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Working as a prison officer at HMP Bullingdon

Five miles outside the historic market town of Bicester in Oxfordshire, HMP Bullingdon is a local resettlement prison with a capacity of 1,100. It accommodates men at the start of their time in custody and as they prepare to transition back to their communities. It also supervises people on short sentences (under 12 months) and individuals who are on remand.

Watch our video to hear from HMP Bullingdon prison officers what their job is like.

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Inside HMP Bullingdon

HMP Bullingdon is a busy prison, with prisoners arriving and leaving every day.

Making positive changes 

Upon arrival, each prisoner is quickly assessed to determine what support they need to help them get the most out of their time in custody and to reduce their chances of reoffending.

This includes helping them learn new skills to increase their employability. One of HMP Bullingdon’s key aims is that all prisoners have a job to go to when they return to their communities.

Learning new skills

Prisoners have access to a wide range of education, training and work opportunities, including:

  • studying for qualifications in basic skills such as English and Maths and distance learning through the Open University
  • training in a range of trades and professions such as printing, industrial cleaning, information and communications technology (ICT) and business skills
  • working in one of the onsite prison workshops or learning grounds work and horticultural skills in the prison gardens.

Working at HMP Bullingdon

As an employee of HMP Bullingdon, you’ll have access to a range of facilities and employee benefits including:

  • free, onsite parking
  • use of a free, onsite gym
  • occupational health services, including physiotherapy and counselling support
  • excellent training and career progression pathways

A word from the Governor

What skills and qualities do you need?

Watch our video to hear staff talk about what skills and qualities you need to be a prison officer.

Prison officer benefits

Working as a prison officer comes with a range of attractive benefits, including:

  • 25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • generous maternity leave cover
  • cycle to work scheme and travel loans
  • tenancy loan agreements
  • access to keyworker housing schemes
  • employee assistance programmes.

Transport links

With plenty of on-site parking, HMP Bullingdon is just 5 miles from Bicester and a 30 minute drive from Oxford.

There is a regular bus service from Bicester station and taxis available outside the station.

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Take your next step to a rewarding career and start your prison officer application today.

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