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St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School

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We currently offer Swimming in Years 1,2 and 5

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

Photo of Morden Leisure CentreThe 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.




Merton follow the Swim England programme, you can download the programme framework here.




  • 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 are following the Learn to Swim awards.
  • Year 5 swim for the autumn term, 1 lesson per week and principally prepare for Challenge Awards.

Swim England Swimming Challenge Awards are for young people working towards the latter stages of Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 or Learn to Swim Stages 8-10 of the Aquatic Skills Framework, with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Awards available.


Your child will be challenged to develop a wide range of skills and stamina in order to achieve the Awards, with a focus on good stroke style. 

Click here for details of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Challenge awards.

In 2018, 92% of Year 6 pupils could swim a minimum of 25M.  Swimming is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum.

The school meets the full cost of contracting swim coaches and the hire of the pool.  We do ask parents to support us by contributing to the cost of transportation to the pool and through volunteering to support staff in supervising the pupils.

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