Dorchester Middle School Students get Active at Kingston Maurward

Dorchester middle School, Kingston Maurward College, Outdoor AdventureStudents from Dorchester Middle School took part in a number of outdoor activities as part of this year’s Activities Week. Many of the year 7 and 8 students stepped out of their comfort zones trialling activities they had never tried before including tree climbing with the Arboriculture team, ropes course and archery with the Outdoor Adventure team, dry stone walling with the Construction team

Students’ Coastline Conservation

Our conservation-conscious students have completed their annual Chesil Beach clean, cleverly collecting the cast offs for a recycling project - putting the refuse to good use! Fifty students and staff from Foundation Learning and Military Preparation courses joined forces with environment campaigners Raw Foundation in the world’s war against its biggest ecological enemy – disposable plastic. The Raw Foundation is a development organisation working with young people to build an environmentally sound, socially just and economically viable future. Their work focuses on

Forging links with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

Kingston Maurward College is delighted to announce that one of its dedicated team of blacksmiths - Brian Hill - has received an award with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB), after an intense assessment process culminating in him becoming an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London. This is an extremely high accolade and one that blacksmiths ultimately aim to achieve. Blacksmith colleague - and fellow Associate of the WCB - Simon Grant-Jones,

Scotland Canoeing Classic

rapids scotlandOutdoor Adventure students recently embarked on a canoe journey that exceeded expectations! What follows is an account from expedition leader John Purse, Professional Outdoor Instructor Course Manager at the College: Whilst planning the route I decided that just doing one river in Scotland would be enough!  So I looked at other options that gave us maximum paddling time and minimal logistic issues. The River Spey seemed an obvious starting point as it’s the

Kingston Maurward welcomes Ladies in Beef

Kingston Maurward College once again welcomed the Ladies in Beef annual ‘Host a Roast’ event on St George’s Day. Ladies in Beef is a group of female beef farmers who care passionately about British beef. The organisation was formed to help promote awareness of the quality and versatility of British beef to consumers using a country-wide network of dynamic lady beef ‘champions’. All the ladies are British beef farmers and proud of it! Through regional and national fundraising events Ladies in Beef

Student Helps Design Kingston Maurward Garden

The Horticulture Academy has planted up a circular bed in the walled garden based on a design by a Level 3 student, Lee Morris. The design is inspired by the roundel adopted by the Royal Air Force. The central circular bed is situated in a sunny location in the walled garden and the ring like design reflects the formal and orderly nature of the walled garden. Lee has produced a full explanation for the design which you can read below. We hope to

Purse Passes on Paddling Success

IMG_1050Experienced paddler and outdoor instructor at Kingston Maurward College John Purse has clearly passed his love of adventure onto daughter Cora, as the pair won gold in last weekends’  River Axe senior kayak K2 class. Aged only 6, Cora braved the 5 and a half mile race through rapids and bends to complete the course in only 42 minutes. Joined by fellow college lecturer Anthony Ray and his son Will who, aged

World Book Day

Thomas Hardy walk pic 1Horticulture students celebrated World Book Day this week by re- tracing the steps that the young Thomas Hardy would have taken when he attended school in Lower Bockhampton and later in Dorchester. The celebration included a reading from Desperate Remedies where Cytherea arrived by carriage via the lime avenue at  Knapwater House, film clips of the carol singers in Under The Greenwood Tree and scenes from the

It’s Lambing Weekend!

students with Lambs   Level 3 animal management students, Gabriella Flexman, Merissa Corbridge, Shannon Walsh and Lucy Foot have just finished their first session of moving sheep and feeding lambs! Come down and meet all our new arrivals this weekend and enjoy a fun day out at the Animal Park and Gardens. The Animal Park is accredited as an Approved Conservation Farm Park by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and now boasts Portland Sheep and