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Overview

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Our fantastic pass rates and exam results, high quality teaching, range of courses, clear progression routes and state-of-the-art facilities will enable you to develop your skills and create a brighter future.

On top of that we're the only College in the West of England rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, and were named 'College of the Year' and 'Overall Further Education Provider of the Year' in the 2015 Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards. In 2017 we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

So, if you’re in any doubt as to whether Weston College is the place for you to study, please take a look at the pages in this section to see what we offer our students.

About Us

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Weston College is an Ofsted outstanding college of further and higher education in Weston-super-Mare.

It provides education and vocational training to nearly 30,000 learners across the country.

The College is regarded as one of the top FE colleges in the UK and won both “College of the Year” and “Overall Further Education Provider of the Year” at the 2015 Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards.

It teaches a range of higher education courses through University Centre Weston, as well as 70 different apprenticeships from intermediate to degree-level.

 

Our mission

Weston College's mission is 'Creating brighter futures', which means that we put our students at the heart of everything we do...

Our values

  • We put students first
  • We are entrepreneurial in approach and innovative in our thinking
  • We are ambitious and aspirational
  • We value diversity and celebrate success
  • We enable collaboration and work in partnership
  • We are responsive to the needs of students, staff, businesses and the community
  • We provide a safe and sustainable place to study and work.

 

Our corporate aims include:

  • Ensuring a safe, stimulating and innovative learning and working environment, responsive to the needs of individuals, businesses and the wider communities
  • Supporting the learning environment through an embedded culture of inclusion, equality and partnership
  • Creating a secure, supportive, responsive and welcoming environment for our students, staff and business partners
  • Harnessing technology to provide an innovative, flexible, and varied learning and working environment
  • Improving opportunities and enabling learners to succeed, progress and meet future challenges by providing high quality teaching, learning and assessment
  • Listening and respecting the views of students, the business community and our staff
  • Remaining a financially robust organisation through long-term financial health enabling the delivery of all corporate aims and objectives.

 

 

Working for the College

As one of the fastest-growing Colleges in the UK, delivering courses from Entry Level right up to Master's Degrees, Weston College is an inspiring place to work.

This is an exciting time to join Weston College. Over recent years, the College has gone from strength to strength, earning Ofsted's ‘outstanding’ rating, our higher education provision is graded ‘Gold’ by TEF, and in 2018 we received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Furthermore, the College is an Investors in People ‘Champion’ and has been awarded ‘Gold’ by Investors in People, which demonstrates our commitment to invest in our staff to improve performance.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities including:

  • Full and part time lecturing roles across a broad range of subject areas
  • Vocational trainer assessor roles
  • Learning support roles
  • Business support roles within areas such as customer service, finance, management information systems, marketing and estates
  • Teaching and support roles within the prison education departments of prisons throughout the South West of England.

All of our available jobs can be found online by clicking the blue button to view our current vacancies. Our job listings are updated on a regular basis, please feel free to check back as often as you like or follow our Facebook page for live updates.

Weston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Prisons we deliver to

Weston College provides education services to nine prisons and one immigration removal centre across the South West of England.

HMP Bristol

HMP Bristol is a Category B local and resettlement prison which is based in central Bristol. The average length of stay is approximately seven weeks. However, some prisoners are here for a longer period as part of their resettlement.

The team currently consists of six full-time members of staff, two part-time and two MISCOs.

We have a varied curriculum to engage offenders in learning which aims to support them in their rehabilitation back into the community and to equip them to find sustainable employment on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Induction
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • ESOL
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Personal Development
  • Skills for Work
  • Cleaning
  • Catering
  • Food Safety

Opening times are 08:45 – 12.00 and 13:45– 17.00 Monday to Thursday and 08.30 – 12.00 on Fridays.

Learning takes place in a variety of places throughout the prison including the Education Centre, the kitchen, the wings, workshops and the prison grounds. Learners have their initial assessments and induction in the Oak Centre and the virtual campus is also situated there.

HMP Channings Wood

HMP Channings Wood is a Resettlement Prison which is based in Denbury, Newton Abbot, Devon. The prison is the South West base for the resettlement of offenders returning to the Cornwall, Devon and Dorset counties respectively.

The on-site Weston College team currently consists of 16 full-time members of staff and seven part-time staff.

We have a varied and comprehensive curriculum to engage offenders in learning which is constructed to support learners who need to find sustainable employment as well as develop their learning through FE and adult education options on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Horticulture at L1 and L2 (hard landscaping)
  • Sustainable Recycling at L2
  • Functional Skills English at all levels to L2
  • Functional Skills Maths at all levels to L2
  • ICT from E3 to L2
  • Barbering L2
  • Peer Mentoring L2
  • Personal & Social Skills ​E3 and L1 covering Resettlement
  • Cycle Maintenance L2
  • Forklift Truck training L2
  • Plastering L1
  • Painting & Decorating L1
  • Professional Cookery at L1 and L2
  • Business Studies L2
  • Radio Production L2
  • Customer Service Knowledge L2
  • Employability L1
  • Certificate in Cleaning & Support Services L2
  • Certificate in Increasing Participation in Sport & Active Leisure L2

Opening times are 08:30 - 11:30 and 13:30 – 16.30 Monday to Thursday and 08.30 - 11.30 on Fridays.

Main education is light and airy in a two-storey department with a number of learner artwork displays and course information displayed on noticeboards and walls on both floors. There are eight classrooms, including the ICT suite within the building where delivery of mainly non-vocational training courses takes place. There are two main administration offices for management and information systems coordination together with a small bespoke staff room. 19 virtual campus units provide opportunities for learners to explore job and training opportunities that have been uploaded onto the system together with a wide range of training and test programmes to stretch and challenge all abilities. Initial screening is also undertaken for all offenders entering the prison to ensure that they are guided at the right levels when embarking on training and education programmes. A comprehensive library supports the Main Education Centre within the building and provides learning opportunities for less able learners through partner’s initiatives. Vocational training and education takes place all around the prison in areas such as the Vulnerable Prisoner Units, Farms & Gardens, Main Industries, and on the prison wings themselves. Functional Skills has become an integral part of the working life for those offenders working in the industry areas and is delivered as part of an embedded process supporting daily work routine. Programmes run throughout the whole calendar year offering opportunities for offenders to participate in line with their proposed release dates.

HMP Erlestoke

HMP Erlestoke is a Category C rehabilitation prison nestled within the rolling Wiltshire countryside.

The team currently has 13 members including two within the management team, one Advanced Practitioner, 10 tutors and two dedicated part-time MISCOs.

We offer a varied curriculum which aims to enhance offenders’ rehabilitation programme during their time at Erlestoke by offering subjects to motivate, empower and increase employability.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Functional Skills English
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • ITQ
  • Creative Craft using Cookery
  • Creative Craft using Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Information, Advice and Guidance (peer mentoring)
  • Construction Skills
  • Plastering
  • Bricklaying
  • Site Carpentry
  • Horticulture
  • Practical Cleaning
  • Distance learning support.

Our courses are a mixture of part-time and full-time, vocational and functional, which provide offenders with the chance to participate in a variety of activities both within the college and outside in the wider prison, enhancing their skills set and experience.

Our sessions are 8.15-11.15 am and 1.15-4.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.15-11.15 on Friday mornings.

The Learning and Skills department is in one of the oldest buildings within the estate – a beautiful Georgian building with intricate architraves. Our classrooms have modern facilities including interactive whiteboards. We have two external vocational workshops in the flanking compounds making the main education block the central hub for our team and learners.

We have a dedicated virtual campus (VC) room offering all tutors and learners the opportunity to access resources and tools which support the integration of ICT into offenders’ daily lives and provide information to support further development.

Our library is a popular place to be and is highly valued by the entire prison with each wing, workplace and education class having dedicated access time.

HMP Dartmoor

HMP Dartmoor is a Category C, ‘working’ prison which is based in Princetown, Devon

The team currently consists of 12 full-time members of staff, and five part-time.

We have a varied curriculum to engage offenders in learning which is constructed to support learners to find sustainable employment on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • Family Relations
  • Mentoring
  • Customer Service
  • ART
  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Floor & Wall Tiling.

Education classes run from 08:30 - 11:45 and 13:30 – 16.45 Monday to Thursday and 08.30-11.45 on Fridays.

Education is conducted over many areas throughout the prison, including five workshops, an art room, the Main Education Centre and various outreach classrooms. The virtual campus is available for the use of the learners and provides all an engaging environment for learners to access on-line learning resources that supplement many of the courses. It also provides the learners with the opportunity to apply for ‘real’ jobs in their own areas prior to release.

HMP Eastwood Park

HMP Eastwood Park is a mixed category female remand prison currently undergoing development into a resettlement facility. It offers custody for women drawn from Wales and the South West of England. We strive to develop the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in order to enhance the college experience for the women who attend our courses.

The teaching team currently consists of 14 members of staff, nine of whom are full-time.

The college curriculum at HMP Eastwood Park includes a variety of academic and vocational courses, all of which are certificated by respected awarding bodies. The qualifications are selected with a view to reducing reoffending, increasing employability and to provide the learners with the subject knowledge, practical skills and self-belief to lead positive, purposeful lives on their release. With this in mind, the provision is constantly monitored and checked to ensure the women receive the very best of available learning opportunities.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Functional Skills English
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • ICT
  • Nail Art, Beauty & Manicure
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Soap-Making
  • Art
  • Peer-Mentoring
  • Employability
  • Victim Awareness
  • Cooking & Hospitality
  • Customer Service
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Waste Management

Course running times are 08:30-11:45 and 14:30-16:45 Monday to Thursday and 08.30:11.45 on Fridays.

We promote a welcoming, cheerful and non-judgmental atmosphere in which to cultivate learners in the confidence and motivation to develop their knowledge and skills. The college building is annexed to many of the accommodation wings is an integral part of the main prison estate.

Light, airy, well-equipped classrooms ensure the learning experience is pleasant and meets the needs of the women.  Vocational courses such as Beauty &Manicure and Painting & Decorating are delivered in appropriately equipped and resourced rooms which effectively replicate real-life situations and encourage positive attitudes towards employment.

HMP Eastwood Park also boasts a unique and very successful soap-making enterprise ‘Eastwood Park Soaps’ which has its own dedicated manufacturing and teaching area, and represents a central part of the college’s certificated learning programme.

HMP Exeter

HMP Exeter is a Category B male local remand, resettlement prison, based in Exeter City centre.

The team currently consists of nine full-time members of staff, and four part-time.

The range of the curriculum is specially tailored to cover the range of ability from pre-entry level through to Level 2.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Literacy E3-L2
  • Numeracy E3-L2
  • ICT L1
  • Art L1
  • Understanding Business L1
  • Money Management L1
  • Self-Awareness L1
  • Family & Parenting L1
  • IAG L2
  • Money Management L1
  • Painting & Decorating L1.

Education is run on a part-time and full-time basis, with a maximum of 100 men attending these departments in the morning and afternoon. The numbers attending the outreach areas vary. The core day is 6.25 hours. Education runs Monday to Thursday, from 08:45 to 11.45 a.m., and 13:45 to 17:00 p.m.

Education, Learning and Skills is delivered in two main areas in the prison plus areas located in other areas around the prison – new classroom in B wing for 12 VPU prisoners. The Education Centre is a separate building to the main prison and houses seven classrooms with a maximum capacity of 50 learners. The Learning Zone situated in the main prison houses seven class areas with a capacity of 50.

HMP Guys Marsh

HMP Guys Marsh is a Category C training and resettlement prison which is based in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

The team currently consists of 12 full-time members of staff.

We have a varied curriculum to engage offenders in learning which is constructed to support learners to find sustainable employment on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Horticulture
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Barbering
  • Mentoring
  • Brickwork
  • Family Relationships
  • Victim awareness
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Professional Cooking
  • Painting & Decorating.

Opening times are 08:15 - 11:45 and 14:15 – 16.30 Monday to Thursday and 08.15-11.45 on Fridays.

Main education is light and airy in a two-storey department with many artwork displays, and also houses the ICT suite and administration offices. Brickwork is housed in a dual workshop within an industrial working area. Professional Cooking is taught in a state of the art training kitchen which is based in the main prison kitchen. The barbers shop is a fully functioning shop which services the whole prison and includes staff customers.

HMP Leyhill

HMP Leyhill is a Category D resettlement prison which is based in Wottonunder-Edge.

The team currently consists of nine full-time members of staff, and four part-time.

We have a varied curriculum to engage offenders in learning which is constructed to support learners to find sustainable employment on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Catering
  • Horticulture
  • Barbering
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and decorating
  • Dry Stone Walling
  • Laundry
  • Employability
  • Customer Service

Opening times are 08:15 - 11:30 and 13:00 – 16.30 Monday to Friday.

Main education is single-storey department which replicates the standards that you would expect to see in a mainstream college environment. Some of the vocational qualifications are delivered in their relevant workplace or within the grounds.

HMP Portland (YO)

HMP YO Portland is a Category C resettlement prison which is based on Portland and has a mixed population of adult and young offenders.

The team currently consists of 18 full-time members of staff and two MIS Co-ordinators.

We have a varied curriculum to engage offenders which is designed to support learners to find sustainable employment on release.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Functional skills in maths and English – E1-L2
  • ITQ – E3-L2
  • Art
  • Family Life
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Employability
  • Home Cooking
  • Peer Mentoring
  • L1 and L2 Practical Horticulture
  • L1 Cert in Introduction to Hospitality Ind
  • L2 NVQ Dip in Food Production and Cooking
  • L1 Award in Basic Construction Skills
  • L2 Dip in Maintenance Ops
  • L2 Dip in Barbering
  • L2 Dip in Bricklaying
  • L2 Dip in Painting and Decorating
  • L2 Dip in Site Carpentry
  • L2 Dip in Barbering
  • L2 Dip in Railway Engineering
  • L1 Award in Waste and Recycling.

Opening times are 08:30 - 11:30 and 13:45 – 16.45 Monday to Thursday.

Classrooms are located in two buildings – with four dedicated functional skills classrooms in ‘Old Ed’ on the first floor.  The rooms are light and airy and the admin team are also located in this building.  The Hood provides, over the first and second floor, three IT suites (one of which is the virtual campus), two classrooms, an art room and a home cooking kitchen.

The vocational workshops are large, light, airy and well equipped to industry standards.  A new barbers’ salon is currently being fitted out on one of the wings. Catering learners are based within the prison’s kitchens.

HMP The Verne (IRC)

The IRC is an Immigration Removal Centre; a former Category C training prison, the establishment changed role following an announcement in 2013. The IRC is one of three run by HMPS in a contract with the Home Office. There are also private sector ones nationwide. It has a mixture of foreign national post-sentenced prisoners as well as men who have been arrested on the street. The common factor is that they all have had a challenge to their right to reside in the UK and while this is investigated by the Home Office they are held within secure establishments like The Verne under detainee status.

The length of stay is 60 days on average; however, local experience has shown that it can be anything from a period of 48 hours to currently 10 months.

Detainees are not prisoners and the regime is very different to the prison estate, with each of them being in possession of a basic mobile phone and an access to an internet suite, albeit  with limitations to certain sites, not too dissimilar to a virtual campus suite.

There is a 24-hour reception and visits from 8am through to 9pm daily including weekends.

There are 11 full and two part-time members of staff.

Education and training workshops are open every day of the year with the only exception being Bank Holidays.

Regime: 8.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 4.30pm (no afternoons Fridays)

Evening Classes: 6pm – 8pm.

The Weston College team delivers courses in:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Media
  • ICT
  • ESOL
  • English
  • Maths
  • Cleaning
  • Food Safety and Storage
  • Food safety in Catering
  • Bricks
  • Rendering
  • Tiling
  • Paints
  • Paint Effects

Main education is in the central area consisting of four classrooms all of which are big and spacious. Entrance is through the activities hub where all courses are displayed and information pamphlets are available, along with a television Powerpoint of all educational areas, together  with photos of learners at work. There is also an activity desk where detainees can sign up to work or courses. The vocational areas are away from the main block but are in a line of workshops in a more secure area.

History of Weston

Weston College has served the education and training needs of its local community for more than 150 years. It has its origins in private drawing and painting classes provided by Henry Stacy in Oriel Terrace in 1859.

 

The School of Art was opened on February 7th 1865 under the auspices of the Government's Department of Science and Art, and with the aid of £40 collected from local residents. In its first year of existence the Principal was the only teacher and approximately 80 students attended the six classes held weekly since 1 April 1993, the College has been an autonomous public body.

Our Mission

Our mission drives us to ensure that you achieve success and are equipped to meet the challenges of today.

 

Not only do we want to increase your knowledge as a student, we also want to provide you with opportunities to develop practical skills that will enable you to get ahead.

Our mission points are:

- To ensure a safe, stimulating and innovative learning and working environment, responsive to the needs of the individual, the business and the wider communities.

- To support the learning environment through an embedded culture of inclusion, equality and partnership.

- To create a secure and welcoming environment for our students and staff.

- To harness technology to provide an innovative, flexible, and varied learning and working environment.

- To improve opportunity and enable learners to succeed, progress and meet future challenges by providing high quality teaching, learning and assessment.

- To listen and respect the views of students, the business community and our staff.

- To remain a financially robust organisation through long-term financial health enabling the delivery of all corporate aims and objectives.

Equality and Diversity

Weston College is committed to creating an inclusive environment, where people are treated with dignity and respect and where we anticipate and respond positively to different needs and circumstances so that everyone can achieve their potential.

We are committed to promoting and advancing equality of opportunity, not only because it is an important part of the mission, vision and values of the College, but also because, by attracting and retaining the most diverse range of talented learners, staff and partners, we will ensure the College’s future success.

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, circumstances or background.

We are proud of our success in widening access to education to all sectors of the community and of our record of attracting learners from under represented socio-economic backgrounds.

 

To promote equality, eliminate discrimination and promote good relations between people, Weston College has various policies, structures and services in place, all of which are detailed here in this ‘one stop shop’ for equality and diversity at Weston College.

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