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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
  • 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 hospitality and customer services 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. 

Creative pathways and a pre-vocational pathway available for students not seeking vocational progression routes. 

Individualised learning includes comprehensive personal development programmes. 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 campus college is near Oswestry with satellites in Walford, north Shropshire; Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Penley, Wales.

Catchment Area

We are a national provider. 


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 Housekeeping 
  • Horticulture 
  • Performing Arts
  • Retail
  • Work Skills 

We also offer highly individualised programmes including land based, arts and sports 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, psychology and counselling services
  • Hydrotherapy Pool 
  • A Makaton Centre of Excellence

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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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