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Welcome to Kingston Maurward
Firstly, note that we are more than just a college.
We are a college, a country estate, a dairy farm, a wedding venue, a conference centre, an arable farm, a tourist destination, the birthplace of Thomas Hardy and, most crucially, the only provider of land-based studies for 60 miles in any direction. We have a major strategic role in the development of Dorset’s rural economy, which although firmly rooted in our heritage as an agricultural provider, now spans the full range of land-based studies and beyond, from entry-level to a degree.
Following a dynamic period, the College now has a financial health rating of ‘Good’, rewritten the Strategic Plan, and developed an Estate Masterplan for the next ten years, alongside confirming our Ofsted ‘Good’ grade. We have a strong platform to make the improvements required to continually strive towards outstanding status and we are looking forward to the future with ambition and optimism. The nature of the College, however, is much more than just an Ofsted grade. We are at the heart of Dorset, both emotionally and literally. Engagement and strategic positioning are vital to ensure we continue to grow both our reputation and student numbers.
We need staff who will move us to the next step as part of a forward-looking organisation, rooted in the landscape of Dorset and the history of the estate. What binds us to the past is important, but it is not what defines our future; the essence of Kingston Maurward is about people, attitudes and the culture we all inherit and develop.
Luke Rake – Principal and CEO
We Inspire, We Challenge, We Care
We inspire our students, visitors and other team members
We challenge ourselves to do the best we can
We care for each other, our local community and the environment
“If you are doing these three things every day – you are doing your job.”
Luke Rake, Principal & Chief Executive
“It’s a positive, friendly working environment.”
“Everything is communicated clearly, and you are trusted to do the job. There’s flexibility around your working hours too.”
“There is a real passion among the students and teaching staff.”
“There are lots of training opportunities both internally and externally.”
“It’s a great feeling knowing you are helping students, other colleagues – it makes it feel like a worthwhile job!”
“There is supportive line management across the whole estate.”
Why is Kingston Maurward different?
An experienced team of staff
Many of our staff have worked or volunteered locally, regionally, or across the world, doing a variety of projects or job roles, whether that’s managing breeding programmes for marine animals including sharks, penguins, and otters, or coral reef restoration projects in the Maldives, this diverse range of experience allows both our students and staff to learn from industry experts.
Chelsea Flower Show
In 2019, we won a Silver Gilt Award for our Artisan Garden at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Led and organised by our Horticulture department, this involved many staff and students from various departments across the campus. We have now booked for 2022.
We have several commercial businesses on-site, including weddings, conferences, Animal Park & Gardens, The Estate Shop, Cellar Bar & Café, and external equine events. All staff have the opportunity to assist and help out with these – one of the most popular is Lambing which takes place annually in March.
Awarded monthly, our ‘Staff Member of the Month’ certificates are voted for by staff across the estate, to recognise and reward those who go the extra mile.
Cadet Force Adult Volunteers
We have our own Combined Cadet Force, CCF, on campus which is run by volunteers. All staff, whether academic or support, can join – training will be provided.
As part of our termly Staff Development Week, you have the opportunity to try practical activities which our students enjoy regularly, from kayaking to blacksmithing, to floristry and tractor driving. We are always looking for staff to share their skills and talents.
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Kingston Maurward College recognises the skills and qualities that service personnel can bring to the workplace and welcome applications from the service community.
Kingston Maurward College are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant. This means we have made a number of commitments to support those from the armed forces community.
We also offer the following:
- Support of the employment of veterans and service leavers through the Career Transition Partnership (CT))
- Provide an additional 10 days paid leave to support service commitments to members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers
- Directly address the leave requirements during periods of deployment of service spouses and partners.
- As of September 2019, we have a work placement scheme at Kingston Maurward for service leavers. Details will be published through the Careers Transition Partnership
If you have any other questions regarding this, please email email@example.com or phone 01305 215100.
At Kingston Maurward we place the safety and welfare of our students at the centre of all our activities. The safeguarding of students underpins the College values and is fully embraced by all staff.
Kingston Maurward considers itself a ‘specified place’ for the purposes of safeguarding legislation and therefore all positions on the estate are Regulated Activity. If you have been or are currently banned from working with children or vulnerable young adults, you will not be employed by us.
The offer of an appointment with us will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure under the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Police Act 1997. When applying for a post, you will need to detail all convictions they may have – both ‘spent’ and ‘unspent’, and if successful, you will be advised of the Disclosure process in the Offer Letter.
Kingston Maurward adheres to the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice in applying for Disclosures. Should you require a copy of the Code or our Policy Statements on the recruitment of ex-offenders or the secure storage handling, use, retention and disposal of disclosures and disclosure information, please contact the Human Resources Manager.
We recommend all new staff join the DBS Update Service which allows your form to be accessed by employers, with your permission, and could mean you only ever need to apply for one DBS check.