HMP Grendon is a unique Therapeutic Category B national prison housing approximately 220 long term, prolific (re)offending adult males. The Therapeutic Communities within the prison address a wide range of needs that people may be struggling with, including interpersonal relationships, emotional regulation, self-management and psychological wellbeing. Prison staff provide group therapy and structured community living where members are encouraged to have shared responsibility for day to day decision-making and problem solving.
The Education Department works closely with the prison colleagues to deliver relevant long courses that help prepare learners for employment and positive community living upon release. Courses include: English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), IT, Business, Book Keeping, Horticulture, Cleaning Personal Social Development skills, IAG and Barista upon demand. Education runs 4 afternoons (Mon – Thurs) from 13:45- 16:45. During the mornings the men are involved in therapy work with a wide team of clinical and officer staff on the wings.
The team is predominantly a full time team which means that staff have the opportunity to build good relationships at work, support each other and share best practice. They offer a comprehensive site induction and regular training events for all staff to ensure that they address areas for development and are familiar with new initiatives. The departmental vision (written by the staff and site manager) is to “provide an excellent and inspirational learning experience which enables learners to achieve their full academic, social and work related aspirations”. HMP Grendon believe in the importance of not only up-skilling men in subject related skills, but also in the softer personal skills to provide them with the best chances of success for the journey ahead of them.
As a department, they endeavour to inspire learners to achieve. Learner voice consistently reports that tutors have high expectations of themselves and their learners and that feedback from learners is acted upon to make improvements. Learners and tutors echo that they enjoy coming to education and that they feel safe whilst in Education at Grendon.
Grendon Underwood, Aylesbury HP18 0TL