About our Swim School

A new swimming scheme was launched at the Sports Centre in September 2012. Following the Swim England (formerly Amateur Swimming Association - ASA) awards scheme, lessons are based on ‘The National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.

We believe learning to swim is a necessary skill and rewarding experience. Our vision incorporates opportunities for your child to achieve lifesaving skills or progress to St Mary’s Junior Aqua Development (formerly Junior Development Squad) which is the pinnacle of our Swim School programme.

Lessons begin with Duckling classes for parents and children from the age of 2. These are followed by our main Swim School stages 1 to 10 for ages 4+. All swim stages have low pupil to teacher ratios which are designed to enhance learning experience, with maximum class sizes of 8 students for Stages 1-3 and 10 students for Stages 4-10.

You can enrol you child at any time.  If you know the stage your child requires please check to see if we have availability. Application forms can be downloaded here and are also available at reception.

All children are required to have a short swimming assessment which is conducted by one of our qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers and are free of charge. Booking is flexible throughout the week and the assessment lasts approximately 15 minutes, after which we will be able to advise you on the appropriate stage for your child. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Stages Information 

Ducklings: It’s never too soon to start! Our foundation programme encourages parents to share ‘confidence time’ in the water with their little ones. Suitable for children 2 - 4 years old. An enjoyable experience with a  qualified teacher learning the basic motor skills and having lots of fun as they start their learn-to-swim journey in preparation to move onto the ASA stages.

Swim England Stages 1 - 10: These stages develop basic safety awareness and stroke technique incorporating all the disciplines of competitive swimming.  See your child progress in to a competent and confident swimmer which will lead to a habitual healthy lifestyle.

Junior Aqua Development: Aimed at developing the stamina, fitness and skills required to swim competitively. For those with Stage 8 and above. This session is no longer invitation only, however an assessment will need to be conducted prior to admittance to the Junior Development Squad. 


Dates For Your Diary


2019 Exclusion Dates



Thursday 1st, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st August


Sunday 1st September


Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October


Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November


Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th December



Cancellation Policy - One to One Lessons

Demand is high for one to one private swimming lessons. Payment must be made in advance or at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made giving a minimum of 24 hours’ notice otherwise refunds/credits will not be given.

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Centre Opening Times

Tel: 01249 857335

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Monday 06:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 06:30 - 21:30
Wednesday 06:30 - 21:30
Thursday 06:30 - 21:30
Friday 06:30 - 21:30
Saturday 07:00 - 19:00
Sunday 07:30 - 19:30


Dates For Your Diary


Children's After School
Every Wednesday at 4:00pm (Term time only)

Aspire Channel Swim 2019
Monday 9th September - Monday 2nd December

Fitness Class Christmas Close Down
All fitness classes will stop from Friday 20th December after Yoga and will recommence on Thursday 2nd January 2020

Saturday 21st December
The Sports Centre will be closing at 5.00pm due to the Christmas party

Christmas Eve
The Sports Centre will be open from 6.30am-1.30pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Sports Centre Closed

New Year's Eve
The Sports Centre will be open from 6.30am-1.30pm

New Year's Day
Sports Centre Closed

We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause. St Mary's School Sports Centre.