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Reaseheath Lambing Weekends herald Spring

Hundreds of local families will be flocking to Reaseheath College, Nantwich, during the first two weekends of March to welcome the first lambs of the season.

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Plough Sunday raises awareness of farming charity

Local parishioners and members of the agricultural community came together to celebrate the new farming year at a Plough Sunday service held at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

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Agriculture students take Next Generation shepherding awards

Reaseheath College agricultural students proved they have outstanding all-round industry skills by taking the top awards at the Next Generation Shepherds competition, run by the Central Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA).

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Maths and English celebrate their shining stars

Nicholas Beuken and Michel Bartlam have been crowned the Maths and English department’s stars of the term. Both Nicholas and Michael were nominated for demonstrating excellent effort in English and maintaining 100% attendance.

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Reaseheath are a cut above the rest promoting arborist health and safety


Sports facilities open for community use

Reaseheath has marked the opening of its new, professional level sports facilities to the public with a rugby tournament for local secondary schools.

Pupils from Sandbach High School, Ruskin Community High School, Crewe and Malbank School, Nantwich, took on the touch rugby challenge, which was judged by former English international rugby union player Mark Cueto MBE and supported by Reaseheath sports students.


Students spread festive cheer to deprived children

Reaseheath College students and staff have been helping to spread the festive spirit by filling shoeboxes with gifts and treats for Operation Christmas Child.


Landscaper is rewarded for WorldSkills UK success


Don’t buy exotic pets for Christmas – animal experts’ plea

Reaseheath College animal experts are calling for the public not to buy exotic pets for Christmas unless they are absolutely sure they know how to care for them.


Accolade for RHS students

ighty-five students who gained Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications at Reaseheath this year have celebrated their achievements.

Mirroring the national trend, around half are professional horticulturists furthering their development while the remainder are career changers and keen leisure gardeners.


Visit Reaseheath’s Zoo for Christmas with a difference

Do you fancy some festive fun with a difference before Christmas?

Reaseheath College’s Zoo is open for two weekends in December and the entry fee will include a visit to Santa’s grotto, a Christmas gift and a festive themed trail around the animal enclosures.


Long term trading deals are the biggest Brexit challenge says Sir Peter Kendall

The biggest Brexit challenge is ensuring that the government actively seeks out and secures the best long term trading deals for agriculture according to Sir Peter Kendall, Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Sir Peter, a former NFU President, was addressing the challenges and opportunities facing UK agriculture and food production industries once […]


Reaseheath College and the University of Chester announce closer partnership

Reaseheath College and the University of Chester have agreed and signed a strategic alliance which will enable both institutions to work together more closely and effectively. Under the alliance, which is not a merger, Reaseheath is now a university centre.


Eco Drones champion reveals latest technology

Ways in which scientists are using drones to help endangered species were described by ecologist and conservationist Professor Serge Wich during a fascinating lecture at Reaseheath last week.


WorldSkills journey continues for Reaseheath landscaper

Future garden landscaper Aaron Byrne has proved his talent by taking a bronze medal in the WorldSkills UK finals.


Reaseheath Equine supports #NotOnMyYard campaign

Reaseheath’s equine department hosted a free public event last week at its Equestrian Centre as part of National Anti-Bullying Week. The event was aimed at raising awareness about the #NotOnMyYard campaign – an equine-specific anti-bullying initiative launched earlier this year by Tudor Rose Equines.


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Reaseheath pays respects on Remembrance Day

Reaseheath’s students and staff turned out in force at a college service today (Fri) to commemorate Remembrance Day.


College food enterprise zone takes root thanks to streamlined planning process

Cheshire East Council has completed the local development order process to enable Reaseheath College to proceed with ambitious plans to create an innovative food enterprise zone.


Equine staff and students are royally received at Ascot Champions Day

Equine undergraduates and Level 3 Diploma students attended the prestigious finale of the British flat racing season at Ascot Racecourse.


Companies benefit from on-farm training

Reaseheath’s agriculture department has been working with Chartered Surveyors Dalcour Maclaren to deliver tailor-made training to one of the company’s key clients.


Reaseheath joins the #NotOnMyYard campaign

Reaseheath’s equine department is delighted to be supporting the #NotOnMyYard anti-bullying campaign.


Reaseheath’s festival gets to the core of fruit growing

Hundreds of local families got to the core of fruit growing at Reaseheath College’s popular apple festival over the weekend.

The fruity festival, being held at the Nantwich college for the 25th consecutive year, featured 110 rare varieties of apples and pears…


Cover crops evaluation revealed at Reaseheath

The evaluation of groundbreaking companion cropping trials, aimed at conserving the environment while improving land productivity, have been revealed at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.


Construction Plant Maintenance Apprentices celebrate success

The next generation of highly skilled Construction Plant Maintenance engineers have received their final awards at a presentation on campus.

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PiCUS masterclass focuses on tree safety technology

Cutting edge technology which detects decay in trees was demonstrated at a seminar at Reaseheath College this week.


Equine students enjoy exceptional experience at HOYS

Reaseheath College equine students and staff have again been under the spotlight at the world’s most famous horse show, the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), by providing the arena party for the sixth consecutive year.


Dairy technologists reach career milestone at Reaseheath College

Twenty-one trainee dairy technologists reached a significant career milestone last week when they graduated from their unique Eden training programme, delivered by Reaseheath College in Cheshire.

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Reaseheath College degrees open doors to careers, graduates told

Although studying for a degree could be costly, it would prove to be a phenomenal investment in later life, new graduates from Reaseheath College heard.

Speaking at the Nantwich, Cheshire, college’s Faculty of Higher Education (HE) graduation ceremony, Principal Meredydd David said that an independent analysis had shown that spending £40,000 on course fees and living expenses would bring in nearly a third of a million pounds during a career.


South African study tour voted a massive hit by students

Eighteen of our Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management students were privileged to spend part of this summer studying and traveling within the Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

This amazing two week opportunity, which opened our students’ eyes to the range of issues facing conservationists, was organised by our animal management department in partnership with gap year specialists Worldwide Experience.


Reaseheath students to raise funds for local cancer charity

Reaseheath College has named North West Cancer Research as its chosen charity of the year. Students at the leading land-based college in Nantwich voted for the charity after learning of its commitment to supporting cancer research in the North West. Members of Reaseheath’s Student Association plan to raise more than £15,000 for North West Cancer […]


New lizard species identified by Reaseheath lecturer

Research by Reaseheath herpetologist Dr Simon Maddock has helped to formally identify a new species of Indian lizard, the Giri’s geckoella Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) varadgiri. A scientific paper containing a species description of the lizard, which was co-written by Simon, has been published today (Friday 23 September)  in the peer reviewed scientific journal Zootaxa following an […]


Chance to fund research of rare lizards

An exciting crowd funding opportunity has been launched to send two Reaseheath animal science lecturers to Ecuador to help in the study of two rare and endangered species of lizard, Riama yumborum and Riama oculata.

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BBC Radio Stoke enjoys a visit to Reaseheath Zoo


Reaseheath herpetologist speaks at World Congress in China

Reaseheath herpetologist Simon Maddock was among international experts to speak at the 8th World Congress of Herpetology, held in China last month. Simon, a former Reaseheath student who has now joined our lecturing staff, is recognised globally for his research on the ecology, conservation and evolution of Seychelles caecillians (legless amphibians), a subject he studied […]


Research may lead to better life for sun beetles

Research by a Reaseheath College lecturer may lead to improved welfare and living conditions for sun beetles (Pachnoda marginata peregrina). HE Lecturer in Animal Management James Brereton has been investigating the requirements of the sun beetle, a species widely held in zoos and private collections. No previous detailed research has been carried out on the […]

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Reaseheath College welcomes new Shropshire partnership

Reaseheath College in Cheshire and North Shropshire College have announced that they are to form a federation which will benefit students, communities and businesses. Both colleges specialise in land-based subjects and technical and vocational qualifications, are in a strong phase of continuous growth and improvement and share a long history of delivering quality education. It […]


Reaseheath students make a wheely good impression for Tour of Britain

Reaseheath College sports performance, adventure sports and public services students made a special effort to mark British Cycling’s Tour of Britain by getting involved in a giant piece of aerial artwork alongside the competitors’ route. About 80 students formed the moving wheels of a 100 foot long bicycle laid out on a field opposite the […]


Industry support for Reaseheaths’s new Engineering Academy

Leading agricultural engineering companies are supporting Reaseheath College’s efforts to raise the bar for training within the industry. Construction of a £7million Advanced Agricultural Engineering Academy will begin shortly at the Nantwich, Cheshire, college which, when completed, will be one of the most sophisticated education centres of its type in Britain. Partners in the initiative […]

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Reaseheath’s record RAG raises funds for British Heart Foundation

Big hearted students and staff from Reaseheath College have raised a record breaking £33,000 this year for local charities. Representatives from the British Heart Foundation, the Student Association’s chosen charity of the year, received a cheque for £26,361 at the student summer ball which was held on the college’s Nantwich campus. The final total was […]

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Reaseheath Horticulture joins Marshalls’ Education Partnership

Reaseheath’s proactive horticulture department is the latest further education provider to join Marshalls Educational Partnership. Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer, has launched its educational initiative to answer increasing demand for trained professionals within the industry, and to join land-based colleges in promoting garden landscaping as an attractive career choice. Marshalls will help us […]


WorldSkills journey continues for Reaseheath landscaper

Reaseheath horticulture student Aaron Byrne will join other talented future garden landscapers in the WorldSkills UK finals after qualifying at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016. Aaron, 17, who is studying for his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, demonstrated his technical skills in block paving, decking construction and plant placement at Tatton alongside six […]

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RHS medal for first time garden designer Nathan

Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture student Nathan Webster was awarded a bronze medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park for his first ever show garden. At 17 one of the youngest garden designers ever at the prestigious horticultural event, Nathan was supported in the garden build by Reaseheath trained apprentices and staff from Hultons Landscapes. […]

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Small spaces with big ideas lead to success for former students

Small but perfectly formed, The Tiny Plant Company repeated last year’s success by winning a silver medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016. The company was launched less than two years ago by former Reaseheath horticulture student Matt Wood and has Reaseheath trained designer Sally Parkinson as one of its directors. The web-based business […]

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Top honours for Eden students at Nantwich International Cheese Show

Reaseheath College trained dairy technologists took five top awards at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, proving they can hold their own against world class professionals. The students, who are studying on the Nantwich, Cheshire, college’s unique Eden programme, was awarded gold in the Specialist Cheesemakers’ class for a speciality cheddar made by Sarah Roberts, Chris […]

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Nantwich Show success for student cattle exhibitors

Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture students from Reaseheath College enjoyed record success in the cattle section at the Nantwich Show, winning a total of nine rosettes in youngstock showing and young handler classes. The students prepared and showed three heifers from the Reaseheath Holstein dairy herd and four young beef shorthorn cattle, including bull Redhill […]

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RHS silver for a planetary garden

Reaseheath undergraduates have pooled their talents to design and build a silver medal winning garden at the prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (July 20 – 24). Will Parks, Anna Tyler and Laura Cartmell, who are studying for their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design, took up the challenge and were supported in the […]

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BALI prize encourages young professional

Reaseheath Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture Student of the Year Finin Talbot made useful industry connections during a visit to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as guest of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). BALI sponsors Reaseheath’s ‘Student of the Year‘ award annually as part of its campaign to encourage and support […]

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Reaseheath florists awarded top medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Talented floristry students from Reaseheath College, Nantwich, are celebrating after taking a top medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (July 20 – 24). The student team of Jacqueline Tudor, Shiona Fosh, Helen Cooke and Robyn Longden were awarded a silver gilt medal in the hotly contested RHS Future Florists competition. Their achievement, which saw […]

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Horse behaviourist Richard Maxwell gives insight into training

Renowned Horse Behaviourist Richard Maxwell  gave audiences at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre a fascinating insight into his training methods and philosophies. Richard, who is a qualified Masterson Method Practitioner, combines a unique blend of natural and traditional horsemanship in order to help horses and their owners. His many clients hail from all equestrian disciplines and include […]


Celebration time for successful Reaseheath students

One of the country’s most successful specialist colleges, Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, continues to notch up record student enrolments and achievements.

The college’s annual awards ceremony, held over two days last week, celebrated the success of 1235 Further Education (FE) students who have achieved industry recognised qualifications and skills this year.

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Facelift for Under 18s Common Room

Our Under 18s Common Room is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of a group of resourceful FE students. Following a suggestion by Safeguarding Officer Stuart Lloyd, Kaitlinn Schaap and her friends decided to encourage their fellow students to spend more time doing communal activities by revamping the common room. Kaitlinn […]

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Reaseheath plays key role in launch of UK’s first national land based college

Reaseheath College is playing a leading role in the establishment of the UK’s first virtual national land based college which will draw from the best minds in education and industry and offer students clear career pathways and opportunities for advancement. The National Land Based College (NLBC), launched last month, is a collaboration of leading colleges, […]

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Reaseheath Zoo receives gold award for giving rare spiders a helping hand

Keepers at Reaseheath College’s campus zoo have been recognised for their success in rearing the minute offspring of one of the UK’s rarest and most spectacular spiders. Reaseheath Zoo has been awarded a prestigious gold award by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for its efforts to conserve the endangered fen […]

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Agriculture students shine at Royal Cheshire Show

Reaseheath agriculture students had a great two days at the Royal Cheshire County Show, competing in cattle and pig showing classes and helping organisers to ensure that the schedule ran smoothly. The county’s premier agricultural show, being run under ‘royal’ status for the first time, attracted competitors from across the country and showcased the best […]

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WorldSkills journey begins for landscapers

Future garden landscapers, including three from Reaseheath, demonstrated their skills at the north west regional heat of the WorldSkills UK competition. Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture students Nathan Webster, Matt Fletcher and Aaron Byrne challenged students and apprentices from other training providers in tests of block paving and decking construction and were marked on the […]

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Agriculture students shine at the Young Stock Person of the Year

Two teams of agriculture students successfully represented Reaseheath at The Young Stock Person of the Year regional competition, held at Beef Expo, Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire. Nathan Sillitoe, Will Thomas, Will Leese, Mathew Kidd, Charles Hodgson, Dieter Kayley, Tom Hull and Liberty Turner demonstrated the extent of their knowledge and skills.against peers from other colleges and […]

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Undergraduates go behind the scenes at Badminton

BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Sports Performance undergraduates enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to the world famous Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. The students were privileged to have an ‘access-all-areas’ tour of the Media Centre – an area exclusively reserved for accredited members of the press – with Badminton’s Media Director Julian Seaman. Julian, who was […]

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Lifetime experience for florists at RHS Chelsea

Reaseheath floristry students and staff enjoyed a lifetime experience when they helped to prepare and install a floral arch for HM The Queen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The arch, a gift to the Queen on her 90th birthday, welcomed Her Majesty as she arrived to tour the world-leading show and wowed thousands of international […]

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Reaseheath’s Brazilian partnership continues to flourish

International links with similar training organisations in Brazil continue to flourish with an expanding programme of exchange visits and discussions. Following the success of ‘Skills without Borders’, an Association of Colleges’ pilot social mobility scheme in which six vocational students from Brazil joined Reaseheath courses for two months, a second delegation of government officials and […]

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Reaseheath ‘Access to HE’ student flies high with OCN award

A falconer who is flying through his Reaseheath College course after returning to learning has had his achievements recognised with a prestigious regional award. Joe Cooper, from Nantwich, will be presented with a £500 Open College Network (OCN) West Midlands Learner Award for Outstanding Achievement in June. The ‘Access to HE’ student was nominated by […]

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Reaseheath accolade for Bombardier apprentice engineer

An apprentice engineer at Bombardier’s Crewe works has been crowned Reaseheath College’s ‘Engineering Apprentice of the Year’. Liam Barnett, 21, from Biddulph, Staffordshire, received his award from Bombardier General Manager Tony Webb at a workshop floor presentation in front of fellow apprentices and work colleagues. He is one of 16 engineering apprentices, aged 16 to […]

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In-house butchery training for major supermarket

Butchers from a major supermarket chain spent a bespoke training day extending their knife skills in the butchery department of Reaseheath’s Food Centre. The ten employees, a mix of team managers, line leaders, technicians and Quality Assurance staff, are based at the retailer’s Winsford site which supplies the fresh meat for all UK sites.  They […]

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Reaseheath’s Family Festival draws visitors from across region

Over 10,000 people from across the region poured into Nantwich on Sunday to enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Reaseheath College’s Family Festival. The action-packed festival, which offered hundreds of activities and displays to appeal to all ages, attracted visitors from several counties and caused a storm of appreciation on social media. Messages from families from […]

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Industry support for Game Management students

Our Game Management students are gaining essential skills in running a clay pigeon shoot thanks to the support of industry leader Laporte CPC. The clay pigeon shooting company, which supplies traps for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, has loaned us a professional sporting clay trap for the use of our Level 2 and Level 3 […]

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Survivors take a Step out for Stroke in Nantwich

The Stroke Association is hosting a Step out for Stroke walk at Reaseheath College, Nantwich on Saturday 4th June. This family fundraising event is open to everyone, regardless of age or ability, and organisers are asking people to register now to take part alongside stroke survivors and their families. Step out for Stroke is an […]

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Reaseheath students help to clean up Nantwich for the Queen’s birthday

Members of Reaseheath College’s Student Association picked litter from one of Nantwich’s major gateways as their contribution to the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign. Wearing hi vis vests and armed with litter pickers and bin liners, the students cleared refuse from the A51 roundabout and major roads near to the college campus in Nantwich. Their […]

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Reaseheath College gears up for Family Festival

Reaseheath College’s Family Festival is gearing up to be one of the best value days out in Cheshire. The action-packed festival, to be held on the college’s Nantwich campus on Sunday May 15, will offer hundreds of activities and displays which appeal to all ages. A family ticket costs just £15 (two adults, three children) […]

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Pushing the limits by elite athlete Adam

Forty of our sports performance and adventure sports students gained a personal insight into the training and lifestyle of an elite athlete thanks to two presentations from Senior Team GB canoeist Adam Burgess. Adam, one of the world’s top ten senior canoe slalom athletes, joined us for an appearance day as part of his sponsorship […]

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Reaseheath College’s drive for efficiency will benefit farm, students and farmers

Lean management – the concept of increasing productivity and profit by improving efficiency and reducing waste – is behind a major investment into Reaseheath College’s commercial and teaching farm. Nearly £800,000 is being spent on cutting edge technical and training resources aimed at making the 883 acre campus farm in Cheshire more streamlined and efficient […]

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Equine undergraduates win USA internships

Two Reaseheath equine science undergraduates have won prestigious internships in the USA. Michelle Hand and Zoe Greenwood have both been awarded the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) competitive internship to go to Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE Center). The MARE Center is a 420 acre equine research and education facility in Middleburg, Virginia […]

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Second award for apprentice gardener Rebecca

An apprentice gardener at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens near Malpas has become Reaseheath College’s ‘Horticulture Apprentice of the Year’. Rebecca Dawson, 26, from Aldford, Chester, received her award at a college ceremony held during National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits which apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy by increasing productivity and […]

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Accolade for Royal Liverpool apprentice greenkeeper

An apprentice greenkeeper at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, has been crowned Reaseheath College’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’. Peter Lewis, 17, from Heswall, received his award at a college ceremony held during National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits which apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy by increasing productivity and […]

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Student Tom to star in groundbreaking TV series

A Reaseheath countryside student is one of the stars in a groundbreaking  TV series about the unique abilities of people who have neuro-diverse conditions. ‘Employable Me’ uses science to uncover the strengths and skills of people who have Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome as they seek employment. This is in the wake of radical emerging findings […]

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HE careers day promotes opportunities in horseracing

Many of our equine science undergraduates are considering careers in horseracing following a successful HE information event focused on the industry. After hearing about the variety of well paid and rewarding jobs which are available, 72% of students said that they would definitely think more about entering the industry. The careers day was held in […]

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Inaugural BYRDS Symposium hosted at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre

Last weekend, the inaugural British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) Symposium was held at Reaseheath College Equestrian Centre.

The schedule for the BYRDS Symposium, which was titled ‘Two Athletes – One Performance’, was packed-full of interactive presentations from a host of industry experts with topics ranging from sports science, rider psychology and training methods.

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Reaseheath’s apprentice stars recognised

A trainee groundsman at one of the country’s top golf courses and a trainee food development technologist who helps to bring new ready meals to the supermarket shelf took the top titles at Reaseheath College’s Apprenticeship Awards. Peter Lewis, an apprentice groundsman at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, was crowned ‘Level 2 Apprentice of […]

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Paige and Poppy scoop Crufts title

Reaseheath student Paige Jepson and her border collie Poppy beat off strong competition to take an obedience title at Crufts, the world’s most prestigious dog show, last weekend. The 18 year-old, who lives near Congleton, took the top award in the Young Kennel Club’s (YKC) Pre-Beginners Good Citizen Stakes after she and Poppy completed a […]

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MP builds on skills during Apprenticeship Week

Local MP Antoinette Sandbach watched horticulture trainees grow their skills during a visit to Reaseheath College on Monday. The MP for Eddisbury was at the Nantwich college to help launch activities for National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits that skilled apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy by increasing productivity and […]

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Young Horticulturists prove their growing knowledge

Reaseheath students have celebrated success in the prestigious Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ competition. Two Reaseheath trained students were among eight contestants to qualify for the North West and North Wales regional final, held in our new Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology last weekend. The demanding competition, in […]

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International Recognition for Reaseheath’s Food Centre

Reaseheath College’s Food Centre in Cheshire has gained a globally recognised Grade A certification for food safety from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for the third successive year.  The college remains the first and only educational institution in Britain to achieve the accreditation for BRC issue 7, the latest benchmark for best practice in food […]

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Families flock to Reaseheath College’s Lambing and Zoo Weekend

Hundreds of local families flocked to Reaseheath College over the weekend for the first of two lambing and zoo events. Spring has sprung in the Nantwich college’s lambing sheds with the arrival of the first newborns of the season. The lambing weekends have been a major draw to the college over the past 20 years, […]

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Wildlife undergraduates introduced to life behind the lens

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology undergraduates have been learning how to shoot and edit videos as part of their course. Twenty-six final year students who are studying a ‘wildlife in the media’ module spent the half term week studying conservation film-making, delivered on campus by the Wildeye International School of Wildlife Film-making. This is the first […]

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Dodson & Horrell Launch Bursary to Support British Equestrian Industry

Europe’s leading equine feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell is pleased to announce the launch of the Dodson & Horrell British Equestrian Bursary that aims to enhance and support the equestrian industry. Are you a dedicated rider who would benefit from funding towards extra training? Do you know a deserving charity that is in need of […]

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Brazilian students’ visit strengthens Reaseheath’s international links

Six Brazilian students are spending nine weeks with us as part of the Association of Colleges ‘Skills without Borders’ initiative. The six, who have joined programmes in our Countryside and Food Technology departments, are already studying those subjects at university or college and have come to us to develop their academic and practical skills. The […]

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Reaseheath welcomes British Grassland Society onto campus

The country’s leading forum in the science and practice of grass and forage production, The British Grassland Society (BGS), has relocated to offices at Reaseheath College. BGS was established in 1945 to serve as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage. Membership is open to […]

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Lambs herald Spring at Reaseheath College

Hundreds of local families are expected to flock to Reaseheath College in Nantwich this weekend for the first of two lambing events. Spring has already arrived in the college’s lambing sheds with the arrival of the first newborns of the season. The lambing weekends have been a major draw to the college over the past […]

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Reaseheath audience enjoys top tips from eventer Lucinda Fredericks

Competitors, students and staff were privileged to gain training insights from international three day event rider, trainer and businesswoman Lucinda Fredericks during a lecture demonstration at Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre. Lucinda, who formerly competed for Great Britain and now represents Australia, shared her tips for training horses from advanced eventers to children’s ponies. She drew on […]

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Cake puts the icing on cub scouts centenary celebrations

Cub and beaver scouts from the 1st South West Cheshire District celebrated the group’s 100th birthday with a special cake made by bakery students from Reaseheath College, Nantwich. The celebration was doubly special because this year is both the centenary of the Crewe based group, which is one of the oldest in the country, and […]

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Wildlife film makers encourage undergraduates to ‘make a difference’

Wildlife film makers Madelaine Westwood and Piers Warren are encouraging Reaseheath undergraduates to ‘make a difference’ by recording their concerns about endangered animals on film. Madelaine, founder of the Great Ape Film Initiative (GAFI), uses cinema and television to spread the message about vulnerable habitats which are shared by apes, other species and people in […]

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Staff members motivate WorldSkills UK squad

Three Reaseheath staff members played key roles in a WorldSkills UK national training camp over the weekend. Jo Maher (Assistant Principal), Greg Houghton (Programme Leader for Public Services) and Kate Humphrey (Programme Leader for Sport) delivered interactive psychology sessions to the WorldSkills UK squad at the camp in Loughborough. Level 3 Diploma in Floristry student […]

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Brand New Degree Courses at Reaseheath College

The Faculty of Higher Education are pleased to announce several new additions to their suite of Degree programmes available for September 2016 entry. They are: Adventure Sport & Sport: FdSc Adventure Sports & Coaching FdSc Sports Coaching Animal Management: FdSc Canine Training & Behaviour Countryside: FdSc Environmental Conservation & Land Management Engineering: HNC Mechanical Engineering […]

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Top tips from leading event rider

One of Britain’s leading event riders, Oliver Townend, gave an inspirational and entertaining lecture demonstration at Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre. A former winner of both Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials – Britain’s toughest four star events – Oliver demonstrated how he prepares his young horses for the dressage and showjumping phases by concentrating on achieving forward […]

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Students get real-life training on avoiding farming accidents

Reaseheath College agriculture students were taken onto the scene of four life threatening ‘incidents’ which happened on the college’s working farm last week. The scenarios were of typical farming accidents and the students had minutes to work out what had happened, decide on immediate action, discuss first aid procedures and explore what measures should be […]

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Conservationist Dominic Dyer champions educated discussion

A thought provoking lecture by prominent conservationist Dominic Dyer was followed by informed questions from members of Reaseheath’s Conservation Society. Dominic, who is known for his debating skills at the highest level, gave a talk entitled ‘Standing Up for Wildlife at Home and Abroad’ to a full audience of students, staff and the public at […]

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Increase your career prospects with an equine degree

The debate goes on but the message is clear: studying for an equine science degree hugely improves your career prospects. This was the main topic of conversation when Reaseheath College in Cheshire partnered Horse & Hound, Britain’s most respected information source, in a recent on-line careers webchat. Equine lecturers Kate Douglas-Dala and Jess Denham, both […]

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Mark braves a soaking for a good cause

Agriculture Course Manager and Advanced Practitioner Mark Walton braved a soaking in freezing temperatures to raise money for an African charity. Students and staff queued up to hurl wet sponges and, in some cases, full buckets of water at Mark while he was secured in stocks, with donations reaching £154 in just one hour. Mark […]

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College collaboration could benefit learners, communities and businesses

Reaseheath College and North Shropshire College are exploring the potential benefits of a closer collaboration, it was announced this week. Both colleges are specialist land-based institutions, are in a strong phase of continuous growth and improvement and share a long history of delivering quality education.  It is felt that, by working together to combine resources, […]

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Reaseheath agriculture graduates launch calf rearing business

Reaseheath agricultural graduates Chris Webb and Larry Anscombe have joined forces to form a thriving calf rearing business. Along with their friend Chris Roberts, the entrepreneurial pair launched their calf unit while they were first year degree students and continued to expand it alongside their studies. They have grown quickly from an initial intake of […]

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Plough Sunday raises awareness of farming charity

Local parishioners and members of the agricultural community came together to celebrate the new farming year at a Plough Sunday service held at Reaseheath College. A packed congregation gathered in the Nantwich college’s historic Old Hall to take part in the service and afterwards enjoyed a soup and bread lunch. The event was held in […]

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Reaseheath Food and Farming discussion embraces technology

‘Use technology to drive the agricultural industry forward, embrace science, be innovative and never stop learning’. This was the key advice given to Reaseheath College students at a ‘question time’ discussion looking at careers in agriculture and food production. The event, sponsored by the Food, Drink & Agricultural Group of the Chartered Institute of Marketing […]

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Rising star Robert addresses the Oxford Farming Conference

Ambitious young farmer Robert Yardley addressed delegates and had the opportunity to meet Princess Anne at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Robert, 29, a current Reaseheath Foundation Degree in Agriculture undergraduate, took to the main stage of the prestigious conference to speak of his experiences with the Young DLG – the youth network of the […]

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Brazilian visitors herald strengthening international links

Three education ministers from the Brazilian Government visited Reaseheath to see how we work with employers to train the industry force of tomorrow. The visit was part of a project by the Association of Colleges (AoC) to encourage international links between colleges and in particular to look at successful links between education providers and industry. […]

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Reaseheath arborist helps stricken communities in the Philippines

Reaseheath College arboriculture assessor and lecturer Jonathan ‘Jono’ Finlow is in the Philippines answering an emergency call for help from rural communities hit by a typhoon. Jono and fellow members of DART International UK (Disaster Arborist Response Team) are currently part of a global relief effort in Northern Samar, which was hit by Typhoon Melor […]

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Twm hits the high notes

Reaseheath College trained arborist Twm-Tegid Brunton hit the high notes by singing Christmas carols from the top of a 100ft high redwood tree. Wearing a fairy skirt over his safety harness Twm, a member of the North West Welsh Opera Choir, sang three carols in English and Welsh from his lofty perch to an audience […]

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Reaseheath public services students ‘make a difference’ at Christmas

When tasked to ‘make a difference’, students on Reaseheath College’s Level 3 Diploma in Public Services course chose to bring joy to children whose illnesses will keep them in hospital over Christmas. They focussed on helping young patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, one of the country’s leading specialist hospitals, and donated well […]

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Festive fun at Reaseheath’s Christmas horse show

Neigh bells rang out at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre, Nantwich, when Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students organised a Christmas themed horse show. The students ran a fun schedule which included showjumping, equitation and best turned out classes and a festive fancy dress competition hotly contested by students and their horses. There was […]

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Christmas Fair brings festive spirit to Reaseheath

A group of events management students got into the festive spirit by hosting their first Christmas Fair at Reaseheath. Seven first year students on our Level 3 Events Management course organised the Christmas Fair to raise money for this year’s nominated charity, British Heart Foundation. The students held the Christmas Fair in the historic Reaseheath […]

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Dressage dynasty holds masterclass at Reaseheath College

Riding and training enthusiasts had the privilege of watching the world’s most prolific dressage dynasty in action when the Eilberg family gave a masterclass at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre in Cheshire. A sell out audience watched internationally respected coach Ferdi Eilberg, son Michael, daughter Maria and protégé Greg Sims demonstrate training methods from just backed […]

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Reaseheath flies high at AoC Sport regional tournaments

Two talented members of Reaseheath College’s trampolining squad are to represent the north west region at next year’s Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport National Championships. Georgia Thomasson, 16, and Rosie Lucas, 17, who are both studying for their Level 3 Diploma in Sport Performance at the Nantwich college, took first and fourth place respectively in […]

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Student success at English Winter Fair

Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students proved they have a good eye for commercial livestock by selecting prize winning pigs for the English Winter Fair at Staffordshire Showground. Twelve first year students in Practical Group D selected two pigs which were entered into different classes for the best pork carcase. They were particularly […]

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Horseracing careers seem a good bet for Reaseheath students

Reaseheath College equine students were introduced to the varied careers offered by the horse racing industry at an event run by Cheshire Racing Hub. A day of talks and demonstrations, held at the college’s equestrian centre, illustrated careers ranging from the riding and care of racehorses to jobs within support industries such as farriery, veterinary […]

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Sweet success for bakery students’ memorial cake

When our Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie students were tasked with designing a cake for Remembrance Day, they came up with the idea of a ‘weeping window’ of poppies, similar to the display at the Tower of London 2014 commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of WW1. The students discussed, designed and decorated the cake […]

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Accolade for RHS students

Eighty-five students who gained Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications at Reaseheath this year have celebrated their achievements. Mirroring the national trend, around half are professional horticulturists furthering their development while the remainder are career changers and keen leisure gardeners. Reaseheath is recognised as the leading RHS training and examination centre in the north west and […]

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Reaseheath College commended by Ofsted for student success

Reaseheath College remains one of the UK’s premier technical and specialist land-based colleges, Ofsted has confirmed. The results of an inspection of the Nantwich, Cheshire college, held in November, shows that Reaseheath continues to be good (Grade 2) with some exceptional features and continues to be outstanding in many areas – in particular the very […]

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Stock judging teams are top of the chops in College Challenge

Reaseheath’s stock judging teams beat off opposition from land-based colleges and universities nationwide to take first and third places in the College Challenge at the East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough. The hotly contested competition, entered by 22 teams from 12 colleges including Newton Rigg, Askham Bryan, Moulton, Brooksby Melton, Derby, Shuttleworth and the College […]

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Reaseheath College is seeking experienced engineers

If you are an experienced engineer who is keen to pass on your skills and experience then teaching could be for you. Reaseheath College is one of the country’s leading providers of Engineering Further Education courses, with a particular specialism in Plant and Agricultural Engineering. With industry standard equipment, facilities and a modern working environment, […]

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Lantra link brings in key Indian visitors

Key figures from an Indian land-based training organisation visited our new horticultural facilities and food centre last week during a fact finding mission looking at best practice. Satender Arya, Chief Executive of the Agriculture Skill Council of India, and Sanjeev Asthana, the council’s Chairman, were in Britain as part of the UK and Indian Education […]

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Talented students prove they are among the best

Three talented Reaseheath students proved they were among the best in the country by successfully competing in the WorldSkills UK national finals. Garden landscaper Chris Shore and florists Fiona Davies and Robyn Longden battled it out in front of record crowds last week at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event. Although […]

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Research put into context by visiting speaker

Our animal management undergraduates were privileged to have a lecture on the importance of research from Dr Paul Rees, a leading authority on captive elephant welfare. Dr Rees, of the University of Salford, has been advising on our degree programmes for over four years and was instrumental in the launch of our wildlife and ecology […]

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Reaseheath demo by world class eventer

Eventing enthusiasts had the chance to learn from one of the best cross country riders in the world when Paul Tapner gave a demonstration at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre in Cheshire. A member of the Australian eventing team and former winner of Badminton Horse Trials, Paul shared his training tips for novice and advanced horses. […]

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Reaseheath students mark Remembrance Day

Reaseheath students and staff turned out in force at a college service today (Wed) to commemorate Remembrance Day. Over a thousand people gathered around the flagpole on the Nantwich college’s campus to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict. A wreath of poppies supplied by students  was laid by Bill Holroyd, CBE, […]

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Cheshire Racing Hub turns spotlight on horseracing careers

Young people are being encouraged to ‘kick on’ into a racing career thanks to a new project which turns the spotlight onto Cheshire’s thriving horseracing industry. ‘Racing Through Education’ has been launched by Cheshire Racing Hub to promote the wide choice of attractive careers available in the industry to secondary school pupils, college students and […]


A flavour of fruit growing at annual apple festival

Hundreds of local families got a real flavour of fruit growing at Reaseheath College’s popular apple festival over the weekend. The fruity festival, held at the Nantwich college as part of a national celebration of the English apple, featured 115 rare varieties of apples, some dating back to Roman times and some of more recent […]

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Reaseheath students inspired by ‘Horses Inside Out’

Reaseheath College’s equine students had the unique opportunity to work with inspirational equine anatomist Gillian Higgins when the British Horse Society (BHS) Cheshire branch presented a ‘Horses Inside Out’ demonstration at Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre. Gillian, who is a BHS senior coach, equine anatomist and sports and remedial therapist, founded ‘Horses Inside Out’ as an education […]

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It’s a done deal for Higher Education students at Reaseheath

The Faculty of Higher Education at Reaseheath College launch their Bursary schemes for HE Students from September 2016. ‘The Deal @ Reaseheath’ is a package of support designed to equip new students who have a means tested household income of less than £25,000, with the tools for success in their studies. The deal comprises of a […]

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Florists enjoy demonstration by leading expert

Floristry students had the chance to learn from a leading expert when Diane Fair,  an international floral demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), gave a demonstration in our historic Old Hall. During her demonstration Diane, who is also a qualified floristry judge and an award winning competitor at local and national […]

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Equine students provide arena party at HOYS

Our equine students were commended for the professional way they provided the arena party for one of the world’s premier events, the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Students and staff worked alongside international course designers Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater, learning new skills and making new contacts. Competitors included elite showjumpers John, Robert and […]

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Reaseheath College degrees are a good investment, graduates told

Although studying for a degree could be costly, it would prove to be a phenomenal  investment in later life, new graduates from Reaseheath College heard last week. Speaking at the Nantwich college’s Faculty of Higher Education (HE) graduation ceremony, Principal Meredydd David said that an independent analysis had shown that spending £40,000 on course fees […]


Floristry demonstration by leading expert

Local floristry enthusiasts will get the chance to learn from a leading expert when Diane Fair gives a demonstration at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, on Tuesday October 13. Diane, an international floral demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), will create six floral designs during a two hour afternoon demonstration in the college’s […]

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Reaseheath welcomes new Chair of Governors

Reaseheath College in Nantwich has begun its new academic year by welcoming Richard Ratcliffe as its new Chair of Governors. Well known in agricultural and business circles and a long time supporter of Reaseheath, Richard and his wife, Gill, farm in Nantwich and also operate a number of separate farming businesses across the UK. Richard, […]

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New Sport Academies at Reaseheath College

Do you want a career in the football or golf industries?  Reaseheath College has teamed up with Crewe Alexandra Football Club and the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy to offer great opportunities for talented young athletes to train in football or golf with the opening of three new sport academies. The college, just across the Shropshire […]

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GCSE Results 2015

Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results today! Don’t worry about letting us know your results, we will receive them automatically from the Learner Records Service on your behalf. If we need to see copies of your results before or on your start date we will let you know. If you would like to speak […]

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From horticulture student to world class landscaper

Talented Reaseheath College trained landscape gardener Matt Beesley has proved he is among the world’s best by taking silver at the WorldSkills finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Matt, from Winsford, and fellow team member Jonathan Gill, from Northern Ireland, achieved Britain’s first ever medal in landscape gardening at the global, Olympics style final. The pair […]

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Student satisfaction soars at Reaseheath College

Higher Education student satisfaction has risen for the second consecutive year at Reaseheath College according to the National Student Survey (NSS). Overall student satisfaction has risen by 12% on the previous year with the results showing an 86% satisfaction score for teaching and 83% for the academic support provided to its Higher Education students. Dean […]

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The Reaseheath equine experience

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an equine student at Reaseheath College?… If you have any questions about life as an equine student, the industry, university or on-job training, we’re here to help. Join our live Horse and Hound web chat today 12pm-2pm. Reaseheath’s senior equine science lecturer Kate Douglas-Dala and Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care course manager, Jess […]

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Reaseheath’s superhero maze challenges families

Local families are having to summon superhuman powers when they visit Reaseheath College’s giant maze challenge this summer. The theme of the Nantwich college’s popular holiday attraction is ‘Superhero’ and  leads visitors deep into the giant forage maize crop in search of Maze Man’s heroic friends such as Batman and Robin. Two mazes are on […]

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Careers webchat, live with Horse and Hound

If you’re waiting for your results and wondering whether a college course will get you that dream job with horses, check out our live careers webchat in association with the UK’s leading equestrian magazine, Horse and Hound, on Wednesday 12 August, 12 noon – 2pm. Catch up and take part here: While you are […]

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Triple gold for Reaseheath at Nantwich International Cheese Show

Reaseheath College trained dairy technologists struck gold three times at the record breaking Nantwich International Cheese Show. The students, who are studying on the Nantwich college’s unique Eden programme, took gold awards in the Specialist Cheesemakers section in classes for cheddar and crumbly territorial cheeses and also won the highly competitive Student Cheesemaker class. They […]

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Reaseheath celebrates success at the Nantwich Show

Reaseheath College’s visitor friendly exhibition was judged runner-up best professional trade stand at the Nantwich Show after impressing judges with the enthusiasm of its staff, the diversity of its activities and the effort it made to involve show visitors. The Nantwich college’s stand encouraged families to take part in a diverse range of activities including […]

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Access agreement decisions for 2016-17: universities set themselves stretching new targets

Universities and college have set themselves challenging new targets to make further and faster progress on fair access to higher education. The new targets, agreed with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), form part of the 183 access agreements approved today, and will help meet a Government ambition to double the rate of students from […]

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Reaseheath garden catches the eye at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Pupils from The Dingle Primary School, Haslington, enjoyed the limelight when they appeared on Reaseheath College’s eye catching garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Thomas Atkinson, six, his seven year-old sister Beau, Poppy Beeson, eight, and seven year-old Ruby Deaville, who were dressed as ‘bug hunters’, posed on the garden with a giant aphid […]

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Second win for Reaseheath florists at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Reaseheath floristry students were celebrating after winning the RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year Competition for the second year running. The prestigious competition, which was launched in 2014, is open to UK based floristry colleges and training providers and showcases the talent of students. Reaseheath’s victorious team were Level 3 Diploma in Floristry […]

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Reaseheath supports Crewe Alex fitness programme

Crewe Alexandra Football Club is continuing to use cutting edge sports science equipment at Reaseheath College in Nantwich to help players gain peak fitness. All first team players have recently visited Reaseheath’s campus for maximal fitness testing in the college’s sports science laboratory. As well as using a medical treadmill, the elite athletes went through […]

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Travel beckons for ambitious dairy farmers

Two ambitious young dairy farmers are looking forward to global travel thanks to a scholarship run by Reaseheath College and the Cheshire Agricultural Society. Neil Roberts and Neil Quinlan were presented with John Platt Travel Scholarships, worth £2,000, during the Presidents Lunch at the Cheshire Show. Neil Roberts, a 30 year-old dairy farmers and herd […]

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Reaseheath conservationists inspired by gorilla expert

Influential conservationist Ian Redmond OBE gave an inspirational talk to student members of Reaseheath College’s Conservation Society and members of the public when he visited the College last week. Best known for his work studying the mountain gorillas of Rwanda with zoologist Dian Fossey, who inspired the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, Ian has been […]

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Jack wins scholarship to explore fish behaviour

Congratulations to Jack Wootton, a third year undergraduate on our BSc Wildlife Conservation and Ecology Degree. Jack  has been awarded a two month £1600 scholarship from the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare (UFAW)  to explore the behavioural responses of fish to reflective stimuli in their tanks. This will take place over the summer using fantailed […]

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Reaseheath trained A-Plant engineer carries off top awards

Talented Reaseheath trained engineer Paige Carter has carried off the top awards in a competition aimed at finding the nation’s best construction plant apprentices. The 18 year-old became the first female apprentice to win the prestigious title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) Stars of  the Future Awards.  The competition […]

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Reaseheath College welcomes royal visitor at Cheshire Show

Reaseheath College gave Sophie, Countess of Wessex, a right royal welcome when she visited the college’s award winning stand at the Cheshire Show earlier this week (June 23 and 24) Her Royal Highness, who is Cheshire Show President, spent 20 minutes chatting to staff and students and inspecting the stand’s activities. She particularly admired Reaseheath’s […]

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Reaseheath’s record RAG raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Caring students and staff from Reaseheath College in Nantwich have raised a record £20,380 this year for Macmillan Cancer Support – with more to come. Members of the College’s Student Association presented their bumper cheque to representatives of the cancer charity at the student summer ball last Tuesday. Macmillan fundraisers have been so impressed at […]

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Equine students provide arena party at world class Bolesworth

Our equine students were commended for the professional way they provided the arena party for Bolesworth International, our local world class showjumping event. A team of 40 students and staff were on duty in all three arenas for four full days of action last week, working alongside international course designers Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater. […]

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Florists’ success at WorldSkills UK

Our floristry students swept the board at the WorldSkills UK north west regional floristry qualifier, held at Myerscough College, Preston. Fiona Davies, who is studying for her Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry, won the competition while Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students Robyn Longden and Carol Edginton took second and third place. All […]

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Business and events management students get hands-on at Bolesworth International

Level 3 Diploma in Business and Events Management made themselves indispensable at Bolesworth International by helping with the organisation of some major visitor attractions. Twelve students, accompanied by staff, worked for all four days of the Ashford Farm sponsored 4 star event. Their duties ranged from helping to set up for the grand opening ceremony […]

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Business and Events students raise money for RAG

An impressive £2,849 has been raised by Business and Events Management students and staff for this year’s RAG (Raising and Giving) appeal. The students collected the proceeds from activities they organised as part of their course, ranging from a Christmas fair, a Decades Party and four student social events to raffles and a table top […]

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Celebration of achievement for special schools

Pupils from special schools marked the completion of their course with a celebration of achievement this week. Over 30 young people received Certificates of Attendance after completing a 30 week programme made up of ten week sessions on horticulture, animal care and horse care. The vocational taster programme is run by our Pre-entry Department and […]

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Reaseheath students grow their own success

Reaseheath College horticultural students were feeling chipper after taking part in a First Early Potato Show, held at the Nantwich college on Saturday. Thirty Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Diploma students demonstrated their skills at growing the world’s favourite root vegetable – and were rewarded with praise from one of the county’s top vegetable […]

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Equine students provide Bolesworth International arena party

Our equine students have been commended for the professional way they are providing the arena party for Bolesworth International, our local world class showjumping event. A team of 40 students and staff are on duty in all three arenas for the four full days of action (June 18 – 21), working alongside international course designers […]


Game Management students to benefit from seed donation

Game Management students will be able to learn more about managing habitat for game birds thanks to a donation of game cover seed from Kings, UK and European specialists in game cover, conservation and cover crops. Our Countryside Department has received enough Poacher maize, Campaign Mix and Moir Mix to cover five acres of land. […]

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Garden designers prepare for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Our horticultural students are busy preparing for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (July 22 – 26). Instead of designing and building their customary show garden, undergraduates studying for their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design will exhibit an eye catching show feature depicting the elements within the structure of a leaf. Supporting the RHS […]

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Talented landscaper to represent GB in world finals

Talented Reaseheath College trained landscape gardener Matt Beesley is to represent Britain in the WorldSkills finals in São Paulo, Brazil. Matt, who heard of his selection last week, joins the GB squad to contest the global, Olympics style final, which runs from 11 – 16 August. WorldSkills runs the competition bi-annually for students aged 23 […]

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Reaseheath College’s dairy technologists celebrate first year success

Seventeen trainee dairy technologists reached a significant career milestone when they completed the first year of their Eden training programme at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, earlier this month. The technologists work for leading companies in the dairy industry and attend the Eden International Dairy Academy for block release training, spending the rest of their […]

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Floristry student launches joint venture with Mum

Our florists have enjoyed a visit to an exciting floristry shop in Crewe which has been opened by a fellow student and her mum. Level 2 Diploma in Floristry student Sophie Garratt and her mum Julie Garratt, who also studied floristry at Reaseheath, launched their new venture ‘Bluebells Florist’ in Underwood Lane, Crewe, earlier this […]

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Reaseheath food and farming event promises fun for families

Reaseheath College in Nantwich is preparing to welcome families onto its campus farm on Sunday June 7. Open Farm Sunday is a national event supported by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and is geared to showing families what’s involved in being a British farmer. The event is free, runs from 10am to 4pm and is […]

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Budding artist captures Reaseheath on a postcard

Congratulations to Naomi Dean, aged six, whose outstanding picture of a rural scene won a competition at our Family Festival to portray “Reaseheath on a Postcard”. Naomi’s picture of a tractor in a field, complete with a farm cat, was unanimously declared the winner by judges from Reaseheath’s Higher Education Support Team who ran the […]

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Reaseheath takes top prize at Chelsea Flower Show

Reaseheath’s florists are celebrating after taking a top prize at RHS Chelsea, the world’s most prestigious flower show. Anna Eite, Zoe Sillito, Emily Wiseman and Fiona Davies were crowned runners-up in the RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the Year competition, which took place on May 19. The students, who were accompanied by Head of Floristry […]

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Chelsea victory for horticulture alumnus

Jack Willgoss, who studied for his National Diploma in Horticulture with us in 2005, featured in the BBC’s recent coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show after he and his wife won a silver-gilt medal for their stylish collection of violas. Jack, who was awarded the title of ‘Best Student’ in his course, went on to […]

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Phenomenal success for Reaseheath Family Festival

Thousands of visitors flocked to Reaseheath College on Sunday to join in the college’s fun filled Family Festival. The Nantwich campus was packed with families, many of whom had travelled from outside the region to enjoy the hundreds of activities and displays on offer. A giant Tyrannosaurus Rex called Tyrone proved a great hit among […]

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Talented George is Apprentice of the Year

Talented Crewe Alexandra FC forward George Cooper has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year’ for League 1 in a national competition ‘run by the League Football Education (LFE). The first team player was chosen over entrants from clubs nationwide for the outstanding progress he made in both his sport and academic studies while he has […]

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Hustings further informs student voters

Students and staff had the opportunity to further inform their vote at next week’s General Election at a political hustings with our local parliamentary candidates. Councillor Richard Lee (UKIP), Mr Roy Wood (Lib Dem), Antoinette Sandbach (Conservative), Dr Adrian Heald (Labour) and Dr Andrew Garman (Green Party) were on campus last week to take part in […]

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Reaseheath College accreditation success

Following a rigorous four day evaluation by an independent external assessor Reaseheath College has been awarded the ‘matrix Standard’ for the quality of our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service. The matrix Standard is a unique outcome-based quality accreditation, which confirms that the services the College provides are of the highest standard. In order to […]

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Cane toad sadly passes away

The animal management department are sad to announce the loss of the College’s cane toad Rita. She passed away during the Easter holidays, likely to be of old age. She has been at the College for 7 years, however her age is unknown as this wasn’t clear when she was donated to the Zoo. Rita […]

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WorldSkills UK heat tests landscaping skills

Future garden landscapers demonstrated their skills at the north west regional heat of the WorldSkills UK competition, run on campus last week. Horticultural students and apprentices from across the region, including six of our own students, took part in the knock-out heat which was run by the Association of Professional Landscapers. Following a similar elimination […]

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Construction Plant Maintenance Apprentices celebrate success

Reaseheath’s Advanced Apprentices in Construction Plant Maintenance received their final awards at a presentation on campus yesterday (Thursday) Nearly 50 apprentices from all over the country were joined by their employers to celebrate the completion of their Level 3 qualification. The apprentices work as construction plant technicians for leading companies including A-Plant, Scot JCB, Greenshields […]

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Round the clock horse ride raises funds for Lucy’s Mum

Equine Science undergraduates raised nearly £800 by riding our mechanical horse for 24 hours. The funds will help fellow student Lucy William’s family to pay for specialist cancer treatment for Lucy’s Mum Vicky. Lucy, 18, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Equine Science, organised the riding marathon to help raise the £15,000 the […]

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Reaseheath student wins award for floodplain orchard

Reaseheath College undergraduate Daniel Ackerley has won a national award with his flood plain orchard. Daniel, who is studying for his Foundation Degree in Countryside, Conservation and Recreation at the Nantwich college, was a runner-up in The Conservation Foundation’s ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ Awards. The annual competition seeks out horticultural projects which are inspirational in […]

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Reaseheath College Higher Education Tuition Fees 2015/16

Tuition fees have been confirmed for all new students starting this September on Harper Adams validated courses. These can be viewed on our finance for Higher Education page. For more information on tuition fees and financial support contact the Student Finance Team on 01270 613205.    

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Schools battle it out in Reaseheath’s Great Pie Bake-Off

Budding food technologists from schools across the region battled it out in a baking challenge laid down by Reaseheath College’s Food Department Ten finalists from secondary schools throughout Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Manchester and the Wirral made it through to the Schools Great British Pie Bake Off, held in our specialist Food Centre last week.  The […]

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Reaseheath welcomes Czech dairy students

A few weeks ago Reaseheath became home to a group of 13 dairy students and a tutor from the Czech Republic for two weeks. The students have been enjoying an Agri-Food study visit funded by the European Erasmus+ VET programme, which aims to promote vocational educational training within the European community. Our visitors spent three days […]

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Reaseheath’s dairy robotics conference gives food for thought

Over 100 farmers, vets, nutritionists and students packed into Reaseheath College’s annual dairy conference to learn about the rapid progress of robotic technologies in farm production systems. The gains and limitations of automated milking and feeding were addressed by four speakers from the dairy industry. All agreed that the use of robotics to standardise production […]

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Repeat recognition for Reaseheath’s Food Centre

Reaseheath College’s Food Centre has gained an internationally recognised Grade A certification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for the second year running. The Nantwich College’s Food Centre remains the first and only educational institution in Britain to achieve Grade A at BRC6, the highest possible standard for food safety. The quality mark was approved […]

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Reaseheath’s new gym praised by Olympic gymnast

Britain’s greatest female gymnast Beth Tweddle raised the bar when she opened a £1 million sports science department at Reaseheath College in Nantwich. The London Olympics 2012 bronze medallist officially opened Reaseheath’s high tech gym and new sports science laboratory when she visited the campus last week. Beth, who started her career aged seven at […]

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Marine mammal emergency averted!

A beached pilot whale and several dolphins and seals were successfully rescued from the front lawn at Reaseheath College on Tuesday. Fortunately the emergency wasn’t for real, but a simulated situation to enable 37 animal management students to gain an internationally recognised qualification in wildlife rescue. The one day course was offered to degree students […]

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MP builds on skills during Apprenticeship Week

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson built on his skills when he joined construction apprentices during lessons at Reaseheath College last week. The Minister for Children and Families visited the Nantwich college as part of National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits that skilled apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy by […]

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LEP Award £5.58m to Reaseheath College for New Centre of Excellence

The Cheshire and Warrington LEP have announced the creation of a National Centre of Excellence for agri-tech, following its award of £5.58 million to Reaseheath College. The centre, which will be based at the college’s site near Nantwich, will combine all aspects of agricultural innovation, mechanisation and advanced engineering, as well as an accommodation block […]

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Reaseheath’s rising stars recognised

The contribution that Reaseheath College apprentices make to regional businesses was recognised at a glittering awards ceremony. The event highlighted the achievement of 150 apprentices who had gained their qualifications at the Nantwich specialist college in the past year. It was held during National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits that skilled apprentices bring […]

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Top training helps Cody kick-start career

Successful motor vehicle alumnus Cody Brookes returned to Reaseheath to share how his time at college helped kick-start his career in the motor industry. Cody,19, from Nantwich, addressed a captive audience of 40 students in our state-of-the-art Motor Vehicle Technology Centre, with a presentation on starting out in the industry. He shared with students how […]

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Reaseheath students discuss election issues with MP Stephen O’Brien

Members of Reaseheath College’s Student Association had the opportunity to question their local MP Stephen O’Brien about things that concern them when he visited campus last week. Lack of funding for mature Further Education (FE) students, budget pressures on colleges, rising transport costs and the buying power of supermarkets were top of the list during […]

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Engineers help shape simulator technology

Our agricultural engineering staff and students have been helping to evaluate a top of the range agricultural tractor simulator which could revolutionise the way tractor driving is taught in the UK. Tenstar Simulation, which already delivers innovate simulation based training tools for the construction, forestry and transportation industries, approached us to evaluate how the technology […]

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Reaseheath rugby team show great promise

Reaseheath rugby team demonstrated great sportsmanship during their recent game against Crewe and Nantwich Colts. The two teams met at the Vagrants on Wednesday February 25th and played a celebratory match to mark the installation of Crewe and Nantwich RUFC’s new floodlights. Despite Reaseheath loosing 29-3 to the Colts, our students demonstrated plenty of promise […]

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Horse care apprentices on show during National Apprenticeship Week

Our Level 2 Apprentices in Horse Care organised a ‘Best Turned Out’ competition today (Monday) to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (March 9 – March 13). The apprentices were assessed on their ability to present their horses plaited and groomed to perfection and also on their organisational skills. They also took the opportunity to raise money […]

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Reaseheath College apprentices feature in BBC Countryfile

Reaseheath College agriculture apprentices featured in BBC’s Countryfile programme on Sunday March 8 as the popular series celebrated the launch of Apprenticeship Week (March 9 – 13). The programme showed Level 3 apprentice Jason Smith, 21, being joined by presenter Matt Baker as he carried out the duties of assistant herdsman at his family’s dairy […]

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Elite dressage judge inspires enthusiasts at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre

The world’s most senior and well respected dressage judge, Stephen Clarke, helped competitors, trainers and judges take their knowledge to a higher level when he gave an inspirational lecture demonstration at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre in Nantwich. Stephen, who is based at Cotton Equestrian Centre, Holmes Chapel, was President of the Ground Jury at the London […]

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Lambs herald Spring at Reaseheath College

Hundreds of families flocked to Reaseheath College in Nantwich over the weekend for the first of  two lambing events. Spring has already arrived in the college’s lambing sheds with the arrival of the first newborns of the season. Visitors were able to meet the lambs and some were lucky enough to experience a live birth. […]

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Reaseheath becomes flagship college for floristry software

Reaseheath College in Cheshire has become the first in the UK to integrate a cutting edge software management system into its floristry teaching. The Strelitzia software is an intuitive programme which incorporates all aspects of running a floristry shop into one system. Used widely  throughout the industry in this country and abroad, it enables shops […]


Council secures pilot enterprise scheme for Reaseheath College

Cheshire East’s farming community, food growers and suppliers could soon benefit from a successful bid by Cheshire East Council to secure Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) status, a government scheme aimed at boosting the economy in the countryside. Reaseheath College, Nantwich has been chosen to pilot the scheme in parallel with ten similar pathfinder projects throughout […]

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Talented George is Apprentice of the Month

Talented Crewe Alexandra FC forward George Cooper has been selected as apprentice of the month in a national competition ‘The 11’ run by the League Football Education (LFE). The first team player was chosen over entrants from clubs nationwide for the outstanding progress he made in both his sport and academic studies while he has […]

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Reaseheath scores hat trick in Young Shepherd of the Year

Reaseheath College, agricultural students scored a hat trick by taking the top three prizes at the Young Shepherd of the Year competition, run by the Central Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA). Tom Bird, a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture student from Derbyshire, took the top honours with fellow students Rich Bailey from […]

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Career talk inspires travel plans

Reaseheath alumnus Adrian Dunn returned to the College to share his experiences of working and travelling abroad. The former agriculture student addressed our final year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture cohort and discussed how he spent two years building his industry knowledge on a range of farms across New Zealand and Australia. Adrian began […]

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Agricultural undergraduates hone their lab skills as they get inside science

First year Foundation Degree in Agriculture students really got stuck in to investigating the internal workings of the heart and lungs as part of their Agricultural Biology module. Carefully dissecting hearts and lungs from sheep, pigs and cattle they were able to see first-hand the similarities and differences between species. Detailed knowledge of how body […]

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Reaseheath receives share of £22m to improve engagement work with schools and young people

Reaseheath College is set to receive a share of £22 million to continue its work with school engagement networks whose aim it is to increase school children’s access to study within higher education. As part of the ‘Widening Participation Collaborative Group’ (WPCG), Reaseheath has already undertaken a wealth of activity that falls within the WP […]

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Reaseheath Plasterers gain industry insight

Reaseheath plasterers have been gaining industry tips and experience during their latest site visit thanks to Perkins Plasterers of Stoke-on-Trent. Perkins Plasterers invited students to visit one of their larger projects, an 80 apartment retirement village site. During the visit, students had the opportunity to see a range of skills and attributes plasterers require for […]

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New degree courses at Reaseheath

The Reaseheath College Faculty of Higher Education are pleased to announce a new and exciting range of degree programmes, offered in partnership with Harper Adams University and the University of Chester. Reaseheath has a long standing relationship with both institutions and we are excited as we embark on this new chapter. Applications are now open for […]

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Industry speakers inspire careers in food and farming

Reaseheath College’s agriculture and food production students gained invaluable advice on planning their futures at an inspirational Q and A session with a panel of industry experts. The event, sponsored by the Food, Drink and Agricultural Group of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and run by the Reaseheath Agricultural Development Academy (RADA) and the […]