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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.