Tutor from Weston College at HMP Stanford Hill wins Butler Trust Award

Nikki is an Education Tutor and Assessor at HMP Standford Hill, a Category D open prison for adult males. She receives an Award for her outstanding contribution to using the arts, often with prisoners experiencing additional difficulties. This is reflected in remarkable successes at both the Koestler Awards and at Margate’s internationally renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Nikki’s initial nominator, Butler …

HMP Guys Marsh wins inter-prisons maths challenge AGAIN!

HMP Guys Marsh, one of 19 prisons in which Weston College delivers education services, has won an inter-prisons maths competition – for the second year running. The ‘3 out of 5’ challenge encourages people to develop and apply their maths skills outside the classroom – at work, in the gym, garden or library, for instance. Learners undertake the ‘challenge’ by …

Award for manager of highly rated coffee shop at HMP Leyhill

The manager of a highly rated coffee shop and café based in the grounds of HMP Leyhill Prison has won a surprise award. Kaye Thomas received the honour from the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in recognition of her work with the prison ‘residents’ and the quality service the café provides. Leyhill Grounds Coffee Shop is open to the public and …

College staff help organise prison literary festival

Weston College staff have helped ‘learners’ of a Wiltshire prison organise a unique literary festival. ‘Penned Up’ is a two-week event being held at Erlestoke Prison – one of 19 prisons in which the College delivers education services. Ex-government minister Jonathan Aitken and award-winning TV writer Jimmy McGovern are among 25 speakers at the event, which takes place from the …

College wins £17m prison learning contract

Weston College will provide education in 19 prisons across England after successfully bidding for three major contracts. Since 2012, the College has operated in nine prisons across the South West. Following a revamp of the procurement process, it retained contracts for the South West, and was also selected as the provider for the South East region. The three contracts, worth …

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Guys Marsh Play to Challenge the Perceptions of Prisoners

Inspired by the pressures and issues of prison life, prisoners at HMP Guys Marsh have, supported by Weston College, written and developed their own play. Performing on 19th January, the play, Choices, is about the dark side of prison, looking at the issues of spice, bullying and harm. It is a powerful and hard-hitting script but it has a positive message …

Lest We Forget – Prisoner Artwork Draws a Crowd

Artwork, short stories and poetry from prisons around the South West of England have been exhibited at Leyhill Grounds coffee shop for the last two weeks. All the pieces exhibited were entries to Weston College’s regional competitions, organised to “Say Thank You” in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of the World War One armistice. Each prison in the region …

HMP Guys Marsh Tea Party Raises Funds for the Royal British Legion

In another creative venture at HMP Guys Marsh, an exhibition of the work of the “Artist In Residence” helped to raise over £400 for the Royal British Legion. Using the “Say Thank You” theme of Weston College’s regional arts competition, Danny created a wonderful range of work commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One. The …

Prisoners create war memorial inside their Wiltshire jail

HMP Erlestoke prisoners collaborate with Salisbury cathedral stonemasons on monument as part of Weston College Rememberance activities. Weston College learners at HMP Erlestoke have collaborated with stonemasons from Salisbury Cathedral to create a WW1 memorial that stands inside the razor-wire topped fences of their jail. Learners in the Wiltshire prison created the memorial together with seven masons from Salisbury Cathedral, …

Prison learners cook up a storm in MasterChef competitions

Weston College has held a series of MasterChef-style competitions in prisons across the south west. Prison learners were taught a range of catering skills before putting them to the test and cooking a meal of their own. Prison governors then chose the winner after sampling the dishes. The day-long courses were designed to inspire learners and encourage them to consider …