Mucky Business raises money for Air Ambulance

Kingston Maurward Agriculture students have raised more than £2,200 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in this year’s Muckathon – the College’s annual muckspreading charity challenge. The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students are tasked to spread, plough and cultivate 55 acres of land over two days using machinery and equipment kindly loaned by agricultural dealers, contractors, farmers and the College. The competition, in its thirteenth year, is embraced by the students every year to raise funds leading up to the

Success for students in Fifth NFU Agricultural Student of the Year competition

The fifth year of the celebrated NFU Agricultural Student of the Year Competition at Kingston Maurward College resulted in a unanimous win for eighteen year old Alistair Bye. The Award was initiated in 2011 by the NFU in conjunction with C&O Tractors Ltd and New Holland, who wanted to support a credible accreditation that would aid young farmers in their future careers. The fifteen participating students, all studying the second year Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Agriculture, competed against one another

Blacksmiths strike the right tone with local Industry

Kingston Maurward College has hosted a unique event to showcase students and facilities in its Welding, Fabrication and Blacksmithing academy. The ‘Forging and Welding Links’ event – the brainchild of tutors Brian Hill and Simon Grant-Jones – was masterminded to show local businesses the quality of work the students produce, and their skills, knowledge and readiness to enter into industry. More than sixty guests attended the invitation-only  event – including Peter Lauener Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency , Chairman of

Budding Young Horticulturalists’ Breakfast with the stars at Chelsea Flower Show

Gifted young horticulturalists selected from across the country were invited to a special breakfast preview at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show. One of these lucky green-fingered guests was Kingston Maurward College student, Lee Morris, from Poole. Studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture, twenty-four year old Lee was nominated for one of the coveted breakfast places by his head of department, Joanna Jeffery, due to his outstanding garden design work.   More than a hundred budding horticulturalists headed to the breakfast event

Taking new steps towards a degree level course

Kingston Maurward College is pleased to announce the launch of its Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). This course is designed for adult learners wishing to apply for Higher Education – degree level courses - in the UK, but who do not currently have suitable qualifications i.e. A Levels or Level 3 vocational awards. Students will need to demonstrate they have English and Maths skills at Level 2 either through GCSEs A*- C or Level 2 equivalents. However, there

Smallholders Showcase Success

Over 160 smallholders from across the county flocked to a new event at Kingston Maurward to showcase different elements of smallholding, and offer expert advice. The event - held in conjunction with Trading Standards, Synergy Farm Vets and Mole Valley Country Stores - aimed primarily to raise awareness of the varied legislation required for smallholders. Held at Stinsford Farm - the College’s own working farm – guests were given demonstrations and talks about cows, pigs,

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,