Kick start your nursing, midwifery and allied health career with an Access to HE course at Langley College and the promise of at least a £5,000 bursary per year in new government funding once you progress to a degree programme.

From September 2020 all nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will receive at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. Up to £3,000 further funding is also available for eligible students, including for: 

  • specialist disciplines that struggle to recruit, including mental health and learning disability nursing
  • an additional childcare allowance, on top of the £1,000 already on offer
  • areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted on some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year.

Langley College offers a one year Nursing and Health Professions Access to Higher Education course which provides the skills and qualification required for progression to a degree programme at university in nursing and midwifery or courses allied to medicine. Further information on this new funding can be found here.

Find out more at the forthcoming Langley College Open Day on Tuesday 21 January 2020, 4.30-7.00pm https://www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/opendays.

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Strode’s College’s work with elite student-athletes has been recognised with national accreditation from TASS, (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport. Strode’s is the only college in Surrey and the local area to be awarded the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme for their commitment to supporting elite student-athletes reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

The College is currently supporting a number of elite athletes including Fraser Griffiths, an artistic gymnast who competes for Scotland, England rugby player Abbie-Louise Bailey and international Irish dancer, Lucy Potter.

Karen Griffiths Strode’s College Director of Sixth Form explains the importance of the accreditation to these students: “Balancing the demands of high level training alongside college study is the equivalent of holding down two jobs and what the TASS accreditation acknowledges is our commitment to helping students balance this challenge. They shouldn’t have to make a choice and by enabling them to do both we ensure that they have a very firm back up plan in the form of strong sixth form qualifications.”

As a TASS accredited college Strode’s recognises the flexibility and support young athletes require. Alongside access to the full range of A Levels and Level 3 BTECs, sporting students can also expect flexibility with regards to their timetable to support their training and competition schedule. As students will inevitably be absent to attend competitions the College also offers catch up schedules and access to learning platforms for remote study. 

Ms Griffiths continues: “Our support goes beyond the practical help with studies. Training at an elite level and sixth form study are both incredibly demanding. We also offer these students personal mentoring and guidance from pastoral tutors who have direct experience and understanding of national and international competitions with particular attention paid to employability, social media, finance and budgeting. We offer workshops on lifestyle, nutrition, physiotherapy, psychology and strength and conditioning alongside free access to the gym and close liaison with coaches to support their overall wellbeing.”

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport, all working together to bring the best out of the country’s most exciting young talents.

Strode’s College has long had a reputation for sporting success in the classroom and on the playing fields. The College offers a range of sport A Levels and BTECs and has a strong history of success at county and national level for a number of sports. To find out more go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk or come along to the next Strode’s Open Day on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

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Shortlist announced 8 January 2020

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 Tes FE Awards.

It’s been revealed that Eleanor Turner of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group has been shortlisted for the Teacher of the Year award.

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries.To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement"

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March 2020

To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week's Tes, or visit tesfeawards.co.uk

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As Brexit negotiations go to the wire, one Langley College Business Admin Apprentice has been to Brussels to meet key MEPs and European Commission staff. Natalia Orlowska, who is based in Slough Aspire, made the trip to the EU Headquarters to explore the opportunities offered to Apprentices through schemes funded by the European Parliament. Natalia joined a small group of apprentices as part of an initiative organised by Judith Bunting, the MEP representing the South East of England.

Natalia was one of only four apprentices from the region selected to join Judith at the EU Headquarters. During the two day visit she attended a reception with MEPs at the European Parliament and learned about Erasmus+, the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Natalia was also able to question key MEPs and European Commission staff regarding on the job training investments which will impact her, the other apprentices and the employers they work for. Natalia, in particular, has a keen interest as her work for Slough Aspire includes helping to deliver the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service.

Commenting on the value of the experience Natalia said: “Travelling to Brussels to meet other UK apprentices, sight-seeing the European Parliament along with discovering the life as an MEP was a truly fun and informative experience. This trip was designed to raise awareness of a range of opportunities available for young people in the EU. I really enjoyed finding out about Erasmus+ and I am interested in applying for this programme in the future to experience working abroad and other cultures. I am grateful to the Windsor Forest Colleges Group and Slough Aspire for offering me this opportunity, as I have met some really nice and interesting people over those two days and I am now thinking of exploring my future options.”

During the trip Natalia was also given a behind the scenes insight into the life of an MEP with talks about the role they play, a tour of the EU Parliament and a visit to the House of European History.

Natalia attended the trip, following a recommendation by Juliet Holloway Assistant Principal, Marketing and Business Development for the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, who said: “This was a great opportunity, kindly provided by our local MEP Judith Bunting, for Natalia to see the EU Parliament in action. Erasmus+ is all about linking organisations and enabling the sharing of best practice. I am sure that Natalia found the trip incredibly informative, bringing back new skills and knowledge to be shared among her colleagues at Slough Aspire and her tutors here at Langley College.”

Langley College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, offers a broad range of professional and trade apprenticeships, working with a number of the region’s leading employers. Apprenticeship opportunities include Business and Accounting, Computing, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and Motor Vehicle. These courses, which are available from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) to Level 5 (equivalent to an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree), combine training at the College with practical skills learned in the workplace. Apprentices get paid by their employer while they gain hands-on experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Click here to explore the full range of apprenticeships on offer. 

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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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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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