Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, Lancashire OL14 7PD

01706 812913

Shade Primary School

Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day


Swimming at Shade Pool

We are one of a very small number of primary schools to have their own swimming pool on site. The pool was built as part of the original building, which opened in 1904. Generations of children have learnt to swim in our pool.

The pool measures 12m x 5m and varies in depth from 1m to 1.4m.


Swimming Sessions

Our swimming teacher, Natalie Clarkson, organises the swimming timetable and lessons. During the school day the pool is open for Parent and Toddler, adults only, and school swimming lessons.

After-School swimming lessons are also available. All lessons need to be booked and paid for in advance.


How do I book a swimming session?

Natalie Clarkson, our swimming teacher, is usually teaching in the pool but can be contacted on 07763 093386 on Thursdays between 09.45am and 12 noon. If you are unable to ring between these times you can text or leave a message anytime on this number and Natalie will get back to you as soon as she can.

Messages can be left for her via the School Office on 01706 812913.




Term-Time Swimming Lessons   - Click on the link to the poster and see below for more details                

Poster for Parent and Child Swimming

Parent and Toddler Classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the times shown.

 Tuesday Morning  - 9am-10am

Wednesday Lunchtime - 11.45am-12.45pm

Thursday Afternoon - 12.15pm-1.15pm


After School Lessons are on every evening except Thursdays between the times shown below.

Monday - 4pm-6.45pm

Tuesday - 4pm-6.30pm

Friday - 4pm - 5.30pm


Adult Swimming

Tuesday - 10am - 11am


Swimming for Shade Pupils

At Shade Primary School the children have their first taster swimming lessons during the Summer term when they are in Year 1. Half of the class at a time will have 5 or 6 lessons so that they can get used to the water and the routines of the lesson. In year 2 and year 3 the children will swim every week. In year 4 the children swim for 2 terms. Any children who have not achieved the minimum expectation of swimming 25 metres will continue to swim weekly until this is achieved when they are in year 5 and year 6.





Miss Natalie Clarkson teaches swimming at Shade Pool. She is an ASA qualified teacher and NPLQ Lifeguard.



 Mr Tony Thomas has taught swimming at Shade Pool for 11 years. He is an ASA  qualified teacher and he attends monthly lifeguard training.