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East Berkshire College is proud to be a partner in the successful Elevate project, which aims to help 16-24 year olds into education, employment and training in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Providing comprehensive advice and guidance to help progress young people into their chosen career pathway, the project has supported over 200 young people since it first launched in September 2014.

Going from strength to strength, Elevate is a joint partnership between the Royal Borough’s Grow Our Own service, East Berkshire College and Ways into Work. Joanne Horton, Service Manager at RBWM, explains: “Since the beginning of the project we have seen an improvement to the careers service for our young people, this has mainly been due to the fantastic partnership work that has taken place.

“Elevate has enabled partners to co-locate in our hubs based across Windsor and Maidenhead to enable our young people to access direct advice and support, whether they are interested in higher education, employment, work experience, training or volunteering. In fact, we have seen high numbers of young people progressing into the destination of their choice.”

Young people aged 16-24 from across the borough can access this free service by simply dropping into the Elevate Me Hub in Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Maidenhead or Windsor College in St Leonards Road, Windsor from Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm.

Published in News no category
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:57

Change your game

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See yourself starting your own business, getting your foot on the career ladder or gaining new skills? Studying with us could be a game changer for you.

Is this for me?

Skills Pathways courses are designed for 16 -23 year olds who are currently unemployed or not in education. It provides the opportunity for you to explore your options, turn your dream into reality or find your future.

How it works

This level one course runs for six months and at the end you will have an idea of which route is for you, whether you want to enrol onto a full-time course, seek out an apprenticeship, takes steps towards employment or self-employment.

You’ll try a range of exciting subjects from construction to IT and health & childcare to catering, along with improving your English, maths and IT skills.

Extras

East Berkshire College also offers additional opportunities such as our Genovation centre, where you get to put your ideas into action or develop that entrepreneurial spirit. As well as free sports activities from Futsal to badminton and glow sports to netball.

Assistance with travel fares, lunch and equipment is also available to eligible students and your income support/JSA will not be affected if you enrol on this course.

The next Skills Pathways course starts on 9 January 2016.

Works for me!

Change your game by dropping into our enrolment session at Langley College, where you can take a look around, talk to tutors and enrol. Enrolment takes place on Friday 6 January, starting at 10am.

Can’t make Friday? Call our Admissions Team on 01753 793288 to arrange another time. Alternatively the course starts at 10am on Monday 9 January, so you can join us then.

Published in About Us
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:51

Our timeline: 300 years of education

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Published in About Us
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:51

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Partnership with Strode’s College

East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham, Surrey are pleased to announce our intention to merge in order to create a larger college group, which will provide greater opportunities for young people, adults and businesses in Berkshire and Surrey.

The partnership will mean both colleges will retain their existing campuses and unique ethos, while sharing their wealth of expertise, staff talent, state-of-the-art facilities and resources for the benefit of current and future students.

Our vision: Together we are better
The vision and aim of the proposed merged college group will be to protect the independent identity and management of Langley College, Windsor College and Strode’s College. Teaching and learning at each college will continue as before, with all three college campuses committed to maintaining and building upon their long records of success in delivering the highest standards of education and training.

As a college with strong financial health, we plan to continue to build on our 45 year history of delivering high quality education, continually raising standards and developing strong links with employers and universities, to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our students.

Our students
If you are a current student or you have applied to study with us in 2016-17, you can rest assured you will continue to enjoy a high quality learning experience with us and there will be no change to your place of study for the duration of your course.

By working together, we will be able to do everything we do now and more for our students. Whilst our students will continue to identify with one particular college campus (e.g. Langley College or Windsor College), being part of a new college group will provide an enhanced offer to students across all campuses, greater learning opportunities, access to a wider range of resources and more progression routes.

Our timescale
Both colleges will now undertake preparatory work before both governing bodies consider the final merger proposal in December 2016. It is envisaged that the formal merger will take place in February 2017. The public consultation period for the proposal runs from 16 September until 21 October 2016.

For more details on the proposal and the benefits to our students, click the links below:

Public Consultation Document pdf

Frequently Asked Questions pdf

If you have any questions or feedback relating to the proposal, please email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21 October 2016.

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Published in About Us
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:51

Windsor Forest Colleges Group

Windsor Forest Colleges Group

East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham formally merged on 9 May 2017 to create a larger college group under the name, Windsor Forest Colleges Group. The aim of our partnership is to provide greater opportunities for young people, adults and businesses in Berkshire, Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Together we have over 300 years of experience and provide over 800 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses in various subjects, from entry level through to Higher Education.

Delivering high quality education and training to over 8,000 students and businesses each year, we offer state-of-the-art learning environments at our three main campuses: Langley College, Strode’s College in Egham and Windsor College.

Our colleges
Our Langley College specialises in providing innovative technical and professional education, while Strode’s College and Windsor 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.

Our students predominately identify with one particular college campus, but being part of a larger college group means they benefit from greater learning opportunities, access to a wider range of resources and more progression routes. It is the best of both worlds – the specialist expertise and personal approach of an individual college with all the advantages of a larger college group!

Our vision
We are committed to maintaining and building upon each college’s long record of success in delivering the highest standards of education and training. Dedicated to improving lives through learning, all our colleges deliver an exceptional learning experience that uses the latest technology, inspirational teaching methods, industry-trained staff and excellent support services, to ensure every student has the chance to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions.

Our mission
To inspire ambition and make a positive difference to lives through learning.

Our values

  • Learners First – placing the learner at the heart of all we do
  • Community – working collaboratively to achieve
  • Empowering – enabling all in a caring environment to achieve their full potential
  • Excellence – a culture of creativity, high expectations, ambition and aspiration
  • Diversity – celebrating diversity and inclusivity as a key to our success
  • Integrity – honesty, openness and trust at the heart of College life
  • Respect – showing fairness, courtesy and mutual respect

Our timeline: 300 years of education
Click here to view our prestigious history, from our eighteenth century origins to our modern day milestones.

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Published in About Us
Friday, 02 September 2016 20:00

Photography A Level

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to study Photography at an advanced level. The course focuses upon the use of digital photography.

Published in Art & Design
Friday, 02 September 2016 20:00

Spanish A Level

This is an advanced level course which aims to develop and extend the skills the student already has in the foreign language. The course enables students to:
develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use Spanish in a wide range of contexts gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level

The classes are conducted entirely in Spanish. This syllabus develops the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the media of text books, TV, listening materials and authentic press sources. Various themes are studied through the medium of Spanish including: Aspects of Hispanic society Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any Spanish-speaking country or countries. Modern and traditional values; Cyberspace; Equal rights Artistic culture Students must study the following themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one Spanish-speaking country. Modern day idols ; Spanish regional identity; Cultural heritage Literary texts and films Students must study either one text or one film

Published in Languages

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