Virtual open day for specialist college

A specialist further education college is to hold its virtual Spring Open Day on March 6.

Retail students Mia and Tom with an open day poster
Retail students Mia and Tom with an open day poster

Potential students of Derwen College near Oswestry and their families will be able to find out all about college life for the day and residential students who attend the Ofsted Outstanding-rated college or one of its smaller Shropshire satellite sites.

There will be two separate Open Day events: one for the college’s main Gobowen site from 10am-11am, and another for day students at the College’s Telford, Baschurch and Craven Arms campuses from 11.30am-12.30pm.

The Open Day will include video tours offering insights into the college’s Hospitality and Housekeeping, Retail, Horticulture, Performing Arts and Work Skills pathways for 16-25 year olds with special educational needs, disabilities or autism.

Principal, Meryl Green, said that learning at Derwen is not just about work. Visitors, she said, would see what students do in their sport and leisure and social time, in their accommodation, and in their independence skills and work placements.

"There will also be the opportunity to hear directly from some of the students about what Derwen means to them, and what they’ve learnt during their time at college.

"With a live introduction, and the chance to ask questions to expert staff, the Open Day is the ideal introduction for families looking at post-16 education options for a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities or autism.

“This is our third virtual Open Day. We’ve had excellent feedback regarding our summer and winter open days, and learnt a lot about how people like to view our facilities and ask questions.

“Whilst it’s a shame that we can’t currently welcome visitors on site, we are determined to offer families the next best thing. We are very proud of our College, and are always keen to show it to prospective students and their families, and answer questions from them.”

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