Spring Hill Prison information


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Springhill House has had a long and varied past, starting in 1872 as a family home, becoming a wartime base for first MI6- the Secret Service and then the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1941. After the war, Springhill had a multiplicity of uses, and became the first Open Prison for male prisoners in the country in 1953.

HMP Spring Hill is jointly managed with HMP Grendon (situated next door) and despite sharing a number of common services Springhill and Grendon operate as separate units and exist for vastly different purposes.

Spring Hill is a category D Open Prison with a resettlement regime. Its purpose is to prepare prisoners for release by addressing, accommodation, employment, vocational training and offending behaviour needs. Through OASys sentence planning prisoners are encouraged and supported to train and prepare for their release. The regime, with its working out programme, is primarily set up to support the needs of longer term prisoners within the last few years of their sentence. However the needs of short term prisoners are also met through short term vocational courses run in the prison.

Address:HMP Spring Hill
Grendon Underwood
Nr. Aylesbury
HP18 0TL

Tel: 01296 445000
Fax: 01296 445001

Governor: Becky Hayward

Accommodation: Huts, Ready to Use (RTU's) and Mobile Temporary Units (MTU's). All rooms have in-cell television and electrics.

Operational Capacity: 335 (As at April 2013)

Reception Criteria:
Springhill operates a Resettlement Regime and will take adult male prisoners deemed suitable through the categorisation process for open conditions, subject to the follow restrictions:

  • No current sex offences
  • No offenders presenting a risk to children
  • No current Arson or Damage by Fire offences (or proven fire raising activity) and no more than one previous conviction for Arson or Damage by Fire within the last 5 years.
  • No outstanding court appearances
  • Foreign Nationals – not accepted unless accompanied by completed IND (Immigration and Nationality Dept) Criminal Case Work Group documentation, set down as a mandatory requirement of PSI 35/02 – PSO0900.
  • Prisoners with outstanding or pending Confiscation Orders should be clearly identified as such and records evidence that this risk was assessed on the re-categorisation/allocation paperwork.
  • Prisoners whose application for parole is underway will not be accepted before their parole interview has been completed.
  • Prisoners for whom HPA (Harassment Procedures Apply) are accepted at Springhill by individual risk assessment.

All Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners (ISPs) are currently allocated to Springhill via the national process.

Spring Hill prison works in partnership with Thames Valley Probation and the voluntary and community sector to deliver a high quality regime and services to prisoners.

Springhill regime offers a wide range of employment, education and offending behaviour groups. There are two vocational learning centres. PICTA, training prisoners in computing skills, from a basic short course in CLAIT, through the EDL to CISCO and the Trowels Trades centre where prisoners are able to gain skills and qualifications in bricklaying. Most work placements offer vocational learning opportunities, for example both the Kitchens and the Farms and Gardens offer training from Key Skills to NVQ’s. The education department has strong links with local colleges and universities offering opportunities for prisoners to attend college on a full or part time basis.

A key part of the regime is the working out scheme, which enables prisoners to work in the local community, first on a voluntary basis and if successful, later in a paid capacity to experience and prepare themselves for employment on release.

Latest inspection report: HMP Spring hill - December 2017 (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP Spring hill - June 2018 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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