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Cambian Pengwern College

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Sarn Lane, Ruddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 5UH (Map)

Phone: 01745 592300


➜ Cambian Pengwern College Prospectus (Download)


Cambian Pengwern College is an independent provider of specialist further education in North Wales, offering day, and up to 52-week residential placements for young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability and complex needs.


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The college is registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales, (CIW) and Estyn who undertake regular and rigorous inspections in addition to our own internal quality assurance processes.


Our person-centred approach ensures that students have an individualised learning programme developed to effectively match their needs, personal decisions and aspirations, be the focus on daily living skills, vocational qualifications or independent living. We are proud that all of our students gain important life skills and achieve meaningful qualifications, evidencing our commitment to enabling increased choice and independence.




"Wow - what can I say! I’ve been at Cambian Pengwern College all morning, supporting staff for L’s healthcare needs for her first day at college. What an absolutely WONDERFUL college, with such WONDERFUL staff taking such good care of L. L has two lovely 1:1s who are very hands on and extremely caring, who have now been named “Bestie” by L.


Lots more paperwork has been completed too today, for L’s induction day and her timetable has been all set out for her. Cookery, Animal care, ILS, Essential learning, music and some work experience has been added in too, for L to work in the tuck shop, serving staff and other students, to help her with money skills and communication. L enjoyed seeing the animals this morning, including feeding two donkeys, and laughing as Terri the Turkey kept walking into the classrooms, then a lovely little walk through the woodland area, singing “We’re going on a bear hunt”.


I left L to come home, but I am very relaxed, knowing L was very happy and safe, and she will be home about 4:30pm."


- Parent


"Mum describes you all there as “incredible” she cannot get over the quality of support for LD and how happy she is with you all there, lovely to hear – mum said that staff are going the extra mile and checking LD is ok if she hasn’t had a good day, and communicating with Alder Hey to support LD to prepare for her operation, mum is blown away by the care and support LD has."


- Social Worker


"Keep up the good work my students have really benefited from being able to access your provision."


"In all the dealings I have had with the staff at Pengwern they have been fantastic and gone over and above for the young people they have dealt with."


- Careers Wales

The Proprietor

The proprietor of the school is Farouq Sheikh, Chair of the CareTech Board. 

The representative of the Proprietor of the school, whose address for correspondence during both term times and holidays, is: Andrew Sutherland, Director of Education, Metropolitan House, 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1AG. 


Student Profile

✓ Mixed gender, age 16-25

✓ Day and 38 to 52 week residential

✓ Moderate to severe learning disabilities

✓ Autism Spectrum Disorder


✓ Down's Syndrome

✓ Communication difficulties

✓ Developmental disorders

✓ Challenging behaviour

✓ A broad range of complex needs including some Medical needs (for example, Peg feeding)

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