Students from Oswestry’s specialist college Derwen College, will be celebrating success in a graduation ceremony at Lion Quays Hotel and Resort, near Oswestry, on Saturday, 7 October.

Forty former students and their families from across England and Wales, as well as staff, supporters and local dignitaries will attend the momentous occasion to celebrate the inspirational achievements of students at the further education college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Students, dressed in their Derwen College graduation gowns with keepsake Derwen College sashes, will mark their time at College with presentations of certificates, with cups and trophies for students who have particularly stood out for their learning, commitment or resilience.

Drinks and a buffet lunch will be served by the College’s Hospitality students, and entertainment provided by its street dance team, Derwen Dance Crew (DDC) and sign, song and dance group Derwen on Tour (DOT).

Among guests of honour will be Mayor of Oswestry Councillor Olly Rose and Derwen College industry champions – experts in their field who share their knowledge and experience with College.

They include:- Coronation Street and Ackley Bridge actor Sam Retford, Oswestry poet and author Jan Hedger, Branding, Marketing and graphic design business owner Neil Bevan, Oswestry School chef Stephen Conroy and Rocking Horse Media founder Gareth Thomas.

Graduation is a chance for former students to come together to celebrate their time at college and talk about their plans for the future. Some graduates have already gone on to jobs, further training or are living independently since leaving College.

To find out more about the learning opportunities for young adults with SEND, at the College’s Gobowen, Telford and Walford sites, go to

Derwen College graduates pictured at last years ceremony:  Sophie, Isobel, Joe, Mary and Anna with High Sheriff of Shropshire Selina Graham and Derwen College Chair of Governors and Kathleen Kimber.