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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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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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is celebrating its second birthday. Staff and students gathered last week to mark the merger between Strode’s College and East Berkshire College to form the Group which is now ranked 7th in the UK national league tables*.

Since the merger in 2017, the three colleges in the Group - Langley, Strode’s and Windsor have all seen a huge shift in the quality of both teaching provision and student outcomes. Strode’s College celebrated record-breaking A Level results in 2018, both Strode’s and Windsor achieved 100% pass rate for all BTEC courses and 41% of Langley College Level 3 students now progress to university.

Kate Webb, Group Principal and CEO said: “Two years ago, two wonderful colleges came together – East Berkshire College and Strode’s College. Today we have three incredible campuses. Windsor and Strode’s deliver a fantastic sixth form education and Langley delivers a progressive technical education. Together we are better and stronger and over the last two years thousands of students have benefitted from the new college group.”

By bringing the extensive vocational and technical expertise together with Strode’s sixth form experience the College’s Group has strengthened all aspects of its provision. During the last two years there has been significant curriculum development, improved student results, improving Ofsted reports and recent Matrix re-accreditation in recognition of the Colleges high standards of advice and support service.

Ms Webb concluded: “We’ve come a long way in two years and as a committed team we’ve delivered some incredible achievements. Our sum of expertise is definitely greater than our individual parts and I am excited to see what the next two years bring.”

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Windsor College Performing Arts students took their incredible play Chaos to the bright lights of London as part of Connections, the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Their performance at the historic Albany theatre in Deptford follows sell out shows at Windsor’s Old Court of the play written by Laura Lomas, one of ten commissioned by the National Theatre for the festival.

Commenting on the opportunity of taking part in a national festival Natalie Jones Performing Arts Lecturer at Windsor College said: “While the Chaos set was loaded, our students took part in a drama workshop run by one of the youth directors from the theatre before performing in the beautiful 250 seater Albany auditorium. The students were brilliant, absolute professionals throughout this process, bringing so many creative ideas to the project and giving a fantastic performance on the night. The National Theatre directors who attended their show in both Windsor and at the Albany, were really impressed by their performances and professionalism.”

Playwright Laura Lomas wrote Chaos to embrace and celebrate the unpredictable energy, trouble and beauty of chaos. She commented: “I didn’t want it to always make sense, but I did want it to feel very alive – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager”. The play is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters searching for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

This performance is just one of a number of outstanding shows presented by the students this year – including the hilarious and somewhat controversial, Avenue Q, which was performed at the College’s home theatre – the Old Court in Windsor.

The college offers a range of performing arts courses from Level 2 right up the HND and is one of the only colleges in the area to offer performing arts to professional standards. Shows are publicised on social media - Facebook @WindorForestColleges Twitter @WindsorForestCG instangram @windsorforestcg and @p.arts_windsorcollege.

For more information about studying performing arts or to apply for a course for September visit windsor-forest.ac.uk

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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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