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Principal’s Welcome

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It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. We are a rural college at the heart of the beautiful county of Dorset, just a few miles from the sea but close to major road and rail links for easy access – our own transport network covers the entirety of Dorset and beyond so wherever you live, you can get here.

Recently confirmed again as ‘Good’ by Ofsted the College is growing both the number of courses and the numbers of students learning here. Our learners are part of a vibrant student family, enjoying life on a stunning historic country estate alongside state-of-the-art facilities such as our £1.2M Agri-tech Centre and £3M Animal Sciences facility. The continual investment ensures we enhance and support students from all over the South West on their learning journey, and provide an experience, unlike anything they’ve had before.

Our students frequently tell us how happy they are here and the independence they get compared to school provides them with the outstanding transition to working life or university. Practical work is core to what we do; learning is real, immediate and engaging, whether in the field or the classroom. Working with employers and our wider community, our students enjoy outstanding employment rates after completion as a result.

To do this isn’t easy – we work hard; we have very high expectations of both ourselves and our learners, pushing each other to achieve the very best we can regardless of our starting point. What is hard, however, is also what is worth doing.

Luke Rake
Principal and Chief Executive

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