It’s not too late for day students to enrol on a life-changing learning experience at award-winning Derwen College this September. Potential students can still enrol to learn work and independence skills at the Shropshire specialist college.

Families of students aged 16 to 25, with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), still have time enrol at Derwen College, a leading further education (FE) college which was named Specialist Provider of the Year in the nationwide TES FE awards 2021.

The college has spaces for September 2021 in pathways in Retail & Enterprise, Hospitality & Food, Performing Arts, Horticulture and Sports & Leisure. For students with more complex needs, Derwen College also provides Learning for Life and a Nurture programme for students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

It is not too late for day students to apply for places at the college’s sites in Gobowen, near Oswestry, Derwen at Walford, near Shrewsbury, and one in South Shropshire. Students across the college’s sites, are offered a full timetable including employability skills, work placements, skills for life and sports and leisure activities.

Derwen College prides itself on providing real work and independence skills to students, including work placements at the Gobowen campus’s garden centre and gift shop, charity shop, café, print shop. Many students at Walford also work at the Leaf It To Us horticulture enterprise and have been involved in many important community projects.

Head of Curriculum Zoe Wood said:

‘Families may not realise it, but there is still time for day students to apply for a 2021 place at one of our sites at Gobowen, Derwen at Walford and south Shropshire. Students from Shropshire, north Wales and Cheshire enjoy the day student experience, which offers award-winning learning and social life in a packed daily timetable.

‘We are very proud of the successes of our day students from Shropshire and the surrounding counties, many of whom go on to find employment and supported living after graduating from Derwen.

‘We are also welcoming enquiries from residential and day students for 2022 and beyond.’

The Admissions team are on hand through the summer to deal with enquires regarding potential students. Telephone 01691 779225, or email, for information.

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Derwen College also offers Short Breaks respite care for adults with special educational needs and disabilities. Adults with learning difficulties can take a break away from family or carers to enjoy social time, trips and relaxation, have fun, and learn independence skills. All safe, in the knowledge that they are supported by expert care staff. Telephone 01691 779243 or email for information.