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In 1990 Mr David Kendall was appointed as Director of the College following Mr Jim Kendall’s retirement.

During David Kendall’s time at Derwen student numbers increased, and the college expanded.

David established Derwen Enterprises, a programme of work experience and supported residential development for young people with disabilities.

Derwen College developed customer facing outlets moving away from the workshop style of work experience.

Through fundraising activities, grants from numerous benefactors and legacies Derwen saw a rapid increase in facilities available on campus.

Buildings Development


  • Under the Derwen Enterprise remit, the Garden Café, Garden Centre and Ceramic Buildings along with the Walled Garden were created.
  • Accommodation increased with the addition of Thomas House, Junior College (latterly renamed Juniper Court), Cadbury Court and Acorns.
  • Catering Department
  • Derwen House was refurbished to become meeting rooms and the Orangery Restaurant


  • Derwen Estates
  • Bradbury Computer Centre
  • Young’s Farm Shop in the Bradbury Retail Unit
  • Horton House
  • Tiffins
  • Bradbury Food Centre
  • Kendall Court

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