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Situated 6 miles north of Hastings, Pestalozzi is a fantastic place to work.

Pestalozzi occupies a 138-acre site in the peaceful rural setting of Sedlescombe, East Sussex. As well as its wonderful grounds, Pestalozzi offers a friendly staff team and great work environment for staff. Sedlescombe is a picturesque village with timbered houses, situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is even listed in the Domesday Book. Pestalozzi itself also has a long history as an education facility dating back more than 50 years.

With an exciting range of adventure activities and a lake for watersports it's an ideal destination for those seeking the thrill of the outdoors. There's a variety of staff accommodation and facilities for staff to enjoy, but for staff who want to get out and explore, Pestalozzi is located less than 1.5 hours from London and only 30 minutes from Ashford.

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Staff facilities at Pestalozzi include: 

  • Laundrette
  • On-site shop
  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Staff recreation room


Activities available at Pestalozzi include:

  • Abseiling
  • Aeroball
  • Archery
  • Buggy Building
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing
  • Fencing
  • Giant Swing
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Low Level Ropes Course
  • Orienteering
  • Problem Solving
  • Raft Building
  • Sensory Trail
  • Surivor
  • Trapeze
  • Zip Wire

Local Area

Pestalozzi occupies a wonderful elevated location immediately to the southeast of the village of Sedlescombe. The River Brede borders the northern boundary of the site.

Sedlescombe has a classic village green and cricket club and provides amenities including shop/post office, a pub, achurch, doctor’s surgery, hairdressers and a hotel/restaurant.

Battle and Robertsbridge, each with mainline stations (London Bridge/Cannon Street/ Charing Cross) are about 4 and 6 miles respectively. The A21 which links to the M25 is less than ½ mile away.

Key Facts

Pestalozzi is named after Swiss educationalist Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, the namesake of the British Pestalozzi Children's Village association, which established itself on the site in 1957 to help give the power of education to European children that had been affected from the aftermath of World War II.

The centre catered for children across the world in the 1950s and 1960s, including children from Germany who ended up in displaced persons camps at the end of WWII, and refugees and students from Tibet, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Palestine, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

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Key PGL Facts

Key PGL Facts

Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:

  • we employ over 3,000 people every year
  • over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
  • we are experienced! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957, more than 60 years!
  • we have the most competitive staff package
  • we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!