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Derwen College

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Derwen College

Awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at three consecutive inspections, Derwen College provides a rich learning environment for young people aged 16-25 years with many conditions, including learning and physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, medical needs and behaviours of concern.

The main campus is located in a village setting in Gobowen, near Oswestry with satellites in Walford, near Shrewsbury, Craven Arms, south Shropshire and Telford.

We offer day provision 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.

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

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.

Springboard is an alternative bespoke programme with a focus on work and independence skills for young people preparing for the next stage of their lives. The programme is for adults aged 18 to 28 with a learning difficulty or disability. The elements and duration of the package are developed around individual needs.

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 - https://www.derwen.ac.uk/short-breaks-respite/

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 779225 or email admissions@derwen.ac.uk 

For more information, please follow the link to visit the website:



Alternatively, why not visit? Your visit to Derwen at the Garden Centre, Walled Garden Café and Charity Shop; Vintage Advantage supports our students learning in a real work environment – www.visitderwen.co.uk

Service Access

Age range:

17-18 yrs , 19-24 yrs


Derwen College accepts referrals direct from a young person, their parent or carer, or via supporting professionals. Applications are welcomed from young people across the United Kingdom. Please complete an Admissions Enquiry Form, links to which can be found on the Admissions pages of the website; https://www.derwen.ac.uk/about-derwen/admissions/. Please return completed forms to admissions@derwen.ac.uk.


Please contact Derwen College directly to find out more about costings for placements.

Operating Locations

Address details

Derwen College (main site)
Derwen College, Whittington Road

SY11 3JA
01691 779225

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Derwen @ Telford
Stafford Park 7

01691 779225

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Derwen @ Craven Arms
21 Shrewsbury Road

Craven Arms
01691 779225

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Derwen @ Walford

01691 779225

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Accessibility info:  

Please contact The Admissions Team at Derwen College for more information. 

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Contact Details

Contact name:  
Derwen College 
Whittington Road,, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY11 3JA, Shropshire
01691 779225 


Last updated - 19/05/21

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