All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.
Facilities for Countryside Stewardship and Management students include areas of new and mature woodland and an area for willow coppicing, all of which are managed to develop habitats for a variety of wildlife. The estate also has miles of hedging, fencing and stone walls, while pheasants are reared and released, a fish-rearing unit has recently been added and there are rivers, ponds and a lake stocked with these fish.
Our Wilson Countryside Management Centre is an invaluable resource and has three large workshops housing eight industry-standard tanks in which carp are reared, a game workshop with specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge, an outdoor area with brooder houses and a countryside workshop full of tools and equipment used for estate management.
The nearby Pitsford Water reservoir and several local country parks are also used as training sites and bases.
Here at the college we currently farm 660 hectares, with 170 hectares rented under various tenancy agreements.
All land is farmed commercially, is subject to the normal market forces of the agricultural industry and is used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus.
Crops grown include wheat, oats, oilseed rape, forage maize, grass Lucerne and stubble turnips for autumn sheep keep, while the livestock includes a 220-cow dairy herd plus followers, a 1,000-ewe flock, a calf-rearing enterprise that produces replacement youngstock for the dairy herd, male beef calves for sale and a beef-finishing enterprise.
A manager and assistant manage the farm on a day-to-day basis, while activities are administered by a farms directorate that meets weekly to discuss operational issues and to formulate proposals for discussion by the college’s governing body.
Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks. A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience.
Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods.
We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area. Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.
Learning Resource Centres
The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants, South Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies and at the Peterborough Centre. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.
Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.
Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.
For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.
Wilson Countryside Centre
The recently completed Wilson Countryside Management Centre (supported by the Wilson Foundation) means South Lodge – linked by a cycleway and with its own shuttle bus service – is now home to ultra-modern resources (including three specialist workshops) for countryside management, game rearing and fish rearing.
The fish-rearing workshop contains eight industry-standard tanks in which carp are reared to stock the college lake; the game workshop has specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge as well as an outdoor area with brooder houses; while the countryside workshop is a covered area with the specialist tools and equipment needed for maintaining the college estate.