Derwen College - Independent specialist college for students with physical and learning difficulties..

Local Offer, Derwen College Provides a rich learning environment for young people with a wide range of support needs including:-
• learning and physical disabilities
• medical needs
• and challenging behaviour
Our Vision
“With strong leadership and national recognition the College will continue to create an enriched learning environment that enables students to transform their lives for the better.
We will have a strong culture of creative and innovative practice where enterprise flourishes and where staff is ambitious, imaginative, positive and empowered.”
Young People follow personalised specialising in one of four vocational learning areas:-
• Arts,
• Media and Business Studies,
• Catering Studies,
• Hospitality and Retail Studies.
In addition they develop their independence skills through, Personal and Social Development sessions and activities.
Much of the learning takes place within our real work environments on campus and in the local communion.
Preparation for adult life, all Derwen College programmes, whether day or residential, is about preparing for adult life.
All young people 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 young people 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
Part of college life is about learning to manage a social life. The campus is a vibrant community with a vast range of clubs and events. This includes sporting activities such as swimming, gym, basketball, cricket, cycling, netball, football, wheelchair basketball and many more.
Young people also have the opportunity to take part in community groups such as attending church and using the local leisure centre.
Residential young people have accommodation to suit their differing needs and aspirations. This includes staffed ‘halls of residence' type accommodation and staffed and non-staffed shared houses. We have accommodation adjacent to campus and off campus, again with staffed and unstaffed options. Accommodation decisions are learner centred and are taken with aspirations and ability in mind.

01691 661234 - extension 205


Derwen College

Whittington Road


SY11 3JA

SEND Local Offer description

Derwen College is a specialist setting working with young people with learning disabilities. Through personalised learning it promotes vocational, educational, social and personal development of a wide range of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Offering residential and day placements, post college living and work programme, apprenticeships, supported internships.  

SEND Local Offer contact name

Sue Kirk (PA to Executive Principal)

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