Derwen College is delighted to have been shortlisted in the NASEN Awards ‘excellent practice in post-16 education’ category.
The national specialist college near Oswestry prides itself on its vocational training and supported living accommodation for young adults aged 16-25. It provides inspirational learning, development and care and enables the achievement of aspirations which transform lives.
Students learn skills in hospitality and housekeeping, horticulture, retail and creative and foundation studies, with a view to living as independent a life as possible after college.
The college works hard at building relationships with businesses and the local community to provide a top quality learning experience. Work experience opportunities are provided on site at the college’s Garden Café, Garden Centre & Shop, Orangery Restaurant, Karten print shop and Premier Inn training centre and through a wide range of partnerships with local and national employers. Derwen is committed to building strong links with industry to provide sustainable employment for young people with SEND.
The college prides itself on supporting students’ independence skills and wellbeing through extra-curricular and enrichment options. This year, saw 50 students achieve Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, and a thriving Learner Voice programme continually encourages students to make their own choices and ensures their opinions are heard.
Meryl Green, Derwen College Principal, said she was very pleased to have been shortlisted in such an expansive category.
She said: “Everyone at Derwen College works hard to ensure that each of our students gets the best chance possible to reach their potential and achieve their aspirations for the future. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by NASEN. It is truly a team effort which couldn’t be achieved without the commitment and creativity of our dedicated staff, it is also a testament to the talents and hard work of our amazing learners.”