HMP Isle of Wight is a Category B Local prison housing both sentenced and remand prisoners. It was opened in April 2009 and was formed by clustering three former establishments (HMP Parkhurst, HMP Albany and HMP Camp Hill). In March 2013, the Camp Hill site was decommissioned as part of an ongoing programme to modernise the prison estate and reduce the costs of the prison. The prison holds approximately 1100 prisoners on two sites with a central administration.
The Education Department works closely with their prison colleagues to deliver relevant short courses that help learners with both settlement needs and resettlement requirements for employment upon release. Subjects include: English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), ESOL, ICT & ITQ, Art, Hospitality & Catering, Painting and Decorating, Bricklaying, Well Being, Peer Mentoring as well as various Virtual Campus courses and activities.
In the department they believe the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge will help their learners to support successful reintegration into society upon release and reduce reoffending where lack of education skills are a key factor. HMP Isle of Wight 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 has been reflected with the department receiving a grade 2 in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Clissold Rd, Newport PO30 5NX