If you’re thinking of making some extra money for your school, you might consider letting out your facilities to your community. Running these community lettings can be a great way to generate additional and significant income for your school, however, there are a few important things to consider beforehand.
Decide if it’s for you
Renting out school facilities to other people can come with a few problems. Even though we do our very best to avoid these issues, sometimes things break, are moved around a little or could also be misplaced. We hold the customer responsible for any damage or theft but it can be frustrating for the teacher or pupils.
To make money, you must have something customers want. Unfortunately, if the facilities at your school don’t fit the desired criteria, it might not be worth the work for either of us trying to make it happen. Primary schools are a notable example of this as all the facilities are catered to children meaning smaller chairs, tables, and bathrooms which don’t always match our adult customer’s needs. We would advise that the most popular schools are those that have a variety of well-built amenities, i.e., Sports Hall, Main Hall, or Football Pitches.
Another factor we must consider is the location of your school. If your school is situated in London for example, where space is tight, we will be more successful in marketing those better than if your school was situated more remotely.
Will take time
The process of community lettings can sometimes take a while to implement. Even though we promise to onboard your school within 6 weeks, that doesn’t always mean that you will have a flood of customers in the door on the first day of opening. If you haven’t let out your facilities before, we will have to get the word out that the facilities are available. We have different proven ways of doing this, but it might take time to build your customer base.
If your school resides in a residential area, you may need to think about council-imposed restrictions or noise complaints from residents. This can sometimes have an impact on the number of bookings that can take place but can also affect the community’s relationship with the school.
If you are a school with many after-school clubs or classes, there might also be an issue with how many bookings could take place. Due to safeguarding protocols, we are not permitted to run any bookings whilst pupils are still there in the same building. Sometimes this can be waivered if you have two buildings; if pupils are using one building until late, we could let out rooms in the other building but overall, we will need all students to be off-site before any out of hour lettings can commence.
It’s always a big decision when it comes to letting out your school’s facilities to others and we know it’s not always an easy one to make. Your school’s needs always take priority but it’s important to understand potential hurdles that may come your way. If you have any further queries or would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.