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Update 9th March 2021

The Garden Centre and Gift Shop reopens on Monday 15th March 2021.

From 12th April the Garden Cafe will reopen for outdoor service and takeaway. Indoor seated service will resume on 17th May.

Our new Charity Shop – The Vintage Advantage – will also open on 14th April.

The Garden Centre and Gift Shop continues to offer a click-and-collect or home delivery service for plants, gifts and hampers.  Please call 01691 779231, or order on our online shop.

Derwen College’s other commercial outlets remain closed to the public for the time being. 


Update 6th January 2021

Derwen College is open and students start to return this week – Covid safety measures are in place in order that they can continue their learning in a safe manner.

Students classed as critically extremely vulnerable have all been contacted individually.

The commercial outlets are closed to the public for the time being. 

However, the Garden Centre is offering a click-and-collect or home delivery service for plants, gifts and hampers.  Please call 01691 779231, or order on our online shop.  You can also support Derwen College via our ebay store


Update 5th November 2020 

We are following the latest government advice regarding the current lockdown.

No visitors are allowed on site.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable students and staff are shielding as appropriate.

Students at College and those shielding will continue to receive the same learning programme.  Students who are shielding will be able to access online learning.  There will be no off-site activities and trips.

The commercial outlets remain closed at this time.  However, the Garden Centre is offering a click-and-collect or home delivery service for plants, gifts and hampers.  Please call 01691 661234 ext 221.  Our online Shop coming soon, and you can support Derwen College via our ebay store

 

Update October 2020

We require all visitors to site to complete the form below prior to their visit – please email to enquiries@www.derwen.ac.uk upon completion.

HR 50 Visitor and Contractor Health Questionnaire v2

 

Update 29th July 2020

Whilst our students are at home for the summer holidays we are implementing systems and processes for a safe return for all students to college in September.

Our Garden Centre and Garden Café are open to the public. The Orangery Restaurant and Hotel 751 will remain closed to the public but will continue to be used as training areas for our Hospitality and Housekeeping students during the Autumn term.

There are staff on campus at all times and a number of staff are working from home to carry on essential business.

You can contact us by email enquiries@www.derwen.ac.uk or by phone on 01691 661234.

Update 8th July 2020

Derwen College is open for students and for clients.

From 20th July the Garden Centre and Garden Cafe will reopen.  All other commercial outlets remain closed until further notice.

There are staff on campus at all times and a number of staff are working from home to carry on essential business.

You can contact us by email enquiries@www.derwen.ac.uk or by phone on 01691 661234.

 

Update 25th June 2020

The commercial outlets remain closed at this time but we are selling plants online with a 7 mile radius delivery service – for plant sales please click HERE.

We are following the latest government advice as well as taking guidance from Natspec (the National Association of Specialist Colleges).

Students who are back at home have been provided with learning resources and activities, and we have been pleased to see that some are sharing their work on social media.

Update 22nd May 2020

The College has in place specific Safe Systems of Work to manage the situation as more people – staff and students – return to the sites. These include: further cleaning measures; arrangements for social distancing such as one-way systems in the Walford building and elsewhere as appropriate; handwashing/ cleansing stations across site; amongst other measures. Staff will have specific training on the new arrangements.

This will not be the only way in which the on-site provision is different from before.

At Gobowen, staff are allocated to one specific residence, with its own residents in their care. In a similar way, each residence is allocated to a particular Learning Hub, with its own dedicated curriculum staff. Each residence is classed as a household, for the purposes of applying the current government guidance, and will not mingle with others from different residences. Our aim is to keep contact with different people to an absolute minimum. To reiterate, these arrangements will apply to both staff and students.

The number of staff at the College sites is being kept to the minimum possible. Those that can work from home continue to do so. No visitors are allowed on site.

Students at College will continue to receive the same learning programme as those at home, in order to keep students’ learning in line with others. Everyone will understand that the College will not be operating in the way that it did previously, for example there will be no off-site activities and trips, and curriculum areas will be limited.

We will of course continue to adhere to the latest government advice and guidance, and to send updates to everyone as and when appropriate.

Derwen College specific resources can be found HERE

BEAM – Resources for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin families – PDF Downloads here:   BEAM SLEEPY HEADS GUIDE      Beam Phone Support Flyer

http://shropshire.gov.uk/the-send-local-offer/coronavirus-information/

https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/accessible-formats-2/

https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/downloads/good-health/resources-and-information-about-covid-19.htm

Mental Health Awareness Week Resources – CLICK HERE

Derwen College Napkin Folding Competition … winners announced HERE

Warning of a scam 

Colleges have been asked to share the following with parents and carers, about a scam that is operating. See below for information. Please be aware.

Dear Colleagues

Please be advised that the ESFA have this week released the following update:

“We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond. Where possible, it would be helpful for institutions to share this message with parents and students through your communication channels.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-update-22-april-2020

With kind regards

CFLC Commissioning Team

Learning Resources

Grayson’s Art Club

Learning Disability Wales have shared these useful resources here    and they include links, guides and contacts.

This link provides a useful resource to support parents who may be having difficulty communicating to their young person about why they are not in college. It refers to college as ‘school’ but the same message is shared.

Thanks to Makaton for sharing this Coronavirus Social Story resource – https://www.makaton.org/shop/shopping/freeDownloadDetails/Coronavirus-social-story

Supporting Autistic People Through Covid-19  

This could be a valuable resource for some parents and discusses strategies to manage change, anxiety and routine. Thanks to National Autistic Society for sharing.

Mencap’s Easy Read Guidance – DOWNLOAD HERE

RSPCA have some education and activity resources – DOWNLOAD HERE

National Theatre Home  – options on their site to watch listed productions.

We continue to follow advice from Public Health England in order to keep out students, clients and staff safe on site.  Information, advice and updates can be found at:

https://natspec.org.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Open Letter from Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Vicky Ford, MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, has asked for her open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them, to be circulated.

Open the letter here.

A message from Jessie to our students 

A message from Jessie – working from home 

A message from Zoe – Head of Curriculum