Northumberland College Zoo reopens to visitors

A popular Northumberland zoo will reopen its doors to the public this weekend with a new name and animals among a host of exciting changes awaiting visitors. Northumberland College Zoo, set in acres of beautiful countryside within the college’s specialist animal management, land-based and outdoor campus at Kirkley Hall, has been closed for the past … Continued

College celebrates 100% equine exam success

Students and staff at Kirkley Hall Campus are celebrating an outstanding 100% pass rate in equine exams for the third year running.  All 23 Equine Management students gained a pass, merit or distinction in their spring technical diploma and technical certificate exams, with all passing at the first attempt.  The college’s Animal Management courses also achieved an incredible 100% … Continued

Zoo virtual tours: Meet our tortoises

We’re back at Kirkley Hall Zoo for more virtual animal antics! Learn more about the zoo’s tortoises with Emma who shares some tips on how to look after your own at home!

Zoo virtual tours: Meet our meerkats

Join Emma and our meerkats for breakfast and learn more about these amazing creatures from the comfort of your home!

Zookeepers move into Kirkley Hall Zoo grounds to look after animals

Zookeepers at Kirkley Hall Zoo in Northumberland are living in self-isolation for three months to care for the animals. Mark Tabone and Loren Elliott decided to move away from their families and into student accommodation to ensure the animals are well looked after during the COVID-19 crisis. Following the outbreak of Coronavirus, senior staff at … Continued

Secondary pupils enjoy ‘Specialist Days’

Secondary school pupils from across the North East have been given a unique insight into possible future careers at Northumberland College. More than 30 Year 9 and 10 pupils visited the college’s campuses at Ashington and Kirkley Hall for two days of practical taster sessions in brickwork, joinery, plastering, countryside management, agriculture and animal care. … Continued

Students experience trip of a lifetime to South Africa

Students from Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus recently experienced the trip of a lifetime. 29 Animal Management students visited Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province and gained an insight into wildlife observation, maintenance of ecosystems, eradication of invasive plant species and also attended seminars and lectures. The aim of the trip was … Continued

Animal Management students learn the importance of sea life conservation on exciting trip to Italy

A group students studying Animal Management at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus have just returned from Italy where they have been learning about the marine environment and why it is important to protect it for a sustainable future. On the trip the students took part in a variety of activities including surveying dolphins, turtle rescues … Continued