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Derwen College has a mission to educate, inspire and empower students to lead the lives they choose.

It is vital that we work with industry, and monitor outcomes for our students, to ensure that they are finding meaningful employment after leaving college.

Head of Curriculum Zoe Wood (right) explains the importance of adapting our curriculum to fit community and business needs.

In Derwen’s last full Ofsted report (2016) the college was praised for its willingness to be flexible and remain current. It said:

“Leaders and managers carefully monitor the progression of students and use this information well to improve and inform changes to curriculum design. For example, leaders identified that proportionally fewer students progressed from college into office work and catering than into retail and hospitality.

Managers have made significant changes to vocational programmes which enable students to develop the relevant skills required for all sectors, increasing their opportunities to progress to employment when leaving college.”

At Derwen, we carefully monitor the progression and outcomes of our students and use this information to continually improve and inform changes to our curriculum.

We look at what work placement and employment opportunities are out there and available to our students to maximise the chances of employment and/or voluntary work for our leavers. We also work with ‘industry champion’ partners who ensure we are always working at industry standards.

Over the years, we have adapted our vocational pathways to enable students to develop relevant work skills. We monitor destination data to check we are growing and supporting individual sectors and industries.

Above all, though, the most satisfying measure of our success is when we hear from former students who proudly tell us they have gone on to find work or further training opportunities after leaving us.

Read about what what some of our current and former students have achieved here.

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