HMP Winchester

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HMP/YOI Winchester is a busy Category B/C Local prison housing both sentenced and remand prisoners from the age of 18, with a small 129 bed Category C Resettlement Unit, named Westhill. Winchester has an operational capacity of 690. The regime allows men to attend education, work and training and other interventions such as substance misuse groups and restorative justice programmes. There is also full time Healthcare and an award-winning Family Intervention Service.

Winchester's vision is one of decency, safety and engagement. Staff want to provide a service that is kind and compassionate, allowing the men in their care to feel like a valued member of the prison community. 

The Education Department delivers relevant short courses that help prepare learners for employment upon release in three different Education areas in the prison. Courses include: English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), ESOL, ICT, Art, Cookery, Employability Skills, and Barbering. They also work closely with their prison colleagues to provide embedded Employability skills in the prison workshops for Carpentry, Recycling, Textiles and Enterprise Services. The Education department has recently started a partnership with external employers to provide employment opportunities upon release to the workers in the main prison kitchen who engage in the Hospitality and Catering Academy programme provided by the College.

In the department they believe the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge will help their learners to end their offending behaviour. They engage the hardest to reach learners and encourage them to take pride in their own education and self-development. As a department, they endeavour to inspire learners to achieve. This enthusiasm for learning and desire to help their learners was reflected on the grade 2 that the department received on the last Ofsted inspection.


Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5DF