Derwen College, near Oswestry, has been shortlisted in the Specialist Provider of the Year category in a prestigious national awards competition.
The specialist further education college, in Gobowen, has been shortlisted in the national 2019 TES Further Education (FE) Awards.
The awards recognise the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer.
Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries.
“We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”
The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday, 22nd March 2019.
The nominees were announced at the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Annual Conference gala dinner at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham.
Meryl Green, Principal of Derwen College, said that she was thrilled that the college had been shortlisted as one of the top specialist providers in the UK.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted with this nomination which is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of everyone who works here at the college. We look forward to finding out if we will be named overall winners in March.”
Speaking at the AoC Annual Conference, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said those shortlisted “should be really proud”. She added: “The Tes FE Awards are a fantastic way to highlight the exceptional and innovative work going on in the sector. I know this will continue, develop and even get better. I want everyone to be encouraged and inspired by your example.”
Derwen College is a specialist college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. The college has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading and is a leader within the field of specialist education in the UK.