Facilities for Countryside 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.
Our Wilson Countryside Management Centre contains an outdoor area with brooder houses and a countryside workshop full of tools and equipment used for estate management. Within the centre there are game bird rearing facilities including specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge.
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 509 hectares, including 64 hectares of rented land under various tenancy agreements.
All land is farmed commercially and subject to the normal market forces of the agricultural industry. It is also used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, malting barley, short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep-keep.
Livestock enterprises include a sheep flock of 900 North Country Mule and Lleyn ewes put to Charolais, Suffolk, Texel and Meatlinc rams. The farm is also in the process of establishing a Pedigree Suckler Cow enterprise based on the Stabiliser and Continental breeds with the aim of providing breeding and finishing stock for local markets.
The focus of the Arable Unit is to develop knowledge and skills in the use of high tech such as GPS and precision farming. Farm activities are coordinated by the Deputy Principal and Farm Manager who meet regularly to discuss operational matters and to formulate proposals for discussion by the Senior Leadership Team.
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.
The outdoor area contains brooder houses, and the countryside workshop is a covered area with the specialist tools and equipment needed for maintaining the college estate. Within the centre there are game bird rearing facilities including specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge.
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.
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, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. 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.