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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.

Our specialism is building employability skills through authentic work opportunities in Hospitality and Customer Services, with routes into Hospitality and Housekeeping, Retail or Horticulture, students train within our commercial outlets and off-campus with our partners in the wider community. We also offer a Creative Pathway where students can gain skills in both visual and performance art. The vocational options offered are designed to meet industry standards, preparing students for the job market.

For students who are not quite ready for a customer facing vocational progression route, the Work Skills Pathway may be more applicable. Students work on small-scale vocationally orientated projects with high-level support focusing on building confidence, teamwork and developing work ready skills.

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

Students develop independence and travel training skills whilst carrying out everyday living tasks with the support and guidance of care staff. The aim of independence is to enable students to grow in confidence in living as independently as possible.

Derwen College also offers short break holiday provision for young adults aged 18-25 years of age 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.

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

01691 661234

Where to go

Derwen College
Whittington Road
SY11 3JA

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Local Offer

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This page was last updated on: 02/08/2019