Sleepovers in schools
Students or non-school groups might want to have a sleepover at your school. As a board of trustees, you need a written agreement with the group having the sleepover, and any area used for sleeping must meet certain fire safety requirements.
Allowing people to have sleepovers at school
A community group may want to use your school hall or classroom for a sleepover. If you agree to this, you must have a formal agreement with them.
Use the Casual Use Agreement.
Fire safety for sleepovers
There must be an automatic fire alarm system and smoke alarms wherever there is a sleepover at your school.
The automatic fire alarm system must include:
- smoke detectors
- manual call points, which allow people to push a button to set off a fire alarm.
If there are more than 40 people in a "group sleeping area" (hall, classroom or other area used for sleeping), there must be a sprinkler fire system.
If a "group sleeping area", does not have a sprinkler system, the area can’t include a kitchen (but may include tea making facilities).
These rules apply to:
- all sleepovers – for students as well as outside groups
- overnight stays – even where no sleep is intended, like the 40 Hour Famine.
Safeguarding against fire
- mattresses are away from heating vents
- all emergency exits are clear
- everyone is told where the exits are and where to meet if there is a fire
- there are torches on hand.
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