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Tuesday, 07 July 2020 10:00

Our Virtual Doors are still Open!

Missed out on joining us for our recent series of virtual events? Don’t worry – you can still explore all of our colleges, watch all the videos and presentations here.

For each of our colleges, Langley, Strode’s and Windsor, you’ll find a selection of presentations, tours and subject area videos introducing you to the colleges and the courses on offer.

To help prospective students prepare for starting in September we have also created a useful directory of Year 11 resources. Take a look at the courses you are interested in or have already applied for to discover more and explore the subject/s in more depth.

Langley College – Summer Work and Resources

Strode’s College – Summer Work and Resources

Windsor College – Summer Work and Resources

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The entire country being put on lockdown has not held back Strode’s College student Tara Alkattan in her bid to achieving the Duke of Edinburg (DofE) Gold Award. While staying safe at home Tara’s commitment and determination to continue the highly regarded programme has seen her successfully continue with all three skills elements of the Award. Impressively, she is still on schedule to complete the programme by the end of the academic year.

The five sections of the Gold DofE Award are volunteering, physical, skills, an expedition and a residential. With the aid of both her imagination and technology Tara has successfully continued the three skills element of the programme which are online Arabic lessons for children (volunteering), online personal training sessions (physical) and online piano lessons (skills).

Commenting on her achievement Lawrence Chitty, DofE Co-ordinator at the College said: “Right from the outset Tara has been singularly determined to successfully achieve the Gold Award. Despite the restrictions that lockdown has imposed, Tara has shown her initiative to convert her skills, volunteering and physical activities section so that she can continue with these at home. Achieving Gold is very demanding and she has shown enormous commitment and resolve to overcome the obstacles presented by the restrictions imposed to control covid19. To get to this stage she has demonstrated resilience, initiative and an imaginative application of her IT skills. These are all highly valued skills which will contribute to her employability which is exactly the purpose of undertaking the DofE.”

Strode’s College runs a successful DofE programme as part of its enrichment activities. Each year several groups of between five and eight students each sign up to complete the Silver or Gold Award. The Awards are highly regarded by both universities and employers. Skills and attributes such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive are all valued for their contribution to CVs, university and job applications.

Lawrence Chitty concludes: “At the best of times completing the DofE alongside the demands of sixth form study can be an enjoyable challenge. To continue the programme under the current circumstances shows a whole new level of ingenuity and commitment so Tara’s unwavering resolve is really very impressive indeed.”

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Windsor College and first year A Level student Taha Hussain has reached the final stage of RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk and PwC’s NSEC (National Schools Employability Challenge) competition. Taha, who studies Physics, Chemistry and Biology, entered the competition which is designed prepare and up-skill students to be ready for the modern workplace.

The challenge, which consists of three stages, is part of a collaboration between RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, an online careers resource and PwC, one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms. The initial stage is designed to get students thinking about the skills sets and attributes employers look for.  Progressing to stage two is an opportunity to gain new knowledge, experience and understanding of employability in the modern workplace. For the first two stages, Taha achieved a very impressive 37 out of 40.

Stage three is by invitation only. As a qualifying student, Taha has been selected for an exclusive employability skills virtual event with PwC where he be able to hone his skills and test his abilities further. This will consist of six sessions which he can join throughout the day alongside fellow students and PwC representatives.

Commenting on the value of the NSEC, Taha said: "It was a great experience and for the stage three virtual day at PwC I chose to explore the 'What are your options after university' event. This was particularly helpful as it provided me with a number of different areas that I can consider following university, plus work experience options which will be useful for both my personal statement and CV." 

Taha, who is hoping to progress to study Medicine, is not the first student from Windsor College to win a place at the prestigious NSEC finals.  Encouraging students to attempt the early stages and progress through the levels of the competition has become something of a modern tradition at the College, organised through Core Studies. These weekly sessions are just one of the many wider opportunities offered to students which are aimed at developing the whole student and making young people more confident and able to make their mark in the world as they prepare for adult life.

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Our latest edition of College Voice is out now!

Our latest edition of College Voice is out now! Our termly newsletter is a timely reminder that prior to the switch to  remote learning, students and staff across our three colleges have enjoyed a busy and fulfilling term. 
 
It was also the term the Windsor Forest Colleges Group received a resounding ‘GOOD’ from Ofsted.  Read all about this and lots of other exciting news from Langley, Strode’s and Windsor Colleges.

Read the College Voice here.

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Despite the government’s closure of schools and colleges, Langley College has unlocked the doors to its teaching kitchens, to allow the One Slough Community Response team to store and make food for the vulnerable and those self-isolating in Slough.

College staff turned out to support the effort which saw volunteers preparing breakfast, lunches and hot meals for over 200 people in the community which were then distributed by Slough Outreach.

Leading the effort on behalf of the College, Head of College Lettings, Gurpreet Nizzar was on the frontline helping to prepare the meals alongside his colleagues. He said: “We feel privileged to be able to use the College’s professional catering and hospitality facilities to support the community during this challenging time. Instead of standing empty we are able to use the space to bring food to the vulnerable in Slough.”

Alongside providing access to their kitchen facilities, Langley College has also been designated the One Slough Community Response Hub. The College will be used to sort, store and dispatch food throughout the community and will also be the base for a Virtual Call Centre.

The One Slough Group leader, Shin Dhother said: “It’s been really good to have so many people coming together, stepping up, putting differences aside and working together. I love to be of service and it’s so important at a time like this to come together with so many others, it’s great to see. We’re so grateful to Windsor College Forest Group who have not only given us their kitchen space at Langley College, but are providing a fantastic skilled team of four chefs to cook meals for us to feed vulnerable people in Slough.”

CEO of Slough CVS, Ramesh Kukar, expressed his gratitude while at the same time calling for further support from the community. He said: “We are fortunate in Slough to have organisations that have come forward and offered their resources, many adapting to benefit the community. We are working with Slough Borough Council, the local voluntary sector and businesses to provide a coordinated approach to ensure that we provide essential services to people who need it.”

 The team of volunteers are collecting food donations from many organisations including McDonalds, Bidfood and Rite Price who have been forthcoming with meals and ingredients. The food is stored in the College kitchens and meals are prepared from the ingredients provided. Gurpreet who has been supported by college restaurant manager Beryl Chitty added: “Today we made pasta carbonara for 100 people who will now get a hot meal thanks to the donations made. All of this while ensuring we follow social distancing rules in the kitchen and of course the strict hygiene regulations.”

The initiative is delivered as a partnership between Slough Borough Council, Slough CVS and voluntary sector groups throughout Slough. If you are able to offer support or wish to self-refer to the scheme then please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Windsor Forest Colleges Group remains one of only four British Display Society (BDS) Centres of Excellence in the UK. The College was recently re-awarded the status following a visit from the BDS, which encourages and promotes the highest standards of Visual Merchandising across the industry.

A team from the BDS including their Chairman Iain Kimmins spent the day at Windsor, which is home to the College’s Visual Merchandising (VM) department. They were impressed by the standard of work produced by Level 3 students which included scale models, plans and elevations and prop constructions. This flagship course is very much part of the fabric at Windsor College, with the building featuring working windows for students to showcase their visual merchandising designs right into the heart of Windsor’s high street.

During their time at the College the BDS team delivered a very well received talk and presentation to students. Commenting on their visit Iain Kimmins said: “It was a pleasure to listen and talk to the students as to what inspires and motivates them. It was great to view their work which ranged from initial sketches, designs to model making, prop building to dressing the mock-up windows. Given the level of passion and enthusiasm, it proves that there is certainly a generation of inspiring and up-and-coming Visual Merchandisers in the making.

“It is so vital that anyone wishing to move into the VM industry must undertake VM training and learn all the principles.”

Tutor Sue Leadbeater leads the Visual Merchandising department at Windsor College. Her students’ progress to highly regarded art colleges such as the London College of Fashion and The Retail Academy. Her alumni include a Visual Merchandising Director at M&S, the Visual Merchandiser for Harrod’s windows and a number of gold medal winners in the highly celebrated WorldSkills competitions.

Windsor College offers visual merchandising and design courses including a, Level 3 BTEC (equivalent to three A Levels) in Window Display and Interior Design and an HNC at Level 4.

To find out more go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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Congratulations to Strode’s 1st XI Men’s Football team who are through to the AoC National Cup Semi-Finals! Read the thrilling match report below:

Strode’s headed to Solihull Sixth Form College on Wednesday 11th March for the AoC National Cup Quarter Final. Having travelled so far for such an important game the Strode’s team were focused and determined to progress into the Semi-Finals. On a pitch bordering unplayable, the host's direct style of play initially caused Strode’s some defensive challenges and with two pacey strikers, Solihull always looked dangerous especially with the uneven bounce and unpredictable roll of the ball. The home side took the lead following a hopeful long ball which did indeed take a slightly awkward bounce allowing the Solihull striker to find enough space to get a shot away at the Strode’s goal which beat goalkeeper Josh Wilson - something many have struggled to do!

Strode’s kept their discipline and continued to try and play football with some excellent passing with the first opportunities created well saved by the host’s goalkeeper. The Strode’s equaliser came as a result of the poor conditions underfoot and the strong wind as the goalkeeper’s poor kick fell to Teddy Williams who beat the recovering defender before slotting the ball into the net to level the scores at 1-1. Solihull then took advantage of a slip by Dom Jones only for Wilson to pull off an excellent save. Strode’s then began to dominate the game as the players became increasingly used to the conditions and following some slick passing through midfield Fin Rose-Davies’ clever pass found Bombourg who finished past the ‘keeper to put the visitors 2-1 ahead.

Strode’s started the second half strongly and after excellent work from Dom Jones and then Ben Vassell, Ryan Porter added a third goal. Strode’s continued to create chances and with 15 minutes to go Dom Jones made it 4-1 as he latched onto a Fin Rose-Davies pass before his initial shot was saved by the Solihull ‘keeper. Jones however quickly got to the rebound and finished from a tight angle.

The home side threw everything they had at Strode’s for the final ten minutes and Wilson again made some important saves, with five minutes to go Solihull did manage to grab a goal back but Strode’s held firm to finish 4-2 winners, booking a place in the AoC National Cup Semi-Finals.

Strode’s team:

Josh Wilson

Fin Rose-Davies

Alex Franklin

Dom Jones

Dan Miles

George Austin

Ben Hobbs

Ryan Porter

Louie Bombourg

Bemi Ogunfiditimi

Josh Beadle

William Smith

Oscar Syms

Ben Vassell

Teddy Williams

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 15:14

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Important Reminder - Sunday 22nd March

Following the government announcement that schools and colleges should close, teaching at Langley, Strode's and Windsor Colleges has moved on line from Monday 23rd March.
 
Please do not attend a college campus unless you have been invited to. This is very important for the safety and health of everyone.
 
We are here to support you. Please follow the work plan set by your tutor, log into on line lessons and check out Moodle. 
 
We will include more information about our services on our website over the coming days.
 
Keep well, calm and safe over the coming days.

Exam Update for Students - Friday 20th March 8am

You may have heard the government has said there will be no exams in May and June this year due to the coronavirus. 
 
We completely understand this is unexpected and extremely unsettling for you. We recognise all of your hard work so far, and we will be there to support you so that hard work is not wasted.
 
We expect to hear more detail over the next few days about how grades will be awarded for qualifications including GCSE, BTEC and A-Levels. Be assured that we have your back, and we will let you know as soon as possible when we have more information.
 
In the meantime, you should continue to follow the work plan provided for you by your teachers and maintain your focus on your studies. Regardless of what changes may happen – all of your learning is important and valuable. It will prepare you for your next level of study and we are committed to helping you succeed and progress in whatever form is required.
 
Keep safe, well and calm in this difficult time.

Government Announces College Closures - Thursday 19th March

The government has announced the closure of all schools and colleges as of Friday 20th March.

As previously announced we have already moved to remote learning with effect from Friday 20th and we are whole heartedly committed to supporting our students with their studies via on-line and remote working. All learning is valuable and will support progression and advancement.

We will continue to support all students throughout this unprecedented and difficult period. Please keep in contact with us via social media, college email and Moodle.

We are continuing to handle applications as usual and if you have any queries about the status of your application please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are here to help you.


Remote Learning to Commence Next Week - Wednesday 18th March

Following the latest government advice regarding social distancing and the reduction of mass gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to allow staff and students to work remotely from Friday 20th March through to the end of the Easter holidays on Friday 17th April.

At present we have not received any reports of students or staff who have contracted the virus.

A communication has been issued to students, parents, carers, staff and employers today which outlines the processes for ongoing work and learning prior to the Easter break and over the Easter holidays.

  • Face-to-face teaching will stop on Thursday 19th March.
  • On Friday 20th March, there will be an Inset Day to allow teachers to prepare.
  • From Monday 23rd March students will be asked to work from home and not to attend college campuses for the next two weeks of term prior to the Easter holidays.

Students will be expected to continue with their work at home and will be supported by their teachers and tutors through a combination of on-line lessons, the setting of written work and email or phone communication. 

This decision has not been taken lightly and we have done so with the best interests of staff and students in mind. We remain open to support students’ learning and are preparing for a new way of working through these unprecedented times. Teachers will be contacting students directly to outline their workplans.

Should the national guidance change, we will contact students and parents directly as well as posting updates online.

Please continue to follow the health advice from Public Health England as outlined here.

Students should contact their teachers directly if they have any questions.

For all other queries please call 01753 793000 - we're here to help.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:44

England U20 New Head Coach

Strode’s College Sports Teacher Lou Meadows has been appointed head coach of the England Counties U20 squad. Meadows is the first ever female head coach of an England men’s aspirational side, which she will lead during their tour of Georgia in May in preparation for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy this summer.

England Counties is the flagship team of the community game in England and offers players from National League 1 and below the opportunity to represent their country. Meadows is currently busy attending county games across the country as the four divisions (London and South East, Midlands, North and South West) hold final trials. From these they will bring their best players to the England Counties Trial weekend in Derby, where Meadows will select her final 23 for the tour.

When not coaching with England’s most talented U20s, Meadows is part of Strode’s College’s renowned Sports department which has a strong history of sporting success. Commenting on how her England coaching experience will benefit Strode’s students she said: “Being appointed Head Coach is a fantastic opportunity for me and recognition of my hard work for the last 12 years in coaching within the men’s game and gaining my level 4 qualification. I really hope it’s a step forward for the game in recognising coaches for their coaching abilities rather than as a former professional player or their gender and a realisation to the students of what they could achieve themselves.

“Strode’s have been brilliant in supporting me in my own development, whereby now I am able to use my qualification and experience to further benefit the sports students. Whether they are looking at further education, coaching qualifications or professional playing careers, I would hope that they utilise me for advice, support or even contacts in progressing in their careers.”

For the England U20 squad Meadows heads up a team which includes her assistant coach, a forwards coach, team manager, assistant manager, physio and a team doctor. She proudly acknowledges how this new role will hopefully represent to both her male and female students the opportunities within professional coaching. Equally important is also highlighting the work ethic and time management needed to successfully carry out a role of high responsibility in parallel to a busy teaching career.

Alongside having an England head coach on the teaching team, Strode’s elite student athletes also get high level support from the College. The recent accreditation from TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) recognised the College’s commitment to supporting students reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

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With an impressive “GOOD” Ofsted rating announced last month, Langley College is throwing open its doors on Thursday 12 March 2020. The College, which specialises in offering innovative technical and vocational courses, is welcoming prospective students to come and see how they impressed the Ofsted inspectors with the quality of teaching, the learning environment and the achievement of students.

Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb said: “We are proudly opening our doors so prospective learners can come and see for themselves how our courses, taught by industry-trained experts, in industry-standard facilities drew such high praise from Ofsted. This ‘Good’ sits alongside the highest rating for quality, also recently given by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for our Higher Education provision.

“Langley genuinely ticks all the boxes for school leavers looking for full-time courses or apprenticeships and adults after professional development opportunities or degree level programmes.”

Ofsted rated the College as ‘Good’ for its overall effectiveness and ‘Good’ in all other inspection areas covering quality, behaviour, personal development, leadership, education for young people, adult learning and apprenticeships.

Alongside its diverse technical curriculum, Langley College also offers Access to Higher Education courses for those who didn’t get the relevant qualifications they need to go to university. In addition, a range of Higher Education courses are offered in partnership with a number of leading universities.  

Ms Webb concludes: “There is much to celebrate here at Langley College. Students are assured of a first-class learning environment where they successfully achieve industry-recognised qualifications. They enjoy embedded work experience, access to our unrivalled employer links and the opportunity for extra-curricular activity which positively impacts on their personal development alongside their academic achievement. For those who choose to go to university the inspectors noted that progression is good, and they generally get into their first choice. Join us on the 12 March  to find out more.”

To find out about the full range of courses and to pre-register for fast track entry on the day, please go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/opendays.  Doors open at 4.30pm until 7.00pm.

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