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Welcome from our Principal

Prison education is a major catalyst for change in custody. At Weston College we have taken all of the experiences from delivering the previous OLASS 4 contract and have enhanced them to create the mission, values and objectives that underpin all the work we now do under the Prison Education Framework in the sector.

Our work in this field both from the perspective of supporting learners to achieve and to ensure inclusive learning environments has been recognised nationally. The accolades include the first Beacon award for Prison Education in the UK plus the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, specialising in the inclusive learning agenda. Enabling our learners to gain the qualifications they need to progress after serving their sentence is paramount to what we do. The quality and type of qualification is also key to success.

Our recognition as ‘Employer of the Year’ by Lloyds Bank reinforces the way in which we are developing courses that lead to employment opportunities.

We are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, a TES ‘College of the Year’ and TES ‘Training Provider of the Year’. These accolades combined with the Investors in People Platinum Award and Champion Status ensure not only that we are the best but that we place engagement, learning and outcomes at the heart of all we do.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE

Principal & Chief Executive

Weston College Group


About Us

Our aim is to deliver an outstanding and inclusive learning experience to support the successful rehabilitation, resettlement and employment of offenders on release.

In 2019, Weston College was awarded the prestigious Prison Education Framework contract to deliver education services in 19 prisons in the region.

The College - rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – now provides nationally recognised qualifications and a wide range of extracurricular opportunities to thousands of offenders.

As well as providing educational facilities under the Weston College brand, a key aim is to engage employers – large and small, national and local – to find work for ex-offenders and those on licence.

We work closely with many partners in this regard to support prisoners through the gate and back into meaningful work.

For more information on how our learners make progress, go to the Prisons page and the Releasing New Potential website.

We also work closely with many partners - including Bath Spa University and Weldmar Hospice - to enhance our education delivery and provide life-changing experiences and outcomes.

This includes work experience and extending our curriculum offer to include a breadth of further learning opportunities.

At Weston College we pride ourselves on putting our learners first and creating brighter futures for them, and we continue to do this in our prison education.

We have raised the standards of teaching and learning and are renowned for the outstanding education we provide.

All of our work helps to strengthen the opportunity for our learners to be released back to their communities and make a positive impact, reducing reoffending. Our staff are inspirational, committed and outstanding at what we do.

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Our Prisons

HMP Bristol

19 Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS

HMP Channings Wood

Greenhill Ln, Denbury, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6DN

HMP Dartmoor

Tavistock Road, Princetown, Yelverton, PL20 6RR

HMP Eastwood Park

Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 8DB

HMP The Verne

10 Strand Street, Moffat, DT5 1EQ

HMP Exeter

30 New N Road, Exeter, EX4 4EX

HMP Guys Marsh

Shaftesbury, SP7 0AH

HMP Leyhill

Gloucester, GL12 8BT

HMP Portland

104 Grove Road, Portland, DT5 1DL

HMP Standford Hill

Church Road, Sheerness, Kent ME12 4AA

HMP Coldingley

Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Surrey, GU24 9EX

HMP Downview

Sutton Lane, Surrey, SM2 5PD

HMP East Sutton Park

Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3DF

HMP Elmley

Church Road, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 4DZ

HMP Ford

Ford Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BX

HMP Lewes

1 Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1EA

HMP Maidstone

36 Country Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1UZ

HMP Rochester

1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3QS

HMP Send

Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7LJ