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Bullingdon Prison

Bullingdon is a men’s prison near Bicester in Oxfordshire.

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Book and plan your visit to Bullingdon

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Bullingdon following national lockdown. We will update here as soon as this changes. There may be the opportunity for visits under exceptional compassionate reasons which should be agreed in advance with the prison prior to travel. We will update here as soon as this changes.

Find out more about visiting someone in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

Keep in touch with someone at Bullingdon

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Bullingdon.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how secure video calls work

Phone calls

Residents have phones in their rooms but these do not accept incoming calls. They are able to make calls every day between 7:30am and 11pm. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.

Email

You can send emails to someone in Bullingdon using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Bullingdon.

Letters

You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Bullingdon.

All post, apart from legal letters, will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can also send:

  • postal orders
  • cheques
  • cash

Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to ‘The Governor’ and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

People in Bullingdon can apply for permission for visitors to hand in items during a visit.

All property will be opened and checked by officers. Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

Contact Bullingdon for more information on what’s allowed.

Life at Bullingdon

Bullingdon is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Bullingdon has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Bullingdon, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.

Induction

Each person who arrives at Bullingdon gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.

Accommodation

Around 1100 men live at Bullingdon across 6 houseblocks (A to F). Most men share rooms.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad programme of learning opportunities provided by Milton Keynes College. These range from basic skills, such as English and maths, to distance learning with the Open University.

The programme includes training in a variety of trades and professions, including:

  • printing
  • industrial cleaning
  • construction
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • barbering
  • music
  • cookery
  • hospitality
  • health and wellbeing
  • nutrition and healthy eating
  • business

Work is available throughout the prison in areas such as the laundry and the farms and gardens. Residents can earn qualifications while working.

Bullingdon also runs a number of accredited offending behaviour programme courses.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Bullingdon

PACT’s family services team can provide information, guidance and support to families and friends of residents. Ask in the visitors centre to learn more.

Telephone: 08088 082 003

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Bullingdon. If you cannot resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Bullingdon in response to independent inspections.

Contact Bullingdon

Governor: Laura Sapwell

Telephone: 01869 353 100
Fax: 01869 353 101
Find out about call charges

Address

HMP Bullingdon
PO Box 50
Bicester
OXON
OX25 1PZ

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Bullingdon, call the safer custody hotline.

Telephone: 01869 356893
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In an emergency, call the main switchboard and ask for the orderly officer or duty governor.

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Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 10 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated visits information in line with national tier restrictions

  2. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  3. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  4. Updated visiting information in line with new national restrictions in England.

  5. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

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