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Derwen College

Vocational and independence programmes building work, life and personal skills
The Orangery Restaurant provides real life work opportunities for students
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Derwen College
Whittington Road
SY11 3JA


  • Derwen at Walford
    SY4 2HL
  • Derwen at Telford
    Stafford Park 7,
    TF3 3BQ
  • Derwen at Craven Arms
    21 Shrewsbury Road
    Craven Arms
    SY7 9QD
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September but can be flexible
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25


General Description

Awarded Ofsted 'Outstanding' at three consecutive inspections, Derwen provides rich learning environments for young people with many conditions, including: learning and physical disabilities, ASD, medical needs and behaviours of concern. 

Our specialism is building employability skills through authentic work opportunities in our commercial outlets and off-campus with our partners in the wider community.

Vocational options are designed to meet industry standards, preparing students for the job market and include Supported Internship opportunities. 

A bespoke pathway with a focus on foundation skills is available for students preparing to access vocational progression routes. 

Individualised learning includes a comprehensive personal development programme. Students are supported to begin learning to care for themselves, shop, cook, develop road safety skills, extend their abilities in inter-personal relationships and take their place in society.

The main college campus is in Gobowen, near Oswestry with satellites in Walford, north Shropshire; Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Telford, Shropshire.

Day provision is available for students at each of our sites, with residential accommodation available at the main campus in Gobowen. Houses at Derwen are designed to reflect supported living.

Catchment Area

Derwen College is a national provider and welcomes applications from young people all over the UK. 


Derwen challenges each student to be the best they can be. Individualised programmes include vocational and employability skill development alongside independence, health and well-being training. Learning takes place in real work settings supported by highly skilled staff. Students can gain relevant qualifications at appropriate levels and participate in extensive work experience programmes.

Programme areas:

  • Hospitality and Food
  • Gardens and Plant Production
  • Performing Arts
  • Retail and Enterprise
  • Learning for Life

We also offer highly individualised programmes including Horticulture, Business Support and Hospitality, Employability and Sports and Fitness at our satellite sites.

Specialist Facilities

  • In-house nursing services
  • Residential living reflecting increasing independence
  • Student leisure facilities, ICT suite, wi-fi café
  • Sports complex with swimming pool, fitness suite, multi-purpose sports hall
  • In-house physio, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and counselling services
  • Hydrotherapy Pool 
  • A Makaton Centre of Excellence

Other Information

Derwen's Short Breaks Respite provision is for adults aged 18+ years. The residence is located in Gobowen, near Oswestry, Shropshire. Bookings for respite must be made via a young person's local social work team.

Guests have their own room, with en-suite facilities and will have full use of a communal kitchen. Meals are bespoke to preferences and needs. Experienced care staff are on hand to support when required.

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The Orangery Restaurant provides real life work opportunities for students
A student in a canoe enjoying herself
Students working in the Garden Centre on site at Derwen College
Students learn their independence skills at Derwen College

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