A specialist provision comprising of a children’s home and a special school providing education and care for young people.

The Derwen School is registered with the Department of Education as a residential special school for pupils with specific, moderate and severe Learning Disabilities. It is an inclusive specialist school for students with a variety of Learning Disabilities, vulnerable pupils and those who may have had a negative school experience.

Our on-site residential accommodation provides welcoming and homely environments for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 18 for placements between 38 and 52 weeks of the year depending on their individual need.

All of our students should have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and may have experienced difficulties accessing provision within other mainstream and local authority special schools. Many may have been excluded from previous schools or had problems at home because of their complex and challenging needs.

Education is a primary function of the Derwen School and each child is recognised as an individual with their own unique abilities, skills and talents. Personalised education programmes are delivered by qualified specialist teachers and the learning opportunities provided are stimulating and challenging.

The school offers a warm and welcoming environment where positive and inclusive approaches to education allow all of our students to experience success and to develop self-esteem.

The school operates on a belief that a positive, supportive and achieving culture will create the best possible environment for our students to make progress, succeed and enjoy their time with us.

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