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Hiring school premises

School premises such as halls, sports halls, playing fields etc can be hired out to the public for leisure and recreational use.

All 39 schools have facilities that are available for hire during term time. Some have facilities that are also available during school holidays. 

Each school has unique facilities, with some schools having more than one area that can be let out to the public. 

Groups and individuals can hire school facilities for a one off event or for several days/weeks/a term/a whole school year (longer bookings are invoiced per term). Discounts may be available depending on the nature of the letting. 

Primary school lettings are centrally administered by the Department of Education and Children. For more information on what facilities are on offer at each school, contact Susanne.kirk@doe.gov.im on +44 1624 685785 (mornings only). 

For secondary school lettings, please contact the relevant school: 

Primary schools, youth centres and Glencrutchery School

(available for a minimum of 1.5 hours)

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £24.00 £12.00
Weekends £29.50 £14.80

Glencrutchery Swimming Pool

(available per hour)

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £24.00 £12.00
Weekends £29.50 £14.80

Playground or netball court

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £8.60 £5.40
Weekends  £17.30 £10.90

Field and changing room

(available per hour)

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £24.00 £12.00
Weekends £29.50 £14.80

Astro Pitch (HBN site only)

(available per hour)

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £29.20 £14.60
Weekends £34.70 £17.35

Rates applicable to secondary schools and the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education

Halls and classrooms etc

(available for a minimum of 1.5 hours)

DaysFull charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £22.10 £11.05
Weekends  £27.30 £13.65

Sports hall and swimming pool

(available per hour)

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £44.10 £22.05
Weekends £54.60 £27.30

Field and changing room

(available per hour) 

DaysFull Charge per hourYouth Groups*
Monday to Friday £22.10 £11.05
Weekend £27.30 £13.65

* under 18s per hour pro-rata

Note: Sporting facilities are not normally available without toilet/changing facilities. Groups that can prove that they have their own toilet/changing facilities on site can apply for a 28% reduction. Please see current terms and conditions of hiring Department premises for VAT regulations on sporting facilities.

All requests for the use of accommodation on Department of Education premises must be made by way of an application form at least 10 working days before the date on which accommodation is required. Late applications will be considered, however, we cannot guarantee the caretaker’s availability or that the form will be processed in time to confirm booking. Please note each separate area requested will be charged for. 

For non-commercial/charity groups where a letting is partly for the benefit of youths and partly for seniors, seniors will be charged at full rate and youths at a reduced rate, calculated pro-rata.  

If child discount is applicable please submit the  blue Club Membership Details - Application for Child Discount form.

Use of kitchen facilities 

Details of requirements must be clearly stated on the application form, which will require the approval of the school meals oganiser. A member of the school meals staff must be present, in a supervisory capacity, the full cost of which must be met by the organisation requesting the facilities. It is the group’s responsibility to approach the school meals staff to arrange cover, informing the lettings section of the staff member’s name.

Cancellation or amendment charge

A charge of £2 per session will be levied for any cancellation or amendment to a letting.

Where an organisation, including a youth organisation, fails to give prior notice of a cancellation, the full charge will be levied. 

Schools use after 6pm and at weekends 

No charge 

No charge to be levied for events organised by parents/school/pupils to raise funds for school purposes. 

Events involving parents, who must be official bodies, wishing to hold social events, for example, bingo, barn dances, and any profit to be donated to the school. 

School concerts, parties, plays to assist in the development of pupils. 

As much notice as feasibly possible will be given by the school/youth club for any sessions that have to be cancelled due to the school/youth clubs requiring the use of their building. 

Events for which a charge is to be levied 

There will be no charge for events held by schools for the purpose of raising funds for charity.

Events held by outside organisations for the purpose of raising funds for charity. These events may involve pupils and staff. The full charge is applicable, namely:

  • caretaker
  • heat and light
  • wear and tear
  • VAT may also be applicable

Please telephone the Lettings Section for further information. If child discount is applicable please submit the blue Club Membership Details Application for Child Discount form. 

VAT will be charged on all lettings of sports facilities for sporting activities, except when 10 or more sessions are booked in any period, no longer than 14 days apart and for the same activity. The use of sports facilities for other than sporting purposes is exempt from VAT (for example concerts /pantomimes /meetings). VAT will be charged if a sporting group does not pay their invoice as a whole. See terms and conditions leaflet for further details. 

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