|High Down Lane Sutton SM2 5PJ|
|020 7147 6300|
Governor / Director
First Night Centre
Chair: Suzanne Bird
Vice Chair: Cynthia Bradley
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Category ‘B’ male local prison. There are six house blocks including drug recovery and detoxification. The accommodation and environment has been described as ‘good’ as is the prisoner/staff relationship. There are some double cells which have triple occupancy. High Down is now famous for its ‘Clink’ restaurant which provides a small group of prisoners with high quality training.
Built on the site of a former mental hospital at Banstead, the establishment serves the Crown Court at Guildford and Croydon, and surrounding Magistrates courts.
4 Houseblocks each with 181 spaces in single and double cells, but some double cells have triple occupancy. Two additional new Houseblocks are now open; each of these will house 178 prisoners. All of the new accommodation is single cell. All cells have integral sanitation, and they are spread over 3 landings, all landings have their own showers and phones.
Normal Reception arrangements. High Down's catchment area comprises Croydon and Guildford Crown Courts and surrounding Magistrates' Courts. There are no medical restrictions.
Mon: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:30 - 16:40 & 17:30 - 19:10
Mon: 17:30 - 19:10
HEALTH & SPORTS
1 x PESO, and 10 x PEO
Sports available include;
The following also takes place;
Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.
Full-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains. Part-time Free Church and Muslim Chaplains. Visiting Baptist, Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah's Witness and Sikh ministers. A Rabbi attends every Friday morning.
The Muslim Chaplain runs an Islamic Library every Wednesday morning.
Prisoners have access to practice any other faith.
Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East of England
Kent & Medway
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at High Down is commissioned by:
Kent and Medway Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Providers:
Cheam Family Practice
Studholme Medical Centre (GP Services)
Virgin – Primary Care Nursing
RaPT – Substance Misuse
Full Time, 2 Assistant Heads of Education Full time, 20 Full Time Staff, 7.5 Part Time staff , and 26 sessional teaching staff. 2 Full time Technicians, 2 Full time and 2 Part time administration staff.
Education is provided on three different sites in the prison, Stephen Pryor Centre with 22 classrooms, Workshop 2 with 5 classrooms and Houseblock 2 with 3 classrooms.
Personal Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Programme
The Personal Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Programme, which has helped more than 200 young offenders, aims to reduce reoffending by changing behaviour, building confidence and improving communication skills.
It is described as; a challenging course which tackles the individual reasons that lie behind what makes young men break the law in the first place.
The accredited scheme is being run with the help of the Chrysalis Foundation, a social enterprise that aims to improve offender development and rehabilitation.
Key for inspection grades
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Scope of the inspection
Last Inspection Date: 18/04/2007
Summary of grades awarded
Accreditation is offered in the following work areas;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Basic Construction Skills
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Fundamentals of Food Hygiene
Health and Safety at Work
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW E, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW A
QCF provision - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
QCF provision - Level 3, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Employed: £3.00 - £17.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|3 - 16 years|
No of Visitors Permitted
|No limit as long as children meet the criteria|
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
Story Book Dads/Mums
Prison Video Link (PVL)
If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.
The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
To book the Video Link facility telephone: 020 8722 6300 ext 6400
Monitoring and Inspection
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
Click Here to download a guide to inspections
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download the latest inspection reports for all prisons
Independent Monitoring Board
Each prison has an Independent Monitoring Board made up of local people who visit the prison regularly to check on the treatment of prisoners. They produce an Annual Report.
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Click Here to download the IMB’s information leaflet; explaining who they are and what they do.
OFSTED, who check on teaching standards in schools also visit prisons and publish a report of their findings.
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Monitoring & Inspection
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Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
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