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Windsor College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (17th August 2017) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an excellent 95%, with 10 students achieving A* grades in seven different subjects. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 subjects including English subjects, biology, law, further maths, fine art, Spanish, French and photography. The College’s overall A*-C pass rate was 68%.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Christopher Walden (aged 25, from Maidenhead), who achieved three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics.

“I can’t describe how happy I was when I opened my results. I never expected to come this far. I’m glad I decided to study at the College after many years out of education. My lecturers here were amazing, they believed in me and challenged me to go further. These results mean I can now go on to study maths at University College London – one of the best universities in the country!

“I didn’t enjoy school, but college was completely different. Education hasn’t changed but my attitude to it has. It is not about where you come from and start, it is about how hard you work and how much you want it. Education teaches you to be resilient and work through challenges and failures to build your character, as well as your subject knowledge. Studying at college has inspired me in so many ways, not just academically.”

The results are the climax of an incredible journey for Christopher, who left school with just a grade C in GCSE maths. He came to Windsor College three years ago to retake his GCSEs after seven years out of education. Having excelled at the college and discovered a new found love of maths, he achieved A* grades at GCSE and was inspired to continue his studies at A Level.

Josephine Ali (aged 18, from Windsor) was also elated with her results. Having achieved grade A in Business Studies, A in psychology and B in maths, Josephine has secured her place at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom to study Fashion Marketing and Business.

Josephine said: “I was so relieved when I saw my results. All the hard work I put in was worth it. I’ve made some great friends at Windsor College and the lecturers were very supportive. I’m really excited about the future and hope to work for a luxury fashion brand when I finish university.”

Rebecca Grosvenor (19, from Iver) is off to Canterbury University to study Primary Education after achieving grade A in psychology, B in sociology and B in maths. An excited Rebecca said: “These results mean everything to me. I cried with happiness when I opened the envelope. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the College, everyone has been really supportive.”

Scott Hancock (from Maidenhead) was also celebrating achieving an A in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths: “I’m so happy with my results, and want to thank the teachers as they were brilliant. I’m now looking forward to studying Veterinary Science at Liverpool University.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including UCL, Reading, Bath, Loughborough, Exeter and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Group Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, has continued to go from strength to strength over the last 50 years. With consistently high A Level results over the years, the College has earned itself an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality education and training.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, English literature, history, Spanish, fine art, photography and all sciences. Combining inspirational teaching and excellent support services with a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities, Windsor College is committed to helping every student fulfil their potential.

For further information on the College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2016) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 21 subjects including English subjects, law, fine art, Spanish, history, geography, photography, film studies and economics.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Yussef Soudan (aged 20), who achieved four As in maths, physics, chemistry and further maths.

“I was so shocked when I opened the envelope and saw that I had all As. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Windsor College, the teachers have been extremely supportive. The results mean that I can now go on to study theoretical physics at Edinburgh University.”

Sisters Yasmeen and Savannah Adisi-Musgrove (from Windsor) were also elated with their results. Having achieved A in sociology, B in geography and B in history, Yasmeen has secured her place at Birmingham University to study archaeology and anthropology. Meanwhile, Savannah is off to Loughborough University to study English after receiving an A in English literature, an A in English language and C in psychology.

Yasmeen said: “We are delighted with our results. It has been great to study at college together as we have been able to support and motivate each other. We are both very different, I’m more of an outdoors person and Savannah is more of a bookworm, but the freedom and opportunities we have had at college have suited us both. I’ve met so many different people at college and the lecturers have been amazing, it has been such a positive experience.”

Savannah added: “I’m really excited to be going on to university. We are going to different universities, but they aren’t far apart, so we’ll be able to visit each other all the time.”

Sadaf Khan (19, from Slough) was also celebrating achieving an A in chemistry, A in biology and B in English: “I am thrilled with my results, especially biology as that was my favourite subject. I’m now looking forward to studying optometry at City University in London.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including Edinburgh, Reading, Bath and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, politics, English literature, history, photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in engineering or science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

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Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, opened its doors to prospective students and their families on Thursday (28th January).

Over 310 visitors attended the Open Day at the college in St Leonards Road, to find out about an array of courses from A Levels to Visual Merchandising. Students gave guided tours around the College, and advisors were on hand to discuss financial support and travel schemes.

Visitors were able to have a go at a variety of activities from t-shirt printing to science experiments. Performing arts students showed off their singing talents by performing live music from their upcoming show at The Firestation Arts Centre, while art and design students showcased their creative talents in a mini art exhibition.

Cara McCaffrey, aged 15 years old, from Maidenhead was one of the prospective students who attended the open day to look at studying A Levels at the college.

"Everyone was very friendly and informative about their subjects," said Cara. "The student guides were really welcoming and gave you more information about the college as they showed you around. I liked the size of the building as it was easy to navigate."

Ben Harris, aged 15 years old, and Harminder Singh Bhinder, aged 16 years old, both from Slough, applied on the night to study A Levels at the college. "It's a good campus with a good atmosphere," said Ben. "The college has more specific and better facilities for Science than school."

Windsor College offers over 20 different A Level subjects, as well as BTEC and Higher Education qualifications in Applied Science, Performing Arts, Visual Merchandising, Art and Design, Media and Business. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in Engineering or Science.

Building on its excellent reputation, in August 2015, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 A Level subjects including English, Law, Fine Art, Spanish, French, Geography, Photography, Film Studies and Business Studies.

For more information about East Berkshire College, please contact 01753 793000 or visit click here.

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East Berkshire College students celebrated another year of excellent GCSE results.

Language students had particular cause for celebration as they received their final grades on Thursday 20th August. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-C grades, with eight students obtaining A* grades. Plus, 100% of students also achieved A*-C in GCSE Polish.

From Spanish to Mandarin, the college offers an extensive range of language courses at various levels. The courses are ideal for those who want to learn a second or even a third language for either personal or professional reasons.

As well as languages, the College also offers GCSEs in English, maths and science as well as one-year GCSE pathways. This year more students sat and passed higher tier maths (124 students achieved A*-C) and English (136 students achieved A*-C) than in previous years. In fact, 96% of GCSE maths students achieved grade A*-E.

A delighted Ammar Hussain (20, from Slough) was one of the students to achieve an A* in English and a C in maths. He explains: "I'm really pleased with my results and grateful to my teachers for all the support they've given me. I needed to obtain my English and maths GCSEs in order to go to university. This result means I can study a degree in nutrition at St Mary's University."

Danielle Humphries (17, from Windsor) was elated with her C in psychology: "I am delighted to have passed as I can now go on to study A Levels at college, and then hopefully university! I am really enjoying studying at the College as it is such a great environment, the class sizes are smaller than school and the teachers make learning interesting."

Windsor College student Raima Butt was also celebrating her grade B in maths. She said: "Alongside taking my GCSE maths, I've also been studying the BTEC medical science course at the College. Achieving a good grade in maths will now give me lots more options."

East Berkshire College offers a wide variety of part-time and full-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training.


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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (13th August 2015) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an excellent 95% The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 subjects including English subjects, Law, fine art, Spanish, French, geography, photography, film studies and business studies. 

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

Michael Rafeh (25, from Windsor) was elated with his results. Having achieved As in Chemistry and Biology and a B in Maths, he has secured a place at Southampton University to study Biomedical science.

"I'm so pleased with my grades. I was just one mark off of achieving three As, but I have secured my place at Southampton University and I'm one-step closer to a career in medicine. I've had an amazing few years at Windsor College, it's sad to say goodbye to the teachers there. They have been so supportive, I couldn't have done it without them."

Another outstanding student was Anthony Poppe (aged 18, from Burnham), who achieved three Bs in Business Studies, English Language and Sociology.

"I'm delighted with my results. My grades mean I can go on to study a degree in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes University. I've always wanted to be a teacher, so I'm really grateful to the support of my college lecturers, thanks to them I am a step closer to fulfilling my dream."

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of universities and exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: "Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths."

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as 'good' with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including Maths, Media, Psychology, Politics, English Literature, History, Photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in Engineering or Science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, including A Levels, click here or call 01753 793000.

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Students at East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, can now save up to 50% on rail travel on First Great Western routes thanks to a brilliant new train pass scheme.

In association with First Great Western, the College has launched a fantastic new reduced fare rail card for those under 19 years old to help lower travel costs and encourage more students to use public transport.

The part-subsidised train pass will cost just £25 per term (or less for those from low income households who qualify for a further discount) and entitles the individual to child fares on First Great Western lines between Southall and Reading, including Hanwell, Maidenhead, Marlow, Windsor and Slough.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our current and future students the opportunity of discounted train fares," said Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College. "We are committed to providing as much support as possible to our students, from financial assistance to careers advice and work experience. This train pass scheme is yet another way the College is helping to ensure learning is accessible to all."

Available to those who are under the age of 19 and enrolled on a full-time course, the pass is being part-subsidised by the College and will offer students up to 50% off rail travel from September 2015.

First Great Western's Head of Retail Stuart McLay said: "Dedicated to the communities we serve, this new scheme helps support travel to and from college, encouraging East Berkshire College's students to take the sustainable travel option."

In addition to the new train pass, East Berkshire College already offers an excellent bus pass scheme in conjunction with First Buses. Launched in 2012, the scheme enables students to save at least a third on bus travel on First Bus routes in Berkshire and the Thames Valley, including the Green Line London coach service.

As well as helping students save money on their journeys to and from college, the bus and train schemes are designed to encourage students to use more eco-friendly modes of transport and reduce the College's carbon footprint.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses, call 01753 793000.

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:18

Top marks for GCSE students

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East Berkshire College has followed up excellent A Level results with outstanding GCSE results.

Language students at the Windsor College had particular cause for celebration as they received their final grades on Thursday 21st August. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-B grades and 71% of GCSE English students achieved A*-C, ahead of the national average of 62%.

A delighted Pernille Skall was one of the students to achieve a B in English: "I'm really pleased with my results. I'm originally from Denmark and I needed to obtain the English GCSE in order to go on to university. This result means I can now take up my place to study psychology in September."

As well as languages, the College also teaches GCSEs in maths and science as well as one year intensive GCSE pathways in science, business, engineering and humanities. The College has a good record of success in these subjects too, with 69% of GCSE maths students achieving grade A*-C, above the national average of 62%.

Jackie Tobin was elated with her B in Science. Jackie, who returned to college to further her career in teaching early years, said: "I'm delighted to have passed as I always found science difficult at school, but I knew I needed to gain my GCSE in order to do my teaching qualification. I have to say, hats off to my college tutors as they really did make learning fun and interesting."

From Italian to Mandarin, the college offers an extensive range of language courses at various levels. The courses are ideal for those who want to learn a second or even a third language for either personal or professional reasons. In addition, the College offers a wide variety of part-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training.

For further details on GCSE courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

For details on a wide range of language courses, please click here or call 0845 373 2500. 

 

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (14th August 2014) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an excellent 96% The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 14 subjects including English subjects, chemistry, accounting, psychology and ICT. In fact, in photography 100% of students achieved A*- B grades and 93% achieved A-C in English Language, a facilitating subject accepted by any university! 

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Shama Ali (aged 18), who achieved an A in law and Bs in psychology and sociology.

"I wasn't able to sleep last night, but it was worth the wait. I'm delighted with my results. My grades mean I can go on to study law at Westminster. I'm really grateful to the support of my college lecturers, thanks to them I am a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a barrister."

Ariadne Hudson (18, from Windsor) was elated with her results too. Having achieved As in English Language and English Literature and a B in sociology, she has now secured her place at Kings College London.

"I'm so pleased. My final grades are even better than I expected. I've really enjoyed my time at College and my results mean I can now take up my place at university to study a degree in English Language and Communications. College really is a great place to learn!"

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of universities and exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: "Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.

"We have seen no decrease in the number of our A Level students applying to university. Although degree courses in a subject with a clear career path such as pharmacology, nursing and psychology are proving particularly popular. A clear indication that, now more than ever, young people are thinking seriously about their long-term career goals in the current economic climate."

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as 'good' with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including Maths, Media, Psychology, Politics, English Literature, History, Photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in Engineering or Science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 0845 373 2500. 

For those who didn't get the grades they were expecting or are unsure of what they want to do next, click here for some useful information and advice on the options available.

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East Berkshire College in Windsor was in the pink last week as students used their entrepreneurial skills to raise over £2,000 for Breast Cancer Care with some hair-raising antics.

Students at the Windsor College in St Leonards Road organised a range of events including a cake sale, a "wear it pink" day, apple bobbing and male leg waxing to raise much needed funds and awareness for the cancer charity. However, A Level student Charly Matthews went a step further and bravely volunteered to have her long hair shaved off for the cause!

Charly (17, from Windsor), whose own mum lost her life to breast cancer earlier this year, said: "Lots of people have been affected by cancer one way or another, so I think it's important to raise awareness as well as money. Our event was a fun way to do just that and I'm delighted so many people have supported our efforts.

"Originally, I was just going to have my hair cropped short if I raised enough money. But then I decided if donations to my just giving site reached over £1,000 I would shave my head completely."

Family friend and hairdresser, Debra Hammond, had the responsibility of shaving Charly's head as College students and staff cheered her on. Debra said: "What Charly has achieved is amazing and a real honour to her mum's memory. She is a real inspiration to us all!"

For those interested in making a donation to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, Charly has a Just Giving page for fundraising at www.justgiving.com/charly-matthews.

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Art & Design, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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A slumber party was on the timetable at East Berkshire College on Friday (18 October), when students and staff from Windsor College wore their bedtime attire to class to raise over £185 for Great Ormond Street Hospital with a charity pyjama day.

The idea of media students, Matthew Leybourne and Charlie Wawman, the Pyjama Day was a fun way to raise money and awareness for the remarkable children's hospital in London. Students and staff from across the College entered into the spirit of the event by sporting a wide range of fetching sleepwear – including some terrific tiger onesies!

Student Matthew Leybourne (16, from Colnbrook), one of the organisers, explains: "Great Ormond Street Hospital helped me when I was a baby, so I wanted to do something to support them. Many of the children they help have to stay in overnight or for long periods of time, so holding a pyjama day to raise money seemed like a fitting tribute. Plus, the event has really brought the whole college together. I've got to meet people from different classes that I hadn't even spoken to before."

Co-organiser Charlie Wawman (16, from Sunningdale) added: "The pyjama day was just the first part of our fundraising campaign. Next, we are looking to organise a gig in Windsor in April to raise even more money. We are hoping to get some local bands and a DJ involved as well as sponsorship from local companies."

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Art & Design, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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