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Swimming provision is currently being reviewed as it is being phased back in to schools after lockdown

Swimming lessons take place at Morden Leisure Centre, a facility which opened in November 2018. 

The building, situated in the beautiful landscape of Morden Park, has a 25m x 13m main pool and slightly smaller second pool with a moveable floor, which will be used for beginner sessions.




We were not able to offer swimming lessons for some time during the pandemic and a number of children are now in need of some catch-up lessons before we return to our usual programme.

New lesson structure

In 2021/2022 we have been offered very few lessons by the swimming provider, they have also changed how they structure the swimming programme.

Lessons will therefore be offered to Years 3, 5 and 6 in 2021/22.  Lesson run for one hour per day over a two week period during the afternoon.

Y3 St Augustine 2 weeks from 1 November.

Y3 St Monica 2 weeks from 25 April.

Y5, both classes, 2 weeks from 9 May.

Y6, both classes, 2 weeks from 6 June.

We will review lesson provision for 2022/23 once we are fully through the pandemic. 

Our usual provision can be seen below:

  • Year 1 swim for the Spring and Summer terms, 1 lesson per week.
  • Year 2 swim for the whole school year, 1 lesson per week.
  • Years 1 and 2 follow the Everyone Active Swim Curriculum.
  • Year 5 swim for the autumn term, 1 lesson per week and principally prepare for Challenge Awards.

In 2018:

  • 92% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • 92% could use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • 88% could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

The school meets the full cost of contracting swimming teachers and the hire of the pool.  We do ask parents to support us by contributing to the cost of transportation to the pool.

Children need to have a towel, suitable swim costume and swimcap.  Other items such as slippers and swim equipment are not required.

Start swimming early

We do recommend that children learn to swim with their parents before they start school. For details of swim classes at Morden see their website: Morden Leisure Centre Swim Classes

At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.