Our timeline highlights just some of the key achievements and developments at Derwen College over the past 90 years.Derwen College’s history starts at Dame Agnes Hunt’s Baschurch home, fifteen miles from its current location in Gobowen. Agnes Hunt was a visionary but the facilities at Derwen now would exceed even her most ambitious dreams.
As you can imagine a lot has changed over the 90 years since Dame Agnes Hunt established (what was then known as) Derwen Cripples’ Training College – that includes written and spoken English.
Agnes used descriptive language that would not be deemed appropriate today. We wanted to include quotes and references in this timeline to give you a sense of time and place – and to do that we have used Agnes’ own words.
Despite her disability from osteomyelitis, Agnes trained as a nurse. In 1900 she opened her home, Florence House in Baschurch, as a convalescent home for ‘crippled’ children, and extolled the benefits..Read More
Sir Watkin Williams Wynn served Chair of Governors / Trustees from 1928 to 1949
In Dame Agnes’ own words, her prayers were answered early in 1929 when Mr Rhaiadr Jones and his wife were appointed Manager and Matron of the college. Dame Agnes continued..Read More
From 1948 to 1966 there were very few students at college with many referred patients on rehabilitation programmes from across the North West, West Midlands and Wales.
On 5th July 1948 management of the Orthopaedic Hospital was taken over by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board as part of the new National Health Service and was called the..Read More
Following Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s retirement, Lord Kenyon served Chair of Governors / Trustees from 1949-1992.
In 1966 Mr Jim Kendall, an Orthopaedic Consultant, returned to the College as Medical Director having previously worked at The Derwen when it was a military hospital. He was instrumental..Read More
The Walled Garden, which was presented to Derwen College from the Shropshire Horticultural Society in 1989, continues to change and develop in order to provide our students with learning opportunities...Read More
Following Mr Jim Kendall’s retirement, in 1990 Mr David Kendall was appointed by the Governors as Director of the College and continued to increase student numbers. David established Derwen Enterprises,..Read More
Following Lord Kenyon’s retirement, Mrs E. (Paddy) Hughes served Chair of Governors / Trustees from 1992-2004.
Following Mrs E. (Paddy) Hughes’ retirement, Mr Eric Adams served Chair of Governors / Trustees from 2004-2005.
Following Mr Eric Adams’ retirement, Miss Irene Gull served as Chair of Governors / Trustees from 2005-2012.
In 2006 Derwen College became the first Specialist Independent College for learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities to be awarded an Ofsted Outstanding grading. * Image is from 2016 –..Read More
In 2012 David Kendall retired. Ruth Thomas is appointed as Principal and CEO.
Following Miss Irene Gull’s retirement, Derwen College’s current Chair of Governors / Trustees, Mrs Kathleen Kimber, was appointed in 2012.
In 2012 Derwen College was award a second, consecutive, Ofsted Outstanding result * Image is from 2016 – Derwen’s third Outstanding Ofsted result You can view all of Derwen College’s..Read More
“We are immensely proud of this result. The outcome of the inspection highlights the unique work that goes on here at Derwen College. Inspectors were clearly impressed by the culture..Read More
A brand new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool built to support students at Derwen College officially opened in September 2019. The grand opening saw attendees including local dignitaries, the High Sheriff of..Read More