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Students told us that on the weekend before our visit there was a birthday party, a shopping trip to Oswestry, a disco in the Students' Union with an external DJ, a walking trip and forest skills activities. Derwen College has a lively social atmosphere, but the focus is on developing skills for employment. Students work hard serving the public in the Orangery restaurant or at one of the on site cafés. They also have a big working kitchen where they…

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since October 2017, Meryl Green. Very much part of the furniture, having worked here for 20 years, originally as head of creative arts. Has also spent time as an Ofsted inspector. Says she hopes her colleagues would describe her as ‘approachable, fair, emotionally intelligent.’


Students start in September and may stay for one, two or three years. Increasingly the length of the course is dictated by local authority funding rather than needs or qualification cycles.

Funding for places at Derwen College is often split between social services and education and many parents find it hard to obtain funding.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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