Shade Primary School

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Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, Lancashire OL14 7PD

01706 812913

Shade Primary School

Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

  1. Curriculum
  2. Subjects
  3. PE
  4. Swimming


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 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.

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 07760 978157 on Thursdays between 09.45am and 12 noon. If you are unable to ring between these times messages can be left for her via the School Office on 01706 812913.




Term-Time Swimming Lessons

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

Monday Lunchtime - 12 noon-1pm

Tuesday Morning  - 9am-10am

Tuesday Afternoon - 1.30pm-2.30pm

Wednesday Lunchtime - 11.45am-12.45pm

Thursday Afternoon - 12.15am-1.15pm


After School Lessons are on every weekday between the times shown below.

Monday - 4pm-6.15pm

Tuesday - 3.30pm-5.40pm

Wednesday - 4pm-6pm

Thursday - 3.30pm-5pm

Friday - 4pm-5.30pm