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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, 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 -

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 

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

Who to contact

Contact Name
Contact Position
01691 779225
01691 661234

Where to go

Derwen College
Derwen College
Whittington Road,
SY11 3JA

When visiting Derwen College’s main site using a Sat Nav it is advisable to use postcode SY11 3NB, which directs to the Agnes Hunt Village, next door to the college.

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

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When is it on
Derwen College operates termly, over 37 weeks of a year, offering day and residential placements.
Time of day

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


Referral required
Referral Details

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; Please return completed forms to

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