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Working at Kingston Maurward

Firstly, note that Kingston Maurward is more than just a college.

It is a college, a country estate, a dairy farm, a wedding venue, a conference centre, an arable farm, a tourist destination, a residential provider, 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 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. Developing a reputation for being ‘the place to go’ is core to our mission. We are at the heart of Dorset, both emotionally and literally.

Engagement and strategic positioning is vital to ensure we continue to grow both our reputation and student numbers and any successful candidate will be expected to contribute to our profile beyond the estate within the county and demonstrate our values – if that means standing in the cold in February handing out the prizes at a ploughing match, or visiting schools to inspire Year 11, or helping fill buckets of water in the snow because Equine students couldn’t get in, it’s just what we do.

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.

Photo of Principal and Chief Executive, Luke Rake

Luke Rake – Principal and CEO

We offer all of our employees:

  • Generous Annual Leave Entitlement
  • Local Government Pension Scheme/Teachers Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • A Health Benefit Scheme
  • Free access to our onsite Gym
  • Free access to our Animal Park and Gardens
  • Discount at our onsite Cafés
  • A beautiful countryside setting to work within
  • A friendly and supportive working environment
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free Soup Friday
  • Flexible Working – In accordance with legislation flexible working will be considered and granted where possible
  • Staff Awards – Recognises the hard work and successes of individual staff members and teams across all disciplines
  • Social Events- The College organises occasional social events throughout the year for staff, their family and friends to attend

Current Vacancies:

If you feel you have what it takes to be part of our inspiring and friendly team, please click on the link below for all of our current vacancies:

View Vacancies Here


To submit your application please download and fully complete the college application form here:

Word: KMS 600 Appendix F – College Application Form

PDF: KMS 600 Appendix F – College Application Form

The Closing time for all job applications is 9.00 am unless specified otherwise in the Job Description

Once you have completed your application please either email your electronic copy to

Or, alternatively forward a hard copy to:- HR Administrator, HR Department, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY

If you require any further information please contact the recruitment line on 01305 215066

Applicants for any position must complete a college application form.

CVs will only be accepted to support a fully completed College Application Form.

If you require an acknowledgement of an application that is sent electronically, please state this within your email message, or if posting an application where you require an acknowledgement please ensure you enclose a stamped and addressed post card with your application.

Armed Forces Covenant

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.
  • From September 2019,  there will be a work placement scheme at Kingston Maurward College for service leavers. Details will be published through the Careers Transition Partnership

If you have any other questions regarding the Armed Forces Convenant, please email or phone 01305 215100.

Photo of James Kenderdine against a dark background

Jim spent 18 years in the RAF

 “I was previously an instructor at a phase 2 training establishment and Kingston Maurward College have been amazing in developing my civilian teaching career. The college put me through the final element of teacher training and has allowed me to gain qualifications in lots of different professional areas including teaching, sports, outdoor adventure and student welfare. This was my first job on leaving the forces, I have now worked here for 9 years and the college continues to support my development”.

Criminal Records – Disclosure and Barring Service check and Safeguarding Status:

At Kingston Maurward College 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 College staff.

Kingston Maurward College considers itself a ‘specified place’ for the purposes of safeguarding legislation and therefore all posts at the College are Regulated Activity.  Someone will not be employed by the College if they are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

The offer of an appointment with the College will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure under the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Police Act 1997.

This means that when applying for a post, candidates will need to detail all convictions they may have – both ‘spent’ and ‘unspent’.  The successful candidate will be advised of the Disclosure process in the letter offering them the appointment.  Kingston Maurward College 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 College Human Resources Manager.

The College recommends that new staff join the DBS Update Service.  This means that the DBS is ‘portable’ and can be accessed by employers (with your permission). It means that staff may only ever need to apply for one DBS check.

How we use your data

Kingston Maurward College is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you.

GDPR Candidate Privacy Notice

The above form makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR).

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact HR in writing.

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