A specialist college near has been shortlisted for two awards in the 2020 Natspec Awards.

Natspec, the voice of specialist further education, announced the shortlist which included Derwen College in Gobowen, last week.

The college has been shortlisted in the categories for Innovative Use of Technology and Partnership Working.

The winners will be announced in October.

Principal at Derwen College, Meryl Green, said everyone at the college was "delighted".

She continued: "We are delighted to be shortlisted in both of these categories and they truly highlight the innovative work Derwen is carrying out in these areas as well as the commitment from all our colleagues in providing outstanding learning here.”

The Natspec Awards recognise and celebrate excellent practice in the specialist further education sector.

They also help to promote continuous improvement and raise standards in the sector.

This year is the inaugural year of the awards, recognising six areas of practice where specialist providers are doing amazing and incredible things.

Shortlisted entries will now go forward to be considered by an independent panel of experts chaired by Nigel Evans, former lead for Her Majesty's Inspectors for High Needs.

Clare Howard, Natspec’s chief executive, said: “At Natspec we greatly value the skills and talents of staff working in the specialist further education sector.

"Their work deserves to be recognised and celebrated and the Natspec Awards provide the perfect opportunity to do this.

"The entries covered a great variety of work illustrating the diverse and innovative practice across the specialist further education sector.

"Overall, the standard of entries was high, and some difficult decisions had to be made when finalising the shortlists.

"I am pleased to announce the shortlisted entries for each award category.

"Many congratulations to all who have made to the shortlists and many thanks to everyone who sent in entries this year.”