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Derwen College

Derwen College is based in Gobowen, near Oswestry for day and residential students and has satellites for day students in: Walford near Shrewsbury, Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Telford.

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

Derwen College’s specialism is building employability skills through authentic work opportunities in onsite commercial outlets and off-campus with partners in the wider community. The vocational options offered are designed to meet industry standards, preparing students for the job market.


At the main site, the Pathway options offered include: Hospitality and Food; Horticulture; Performing Arts; Retail and Enterprise; and Learning for Life. At the satellite sites, options include: Sports and Fitness; Horticulture; Business Support; Sales & Marketing; Hospitality; and Vocational Skills and Business.

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 special educational needs or disabilities. The elements and duration of the package are developed around individual needs.

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

Who to contact

Contact Name
01691 661234
Derwen college website

Where to go

Derwen College
Derwen College
Whittington Road, Gobowen
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.

Time / Date Details

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

Other details


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


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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