Special college
Whittington Road, Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3JA


From 16 to 25 years old


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.

Delivering work-ready and independence skills to both day and residential students across our large main campus and at our three satellite centres. We focus on individual outcomes for students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Our specialism is building employability skills through authentic work opportunities in hospitality and customer services 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.

We also offer creative pathways and a pre-vocational pathway for students not seeking a vocational progression route.
Individualised learning includes a comprehensive personal development 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

Our goal is for every student to reach their potential, leaving college as independent as they can be.
Short breaks are also available year round for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities providing holiday care and activities.
The main campus is located in a village setting near Oswestry with satellites in Walford, north Shropshire; Craven Arms, south Shropshire; and Penley, Wales.

Contact name


Contact phone

01691 661234

Contact email


Opening times

37 weeks of the year / 50 weeks of the year (short breaks)


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.
Updated: 26/07/2018