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CARDINAL NEWMAN COLLEGE prides itself on being a "community" and its 237 part and full-time staff are made to feel a vital part of it.
Employees at the Catholic sixth-form college in Preston city centre say their manager pats them on the back when they do a good job (75% positive and the fourth best score among small organisations) and people in their team go out of their way to help each other (80%, the second best score).
As well as believing they can contribute to the success of the college (80%), staff feel colleagues care about each other (83% and a top score) and consequently students are benefiting from a great service (87%).
Located in the diocese of Lancaster, the college takes in pupils from the diocese of Salford and the archdiocese of Liverpool. Its focus is on full-time students aged 16-18, but it also offers a range of part-time courses for about 100 adults.
Its performance at A-level over the past three years ranks it as the eighth best sixth-form college in the country, according to Sunday Times Parent Power league tables — a tribute to staff, who see their job as an important part of their life (78%), a key part of who they are (76%) and who care about providing a great service to pupils (95%). They also find their work fun (81%) and are proud to be at the college (81%).
Staff have great faith (76%) in the college principal Stephen Pegg, who was one of a small number of high-achieving principals and head teachers invited to 10 Downing Street in 2008 to meet Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah. The prime minister gave a speech praising their achievements.
Ann Thompson, the principal's personal assistant, says: "He's got phenomenal energy, our boss. From
8 o'clock in the morning to 8 o'clock at night, he doesn't mind being totally committed to the students."
Staff say that the college, which has Investors in People accreditation, is run on strong values (75%).
Although two-thirds of employees earn £35,000 or less, more than half (52%, the second best score) say they are in their dream job. All staff are entitled to career breaks, as well as vouchers for childcare, free nursery places and extra holidays.
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At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
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