Every Child A Successful Swimmer

Update 05/01/21 at 11:55

Due to the national lockdown school swimming has been suspended until the foreseeable future. We will be in touch once we have further updates.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and we hope to be in touch soon.

Stay safe.

Update on 04/01/21 at 13:22

Dear all,

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

We are writing to let you know that we are currently operating school swimming as normal at all venues across the City.

However, as we are all aware, the situation is changing on a day-by-day basis and therefore we are going to take advice on whether the service should continue if Sheffield is put into Tier 4 or we go into a third National lockdown.

In the meantime, please follow the guidance/risk assessments that are in place and if you have any concerns please contact us.

Update on 15/12/20 at 16:51

Please keep referring to this information as it is rapidly changing on an hourly basis.

The legislation has stated that School Swimming can continue through this second phase of lockdown. However we work with lots of different pool operators who will be approaching this lockdown in very different ways. For now School Swimming will continue as normal for schools who swim at the following venues:

Mylnhurst (from week commencing 9th November)
Graves (from week commencing 9th November)
Thorncliffe (from week commencing 9th November)
Stocksbridge (from week commencing 9th November)
Ponds Forge (from week commencing 5th January)
Westfield (from week commencing 5th January)

Please note that these pools will only be open for School Swimming lessons and not open to the public. All other School Swimming lessons are postponed until we can agree a start date. This will be communicated to you as soon as we know. Hopefully very few lessons will be missed but we have to work with the venues to establish a sensible way forward.

We will do everything we can to avoid pupils missing lessons but please continue to arrange a plan B for pupils as we may have to cancel your lessons at the last minute. Thank you for your support and commitment to school swimming.

Please see below for information relating to COVID19. This page will be regularly reviewed and updated so please keep coming back and checking the information and documents.

Our Guidance

We have written a return to school swimming guidance document for you to download and read:

Pupils will be required to come “beach ready” to their swimming lessons i.e. wearing their swimming costume or swimming shorts under their clothes. Girls can wear tankinis while the changing restrictions are in place. Please ensure your pupils are all “beach ready” before leaving school.

The showers at the venues will not be in use, therefore please encourage your pupils to shower at home on a swimming day.

Googles maybe worn, but for some activities pupils will be asked to removed them to complete certain parts of the National Curriculum. Please make sure your pupils can put their goggles on and adjust them by themselves; our swimming teachers will not be able to assist with this.

We have written a updated template letter for parents you can download and adapt for your school:

Our parent/carer video presentation has updated to include information about COVID19, please point your parents/carers to the ‘Info for Parents/Carers‘ page.

We have created a checklist for you to go through before and after your swimming lessons:

We are will not be issuing the medal of the week at this time, but we will be asking our swimming teachers who will be getting the ‘WOW’ Card which you can print off and hand out when you are back at school:

Please also download the COVID19 flow diagram for adults or children that have any COVID19 symptoms or are contacted by the Track & Trace system:

We hosted a presentation focusing on the recovery of school swimming, please download the presentation:

We have also created a checklist for our swimming teachers that you can download and view for your information:

Our swimming teachers will teach from pool side, we have created ‘teaching stations’ at each pool to maintain social distancing. You can view these by downloading the document:

We have created a School Swimming COVID19 safety guidelines poster:

Start Dates 2020/2021

Due to COVID19 there will be a phased start to school swimming for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are the start dates for each swimming pool:

  • Stocksbridge – Week commencing 14th September 2020
  • Thorncliffe – Week commencing 21st September 2020
  • Concord – Week commencing 21st September 2020
  • Graves – Week commencing 21st September 2020
  • Zest – Week commencing 21st September 2020
  • Heeley – Week commencing 28th September 2020
  • Hillsborough – Week commencing 28th September 2020
  • Springs – Week commencing 28th September 2020
  • Mylnhurst – Week commencing 9th November 2020
  • Westfield – 7th January 2021
  • King Edwards (TBC)
  • Ponds Forge 5th January 2021

Swimming Pools

The swimming pools have put procedures in place to enable school swimming to resume such as:

  • Hand sanitiser points
  • One way systems
  • Holding bays to avoid schools clustering or meeting other school bubbles

Video Walk Through Guides

We have created walk through videos on our YouTube channel for you to show your pupils on the new way to travel within in each venue and the changing room protocols (King Edwards and Westfield pool video’s coming very soon).

Written Walk Through Guides

To accompany our video’s we have written walk through guides for you to download:

(King Edwards pool written walk through guide coming very soon).

Risk Assessments

(King Edwards pools risk assessment coming very soon).


Our 2 contracted transport companies have created risk assessments and received their ‘Good to Go’ certificates that you can download:


Ashley Travel

Resources for Parents/Carers

Swim England have released a range of free content covering aquatics-themed topics for parents/carers who are home-schooling.