Our experience in acting for over 900 independent schools means that we understand the commercial and organisational pressures on educational establishments. These pressures are even more acute in the area of alcohol licensing and the licensing of regulated activities where you, as an organisation, need to be compliant at all costs.
Many educational establishments are seeking to make full use of their property portfolio or estate. Private hire of your facilities can produce a useful additional revenue for your organisation. It is important to ensure that you have the necessary permissions and licenses in place before you agree to the private hire.
Whilst a 'one off' temporary event notice may be appropriate in some cases, it can be very worthwhile investing time and money in formalising your licensing arrangements in order to allow a more regular use of school premises. You can do this by obtaining a premises licence.
It is common for educational establishments to host events throughout the year, for example, school fetes or Christmas drinks, which may involve the sale of alcohol or one or more of the regulated activities. Again, whilst a temporary event notice may be appropriate, if you are hosting events regularly, you may want to consider applying for a premises licence.
The Licensing Act 2003 contains a variety of provisions in relation to the sale or supply of alcohol to children. These provisions are designed to further promote the licensing objective: the protection of children from harm.
Often it is necessary for you to review these provisions in light of your organisation's arrangements and to seek advice on how these provisions apply in situations, for example, where you house boarding students or where you are intending to serve alcohol to students with a meal.
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