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Kingston Maurward student wins Dee Butterfield Scholarship

The Mackrell Charity is delighted to announce that Joseph Cade, aged 18 and from Sturminster Marshall, has won the 2017 Dee Butterfield Scholarship for Young People.  Roger Holehouse OBE kindly presented a cheque for £250 to Joseph following the Butterfield Lecture he gave on TE Lawrence last month. Joseph, who is the fourth generation of this family to live in Sturminster Marshall, is in his final year at Kingston Maurward College studying agriculture.  “I am delighted to win this award,” explains

Students’ Dolphin and Whale Watching Trip of a Lifetime

Level 3 Countryside & Wildlife students have returned from the trip of a lifetime with the Atlantic Whale Foundation (AWF) in Puerto Colon, Tenerife. The AWF have been monitoring Short-Finned Pilot Wales and Bottlenose Dolphins for the last 25 years to try and establish population sizes and the effect the charter boats have on their behaviour. Staff and students went out on the charter boats each day and recorded the numbers of each species,

It’s Not too late to Apply for this September – Clearing Sessions at Kingston Maurward College

There's still time to start a Full-Time Course or an Apprenticeship with Kingston Maurward College starting this September. Discover courses you may not have considered before - with many of our students spending a large proportion of their teaching time outside, we could have just what you’re looking for. Many courses prepare you for a future in your dream job in the great outdoors – from Gamekeeper, Ranger, or Conservationist, to Farmer, Horticulturalist or Florist. If you haven’t already applied for this September,

A Career in the Countryside

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

Rocket Science at Kingston Maurward College

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

Prize Winners Celebrated at End of Year Ceremony

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

Gulliver comes to Kingston Maurward!

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 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

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

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

Kingston Maurward College Announces New Principal

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.