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.
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
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.