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Welcome to Derwen College. We deliver exceptional programmes within a rich learning environment.

Our students are aged from 16 to 25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

These can include:

  • Learning and physical disabilities
  • Autism
  • Behaviours of concern
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

We work with our young people to support them to achieve what they want and challenge them to do more.

Derwen College is approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This means that Derwen College is, by default, listed in all Local Offers across England and Wales.

Derwen College student group 2022

Section 41 is a list of all independent schools and colleges for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND) that have been approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

We have an amazing team here at Derwen College, and they’re all waiting to support you through this next stage of your young person’s education.

Take time to read through our prospectus, and also the Pathways and Programme booklet below. And – most importantly – talk to us so we can help you decide which pathway would be the right one for your young person.


We work with local funding authorities right across the UK, including Wales and Scotland. Our experienced admissions team will help and advise you throughout our admissions process.

We look forward to showing you what student life with us is all about.

When you visit Derwen we will show you some of the amazing work our students do and the facilities they enjoy.

Come and have a look at what we have to offer! We have a number of open day events throughout the year. You will have the chance to meet staff and students and chat about your young person’s next steps.

Ready to apply?

We are currently processing applications for 2024 and beyond.

It can take quite a long time to secure funding, so we really do encourage you to come and visit as early as possible.

We’re confident you’ll like what we do!

To start your young person’s application to Derwen College, please download and complete our enquiry form. You should return your completed form with supporting documents to The Admissions Team will then review the information and will be in touch to advise next steps.

Find out more about our Privacy Statement for Prospective Students.

The Admissions Journey

Timings to consider for your application to Derwen College

The Admissions Process flowchart for Derwen College Admissions

Find out more about student life at Derwen

Visit Derwen Marketplace

Did you know you can visit Derwen College’s Marketplace, at our Gobowen campus, seven days a week? Derwen Marketplace is an unique setting where College students undertake work placements in a range of customer facing outlets to gain vocational work skills.

Many young people visit Derwen Marketplace with their parent or carers to build familiarity with the College.

Here you can visit our Garden Centre & Gift Shop, Walled Garden Café, The Vintage Advantage Charity Shop – it is a great way to get a feel for life at Derwen.

Watch our ‘Day in the Life’ videos

To find out more about what it is like being a student at Derwen, watch Joe and Rachel’s ‘Day in the Life’ videos. Joe is a residential student and Rachel a day student. Here you can see what a typical day looks like for them.

Meet the team

We have an amazing team here at Derwen College, and they’re all waiting to support you through this next stage of your young person’s education.

Telephone 01691 661234, or email