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Our timeline: 300 years of education

Windsor Forest Colleges Group is a leading education provider in the south-east, which was formed through a partnership between East Berkshire College and Strode’s College. Drawing on over 300 years of experience serving the communities of Berkshire and Surrey, we offer state-of-the-art learning environments at three main campuses: Langley College, Windsor College and Strode’s College in Egham. Today, we deliver education and training to over 8,000 students and businesses each year.

1704

Strode’s College can trace its history back to 1704, when Henry Strode (1645-1704) died and in his will bequeathed £6,000 to the Worshipful Company of Coopers to establish a schoolhouse for the learning and edifying of the poor children of the parish of Egham.

1706

From 1706 until 1919, three successive schools occupied the current site of Strode’s College.

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1919

A new secondary school for boys was built

1924

Strode’s Secondary School expanded and opened its first sixth form acquiring an enviable reputation for academic success.

1950

The school became known as Strode’s Grammar School.

1965

The original Windsor College in Claremont Road, Windsor was built – later replaced by a brand new building in 2006.

Windsor old

1975

Strode’s becomes a co-educational sixth form college with 200 boys and girls. The College offered 25 A Levels ranging from art to zoology.

1976

Langley College opens in Station Road, Langley. The new purpose built campus originally housed four departments: Engineering, Applied Sciences, General Education and Business Studies.

Langley old

1978

The first official Open Day at Langley College took place, which was attended by over 1,500 visitors and included a student fashion show.

1993

Langley College merged with Windsor & Maidenhead College and together became known as East Berkshire College, a new incorporated Further Education College.

Strode’s College was incorporated as a Sixth Form College in the same year.

1995

The sports hall at Strode’s College was completed.

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2002

A £2m Motor Vehicle Technology Centre officially opened at Langley College to provide specialist workshops and training.

2005

A new sculpture created by professional sculptor and alumnus Stephen Joyce was unveiled at Strode’s College. Meanwhile, construction work began on the new Windsor College building in Windsor.

Strodes Statues

2006

The brand new Windsor College in St Leonards Road was completed to provide a modern learning environment for the community.

2007

The new Windsor College was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

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2009

The Lord Mayor of London opened the new Tercentenary Building at Strode’s College.

2011

Extension works completed at Windsor College to provide new state-of-the-art science laboratories and improved student social facilities.

2012

Plans announced for a £30m refurbishment of Langley College, which would take place over three years and include an exciting new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

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2013

A new £5m Sports Centre at Langley College was officially opened by world champion boxer Barry McGuigan.

In October, the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College was opened by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge.

East Berkshire College became a founding partner of a new private-public sector led skills and training social enterprise called Slough Aspire.

2014

New hair and beauty salons at Langley College were unveiled by hairdresser Patrick Cameron, while the new state-of-the-art facilities for innovation, IT and engineering were opened by The Mayor of Slough.

The Runnymede Building at Strode’s College was refurbished to include state-of-the-art science facilities, which were opened by the Mayor of Runnymede.

2015

The STEM Project & Research Centre for construction and engineering opened at Langley College. The centre includes specialist workshops and a project space where students design and build a full-size bungalow.

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2016

The Zest restaurant at Langley College held its first Gala Dinner event in partnership with Stoke Park Hotel and Country Club.

2017

East Berkshire College and Strode’s College merged and became collectively known as the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

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