New home for key subject at college

Tindra, the reindeer calf, with her parents at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.
Tindra, the reindeer calf, with her parents at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.
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The Kirkley Hall campus will become the new home for Northumberland College travel and tourism students from next month.

The change has been made so those who study the subject courses will be able to take advantage of the many commercial benefits of the campus near Ponteland.

Opportunities include work experience within Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, weddings, conferences and its outdoor activity centre.

Jen Bell, academy director of land and leisure and head of campus at Kirkley Hall, said: “We look forward to welcoming travel and tourism to the campus.

“A key module for those studying these courses will be visitor attractions, so working with us to help grow our offer here at Kirkley Hall, whilst gaining crucial work experience, will benefit us all.”

Those who study travel and tourism will continue to visit many other leading tourist attractions, develop hands-on skills through work experience and benefit from training in the college’s cabin room, which replicates the inside of a passenger aircraft.

Meanwhile, the college has announced that Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has successfully bred six different species since May.

The exciting new arrivals include Tindra, the reindeer calf, two meerkat pups, a flock of bar-headed and barnacle geese goslings and ringed teal, a small breed of ducks from South American forests.

Five rare Waldrapp ibis chicks have also been successfully bred at the zoo this summer.