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  • What we do:
    Cardinal Newman College is a Catholic Sixth Form College in the centre of the City of Preston, located within the Diocese of Lancaster, and serving also pupils from the Diocese of Salford and the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The College’s core activity is the provision of courses and learning opportunities for full time 16 – 18 learners, with courses offered during 2008/09 at Level 3 , Level 2 and an Essential Skills course for 35 young people with specific learning needs. In addition to the 16-18 provision, the College offers a limited range of part time courses for approximately 100 adults within Skills for Life (ESOL).
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    North West

About Cardinal Newman College, Preston, Lancashire

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.

What is it like to work for Cardinal Newman College, Preston, Lancashire

My Manager
My Manager
Cardinal Newman College offer support to their managers in a variety of ways starting with internal management training as well as the full support and mentoring offered by the senior managers within the organisation. They occasionally have guest coaches or mentors available to administer training at staff events or training days.
My Team
My Team
The inclusive ethos of the college provides a strong foundation, upon which respect of different faiths and cultures allows its students and employees to thrive and develop as individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Expectations and standards are very high throughout the college. The mission and ethos is lived out in all that the College does. Students, staff and governors are rightly proud of the college. In their attitudes and daily work they fully embrace the life of a Catholic community built on faith, respect, love and trust where each individual is nurtured and valued as unique.
My Company
My Company
The College often rewards its employees for various things such as excellent ideas or innovations as well as excellent performance and these rewards can range from cards to flowers to champagne. Employees feel a sense of pride when working for the organisation through the wide range of activities they undertake aside from their regular work. This includes participation in workshops and talks on subjects such as Fair Trade and Women in Islam. On top of this there is a considerable amount of charity work undertaken with many faculties having their own nominated charity to raise funds for.

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  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

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  • Male : Female:

    27% / 73%

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    Teaching Staff


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