HMP the verne

HMP The Verne Host Festive Open Mic

Finishing the year on a high, learners from HMP The Verne starred in a fantastic “Festive Open Mic” event organised by Weston College Prison Education. The superb acts included poetry reading, original acoustic songs, cover bands, and a full choir. Members of the education team were appointed as impartial judges and were asked to pick their top 3 acts. Prizes …

Portland Poetry Slam Success

The SLAM Poetry night at HMP Portland was held after a day of immersive and informative events centred around the celebration of Black History Month. Learners from across the prison were invited to perform poetry, spoken word, rap, lyrics or songs that they had created during their time at Portland. Our cookery class mentors made an amazing Afro-Caribbean themed meal …

Western Counties Roofing Taster at HMP Channings Wood Leads to Potential Employment

What an Amazing day at HMP Channings Wood. A taster day delivered by the team from Western Counties Roofing Ltd spanning two roofing workshops. Twenty Learners attended , lots of engagement and 5 learners now have interviews lined up for potential jobs with Western Counties  upon release. Also supported today by Tatiana Fernandez of Countryside Partnerships. We are looking forward …

HMP Leyhill Recognise The Dedication of Weston College Staff Member

This week Hayley Robinson, our Assistant Curriculum Coordinator, at HMP Leyhill has been recognised by the prison for her hard work and dedication. Hayley’s achievement, entitled the ‘Changing Lives Award’ is awarded annually to a member of staff from across the prison who has gone above and beyond to support the learners at HMP Leyhill. What makes the award even …

Learner of the Month Award at HMP Exeter – Driving Learner Success

Today Mr M was awarded the ‘Learner of the Month’ award here at HMP Exeter, here is a photo of Mr M receiving his certificate and goody bag from Mark Stoyle Curriculum Manager at HMP Exeter and Mr Andy Tanner Deputy Governor. “Mr M demonstrated a mature and disciplined approach to his learning and has been a great role model …

Construction Careers Fair HMP Portland

Last Thursday Weston College Prison Education staff hosted a Construction themed Careers Fair at HMP Portland, a category C working and rehabilitation prison. The Day saw 100 men who attend vocational training and education delivered by Weston College Group Prison Education we also opened up sessions for men engaged in prison industries. “Days like today bring our learners hope” Dan Skelton HMP Portland …

The Outsiders are back Inside!

The Outsiders Project have begun their southwest wide tour of our prisons, this year their performance is entitled ‘Dad’ and is already making an impact upon our learners. They have already bought the house down at HMP Portland and HMP Guys Marsh, with performances at HMP Dartmoor and HMP Channings Wood taking place next week. Their drama performance takes place …

Best Selling Author Paul Zanon Inspires Learners at HMP Leyhill

HMP Leyhill invited author Paul Zanon to talk to their leaners. Paul is a best-selling author and journalist, his specialist subject is boxing, and so it turned out, it was our learners too. Thirty learners listened to Paul speak for an hour and a half, a furious debate ensued about who is the greatest boxer of all time, and if …