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Derwen College

Awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at three consecutive inspections, Derwen College provides a rich learning environment for young people with many conditions, including learning and physical disabilities, ASD, medical needs and behaviours of concern.

Delivering work-ready and independence skills to both day and residential students across our large main campus and at our three satellite centres. We focus on individual outcomes for students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

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

We also offer creative pathways and a pre-vocational pathway for students not seeking a vocational progression route.

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.

Our goal is for every student to reach their potential, leaving college as independent as they can be.

The main campus is located in a village setting near Oswestry with satellites in Walford, north Shropshire; Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Penley, Wales.

Where to Go

Name of venue
Derwen College
Venue address
Whittington Road
SY11 3JA
Additional Notes

If you are using a satnav to visit Derwen College, please use post code SY11 3NB which takes you to the Agnes Hunt Village next door to Derwen College.

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Referral and availability notes

Applications to Derwen College are welcomed from across the United Kingdom. A young person can self refer or through a parent, carer, family member or supporting professional.

Supporting people with:
Physical impairment, Mental health conditions, Learning difficulty

Derwen College can also offer both existing and prospective students the opportunity to enjoy short break holidays at Derwen. Guests can take part in a range of activities and trips, as well as making use of the campus facilities. Holidays can be a great opportunity to relax with friends, meet new people and explore local attractions.

Guests will have their own room with en-suite facilities. They will have full use of a communal kitchen and lounge with TV and WiFi. Meals are bespoke to the individual’s preferences and needs. This is a bright, modern residence with experienced care staff on hand to provide support when required and ensure that all guests get the most out of their break. Derwen College has a ‘Good’ CQC rating, which reflects the high standards of care and good practice offered.

There are a range of activities on offer depending on guest’s preferences and the weather.
Daily activities may include:
• Swimming, basketball, use of the gym and football.
• Day trips to the beach, theme parks and local attractions.
• Shopping, cooking, bowling and cinema.
• Relaxation, games and socializing.

Short breaks are available year round (closed two weeks at Christmas) from August 2018.

Costs on application. Find out more here: 

For further information contact:

Von Bailey-Bolton
Tel: 01691 661234

Who to Contact

01691 661324
Additional Notes

If you are using a satnav to visit Derwen College, please use post code SY11 3NB which takes you to the Agnes Hunt Village next door to Derwen College.

Last Updated: 20/06/2018