Horse Whispering at Kingston Maurward College

Natural Horsemanship – often known as horse whispering - is the term used for a modern variety of horse training techniques characterised in English author Nicholas Evans’ 1995 novel the Horse Whisperer, and later the Robert Redford film of the same name. Techniques vary but in essence involve developing a rapport with horses using methods derived from observation of the natural behaviour of free-roaming horses, and above all rejecting some of the more traditional, and often considered harsher, training methods. Kingston Maurward

New Horizons for Advanced Learners

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education at Kingston Maurward College? You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. Advanced Learner Loans help those aged 19 and over to cover the cost of the fees for courses that are level 3 and above - these courses can include A Levels, BTEC diplomas, Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships, access to higher education courses and QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) certificates. (If you are applying for your first level 3 course (equivalent to

HRH The Princess Royal opens RoadWise, the UK’s first life sized outdoor safety village

SafeWise, the award winning interactive safety education charity which runs safety centres in Bournemouth and Weymouth, has broken new ground in opening RoadWise - the UK’s first life-sized outdoor road safety village. HRH The Princess Royal today opened the RoadWise outdoor road safety centre in Weymouth. She was welcomed by H.M. Lord-Lieutenant and SafeWise Patron Angus Campbell who introduced to a number of civic dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Dorset and SafeWise Patron, Jennifer Coombs; Mayor of Weymouth and Portland,

Military Preparation students flying high with RNAS Yeovilton

Kingston Maurward’s Military Preparation course students have had three days’ hands on training with the Royal Navy at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton. Students took part in a diverse range of activities across each department including air traffic control, radar, the Met Office, fire station, helicopter training and even had a forty minute ride through Somerset and Dorset and over Kingston Maurward College itself! At the end of the course in June fifty per cent of students intend to go

Blooming Lovely Wedding Flowers at Kingston Maurward

Kingston Maurward’s own talented floristry students exhibited at this year’s Spring Wedding Fair which took place last weekend in the estate’s Main House and state rooms. The team showcased its stunning flowers and bouquets which can now be booked for weddings. During the wedding fair brides and grooms to be showed a great deal of interest in using Kingston Maurward students to create their flowers, which will be designed and produced under the guidance of the newly appointed Kingston Maurward commercial

Blacksmiths Bursaries for Student Beneficiaries

The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths has announced that four fortunate Kingston Maurward College Welding, Fabrication and Blacksmithing students will benefit from its bursaries this year, with a combined value of over two thousand pounds. Kyle Hancock, Ben Dopson, Dafydd Llewellyn-Jones and Millie Gilpin are currently studying towards their Level 2 Diploma; at the end of the course Millie plans to start her own business while the others hope to continue on to the College’s Level 3 Blacksmithing and Metalwork qualification. The students

Planting a future at College

Kingston Maurward College has taken advantage of an ingenious scheme devised by the Woodland Trust to create more woodland in its call to ‘create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will redefine the relationship between trees and people in the UK for the future’. Working with people, partners and organisations across the UK, the Woodland Trust has restored more than 10,000 hectares of woodland and planted thousands of woods and millions of trees over the past four decades. As part

Contemporary agri-tech facilities under construction at College

Work has begun on the state-of-the-art agri-tech building at Kingston Maurward College at the on-campus Stinsford Farm, and will be completed in May. The much needed agricultural classroom, IT and machinery facilities replace outdated equipment and an obsolete animal shed bringing the College to the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region. Designed by A&Q architects and constructed by specialists Spetisbury, the £1.2million build gained funding from the LEP. Lorna Carver, Director at Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Dorset LEP recognises

An Evening with Sam Griffiths at Kingston Maurward Equestrian Centre

Kingston Maurward Equestrian Centre will be proudly hosting an evening with international event rider Sam Griffiths on Friday 5th February. The Dorset-based winner of Badminton Horse Trials in 2014 will be discussing his career to date and his plans for the future, give a demonstration and training advice. Sam has made a career for himself in the UK as an International Event Rider having moved from his