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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 […]

Technical Manager Katharina Vogt with Reaseheath’s technical food team Kevin Campbell, Laura Broome, Andy Dale, Penny Masters and Elliott Bateman

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 […]

Top apprentices Sophie Bell Ross Brownbill and Kate Rooke

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 […]

Katie Massey, Rob Sparkes, Rosie Swain and Nicole Duggan talk to Principal Meredydd David and MP Stephen O'Brien

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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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. […]


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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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 […]

Andrew Fox tries out an exercise bike in our gym, helped by Learning Support Assistant Shaun McDonald

Sport helps Reaseheath students get ‘Fit for Work’

Foundation and Entry students are benefitting from an innovative project encouraging them to take up active sports for life. Around 200 students are enjoying dedicated sessions in Reaseheath’s gym and at local leisure centres thanks to a ‘Fit for Work’ programme put together by our Sports and Foundation Departments. The project aims to make sport […]

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RHS students celebrate success

Sixty students who gained Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications at Reaseheath this year have celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony. 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 […]

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Florists create festive designs at Arley Hall

Our floristry students have been making an impact by decorating one of Cheshire’s finest country homes ready for Christmas. Managers of Arley Hall, near Knutsford, invited our students to help design and decorate the Gallery in time for the thousands of visitors who pour through its doors in December. The Level 2 and Level 3 […]


Students and staff spread the joy of Christmas across the globe

Reaseheath College students and staff have been helping to spread the festive spirit by filling shoeboxes with gifts and treats for Operation Christmas Child. Students and staff from across the College rallied together and packed 86 shoeboxes, which were delivered to the Nantwich Operation Christmas Child distribution centre, by our College Chaplin, Drew Walker. Particularly […]

Santa is joined at The Rotary Club of Nantwich’s newly renovated sleigh by student vehicle technicians and staff

Reaseheath vehicle technicians give Santa a helping hand

Santa’s sleigh will slide more slickly round the streets of Nantwich thanks to pre-season preparation by Reaseheath’s student vehicle technicians. Students from our Levels 2 and 3 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair courses, along with pupils on our 14 -16 years schools programme, have overhauled the sleigh in time for its festive charity trip […]

Level 2 Diploma in floristry students Sophie Garratt and Pip Atkin help to prepare the IChemE table top designs

Reaseheath florists create impact for IChemE

Reaseheath floristry students have been commissioned to create designs for a prestigious awards dinner later this week. The Level 2 Diploma in Floristry students are today putting the final touches to 50 table arrangements for The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2014 Global Awards Dinner, to be held at Cheltenham Park Racecourse, Gloucestershire, on Thursday. […]

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Reaseheath was riding high at HOYS

Reaseheath College equine students and staff came under the spotlight at the world’s most famous horse show, the Horse of the Year Show, by providing the arena party for the fourth consecutive year. A team of 38 students and two staff were on duty for last week’s event helping international course designers Bob Ellis and […]

Engineering students including the FdSc Machinery Dealership Management and FdSc Agricultural Engineering and Mechanisation, FdSc Construction Plant Engineering students with Tanni Grey Thompson

Reaseheath graduation opens doors to careers success

Graduates from Reaseheath College received degrees designed to boost their careers at a ceremony in the centre of Nantwich. Dressed in gowns and mortar boards, almost 150 graduates spilled out of St Mary’s Church to celebrate with Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson OBE, who was guest speaker. The ceremony marked the achievement […]

The Cheshire Grassland Society celebrates half century

The Cheshire Grassland Society celebrates half century

The Cheshire Grassland Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a drinks reception and formal dinner at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, last week. The society held its first meeting at Reaseheath in October 1964 and has held its winter meetings at the college since then. Sixty past and present members attended including past chairmen George Radley, (1973/74), […]

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A great day at the Nantwich Show

  What a great Nantwich Show it proved to be this year! It was great to meet up with so many industry partners and current and ex students at our local show. Our stand which was awarded second in the Trade Stand Competition, was really busy with visitors. Pictured to the left is Alumni Officer […]

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Reaseheath students are top of the tree at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Reaseheath College garden designers and florists completed a phenomenally successful RHS Flower Show Tatton Park by winning two top awards and helping Cheshire’s leading visitor attractions to achieve another. A team of ten Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design students achieved one of just three gold medals in the prestigious show garden section with their innovative […]

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Reaseheath landscape gardener wins place in national finals

Reaseheath College horticulture student Richard Carden won his way through to the 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finals after a high profile three day competition at last week’s  RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The Landscape Gardening Competition, organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, is designed to highlight the skills and potential of young people. […]

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It’s party time for Cheshire Gardens of Distinction!

Happy tenth birthday to Cheshire Gardens of Distinction! This formidable organisation, which represents the county’s greatest gardens, celebrated its anniversary in style at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park on Wednesday 23rd July with a wonderful cake made by Reaseheath’s Bakery and Patisserie Department. Performances by the Hub Dancers and medieval musician Tom Hughes were also […]

Richard Carden, WorldSkills UK landscape competition

Good luck Richard!

Talented Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture Richard Carden is representing Reaseheath in the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Semi Finals at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. He is one of six students challenged to build a 2m x 6m garden designed by award winning designer Alexandra Froggatt. Competition entries were the highest yet and Richard […]

Floristry college winners Zoe Sillito, Anna Eite, and Wendy Anderson

Reaseheath florists win RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year

Reaseheath floristry students were celebrating after winning the RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year Competition yesterday. This prestigious new competition is open to UK based floristry colleges and training providers and showcases the talent of students. Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students Anna Eite, Zoe Sillito and Wendy Anderson, supported by Programme Leader […]

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Record Year for Reaseheath College

One of the country’s most successful specialist colleges, Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, has notched up another record year of student enrolments and achievements. The college’s annual awards ceremony, held over two days last week, celebrated the success of  1371 Further Education students who had achieved industry recognised qualifications and skills. The students, from across […]

£1 million worth of machinery is delivered by dealers in time for Reaseheath’s silaging operation

Dealerships join Reaseheath College to enhance student experience

Reaseheath College agriculture students operated £1million-worth of technical machinery during the first silaging operation of the season. The cutting edge machinery and equipment was loaned to the Cheshire college by local agricultural machinery dealerships who are supporting efforts to give Reaseheath students practical experience in precision farming. First year agriculture students got the chance to […]

Level 2 Horticulture students Jenny Briggs and Mark Samadram, Level 3 Subsidiary student Harry Johns and Level 2 Floristry students Rebecca Jackson and Georgina Heath with tutors Dave Black and Craig Bailey

National endorsement for Horticulture Department

Reaseheath’s Horticultural Department received national recognition as it became officially accredited by the Institute of Horticulture (IOH).  The IOH is the professional body for the industry and has recently been granted a Royal Charter by The Queen, which recognises the importance of the horticulture in society. The IOH’s endorsement of the department highlights the high […]

Marion Barker, representing Best in Show winner Mary Johnson, and Mark Bayes with RHS Master of Horticulture Harry Delaney  and judge Derek Jones

Home grown success for Reaseheath horticulturists

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  certificate 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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Reaseheath College wins at Cheshire Show

Reaseheath College’s action packed exhibition was voted Best Outside Education Stand at this week’s Cheshire Show. The Nantwich, Cheshire, college took top honours after judges gave it full marks for the enthusiasm of its staff and students and the diversity of activities it offered visitors. Top crowd puller on the stand was a Caterpillar digger […]

Rachel Billington and Simon Bonner receive their John Platt Travel Scholarships from Keith Thomas and Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David at the Cheshire Show

Travel beckons for ambitious young farmers

Two ambitious young farming entrepreneurs are looking forward to global travel thanks to a scholarship run by Reaseheath College and the Cheshire Agricultural Society. Rachel Billington and Simon Bonner were presented with £2,000 John Platt Travel Scholarships during the Presidents Lunch at the Cheshire Show on Tuesday. Rachel will use her scholarship to help her […]

Shaun McKenzie, Mike Reid and Darius Barkunas are congratulated by Adam Brazendale (left) and Food Curriculum Area Manager Nick Blakemore

Reaseheath College’s dairy technologists celebrate first year success

Twenty four 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 […]

Skillbuild success: apprentices Matt Williams and Leonard Thomas

Reaseheath construction students build on skills for competition

Three Reaseheath College, Nantwich, construction students proved they have outstanding skills by impressing judges at an Olympic style competition to find the nation’s most talented young tradespeople. Advanced carpentry apprentice Matt Williams, 18, won the senior carpentry and joinery section in the north west regional round of Skillbuild and qualified for the national final in […]

Rode Heath Primary School, Alsager, pupils Jo Jowlett-Reid, Izzy Haigh, Maisy Wells, Oliver Darwen and Sam Forrester with Bloodhound SSC

Speedy learning curve for future engineers

Future engineers from local primary and secondary schools learned about the science and technology behind a 1,000 mph record attempt during a visit to Reaseheath College in Nantwich. Twelve schools from Nantwich, Crewe, Sandbach, Haslington, Stoke and Cannock were invited to take part in activities involving the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC), the vehicle which will […]

Platt Hall, Reaseheath’s latest campus hall of residence

Results prove Reaseheath makes a huge difference to students and to its local community

Reaseheath College contributes £85.7 million in additional income per year to the local business com­munity, a new report shows. This was one of the key findings in a recent independent analysis of the social and economic impact of the Nantwich, Cheshire, college by Economic Modelling Specialists International (emsi). Figures from the report show that Reaseheath […]

Level 1 Food Preparation and Cooking students Sam Owen, Adam Timmis and Stephen Cook sample their prize winning burgers, watched by Doug Ewen

Reaseheath burgers get top marks for taste

Innovative burgers made by food technology students from Reaseheath College in Nantwich have won bronze awards in the first round of the EBLEX ‘England’s Best Burger Challenge’ The recipes for the minted lamb and chilli beef burgers were designed by Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology and Management students as part of their studies in […]

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Bumper crowds enjoy Reaseheath College Festival

Bumper crowds flocked to Reaseheath College on Sunday to join in the college’s annual Family Festival. Thousands of visitors spent the day at the college’s Nantwich campus, enjoying the warm sunshine and carnival atmosphere. Headline acts included a daring display of trick riding by The Devil’s Horsemen stunt team and displays by Titan, a giant […]

Victor Parker, Sammy Clare, Shannon Tew, Chris Davidson, Jess Wareham, Ty Clynes and Luke Rimmer with their winning stand.  Sam Thurlow, Becky Thrower, Alex Mooney, Chelsea Blunstone, Alice Williams and Jacob Hill were not present

Young entrepreneurs impress with their business idea

Future business leaders from Reaseheath won an amazing four awards in this year’s Young Enterprise competition with their quirky idea to recycle glass bottles by turning them into household items. Aptly named ‘New Generation’, the Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies students attracted praise for their idea of converting used glass bottles into candle holders, […]

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Old Hall Field Sumo Subsoiler Demonstration

Earlier this month our Agriculture Department received a machinery demonstration from SUMO UK Ltd. Richard Hales, sales manager for Sumo, brought the machinery on-site for a demonstration and to start a trial on one of our fields. Staff and final year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students were involved in the machinery demonstration. As […]

Four of our successful undergraduates:  Amy Porter, Charlotte Woolley, Marie Gellion and Jess Irving will go to the ICEEP conference

Winning undergraduates to attend key scientific conference

Six Reaseheath equine undergraduates have won bursaries to attend a key International scientific conference. BSc Hons Equine Science students Amy Porter, Charlotte Woolley, Marie Gellion, Jess Irving and Megan O’Loughlin  and Foundation Degree in Equine Science and Management student Emily Westwood will be delegates at the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) when it […]

Victor Parker, Sammy Clare, Shannon Tew, Chris Davidson, Jess Wareham, Ty Clynes and Luke Rimmer with their winning stand.  Sam Thurlow, Becky Thrower, Alex Mooney, Chelsea Blunstone, Alice Williams and Jacob Hill were not present

Young entrepreneurs impress with their business idea

Future business leaders from Reaseheath College have won the first leg of this year’s Young Enterprise competition with their quirky idea to recycle glass bottles by turning them into household items. Aptly named ‘New Generation’, the team of 13 Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies students will represent Cheshire East at the county stage of […]

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New life saving kits for campus

Reaseheath has become the first college to receive defibrillators from The Oliver King Foundation. Eight of the potentially life saving kits will be placed strategically around campus and will be used in the event of anyone having a cardiac arrest. Thirty-eight staff members are already trained to use them and many more will undergo training. […]

Winner Charlotte Parton joins Nick Blakemore, Principal Meredydd David and judges Brian Mellor, Peter Wright and Mary Hignett  at Reaseheath’s Food Centre

Young bakers’ cakes are fit for a Queen

Budding bakers from across the region were crowned winners in a hotly contested schools challenge laid down by Reaseheath’s food department. Just ten entries from a total of 120 made it through to the final of Reaseheath’s Year 9 Schools Bake Off Competition, which was held in our specialist Food Centre last week. Contestants had […]

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Reaseheath College helps Cheshire school get full marks for gardening

Chancellor George Osborne has given full marks to a Cheshire school mentored by Reaseheath College’s Master of Horticulture Harry Delaney. The Chancellor visited Comberbach Primary School Northwich school last week to help pupils and staff celebrate their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 5 Top School Gardening Award. The accolade has only been achieved by 16 […]

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Speed car pioneer inspires Reaseheath College’s engineers

The second fastest men on earth has urged Reaseheath College’s motor vehicle and engineering students to reach for the stars by focusing on careers as professional engineers and scientists. Richard Noble OBE, former holder of the world land speed record and director of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Project, described the tremendous opportunities which exist […]

Malc Parkes and ‘Matthew’ chat to students Kaleisha Emmens, Chris Powell, Luke Stringer and Georgia Barrs.

Public Services learn about life behind bars

Our public services students found out about the harsh realities of prison life during a day of insightful workshops with national educational charity The No Way Trust. The Trust’s core aim is to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime and the effects of antisocial behaviour. Its work is […]

Supported: Jack Devaney and Dafydd Jones are pictured with Michael Walker (right) and Head of Agriculture Iain Clarke

Motivated Reaseheath students receive bursaries

Two motivated students from Reaseheath College, Nantwich, have received bursaries from the Studley College Trust to help them finance their studies. Jack Devaney, 19, a horticulture student and Dafydd Jones, also 19, who is studying agricultural engineering, received their bursaries from Studley Trustee Michael Walker this week. Currently studying on Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes, […]

Successful Cheshire East horticulture apprentices Anthony Gosling, Wesley Hutton, and Andrew McKeith with horticulture lecturer Dave Black and Operations Manager for Cheshire East Council Charlie Griffies

Reaseheath apprentices ensure staff succession

The crucial role that apprentices play by ensuring staff succession was emphasised at an awards ceremony at Reaseheath College last week. The ceremony celebrated the achievement of 180 apprentices who gained their qualifications at the Nantwich, Cheshire, specialist college in the past year. Reaseheath currently trains over 450 apprentices who work in businesses throughout Cheshire […]

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Degree students are inspired by zoological evaluation practices

On the 3rd March, Cassandra Murray, Evaluation Coordinator from the Zoological Society of London came to visit the Reaseheath Animal Management Department to work with our second year FdSc Zoo Management students. Cassandra worked with students throughout the day focusing on the  importance of visitor surveys and how they can influence decision making within zoos. The students took […]

Looking forwards to working abroad:  (front) Rhys Donnell, Alice Hardwell, Alice Martin, Jasmine Salmon and Siobhan Smyth. (back) Adam Bailey-Rimmer, Richard Laurence, Floris Stoter and John Humphreys

Global eco experience for Reaseheath Countryside students

Eight first year students from Reaseheath College’s Countryside department are to join environmental projects abroad as part of their summer training. The students, who are studying for their Level 3 Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management at the Nantwich college, will gain practical experience in eco-tourism and in conservation, environmental, and woodland management during a […]

Watermill School’s Anthony Goodwin, Callum Rowley, Kieran Hunt, Jordan Macquire, Jacob Bunn, Kieran Pegg and Kayleigh Smith tidy up our demonstration vegetable garden.

Young gardeners get the plot

Pupils from Watermill School in Stoke on Trent have been learning horticultural skills as part of our successful Vocational Opportunities Programme for 14 to 16 year-olds. We have worked in partnership with Watermill, which caters for pupils with needs related to cognition and learning, for around six years. It is always a pleasure to welcome […]

Lovematch:  Bluebell and Beau share some broccoli under the watchful eye of keeper Emma Hunt

Bluebell meets her Beau!

February is adopt a rescue rabbit month so we are encouraging owners of single rabbits to go out and find a companion for their rabbit. Rabbits are social animals and should  be kept with a companion but unfortunately many spend their lives in solitary confinement stuck at the end of the garden in a hutch […]

Charlotte Hesketh shows off her 60th year chocolate orange cream Coronation Cake to Nick Blakemore and Reaseheath’s Food Training and Communications Co-ordinator Julie Bent

Reaseheath College’s home baking challenge hots up

Reaseheath College’s challenge to find the region’s best Year 9 baker is hotting up as the semi finals draw to a close. The 45 entries which made the second round of Reaseheath’s Year 9 Schools Bake Off Competition have been whittled down to ten finalists. Teams of food technologists from the Nantwich college’s Food Centre […]

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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 arrived early in the college’s lambing sheds with the arrival of the first lambs of the season. Visitors were able to meet the newborns and some were lucky enough to experience a live birth. […]

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Equestrians take on Olympic style challenge at Reaseheath

Two World class equestrian personalities offered a unique insight into Olympic sport during a masterclass at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre last week. Several hundred visitors and equine students from several colleges watched as Nantwich based showjumper Geoff Billington, who has represented GB at two Olympics and three European Games, pitted his wits against international and […]


Visit to Llandyrnog Creamery

On the 9th January 2014, Toni-Anne Harrison, Penny Masters, Debbie Heritage-Brill and myself, visited Llandyrnog Creamery. It was a great day and proved to be very informative. Llandyrnog originates back to 1921, where only milk and butter were produced onsite. Whereas cheese was made at the local farm, which was only 500 yards away. The […]

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Star Alumnus: Lois Dalton

The Reaseheath Alumni Association are keen to keep in touch with former students and support them on their career journeys. It’s inspiring to hear about the wide ranging career paths our students have gone on to undertake. Reaseheath alumnus Lois Dalton and now proud owner of Vanity Furr Dog Grooming contacted us to let us […]

Reaseheath Food Technologists Jane Gilman, Andrea Winkler, Laura Broome and Penny Masters and Technical Manager Katharina Vogt (centre) show off their BRC accreditation in the college’s processing halls

International recognition for Reaseheath College’s Food Centre

Reaseheath College’s Food Centre has become the first and only educational institution in Britain to achieve an internationally recognised British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification. The £7million Food Centre, which is on the Nantwich, Cheshire, college’s campus, has been awarded a Grade A BRC, the highest possible quality mark within the food industry’s global standard for […]

Reaseheath Level 1 Floristry students (back row) Kiera Woolley, Louise Birks, Aimie McKenna (front row) Zoe Trevitt, Zoe Bloor and Laura Yewdell show off their Valentine designs

Valentine message from Reaseheath florists

Reaseheath College floristry students made floral messages to present to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Level 1 Certificate in Floristry students at the Nantwich college enjoyed making heart shaped designs from fresh flowers during a Valentine themed practical lesson on Friday. Said Louise Birks: “It’s been really good fun because we’ve been able to […]

Lovematch:  Bluebell and Beau share some broccoli under the watchful eye of keeper Emma Hunt

Love is in the air for Reaseheath rabbits

Every bunny needs some bunny to love! This is the Valentine’s Day message from Reaseheath College’s animal management department in support of a national campaign encouraging owners of lone rabbits to find them a companion. True love is definitely in the air for Bluebell and Beau, two of 25 rabbits kept by the Nantwich, Cheshire, […]

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Animal Management to Africa and back

Holly Berry and Hayley Worsfold  attended the 11th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE), hosted by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (Pretoria), held at Kwalata Game Lodge, Dinokeng Reserve near Pretoria. It was the first ICEE conference held within an in-situ context. The theme of the conference was ‘Visitor Experience through Environmental Enrichment’. […]

Shepherd Ollie Bagley with breeding ewes

Reaseheath’s lambing and zoo promise twice the fun

Local families can enjoy twice the fun if they visit Reaseheath College, Nantwich, during the first two weekends in March. Preparations are well in hand for the college’s popular lambing events and the campus zoo will also be open to the public. Reaseheath’s lambing weekends have been a community highlight for over 20 years and […]

Taste time: the Tesco team sample the yoghurt they made during a practical session

Tesco team gets a training taster at Reaseheath Food Centre

A technical and development team from Tesco’s dairy category received a practical overview of  production processes during a bespoke training event at Reaseheath College’s Food Centre. The team of five, from Tesco’s head office in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, spent two days at Reaseheath’s Nantwich, Cheshire, campus. As well as receiving theory and hands-on training in the […]

Reaseheath fish management students Ben Cook, Jack Phillips, Harry Lloyd, Ryan Richardson, Owen Aspinall and James Holman show off some large carp

Reaseheath students study fishy business

Reaseheath College fish management students were in line for some prize catches when they carried out a survey of specimen fish at the Coole Acres Fishery and Fish Hatchery,  Nantwich. The students, who are studying for their Level 3 Diploma in Fish Management at the Nantwich college, spent a practical session investigating the species and […]

BSc  Animal Behaviour and Welfare student Sophie Dockray makes friends with Exmoor filly Yasmin

Rare breed ponies help to educate Reaseheath students

Two rare breed ponies are helping Reaseheath College undergraduates to understand how the equine mind works. Exmoor ponies Yasmin and Yohan, who are 19 months old, are being handled and trained by students studying for degrees in Animal Behaviour and Welfare or Zoo Management at the Nantwich, Cheshire college. The ponies, which were bred by […]

Conservation Society members Dylan Gagas, Jess Britton, Charlotte Daniels, Rachel Bowles and Harley Merrigan hand over their cheque in front of the orangutan enclosure at Chester Zoo.

Reaseheath students go orange for orangutans

Reaseheath College animal management students went orange to help save one of the world’s most endangered apes. The students dressed in orange and asked others to do the same during fund raising activities for the ‘Go Orange for Orangutans’ campaign. Their efforts raised over £300 for the campaign, which was run by Chester Zoo as […]

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Videos kick off careers in racing

Videos promoting the diverse and exciting careers in the horse racing industry have been released by The Cheshire Racing Hub. The Racing Hub was launched last year with the aim of highlighting to young people the racing careers available to them in Cheshire. Reaseheath College is an education partner, along with the University of Chester […]


Reaseheath Engineering Department Receives New Equipment

The Engineering department has recently received a host of new machinery, which will serve to support current and future learners on their educational journey. New machinery includes: harvesting and processing machinery, new square balers and tractors valued at over £300,000. This machinery has been kindly loaned to the college by manufacturers and local dealers. Students […]

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Students get first hand ‘zoo practices’ experience when introducing porcupines

Animal Management’s  two groups of African Crested Porcupines have finally met! With the assistance from FDSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare and FDSc Zoo Management second year students, the porcupines went through a lengthy eight week introduction process. Student supported with; helping to train the animals to load into a crate, moving the females into an […]

RHES with Colin Stevenson, former director of Madras Crocodile Bank and now at Crocodiles of the World

Skype conferencing for RHES

Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) were benefited from a guest speaker in virtual form. Colin Stevenson spoke to the society via Skype about his time as director at Madras Crocodile Bank. Now at Crocodiles of the World back in the UK he spoke about the problems faced in India and the comparative difficulties to […]

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RHES Raising Funds for their Annual Charity

This year RHES are raising vital funds for their nominated charity Crocodiles of the World. The charity is dedicated to the conservation and education of the world’s crocodiles. RHES members visited Crocodiles of the World last year to learn about the facility and the work carried out there. The group discovered Crocodiles of the World […]

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RHES Help unwanted Reptiles and Raptors

This year RHES (Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society) have been raising money for North Wales Reptile and Raptor Sanctuary (NWRR). So far they have raised a whopping £437.08 through three events. RHES were present at Lambing weekend, Open Day and gained sponsorship through their successful leap of faith. Events included cake and sweet sales, Ozzy […]

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RHES attend Venom Day at Bangor University

On the 16th of November 2013 the RHES attended Venom Day hosted by Bangor Herpetological Society and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) at Bangor University. Bangor students and key members of the herpetology community held talks and demonstrations based around their current studies and research. It gave RHES members a chance to meet new contacts […]

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Stars of Reaseheath College

Students and staff from Reaseheath College’s Animal Management department started the festive season off with a kick. They dressed up donkeys, ponies and goats in festive decoration to spread Christmas cheer around campus and to raise money for The Donkey Sanctuary. Offerings from the festive parade included chocolates and non-alcoholic mulled wine whilst playing Christmas music […]

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Success of Reaseheath scheme key to MEA conference

Reaseheath’s successful scheme for training dairy engineers of the future was discussed when the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) held their Autumn conference at the Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The aim of the conference was to update representatives on the MEALTA qualification or Parloursafe (as it is now known). This qualification is delivered only […]

The farm team celebrate: Oliver Bagley (Sheep Unit Manager), Sam Dobson (Assistant pig person), Jane Clegg (lecturer), Steve Small (Dairy Livestock Manager), Mark Yearsley (Farm Manager), Robert Fuller (Herdsman), Richard George (tractor driver) and Sam Walton (Assistant Dairy Livestock Manager)

Farm and dairy herd brings in the cream

Our farm staff were over the mooooooon last week after receiving one of the most prestigious awards in the Cheshire County Farms competition. We won the category for best farm over 500 acres, a tremendous accolade as we were judged against some of the best commercial farms in the county. The farm was judged as […]

Winning streak: Aidan with his race car in Reaseheath’s new automotive workshops

Grass track racer in pole position

Reaseheath College motor vehicle  student Aidan Arrowsmith certainly hasn’t been allowing the grass to grow under his wheels. The 17 year-old is one of the UK’s most  promising young grass track racers and he’s just finished a successful year in sixth position in the British Autograss series. He was also third in the North of […]

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Reaseheath Vehicle Technology reaches into the future

Reaseheath College at the Forefront of Hybrid Technology Our Motor Vehicle Technology team have taken steps into the future of motor vehicle training with the purchase of a Toyota Prius Hybrid. The car has come from Toyota RRG Stockport and will support our learning programme for level 2 and 3 Vehicle Technology students. The purchase […]

Promising apprentice James Jones celebrates being a member of The 11 with Reaseheath College lecturer Nina Ross

Talented James is Apprentice of the Month

Talented Crewe Alex Under 18s captain James Jones has been selected as apprentice of the month in a national competition ‘The 11’ run by the Football Education (LFE). James was chosen over entrants from clubs nationwide for the excellent progress he has made in both his sport and academic studies and for making a positive […]

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Horticulture industry professionals visit Reaseheath

On Saturday 30th November the College welcomed leading professional horticulturists from the Institute of Horticulture. The Institute, which has recently been granted a Royal Charter by The Queen, came to see for themselves the award-winning work of our horticulture department. The group were welcomed by Curriculum Area Manager for Horticulture Iain Clarke, who delivered a […]

Equine students Natasha Jude and Dannii Benson help college chaplain Drew Walker gather the boxes

Students help to bring cheer to disadvantaged children

Reaseheath College students have been helping to spread festive spirit by filling shoeboxes with toys and treats for Operation Christmas Child. Students from all departments at the Nantwich college prepared 40 boxes which were delivered to St Mary’s Church in the town’s centre by College Chaplain Drew Walker. Teams of equine and construction students were […]

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Reaseheath Florists decorate Arley Hall for Christmas

On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November, Level 2 and 3 Floristry students at Reaseheath College decorated the grand Gallery at Arley Hall near Northwich in preparation for Arley Hall’s Christmas Floral Extravaganza. Students put together many arrangements they had previously designed and chose the flowers for the event. Designs were hung over the marble […]

Julie Bent and Reaseheath’s Head of Food Toni-Anne Harrison admire entries for the Year 9 Schools Bake Off competition

Reaseheath bake-off competition hots up

Entries are streaming in for Reaseheath College’s Year 9 Schools Bake Off Competition. The first heat of the cooking challenge is well under way, with teams of pupils from 42 secondary schools throughout Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Wirral and mid Wales making final touches to their tasty treats before submitting their ideas before the December 6 […]

Lucy and friends meet Milky Eagle owl ‘Nzito’ and bird of prey keeper Mitch Doyle during their visit to Reaseheath College

Zoo trip prize for Bury budding scientists

Budding scientists from Bury Church of England High School saw some of their lessons come to life during a behind-the-scenes visit to Reaseheath’s zoo. Twelve pupils from Years 9 and 10 helped to feed ring tailed lemurs and meerkats and flew birds of prey during an action packed trip round our animal management department. Pupil […]

Luke Harding and Simon Maddock with Josh Flood and Nathan Brookes-Bennett, chairs RHES

Career chat inspires herpetological students

Former animal management students Luke Harding and Simon Maddock described their adventures with some of the world’s rarest reptiles and amphibians during a talk to Reaseheath’s Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) yesterday. Both Luke, 25, and Simon, 24, have gone on to become specialist herpetologists since completing their Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management in […]

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RHES make the most of Manchester’s minibeasts!

On Monday 21st October, Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) travelled to Manchester for a day focused on all things creepy crawly. First stop was Manchester Museum. After taking a tour round the museum itself and purchasing a few commemorative knick-knacks from the gift shop, RHES members met up with Dr Dmitri Logunov for a behind-the-scenes look […]

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Arley Hall opens its doors to the public

Arley Hall, the grand Victorian Jacobian Hall owned by Lord and Lady Askbrook, situated in rural Cheshire opens its doors to the public for its Christmas Floral Extravanganza from the 30th November till the 6th December. Level 3 Floristry students at Reaseheath have been given the opportunity to decorate ‘The Gallery’ as part of the […]


Reaseheath College to build cutting edge Food Futures Centre

Reaseheath College has announced plans to add to its world class facilities by building an £8million industry-led Food Futures Centre. The project will enable the Cheshire based college to support the government’s agri-tech strategy, which is designed to increase the competitiveness of the agriculture and food production industry and enable it to meet the challenge […]

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Apprentice helps to grow dog grooming business

A Cheshire dog grooming parlour is successfully using the government’s apprenticeship programme to develop its workforce. Angela Mayers, owner  of The Groom Room in Saltney, has seen her  well established business thrive since employing 19 year-old  Bethan Roberts.  Bethan , a former Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management student at  Reaseheath College, Nantwich, joined The […]

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Reaseheath funding bid will help farming businesses

Reaseheath College, Nantwich, agricultural advisors are to help 50 farmers with challenged areas of their businesses following a successful bid for funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. The project, which will run for 18 months, will help the businesses become more profitable and sustainable over the long term. Specialists from Reaseheath’s Agricultural Development Academy (RADA) […]

Floristry students on their first visit to Arley Hall

Floral designs for Arley Halls Christmas Extravaganza

By Reaseheath Level 3 Floristry students We have been asked to decorate The Gallery at Arley Hall for their Christmas Extravaganza, which is taking place between Saturday 30th November to Friday 6th December. To help us to decide what displays we would include in the Christmas Extravaganza we visited Arley Hall today and undertook an […]

Phil Sketchley presents the award to Emma Hunt (with rabbit Dinks) and to students Niall Caterall and Abbey May

Reaseheath gets top marks for promoting pet care

Reaseheath College has won a national accolade for activities promoting responsible pet ownership during National Pet Month. The Nantwich, Cheshire, college took the National Pet Month award for the best event in the educational category and was runner up for the best event overall. The activities, organised by Reaseheath’s animal management department, included a sponsored […]

Here’s pre-entry student Jessica Walker loving her session with Frankie the pony.

Can horses teach us a better way of doing things?

Our Entry and Foundation Department is successfully using natural horsemanship methods to help both learners and staff. Taking elements from techniques used by Monty Roberts, Kelly Marks and other practitioners who specialise in non-verbal cues and body language, the department has developed an equine assisted learning programme in which horses have become the teachers. Around […]