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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.

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

We offer day provision at each of our sites, with residential accommodation available at the main campus in Gobowen. Houses at Derwen are designed to reflect supported living.

Our specialism is building employability skills through authentic work opportunities 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. Pathway areas include:

Hospitality and Housekeeping



Creative Arts

Work Skills

Individualised learning includes a comprehensive Personal Development and Independence 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.

At Derwen College, we believe that students develop their independence best when they work on it in a real environment.


Derwen College also offers Short Breaks holiday provision for young adults aged 18 upwards to enjoy a break. Guests can take part in a range of activities and trips, as well as making use of the campus facilities. Short breaks are available year round apart from two weeks closure at Christmas. Find out more here -

Derwen also provides Supported Internships in partnership with a national hotel chain. Supporting people aged between 18 and 25 with a learning disability or difficulty into paid employment. Derwen Supported Internships offer a hands-on training programme of twelve months based in the workplace, with expert Functional Skills staff providing learning for the student.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a student or any other services available at Derwen College please contact The Admissions Team on 01691 661234 (401) or email 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Admissions Team
Contact Position
Admissions Team
01691 661234
Derwen College

Where to go

Derwen College
Whittington Road
SY11 3JA

Derwen College's main campus is located in a village setting near Oswestry with satellite sites in Walford, north Shropshire; Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Penley, north Wales.


Other Details


Referral Details
  • Access to all Derwen College programmes involves participation in a pre-entry assessment covering aspects of work skills, functional skills, independence skills and other support services as appropriate to the individual. This assessment, combined with information from schools and other agencies, forms the basis of the students’ initial assessment and informs programme planning and provision of tailored support.   


Other notes

Applications to Derwen College are welcomed from young people across the United Kingdom.

Local Offer

Contact Name
Admissions Team
Contact Telephone
01691 661234 ext 401
Contact Email
SEN Information
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
Last updated: 01/08/2019
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