Derwen College has achieved the outstanding accolade of receiving a third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading after its latest inspection in April. “Unbelievably wonderful” is how Ruth Thomas, Chief Executive of Derwen College has described the news.
The statistics tell a story of a college leading the way in all areas of college functions: first Specialist Independent College for learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities to be awarded Outstanding Grade 1 (2005), first Specialist Independent College for learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities to be awarded 2nd Outstanding Grade 1 (2012), first Specialist Independent College for learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities to be awarded 3rd Outstanding Grade 1 (2016).
Derwen College, based in Gobowen, Shropshire is a specialist college for young people with learning disabilities, attracting students from across the UK. The work here is focussed to give students the skills they need for employment and the experiences to help them live as independently as possible in the future, offering both day and residential placements.
“Being Outstanding three times consecutively is awesome. It’s all about the students and our students are the best. It’s also about making a difference. This is such an accolade for the college, a wonderful acknowledgement of the dedicated staff we have. This Ofsted report is a reflection of all college staff – we work together” said Ruth.
The ‘Outstanding’ grading was given across the board for the following areas; effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for learners; and overall effectiveness.
“The outcome of the inspection highlights the great work that goes on in the College. Our fantastic staff have ‘very high expectations of students’ and are forward-thinking and brilliantly innovative when it’s comes to curriculum planning for our students. They ensure that the students have the best possible chances for success. Employability is paramount – we have highly effective partnerships with employers ‘which lead to extensive, high-quality and meaningful work experience…’. The teaching and learning staff have embraced competitions and have driven the inclusivity agenda. We have an enticing and responsive sports and healthy lifestyle curriculum that helps ensure all learners are living their lives to the full”.
“On a personal level I am absolutely overwhelmed. I believe our commitment to influence and drive change nationally helps us continue to strive to provide the very best in education for our amazing learners” said Ruth.