How We Started

Our spectacular 40 acre site in Sandiway is set in ancient woodland and was once the setting of Pettypool House, built by the Cholmondeleys in the early 1800s.

During 1943/44 officers and troops of the American 3rd Army were billeted in the house and park. It was purchased by ICI shortly afterwards and was demolished.

In 1999 the site became home to Petty Pool Vocational College in partnership with South Cheshire College having been established 18th May 1981 as Mid Cheshire Sheltered Workshop.

Where We Are Now

In 2019 our Snowy building was developed and named after previous student Mark ‘Snowy’ Griffiths who donated significant funds to the trust.

Petty Pool Vocational College is now home to over 110 students with learning disabilities and difficulties. Last year, 99.4% achieved a vocational qualification. All of our leavers had a positive destination with 22% gaining paid employment (16% above the national average).

The charity Outdoor Education Centre is accessed by more than 4200 local children each year with many of them enjoying residentials.

65 people have engaged with our enrichment services and our MORE Maintenance programme partners with 10 community projects and 30 private customers.

The site continues to grow to cater for the increasing numbers of students and young people we support and we have exciting development plans for the future of Petty Pool.