Facilities Hire

Located a few minutes from the centre of Reading and Junction 11 of the M4, John Madejski Academy is an ideal venue for a wide variety of corporate, sporting and private events.

Various facilities and rooms at school are available for hire – click on the links to the left for more information.

Most facilities are available for hire from 8am to 10pm weekdays and at weekends for large events and organisations seeking termly contracts. Parking can usually be made available in one of the Academy’s two car parks or at AcademySport which is close by. There is also extensive on-road parking close to the Academy.

Some of the benefits of hiring from us are:

  • On-site parking
  • Changing facilities, if required
  • No entrance or membership fee to participants
  • Private site – not open to the public
  • Staff member on site for the duration of the let.

All enquiries – please email or telephone 01189 370200 and ask for venue bookings.

Please click on the expandable sections below for details on the different areas available for hire; associated fees and booking information.

Classrooms & Specialist Classrooms


School classrooms are available to use with a teaching capacity for up to 30 students. These rooms are equipped with WiFi, whiteboards, interactive boards and projectors. The site has a number of specialist classrooms such as ICT, Music, Art, Science and Food Technology.  If hire is required for a continual occupation throughout the holiday period (minimum of three days) the Academy will provide a discounted hire rate.

Suitable activities:

  • Education activities
  • Meetings
  • Homework clubs
  • Adult learning
  • Training

Specialist Classrooms

We have a variety of specialist classrooms available that have been designed and built for their specialist subject. Each room comes equipped to accommodate your needs. Rooms available include Art, ICT, Music, Food Technology, Science.

Suitable activities:

  • Art courses
  • Cookery clubs
  • Music
  • IT training

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Dance Studio

The Dance Studio offers an excellent space for smaller groups. It is modern, fully mirrored with a wooden sprung floor. The Studio is on the first floor and a dedicated lift allows access for the disabled.

Suitable activities:

  • Dance and drama workshops
  • Gymnastics
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Circuit and fitness training
  • Martial arts
  • Childrens’ parties and family gatherings
  • Religious meetings

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Drama Studio

The Drama Studio is an ideal space for rehearsals or a production green room and is equipped with lighting, audio system and projector. The Drama Studio is suitable for smaller events or productions, accommodating up to 75 people seated.

Suitable activities:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Fitness
  • Yoga, Pilates and Zumba
  • Martial arts
  • Gymnastics
  • Childrens dance/disco parties
  • Small scale rehearsals and practice session
  • Meetings and break out sessions


Floodlit 3G Football Pitch

The Academy has a 3G football pitch which provides a large playing for football and other sports. This is a secure fenced pitch which is available all year round with floodlighting. Changing facilities are available if required.

Suitable activities:

  • 11-a-side football
  • 9-a-side football
  • 5-a-side football
  • General training
  • Children’s football parties

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Main Hall

The large Main Hall has a capacity for up to 400 people with flexible seating and a large stage. The Hall is equipped with a sound and lighting desk and large stage screen and projector.

Suitable activities:

  • Productions
  • Dance
  • Presentations
  • Meetings
  • Parties
  • Conferences
  • Concerts

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Meeting Room

There is a new meeting room in the recently refurbished Sixth Form Centre which is available to hire for informal meetings. It is equipped with WiFi and facilities for hot drinks and snacks.

Suitable activities:

  • Meetings
  • Adult education
  • Interviews
  • Community meetings
  • Slimming groups, yoga / pilates

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Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)

The purpose built Multi-Use Games Area is fully fenced and can be used for a variety of sport and leisure activities. The area is floodlit and has specialist markings for netball, tennis and football.

Suitable activities:

  • 5 a side football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor badminton

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This is a bright, open and versatile space that can be hired either independently or in conjunction with other facilities. There is easy access to outside areas. Suitable activities include lectures, conferences, parties, training events, exhibitions and dinner parties. Alcohol may be sold subject to the appropriate licence being secured for each event.

Suitable activities:

  • Lectures
  • Conferences
  • Parties
  • Training events
  • Exhibitions
  • Dinner parties

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The Sports Hall

Suitable activities:

  • Football, netball, badminton and basketball, cricket practice,volleyball
  • Martial arts
  • Aerobics, dance and drama
  • Childrens’ parties
  • Meetings and workshops
  • Circuit and fitness training
  • Weddings
  • Conferences and exhibitions

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Hire Charges & Booking Information

Our Hire rates are listed below:

Room  Hire cost per hour*
Sports Hall (whole) £48.00
Sports Hall (1 court) £12.00
Dance Studio £35.50
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) (whole) £54.00
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) (1 court) £13.50
3G Football Pitch (whole pitch) £168.00
3G Football Pitch (half pitch) £84.00
3G Football Pitch (quarter pitch) £42.00

Other Facilities – price on application  

  • Classrooms
  • Specialist classrooms (including ICT)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Drama Studio
  • Main Hall (can seat up to 400).
  • A screen and sound system are available
  • Restaurant

For weekend hires an additional 20% is charged.  Block bookings may be subject to a discount.

* VAT will be charged at the applicable rate

Equipment for Hire

  • Interactive whiteboard and projector £5.00 per session
  • Computer £5.00 per computer per session
  • Piano £10.00 per session

To book, please e-mail or phone 01189 370200 and ask for venue bookings.