russell Group University of Bristol to study Computer Science while Andre Naroozi who achieved AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Maths is heading for a career in dentistry. Maria Avesta is also going on to study dentistry at the University of Plymouth after gaining AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

At Windsor, 13 subjects achieved 100% pass rate exceeding national benchmarks. Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish saw 100% achieving A*-C and 91% achieved A*-C in English Language.

Group Principal and CEO of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Kate Webb commented on the performance of both colleges: “This is the start of something wonderful. A new specialist 6th Form across two colleges offering the perfect combination of exceptional teaching and individual support.

“This is our first set of A level results since the colleges merged in 2017. We are delighted with the high standards achieved at both colleges and how this sets the tone for academic standards across our sixth form moving forward. We are conscious we are entering a new era of post-18 education, where university, higher apprenticeships or even employer training programmes offer a very different landscape. We have adapted our curriculum to enable students to follow the gold standard A Level pathway or develop the advanced technical skills of BTECs. Where we are different, is we also allow them to combine both A Levels and BTECs, providing the widest choice and opportunity.”

Strode’s and Windsor Colleges are part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group which also includes Langley College in Slough.

For those getting their GCSE results on 23 August, the Colleges will be open 9.00am to 5.00pm (Friday 4.30pm) with staff on hand for advice and late applications for their A level and BTEC courses.

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With the government announcing new funding for low paid earners, many adult courses offered by the Windsor Forest Colleges Group will now be free. Anyone earning less than £20,000 who is not already eligible for free funding, can now receive full funding on a wide range of courses at Langley, Strode’s or Windsor Colleges, starting in September 2018.

Chief Executive and Group Principal Kate Webb welcomed the announcement commenting: “This is a great opportunity for those who want to improve their English with one of our ESOL courses, learn a new skill to either develop their career or re-train for a completely new direction. This new government funding will take the worry out of having to finance courses as many offered at our colleges will now be free. Anyone keen to take advantage of the funding needs to move quickly as this is a year’s trial by the government for courses starting from September.”

She continued: “We already offer a number of courses that are completely free for adults who are unemployed or claiming a range of benefits. This is the first time the government has acknowledged that people on a low wage should also be entitled to free education and training. This will improve the career and employment opportunities for many in our community.”

Eligible courses range from the technical such as Level 1 and 2 Construction, Hair and Beauty and Motor Vehicle through to the professional including Accountancy, Business, Hospitality and Travel and Tourism.

This initiative will also be welcomed by employers who can now utilise this funding to help upskill their staff who may be employed at entry level who are keen to progress.

The government funding is aimed at people earning less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold. However Windsor Forest Colleges Group has acknowledged that the low pay threshold in outer London would be higher and has therefore increased its level to those earning £20,000 or less.

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The newly formed Windsor Forest College’s Group will be launching a new Sixth Form programme at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges forthcoming open days on Thursday 28 June, 4-6pm (Windsor) and Thursday 5 July 5-8pm (Strode’s). The two Colleges bring together academic expertise, outstanding resources and facilities and the largest A Level and BTEC curriculum in the area.

“At 16 students are ready for a fresh start, often keen to go somewhere new and different for the next stage of their education. We find that those who choose college over staying at school are students who are looking for more independence while bridging the gap to university but still within a supportive and caring environment – the best of both worlds” commented Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

And that’s not the only way you get the best of both worlds at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges. Students looking to study both A Level and BTEC qualifications can do so with the Colleges’ Mix and Match option which enables students to build a tailored study programme best suited to their career ambitions.

It’s not just course choice and teaching excellence which the newly merged colleges offer students. Rowan Cookson, Principal at Strode’s College said: “We believe that the richer your time at college the better prepared you are for life after Strode’s or Windsor. Students can immerse themselves in a range of activities all designed to enhance their sixth form experience - from our very active Student Union which is the voice of students on both campuses to an exciting sports programme at Strode’s with teams competing at national and local level.”

Find out more at the Open Days on 28th June (Windsor College) and 5th July (Strode's College). Speak to the expert lecturing team, meet current students, and explore the facilities. For more information on the full range of courses offered at both Strode’s and Windsor visit sixthform.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham are delighted to announce they will now be collectively known as the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, following their formal merger on 9th May 2017. This week, college staff and students proudly unveiled the group’s new branding, which symbolises the partnership between the colleges, their shared values and vision.

The newly formed group will deliver high quality education and training to over 8,000 students and businesses each year from its three state-of-the-art campuses: Langley College, Strode’s College in Egham and Windsor College.

All three college campuses have a long-standing history in their local communities and will each retain their individual identities. Langley College specialises in providing innovative technical and professional education, while Windsor College and Strode’s College offer an exceptional sixth form learning experience with a wide range of A Levels and BTECs. All three colleges provide part-time professional and recreational courses.

Together the colleges draw on over 300 years of experience and provide over 800 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses in various subjects, from entry level right through to Higher Education.

Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of Windsor Forest Colleges Group, said: “I am extremely proud to unveil our new identity as this marks a significant milestone in our history. We believe our new name and branding perfectly reflects our heritage, values and innovative approach to learning. The design is modern and professional, like our three campuses, while also echoing our 300 year history of delivering high quality education in Berkshire and Surrey.

“Our students will continue to identify with one particular college campus, but being part of a larger group means they benefit from greater learning opportunities, access to a wider range of resources and more progression routes. We offer the specialist expertise and personal approach of an individual college, with all the advantages of a larger group. It is the best of both worlds!”

Windsor Forest Colleges Group is headed up by the experienced team of Kate Webb, Group Principal, Rowan Cookson, Principal and Graham Try, Deputy CEO. The new branding for the group was developed by the College’s in-house marketing department in consultation with staff, students and governors.

Dedicated to improving lives through learning, the Windsor Forest Colleges Group has a strong vision for the future and aims to provide greater opportunities for young people, adults and businesses in Berkshire, Surrey and the surrounding areas. This includes further developing apprenticeship courses, sixth form education, adult education and Higher Education provision.

For further information on Windsor Forest Colleges Group, its three college campuses and its range of over 800 courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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