Delivering an outstanding and inclusive learning experience to support the successful
rehabilitation, resettlement and employment of offenders on release.

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In 2012, Weston College was awarded the prestigious OLASS 4 contract to deliver education services to offenders in prisons across the South West of England.

We currently deliver these services in the 10 prisons in the region, providing nationally recognised qualifications and a wide range of extracurricular opportunities to thousands of offenders.

We are an award winning College rated Ofsted "Outstanding".

The focus of our delivery is transformational learning and raising aspirations - ensuring that an education package is provided that meets the needs of prisoners when they complete their sentence.

The College is committed to helping a new generation of prisoners to gain skills which will help them to find employment after their release. To enable this, we deliver nationally recognised qualifications - Diplomas, NVQs - in all our prisons and we ensure the highest standard of quality in all our teaching.

We take pride in ensuring our standards and expectations are high and our focus is on maximising the success and progress of our learners.


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Welcome from our Principal

Offender learning is a major catalyst for change in prison education. At Weston College we have taken all of the themes emerging from the current OLASS4 contract and have enhanced them to create the mission, values and objectives that underpin all the work we do in the sector.

Our work in this field both from the perspective of supporting learners to achieve and to ensure inclusive learning environments has been recognised nationally. The accolades include the first Beacon award for Offender Learning in the UK plus the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, specialising in the inclusive learning agenda. Enabling our learners to gain the qualifications they need to progress after serving their sentence is paramount to what we do. The quality and type of qualification is also key to success.

We are Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, a TES ‘College of the Year’ and TES ‘Training Provider of the Year’. These accolades combined with the Investors in People Gold Award and Champion Status ensure not only that we are the best but that we place engagement, learning and outcomes at the heart of all we do.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE,
Principal & Chief Executive
Weston College Group

As well as providing educational facilities under the Weston College brand, a key aim is to engage employers, large and small, national and local, to find work for ex-offenders and those out on licence.

We work closely with Offploy in this regard and are able to celebrate many success stories in progressing our learners through the gate and back into meaningful work.

More information on how our learners make progress can also be found at the Prisons page of this site and at Releasing New Potential.

We also have the pleasure of working closely with many partners to enhance our delivery - from Bath Spa University to Weldmar Hospice - providing life changing experiences and outcomes.

This includes a range of real work experiences in the prisons and extending our curriculum offer to include a breadth of further learning opportunities.

At Weston College we pride ourselves on putting our learners first and creating brighter futures for them, and we continue to do this in our prison education.

We have raised the standards of teaching and learning and are renowned for the outstanding education we provide.

All of our work helps to strengthen the opportunity for our learners to be released back to their communities and make a positive impact, reducing reoffending. Our staff are inspirational, committed and outstanding at what we do.

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