Special college

Local Offer

Yes (details below)
Derwen College
Whittington Road, Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3JA


People over 16


Derwen College is an independent specialist college that offers expertise in working with young people with learning disabilities. Through personalized learning Derwen College promotes the vocational, educational, social and personal development of a wide range of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. We offer residential and day placements, a post-college living and work programme, apprenticeships and supported internships. Preparation for adult life - All Derwen College programmes, whether day or residential, are about preparing for adult life. All students learn to look after themselves with the view to being more independent and, therefore, needing less support. As well as learning work skills and putting these into practice in real work settings, students have opportunities to develop their independent living, personal and social skills. Examples of this include - cooking and learning about healthy lifestyles, exploring the local and wider community, developing road safety and travel skills and exploring aspects of personal and social development and citizenship.

Contact name

Sue Kirk

Contact phone

01691 661234

Contact email


Opening times

Students usually follow a 5 day a week study programme - 9.00 to 5.00 - 37 weeks per year. Study programmes are based on 3 years Preparation for Living and Work programmes are 2 years - post education


Ofsted - CQC - Beacon Status

Ofsted rating


Local Offer details

Derwen College provides a rich learning environment for young people with a wide range of support needs including: learning and physical disabilities, ASD, medical needs and challenging behaviour. Derwen College cannot offer a place to someone with significant visual impairment.