Petty Pool

To deliver exceptional education, within an inclusive environment, building a strong foundation for life.
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http://www.pettypool.org.uk

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The Petty Pool Trust's spectacular woodland surroundings in Sandiway, near Northwich, are in sharp contrast to its humble beginnings in 1981, when it was based in a portable office in a car park. It moved to Sandiway in 1999, after forming a partnership with Cheshire College South and West.

In spite of the dramatic change, Petty Pool's founding principle did not alter: to support young people with learning disabilities into employment through its vocational college and outdoor centre. It also promotes their personal development through the provision of challenging activities.

The trust works with 113 students with learning disabilities and over 1,000 other young people at the outdoor centre. Its secluded rural setting allows students who may not benefit from a larger mainstream college setting to learn in a small and supportive environment with an emphasis on kinaesthetic learning, practical delivery and competence-based qualifications.

Activities on offer at the centre include canoeing, abseiling, problem solving and archery. Vocational skills taught at the college include horticulture and conservation, animal care, IT and hospitality and catering. Supported internships are provided.

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74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The employee assistance programme includes free counselling. Free monthly yoga classes take place on-site and forest-bathing sessions are offered in summer. Each year, two employee days allow staff to have fun — they include an annual music festival and outings such as a day at a water park.
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98% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The trust's diversity and inclusion policies create a working environment in which each individual is respected for the unique experiences and capabilities they bring to the team, staff collaborate with others within and across teams, they welcome views that differ from their own and work to help others feel that they belong.
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90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

As a charity, Petty Pool knows how important fund-raising is and it aids Down Syndrome Cheshire by allowing the charity's drama group to use the trust's site each week. Petty Pool also raises cash for Cancer Research, Red Nose Day and Children in Need through cake sales and selling items made by students.
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74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The employee assistance programme includes free counselling. Free monthly yoga classes take place on-site and forest-bathing sessions are offered in summer. Each year, two employee days allow staff to have fun — they include an annual music festival and outings such as a day at a water park.
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98% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The trust's diversity and inclusion policies create a working environment in which each individual is respected for the unique experiences and capabilities they bring to the team, staff collaborate with others within and across teams, they welcome views that differ from their own and work to help others feel that they belong.
Giving Something Back
96%

90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

As a charity, Petty Pool knows how important fund-raising is and it aids Down Syndrome Cheshire by allowing the charity's drama group to use the trust's site each week. Petty Pool also raises cash for Cancer Research, Red Nose Day and Children in Need through cake sales and selling items made by students.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1981
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
25% : 75%
Male : Female employee ratio
6%
Employees earning £35k+
22%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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I am delighted to be using Best Companies to measure our employee engagement. It is extremely important to me that we understand our team’s thoughts and opinions about the organisation, the behaviours we expect and where they exceed or fall short of our expectations. Please take the time to complete the survey and answer honestly so we can work together to move the organisation forward to be the best we can be.

Sally Garratt, CEO - Petty Pool Trust

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