Tuesday, 07 January 2020 13:44

February Open Days

Join us this week as both Strode’s and Windsor throw open the doors to their recently Ofsted rated “GOOD” colleges. Come and explore the colleges which both impressed the Ofsted inspectors with their quality of teaching, learning environments and achievement of students.

Head over to Strode’s on Tuesday 11 February explore the largest offer of A Levels in north west Surrey, which come alongside a wide range of Level 2 and 3 BTECs. And over in Windsor there will be opportunity to find out about the exciting new additions to the curriculum on Thursday 13 February.

Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb said: “We are proudly opening our doors to prospective learners so they can come and see for themselves how our courses, our expert teaching team and students all drew such high praise from Ofsted. We are particularly pleased with this rating as the new Ofsted framework puts the learner experience at the heart of its inspection process. What is really important about this result is that the inspectors reached their judgements by speaking directly with learners and therefore what is contained in the report is a true reflection of both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges.”

The report rated the group of Colleges as ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness and ‘Good’ in all other inspection areas covering quality, behaviour, personal development, leadership, education for young people, adult learning and apprenticeships.

Ms Webb concludes: “Come and explore either Strode’s and/or Windsor if you’re looking to study either academic or vocational subjects. Both of these colleges offer a vibrant sixth form experience – where students flourish while achieving academic success. Indeed for those who choose to go to university the inspectors noted that progression is good, with students generally getting into their first choice.”

Doors open 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

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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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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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Strode’s College Performing Arts students danced their way to raising £510.12 for Cancer Research UK at the recent March Dance Showcase. Putting their course, creativity, versatility and individuality centre stage the sell-out performance incorporated a number of genres including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Street Dance, Samba and Modern. 

The BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) students only had one term to prepare for the Showcase. Working as a professional dance company, students choreographed a number of the dances which illustrated the breadth of their skills and learning. From a piece based on animal behaviour and movement of flamingos, a professional repertory of Bob Fosse’s Jazz Dance to Akram Khan's contemporary repertory based on women in World War 1 and pieces based on African American History.

Commenting on the success of the Showcase Eleanor Turner, Course Leader for Dance at the College said: "I am so proud of our Strode's Dance family! They show term after term how committed, talented and passionate they are about the Dance industry. They seize every opportunity to develop and I am proud to show off their hard work and success."

Every year, for the March Dance Showcase, the students use their democratic voice to vote and decide which charity the event will fundraise for. This year, the dancers voted for Cancer Research UK. Eleanor Turner explains how the £510.12 raised will support the charity: “Just £5 will kit out one research lab with essential chemicals, £15 will cover the cost of a visitor to a mobile awareness unit, £300 covers the cost for men to take part in a prostate cancer clinical trial for the day and £550 buys one next-generation DNA sequencing equipment.”

Commenting on the donation, Anna Banbula, Central Fundraising Executive for Cancer Research UK said: "You are amazing. Once again thank you so much for all your amazing fundraising and choosing to support us. Very well done to you all."

Students studying the Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 learn to be well-rounded and versatile dancers in a vocational and academic context. Students progress to a number of leading universities and specialist Conservatories to study Dance.

For more information please go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk or call Central Admissions on 01753 793000.

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Academic excellence, endeavour, promise and performance were all recognised at Langley College’s annual Student Award’s Ceremony last week. Students along with their proud families joined college lecturers, governors and VIP guests The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Paul Sohal, and the MP for Slough, Mr Tan Desai for the awards which showcase the very best of the College renowned for advanced technical vocational training.

The annual ceremony recognises and celebrates those students who have all contributed to an outstanding year which has seen the creation of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group following the merger of East Berkshire College with Strode's College in Egham. 

This year over 140 students were shortlisted for the prestigious awards which included prizes for Endeavour, Excellence, Service to the Community, Best Overall English, Best Overall Maths, Excellence in the use of IT, Best Overall Apprentice and Best Higher Education Student.

Special guest Tan Desai presented the award to The Most Promising Students, commenting: “It was an honour to be Guest of Honour and share views with everyone here at Langley College. Well done to Kate Webb and all the teachers, staff, governors and parents. Hopefully their efforts to support the young people in their achievements will have laid the foundations for successful futures for each of the bright students.”

A particular highlight of the evening was the award for the Most Outstanding Student which this year went to Joe Davies, who due to personal circumstances missed out on schooling. With no formal qualifications Joe enrolled on the Access to Social Work in 2015 and has become a motivated and enthusiastic learner with excellent concentration and study skills and is going to university to study social work.

Group Principal and Chief Executive Kate Webb commented on the vital role the College plays in the community supporting the academic and skills development of local students and said: “This is always a special evening where we recognise those students who embody the spirit of Langley College - hard work, success and ambition. We specialise in developing real skills for real careers and are proud that our students now have the advanced technical skills to progress in their careers.”

 

Joe Davies Most Outstanding Student Most Outstanding Students 2018 overall

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With ‘Wonders of the World’ the creative brief Langley College Hairdressing students put on a spectacular display of creativity, flair and skill at their end of year Catwalk Show. The Level 3 student hairdressers showcased Avante Garde styles for the panel of professional judges including salon partner Rachel Hunt from Francescos, local business owner and partner of the hair federation, Mikeala Martin and the head of department Katherine Taylor.

Commenting on the quality of styles Salon Manager Angel DeFranceschi, who runs the commercial salons at the College’s state-of-the-art hairdressing training centre, said: “I was very impressed with students’ interpretation of the brief which demonstrated both their creativity and technical ability - skills very much in demand by salons and discerning clients. The judges were also highly complimentary commenting the skills were all on point which is a testament to the very high standards and quality of training delivered here at The Salon.”

Student Debra Law was named the winner with her interpretation on The Lighthouse of Alexandria incorporating a handmade lighthouse into her model’s hair. In second place was Lucy Luckhurst with her interpretation of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, using pieces of coloured hair and real flowers to add texture to the hair. Third place went to Sophie Gibson with another version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon using soft curls and twists to add a subtle and pretty touch to her overall look. The judges were also very impressed with Zarah Shah’s Egyptian themed model with matching outfit and hair adornments.

Having completed the two year programme the Hairdressing students are now fully qualified to work in professional salons. Miss DeFranceschi explains further: “During the two years here at Langley our hairdressing students learn all the skills and techniques required to successfully work in this industry. Once they leave us they are trained to cut hair using a combination of techniques, creatively colour and lighten hair, style and dress hair and colour correct hair. They are now fully skilled and ready to pick up the scissors in any salon.”

The College’s modern salon is equipped with the very latest in hair technologies and is accredited by haircare giant Wella. The professionally equipped facilities include two commercial salons, one training salon with professional styling stations, two commercial beauty treatment rooms and all the latest industry equipment. Find out more here

 

Click here to find out more about our full range of hairdressing courses.  

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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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