Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester
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. 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.