Singer Start Up Student Bursary

Association of Singer Car Owners (ASCO) club members have started up a generous bursary fund – the George Singer Memorial Fund - for the sole purpose of helping worthy students at Kingston Maurward College. Singer & Co was founded in 1875 manufacturing high quality bicycles. This evolved into motorcycles and ultimately car manufacture in 1904. The company was eventually bought by Chrysler and the Rootes group in 1970. The Singer club has formed

End of Year Gift from Mole Valley Country Stores

Kingston Maurward’s close relationship with Mole Valley Country Stores has been marked with an end of year gift from the retail chain to the College. Dorchester store Manager, Sue Langford, presented a two-part Dog encyclopedia - contributed by leading pet food manufacturer – Royal Canin – to Principal Clare Davison for the College’s Learning Resources Centre. The glossy hard backed books detail hundreds of dog breeds illustrated with stunning photographs. Sue said: “We wanted to present the books to an organisation that

International Master Florist Gregor Lersch to Demonstrate in Dorset

Floristry is a creative and innovative career, with many diverse avenues to explore. Kingston Maurward College recognises this and has a growing suite of floristry courses to accommodate demand – the newest of which has been an instant success. New monthly Innovation Workshops have been initiated to give advanced level students the opportunity to network and freely create floral designs within a design studio environment. One of this year’s students set herself an additional project of organising a visit from international floral

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,