Derwen College is very proud of the award nominations we receive.Staff and students regularly achieve success in different fields. Here are just some of of our recent achievements:
Derwen College was named as a finalist in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards 2021/22 in the Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing. The finalists were announced at the AoC Annual Conference on 17 November, and further judging took place in December. The winners will be announced in early 2022.
Derwen College is excited to have been shortlisted for a NASEN Award in the 16-25 Provision category. The NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) awards recognise excellence within the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) sector. Winners will be announced on 15 October at a ceremony at the Hilton Waldorf, in London.
Derwen College was shortlisted in the National SEND Awards in the Inclusion in Further and Higher Education category. The College was recognised for our work around Student Voice. We are very proud to enable students to be heard, and are constantly working to create an inclusive Student Union Board where everyone’s thoughts and opinions are considered, and acted upon.
Two Derwen College teachers have won highly-esteemed Pearson National Teaching Awards. Performing Arts lead, Jessie Vaughan, has won a Bronze award for her creative use of Digital Innovation to engage students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during lockdown. Sports & Leisure Co-ordinator, Steve Evans, has been awarded a Silver in the Specialist Teacher of the Year category. All Silver winners are put forward for the Gold stage, and Gold winners will be announced in the autumn. Read the full story and watch our coverage on BBC Midlands Today here.
Derwen College scooped a highly prestigious award in the further education equivalent of the Oscars. The college has been named as Specialist Provider of the Year in the TES further education awards – one of the UK’s top awards for recognising those that work in further education.
Judges praised the college for doing everything in its power to continue its mission to create a world without barriers even during a pandemic. Read the full story on our latest news page.
Derwen College was delighted to win an award in the UK Career Development Awards for our work in supporting students towards employment. The College was shortlisted in the Careers Programme in a Special School/College category. The College was delighted to be recognised for its innovative approach to careers development which includes Support Work apps such as our revolutionary CV Builder app. The awards were announced at a virtual ceremony which you can watch here.
Derwen College’s Walled Garden was recognised with a certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category. Judges were unable to visit the college garden but were keen to commend projects that supported their community during 2020.
RHS Community Development Manager Kay Clark said: “Through Bloom, It’s Your Neighbourhood, and other community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make communities more resilient in these testing times. We want to recognise how important you all are, and how valuable your work is.”
Derwen College was commended in the AoC Beacon Awards for effective use of digital technology in further education. The commendation was for our suite of Support Work apps which include the CV Builder app, Premier Inn app and My Workplace app. These apps were developed with support from Starfish Labs and was part-funded by Marches LEP.
Derwen College was a finalist in the 20th Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business Awards. The College was recognised in the Digital Innovation category.
The National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) recognised the college’s achievements in creating a suite of apps which support students and young people with special educational into employment and independence.
Derwen College has achieved the top Gold Standard award by Fair Train. The accolade recognises organisations which provide the highest standard of work-based learning. This is the fourth time that the college has been awarded the Gold Standard.
Derwen College was shortlisted as a finalist in the West Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards 2020 for our state-of-the-art Bradbury Hydrotherapy pool which opened last year.
The Bradbury Hydrotherapy Pool, which opened in September 2019, is on the shortlist for Best Public Service or Educational Building. The build was designed by Gareth Edwards of local architectural practice DPA Design and constructed by builders Jones Brothers. The hydrotherapy pool has benefited from generous donations from many community groups and leading grant makers including The Bradbury foundation, St James’s Place Charitable Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
Derwen College won the Innovative Use of Technology Award in the first ever Natspec Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in the specialist further education sector. Derwen College won the award for continued work in developing ‘apps’ which support people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) into employment.We were also shortlisted for the Partnership Working category for our collaborations with national and community sport which enable students to partake in a wide variety of sports and leisure activities.
Derwen Dance Crew won first prize in the over-16s SEN Street Crew category at Nexstar dance competition in Wolverhampton. Students Ben Moore-Hill won second place and Billie-Jo Bailey won fifth place in individual dances in mainstream categories. Watch a video of one of their fabulous performances here. Read the full story here.
Students Cerys George, James Ashworth and Sam Innes were nominated for Shropshire High Sheriff’s Outstanding Young Citizen Awards 2020.
Shortlisted in the Support for Learners category at the TES FE Awards 2020.
Won Disability Programme of the Year at the 2019 County LTA Tennis Awards.
Won the Inclusion in Employment award at the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Awards 2019.
Shortlisted for Post 16-25 Provision Award in the NASEN Awards.
The Walled Garden here at Derwen College has scooped a top prize of Gold/Outstanding Award in the RHS-run Heart of England in Bloom competition in the category called ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’. Congratulations to all the students and staff involved
Shortlisted for two awards in the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Awards 2019: Inclusion in Further and Higher Education and Inclusion in Employment.
Derwen College won three awards at the 2019 Advertizer Awards for Charity of the Year, Customer Service and Top Place to Eat or Drink categories.
Short listed for Technology Enterprise and Innovation Award at Shropshire Chamber Business Awards.
Derwen College was shortlisted for the Specialist Provider of the Year category in the Tes FE Awards 2019.
It was the second consecutive year that Derwen College was named as one of the top specialist colleges in the UK.
Derwen College & Severn Dee Travel partnership shortlisted in the Community Rail Awards 2018 for involvement in the Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership & the Gobowen Area Improvement Project (GAIP) – Gobowen Station Open Day & BIG Pop Up Shops.
A poem written by students at Derwen College was unveiled in Cae Glas Park Oswestry featuring on the new life size bronze statue of Wilfred Owen, commissioned by Oswestry Town Council.
nasen Awards – Derwen College shortlisted for the ‘Excellent practice in post-16 education’ award.
Carter Gough and Adam Foulkes Fenner confirmed as finalists to compete in Inclusive Skills competition finals at the NEC in Birmingham in November (Entry Level 1 Restaurant Service/Table Laying and Entry Level 2 Catering).
Derwen College nominated in four categories in the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer Community and Business Awards: Customer Service, Place to Eat or Drink, Charity of the Year and Large Business.
Artwork created by learners in Creative Arts displayed in Qube ‘Painting by Pixels’ exhibition.
Derwen College won the Democracy Award at the NUS Awards.
Anna Howell and Ashley Beech have also gained a bronze Tesco WOW award for their customer service on the tills, Adam Walker achieved a silver WOW award (progressing from bronze in June) Ellie Saunders achieved a bronze and silver WOW award. The awards are voted for by customers.
Derwen On Tour (DOT) took to the stage at the 2018 International Musical Eisteddfod at Llangollen. Performing as part of the Eisteddfod’s inclusion project sponsored by Scottish Power, DOT were joined by three other local schools and a community choir to perform SEND A Message. DOT performed a dance and a signed song on the Globe Stage and in the Main Pavilion before joining the rest of the group for the finale piece.
Derwen College won the Outstanding Student/Learner Experience award at the Tribal Empower Conference 2018 Awards.
Student Union Board shortlisted for the Democracy Award and Sarah Laszlo nominated for the Simpson King Staff Achievement Award in the NUS Awards.
Adam Walker received a bronze superstar service award from Tesco after a great review from a customer whilst he has been working on the tills.
Staff member Katie Roberts won the award – Trainee Teacher Student of the Year, North Shropshire College.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE) Ceremony – DofE began at Derwen in 2014/15 with 11 learners completing awards this has progressed to 53 for 2017/18.
Inclusive Skills competition event at Derwen College: Table Laying Entry Level 1 – Carter Gough won Gold. Catering Entry Level 2 – Adam Foulkes Fenner won Gold, Rebecca Spalding won Silver and Georgia Carr won Bronze.
UK IT Challenge (part of the Global ICT Challenge), Ipswich. Jamie Bullock and Sam Innes were selected to take part.
College achieved Matrix re-accreditation.
Inclusive Skills competition event at South City College Birmingham, Bourneville Campus: ICT Entry Level 2 competition, Rhiannon Evans won Silver.
Staff and students at Derwen College won an award for whole college commitment to maths week (Natspec Maths Week 2018).
Inclusive Skills competition event at NPTC Newtown: Table Laying Entry Level 1 – James Lewis (Hospitality and Catering Studies) won Bronze.
Thomas Shacklady voted onto the NUS Further Education Committee.
Inclusive Skills competition, National Final at the Skills Show – Adam Richards – Silver medallist in Catering, Entry Level 2.
Inclusive Skills competition, National Final at the Skills Show – Joseph Griffiths – Gold medallist in Table Laying, Entry Level 1
Sam Innes was an advocate for Derwen College at the Youth Summit at the NEC in Birmingham.
Learner Voice Practitioner Awards – Derwen College Second Place in the Institution of the Year category
Duke of Edinburgh Awards – 23 Bronze Award winners, 11 Silver Award winner and 7 Gold Award winners
Oswestry Advertizer Community and Business Awards – Charity of the Year
Oswestry Advertizer Community and Business Awards – Best Place to Eat and Drink
Student of the Year Post Graduate Certificate in Education, North Shropshire College – Staff member Jessie Vaughan
Inclusive Skills competition event at Derwen College: Table Laying Entry Level 1 – Joseph Griffiths (Hospitality and Catering Studies) won Gold and Guy Summerfield (Hospitality and Catering Studies) won Bronze. Independence, Entry Level 1, Georgia Carr won Gold and Brittany Jones won Bronze.
Inclusive Skills competition event at NPTC Newtown: Catering Entry Level 2 – Adam Richards (Hospitality and Catering Studies) won Gold.
Oswestry Sports Forum – Disability Sports Award – Josh Mallen.
NUS‘ Disabled Students’ Further Education Union of the Year Award
Festival of Learning Awards 2017 – Certificate of Achievement to The Work Experience Team in recognition of their commitment to learning.