Lord Knight Goes Wild

Students at Dorset Studio demonstrated their wildlife conservation skills to Lord Knight of Weymouth at his recent visit to Kingston Maurward College. The school, which is based at the Dorchester College campus, teaches vocational land-based studies to young people aged between 13 and 19 alongside traditional GCSES in maths, English and science. Since November the students have been working on a dormouse protection project. Dormice are an endangered species but still evident in Dorset which led the students embarked on ambitious project

Kingston Maurward Hosts Apprenticeship Business Breakfast with Oliver Letwin

Kingston Maurward College has welcomed MP Oliver Letwin to an Apprenticeship Business Breakfast to speak about the importance of the schemes to businesses ahead of Apprenticeship Week 9th-13th March.   During the event, which was supported by Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, local businesses were invited to enjoy a full English breakfast, an introduction from Kingston Maurward Business Training Advisor Alison Moore, and addresses from sponsors Rob Fox from Porter Dodson and Simon Hartley from Hartley's Accountants. Kingston Maurward is the training provider across

Students Make Designs on Dorchester

Our part-time Garden Design students are helping to shape Dorchester’s heritage in a college competition to redesign the defunct bowling green in the town’s Borough Gardens. The yearlong project was initiated last spring by the Friends of Borough Gardens who contacted Dorset Wildlife Trust about planting a wildflower meadow. Whilst a meadow can be a worthwhile and ecological contribution to the local environment, they can also unfortunately often become overgrown and untidy. In view of the proposed site Dorset Wildlife Trust

Primates in Parliament

animal behaviour, animal welfare, bill oddie, wild futures, kingston maurward college, dorchesterJoining MPs and celebrities, Kingston Maurward College Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare students travelled to parliament recently for the controversial debate against people keeping primates as pets. Organised by leading primate charity, Wild Futures, the event aimed to raise awareness of the charity’s cause and ultimately persuade Westminster that an outright ban on primate pet ownership should be enforced

Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 competition is launched!

banner-ptKingston Maurward College is holding a heat of the Young Horticulturists of the Year completion this term. Thirty years after the tentative beginnings of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition (YHoY), the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has launched the 2015 competition. This prestigious annual competition attracts over 1,800 entrants each year and gives young horticulturists from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to compete for the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary

Season’s Greetings

Kingston Maurward College would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please note that the College, including the library, will close on the 19th December and will re-open on the 5th January. Please check this website or our social media to check if there are any bad weather closures in the new year. christmas ecard from staff and students at kingston maurward college

New Animal Science Centre is Now Open!

animal science, animal welfare, kingston maurward, oliver letwin, dorset, new buildings Students, lecturers, contractors and guests joined Oliver Letwin MP for the official opening of the brand new Animal Science Centre at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. Completed on schedul,e the Coneygar Centre replaces outdated and cramped facilities with state-of-the-art resources. The new purpose-built teaching facility houses five classrooms, an ICT suite, dog grooming salon, rooms for small mammals, reptiles

Edward Fox – Looking into the future of Horticulture

edward_fox_opens_glasshouses_mediumThis week Kingston Maurward College proudly welcomed award winning actor Edward Fox and his wife, Joanna David, to officially open two purpose built state of the art glasshouses for the Horticulture academy. The veteran actor became interested in the project after befriending the College’s resident blacksmith, Simon Grant Jones. Mr Fox said he was ‘honoured’ to have been asked to officiate at the event which comprised a tour of the glasshouses and gardens,

The Five Little Pigs

five_little_pigs_at_kingston_maurward_college_mediumFive piglets orphaned on Friday, are being hand reared at the Kingston Maurward Animal Park by Animal Care students from the College. The baby pigs – three pink, one ginger, and one black & white – were rescued by Royal Veterinary College students studying part of their course at the Dorchester campus’ Farm. Animal Technicians and students have been bottle feeding the piglets on the hour every hour around the clock. Technician, Barbara Holden, said: