Thirty nine year old Mark Wratten from Weymouth had always had an interest in the outdoors, so when he decided he wanted a change in career direction he looked into pathways into working in the countryside whilst getting qualified.
Previously Mark had worked in diverse roles including bar manager and contract cleaner, but having always had a keen interest in the outdoors he decided to work in what he enjoys most and chose to study the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside
At the end of 2015 Horticulture students at Kingston Maurward College embarked on a six month national Rocket Science experiment where ordinary plant seeds were taken into space on the Soyuz 44S with Astronaut Scott Kelly and upon their return the seeds were planted to see if anything changed from being ‘normal’ seeds to ‘modified’ seeds.
The exciting experiment is a partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening and the European Space Agency’s ‘Out Of This World’ educational
This year’s Kingston Maurward College Prize Giving Ceremony celebrated another successful year with 694 students completing their courses, among which 119 special awards were made.
The ceremony recognises the achievements of all full-time students completing courses during the academic year, and rewards outstanding students in each subject area.
During the celebrations spectators were treated to a demonstration by the Animal Conservation & Welfare academy which included different levels of dog training, a parade of the college’s prizewinning rare breed Bagot goats and
On Wednesday 20th July Kingston Maurward will be hosting an entertaining comedy take on a classic tale in an open air production of The Pantaloons’ Gulliver’s Travels!
Relax with a picnic by the lake in Kingston Maurward’s beautiful gardens and join Lemuel Gulliver on a fantastical and hilarious voyage into the unknown...meet the tiny people of Lilliput and the giants of Brobdingnag, visit the floating island of Laputa and a country populated entirely by talking horses!
To see this unique theatrical experience
The sixth year of the celebrated NFU Agricultural Student of the Year Competition at Kingston Maurward College resulted in a unanimous win for 18 year old Jakub Korczowski, with runners up Emily Honeybun and Burt Meaden.
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 nine participating students, a mixture of agriculture apprentices and second year
Chair of Governors, Jim Tirrell, is pleased to make the following announcement: ‘Governors are pleased to announce that Mr Luke Rake will take up the role of Principal of Kingston Maurward College in August. This follows the impending retirement of the current Principal, Clare Davison, who has done such an outstanding job at managing the College over the last 7 years.
‘Luke comes from a background in further education, including successful experience of senior management in a high performing land-based college.
Sunshine and showers were the order of the day for this weekend’s annual Kingston Maurward Show with thousands of visitors coming through the gates to enjoy attractions and activities taking place in and around the 18th Century Mansion House, terrace, lake and gardens.
Visitors enjoyed music including Lauren Bannon and Charlotte Hewett to a backdrop of the ever-popular kayaking on the lake; plus dog shows, talented Gill Raddings’ stunt dogs, the unique Freddie’s Farm Dog
Kingston Maurward College has officially unveiled its new £1.2 million state-of-the-art agri-tech centre today co-financed with funds secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Dorset Growth Deal*1.
The contemporary agri-tech centre took five months to build and positions Kingston Maurward College at the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region. The purpose built facility comprises an agricultural classroom, an IT suite, a high spec workshop and machinery facilities including a fleet of tractors, a GPS tractor, plough, sprayer and
Kingston Maurward College has hosted a series of events for pupils from Dorchester Middle School to introduce them to the exciting world of outdoor adventure.
Organised principally by Kingston Maurward Outdoor Adventure students as part of their curriculum, activities included camping, bushcraft, orienteering, high ropes, archery and kayaking.
Kingston Maurward College Outdoor Instructor, John Purse, said: “Everyone had a great time; they were all engaged and all fully participated. Nobody excluded themselves, they all challenged themselves and had a good go at