Regime information for High Down Prison

Accommodation and Facilities:

  • Showers on each landing
  • PIN phone system
  • Sentence Planning
  • Drug and alcohol practitioners provide support groups and integrating working with Health Care Centre around stabilisation
  • Substance Misuse Team - providing the Stepping stones Programme and RAPt Bridge Programme (abstinence based).
  • Stabilisation unit for dependent substance users
  • Vulnerable Prisoner Houseblock
  • Mandatory Drug Testing
  • First Night in Prison scheme
  • Bail Information Scheme
  • Property Volumetric Control in operation
  • Prisoners can wear their own clothes
  • Standard and Enhanced prisoners can hire a TV for in-cell use.
  • All new prisoners undergo a three day induction process which is delivered by staff and prisoners, and includes an education assessment.
  • Enhanced prisoners can borrow DVD’s from the library

Learning and Skills:
Manchester college currently provides the contract for education at HMP High Down. Education is provided in a number of different sites in the prison, the Stephen Pryor Centre with 22 classrooms, Workshop 2 with 5 classrooms and Houseblock 2 with 3 classroom not now with induction on there.

We offer the following programmes:

  • All classes have Literacy & Numeracy embedded into the course. Literacy and Numeracy are also offered in most work areas, the Health care Centre and the Segregation Unit. Open University is catered for and any other subjects as a distance learning course if  they are not offered on the curriculum.
  • The curriculum contains the following subjects:
    Literacy and Numeracy at all levels
    IQT (at Entry 3, level 1 and level 2)
    Computer Graphics
    Health & Safety
    Ready, Steady, Work
    Budgeting & Money Management
    Business Enterprise
    Radio Production
    Customer Service
    Painting & Decorating
    Multi Skills
    Assertiveness & Decision making
    Alcohol Awareness
    Open Learning
    Furniture Recycling

Accreditation is also offered in the following work areas:

  • Kitchen: NVQ in Food Preparation and Food Service, Food Hygiene, Customer  service and BICS Level 1,2 & 3 in cleaning food areas.
    Workshop 4 Industrial Cleaning: BICS level 1, 2 and 3, Assessors Award and Train  the Trainer.
  • The Library is contracted out to Surrey Libraries. There are a variety of books available for loan such as reference, foreign language, fiction, non- fiction and DVD's. A reading group meets once a month and prisoners can record Stories-to-Tape can and send them to their children or grandchildren.
  • Laundry - Prisoners can gain a recognised laundry qualification through the Guild of Laundry & Dry Cleaning and NVQ level 2 whilst working within the Laundry.
  • Farms & Gardens - Prisoners carry out a wide range of horticulture activities whilst maintaining the grounds within the establishment. All qualifications gained would assist in gaining employment upon release (NVQ level 1 Horticulture and National Proficiency Test Certificate in Horticulture Machinery – NPTC)

Offender Management:
Key Work includes

  • OASys/ Sentence management
  • Lifer management
  • First Night in Prison Scheme
  • Induction
  • Public Protection (inclusive of all high risk offenders)
  • Prolific Offenders
  • Home Detention Curfew/ Release On Temporary License
  • OCA
  • Bail Information Scheme
  • Employment/ Job Centre Plus/Toe by Toe
  • Restorative Justice
  • Religious Activities
  • Drug Strategy Team

Through The Gate (TtG) – CRC’s
Through the Gate is designed to help prisoners settle back into the community and give appropriate rehabilitation support once prisoners are released.

Alongside NPS, staff from two Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC’s) are working in Highdown:-

  • Kent, Surrey & Sussex (KSS) Seetec Justice
  • London MTC Novo

As part of a prisoners resettlement plan the CRC will signpost prisoners to organisations to help in areas such as;

  • Housing Support
  • Employment & training
  • Money management
  • Substance Misuse and addiction


Foreign National Support - Weekly immigration surgeries with staff from UK Border Agency
St Giles Trust - Housing advice and casework for serving prisoners, affording them access   routes to accommodation on their release. They also offer accredited training in   Advice and Guidance to prisoners who train as Peer Advisors, working in   various departments across the prison.

Resettlement Clinic - A weekly clinic for prisoners who are near to release, which offers assistance with resettlement issues.

Substance Misuse - The department offers various drug focused workshops, harm minimisation, advice and information, and additional one-to-one work. Peer supporters are able to offer information to prisoners and referring clients to the team. Prisoners are offered maintenance or detoxification programme dependant on need, on a dedicated stabilization unit managed by a specialist clinical team in conjunction with prison staff. It also runs The Bridge Programme which is intensive six week abstinence 12 step based programme, incorporating elements of Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Safety Seeking. The department also offers the Stepping stones programme. Throughcare/ Aftercare is provided through links with community agencies and the Drug Intervention Programme.


The department consists of:

  • Sports Field
  • Tarmac Area
  • Gym 1 - has four badminton courts, a fully equipped weights room and a fitness suite.
  • Gym 2 - has a combined weight room and fitness suite.
  • An Astroturf Sports Field for football and other sports .
  • A remedial suite in one gym.
  • Various activities are offered such as an Induction, weights, badminton, basketball, volleyball, Five-a-Side football and evening sessions for full-time workers only.
  • The gym offers an Assist Gym Instructors course and Tackling Drugs Through PE


  • Full-time Anglican Chaplain, full-time Catholic Chaplain, a full-time Muslim Imam (awaiting appointment) and a part-time Ecumenical Chaplain
  • Main church services on Sunday - Roman Catholic (9:00am) and Church of England/Free Church (10:30am)
  • Muslim prayers - Friday (12:30pm)
  • Ecumenical Chaplain Bible Class on Tuesday (afternoon) and Vulnerable Prisoners Bible Class on Monday (afternoon)
  • Islamic class on Thursday afternoon
  • Sikh Minister visits every Monday
  • Rabbi visits fortnightly or when required
  • Buddhist visits fortnightly
  • Hindu Chaplain visits monthly
  • Pagan Chaplain visits when required
  • Jehovah’s Witness Meeting on Fridays
  • A bereavement councillor is available on Thursdays


  • Commissioned by NHS England and provided by Virgin Care Services Ltd as from April 2012.
  • Inpatient capacity of 23 beds in single cells.
  • Day Centre facility within the In-patient area for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Multi-disciplinary team delivering healthcare including 10 HCO.
  • Dental service - 4 times a week
  • X-ray clinic weekly
  • Ultrasound clinic fortnightly
  • Optician fortnightly
  • Chiropody weekly
  • Asthma weekly
  • Sexual health service weekly
  • Integrated Substance Misuse service
  • Health promotion clinics for prisoners e.g. Stop Smoking
  • Vaccination program
  • Specialist service for patients with Hepatitis C
  • Primary and secondary integrated Mental Health Service - Staff Grade Psychiatrist daily x 5 days and Consultant Psychiatrist x 3 sessions per week.
  • GP and out of hours service contracted to external provider.
  • Mental Health team provide a range of therapeutic interventions in addition to CPN services including: movement & dance and art therapy.
  • Integrated Drug Treatment Service (IDTS). Offering a period of stabilisation following by either maintenance or detoxification. The Specialist team from health work closely with Drug Strategy to deliver a psycho-social model. Continuity of care is an essential requirement to ensure that when prisoners are transferred or discharged from prison that their care is continued by appropriate others. The Substance Misuse team also work very closely with the Mental Health Service provided by Surrey & Borders Mental Health Foundation Trust.


  • This department in runs by civilian caterers employed by the Prison Service.
  • All chefs are trained assessors. Prisoners can gain NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Food Preparation & Cooking, and Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Foundation Food Hygiene certificates. They also run a BICS Cleaning course and two of the Managers are Internal Verifiers.
  • There is a pre select menu that is constantly evolving according to prisoner preferences and seasonal availability of produce.
  • We employ up to 30 prisoners at a time and all are involved in vocational training.
  • We have been awarded a good food hygiene award by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
  • In 2007, the Catering department received a Butler Trust Award - the Keith Bromley award for an outstanding contribution to Education and Skills training of offenders.

'The Clink':

  • The restaurant opened in 2009, it provides a more varied training programme for up to 28 prisoners and includes Food Service NVQ Level 2 as well as a diploma in professional cookery and also encourages the employment of ex-offenders into the hospitality industry. The Clink also offers prisoners mentoring upon release and this includes support with employment and accommodation. The re offending rate for 2012 for Clink graduates was down to 5% against a national average of 47% within the first year.
  • The Clink is a multi award winning restaurant and in 2010 won a coveted Catey award for training and also won the Longford prize in 2011.
  • We are currently the holders of Best Overall Restaurant In Time & Leisure Magazine.
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