Education, Sport and Culture

Head Office

Corporate Services Division

Thie Slieau Whallian

St John's

Isle of Man



+44 1624 685808


Hon Julie Edge


Graham Kinrade


Gross Income £11,287,000, Gross Expenditure £126,282,000, Net Expenditure £114,995,000


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The Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) is firmly placed in the heart of the Island’s community and plays a pivotal role in Island life. It is responsible for operating educational establishments throughout the Island, including 32 primary schools, five secondary schools and University College Isle of Man.

As the name suggests, the organisation not only provides education services, it also incorporates Manx Sport and Recreation, which provides facilities for sport and physical activity to all residents.

The Youth Service offers open access to community-based clubs, projects and more specialist or targeted work, which involves activities that provide help, support, and bespoke learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the school environment, through links with external organisations.

The DESC actively promotes Manx language and its unique history, heritage and culture. Its cultural remit extends to the Island's main entertainment complex at VillaGaiety housing the iconic Gaiety Theatre, the Island's largest entertainment venue at the Villa Marina and the Arts Development team.

Our vision:                           

To inspire, empower and provide learning, sporting and cultural opportunities that support all children, young people and adults.

In striving for excellence, be a forward thinking, inclusive and nurturing organisation which enables everyone to achieve; enriching the lives of the community within the Isle of Man.

Our values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Caring
  • Fairness
  • Trust