Community Use

Our excellent facilities, with easy access and plentiful parking, are used by a range of community groups and sports clubs on a regular basis and are also available for events, workshops, conferences, meetings or holiday clubs. Community groups may book our facilities on weekday evenings, at weekends and during school holidays.

To enquire about availability or discuss your idea please contact our Lettings Administrator on 01929 500599 or email

You can find our Charging and Lettings Policy on our policies page.

Facilities for Hire

Sports Hall - from £32.60 per hour

The Swanage School has a fantastic Sports Hall available for hire. Following a recent refurbishment, it has markings for basketball, four badminton courts, a 5-a-side pitch and cricket nets. There is also a partition to divide the hall.

Indoor football goals, badminton posts, nets, basketball and netball hoops can be supplied upon request. There are also changing rooms and toilets.

The Sports Hall is great for sports classes, sessions and training. With a range of equipment, it can cater for various sports including; basketball, netball, football and badminton. It’s also a great space for gymnastics, dance classes and fitness classes.

Main Hall - from £26.00 per hour*

The Main Hall or Atrium is an amazing space. Individual seating and tables can be set up for your needs. The Main Hall is able to accommodate 250 people seated in rows and comfortably up to 100-120 seated at tables. Used in conjunction with the drama studio, it is easily transformed into a performance space perfect for shows and performances, with a bi-folding door that can be pulled back to reveal the stage area and the drama studio acting as a "back-stage" area behind.

The facility is extremely flexible, so it is ideal for a variety of events, including presentations, musical performances and quiz/social nights.

Special events (private/corporate)

For special events and functions, hire of the main hall can be combined with use of our professional catering kitchen by caterers and we are happy to provide tables, chairs and other equipment for special events. A Temporary Event Notice (TENS license) will be needed if alcohol is to be sold. Please see more information below, and information on pricing. 

Drama Studio - from £17.00 per hour*

The Swanage School has a brilliant drama studio available for use. Bi-folding doors connect it to the main hall and a stage can be erected for special events (for a small additional charge).

The drama studio is great for rehearsing, drama classes, small group workshops and used alongside the main hall it is great for shows and performances.

Classrooms - from £11.50 per hour*

The school has ample classrooms available for hire. With state of the art whiteboards and projectors, they make great learning environments. With tables and chairs for 28 people. 

The rooms are perfect for tuition, language lessons, meetings and small workshops. There is also access to some specialist classrooms (e.g. art, food technology, labs, computing) for suitably qualified tutors.  

Our art classroom is a particularly lovely space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Purbeck hills.

Kitchen - from £5 per hour*

Our kitchen is available for the preparation and serving of food and beverages, subject to discussion of your requirements, or if you wish to bring in outside caterers for your event. The kitchen is adjacent to the main hall and has a large serving hatch (with hot plates).

Field or netball court - from £14.40 per hour*

We have an outside netball court, alongside a field that can be used for outdoor events such as fetes.

6-a-side Astro Turf - from £25.00 per hour

Our 6-a-side astro pitch is available for hire. It has limited lighting, but enough to make it usable for outdoor training in the winter months. 

Regular Hire Pricing

Prices given above are for regular use by community groups and charities, or for youth, OAP and disability groups. Prices may vary on the overall use of the facilities; for example, the studio, classrooms and outside space will only be available at the prices cited above when other facilities are in use at the same time, and the kitchen for £5 per hour only in conjunction with the hire of the main hall. A minimum two hour booking may be required at times there is no other use of the building (e.g. at weekends or during school holidays).

Event Pricing

Quotes for private, public or commercial functions or one-off events are on an individual basis and are not based on hourly rates given above. For more information on pricing for an event, function or conference please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Contacting us

Either call 01929 500599 or by email

Special Events

Please get in touch if you would like to come and have a look at our facilities with a view to holding a function or event.

Need catering and a bar?

Our kitchen is handily located adjacent to the main hall and can be used by outside catering companies to prepare and serve meals. It is straightforward to obtain a TENS licence for the serving of alcohol at an event and we can provide tables so you can set up a bar area.

Need a stage and AV?

That's fine! The wall between the Hall and the Drama Studio is removable and a stage can be added, giving you a multi-functional space to work with and a "back-stage" area. For presentations, we can add a lectern and large screen projector. There are lights above the stage and you are welcome to add a stand-alone lighting rig to meet your requirements. Music can be played through the main speakers in the hall.

Seating styles

Whether you need auditorium style seating or banquet style tables and chairs we will be able to help!


To get in touch contact Sue on 01929 428097 or email