Holy Trinity is delighted to become one of only a handful of schools in the UK to be granted ‘Swim England Swim School’ status and unlike many other schools offers swimming for stages 1-10 within the school’s regular curriculum.
From January 2020 we now offer fully accredited Learn to Swim and Aquatic Skills Framework Awards through our national curriculum lessons and extra-curricular school clubs for pupils from Reception to Year 7. Able to teach children from 3-years upwards, the learn to swim framework is aimed at children from 5-years onwards, with Holy Trinity offering additional learn to swim classes open to non-Holy Trinity pupils on Saturday afternoons for Stages 1 – 10.
A Swim England tutor and Head of Swimming at Holy Trinity, Mrs Bainbridge works domestically and internationally to develop swimming teachers and coaches and is a consultant to organisations setting up new Learn to Swim programmes.
Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright commented: “Holy Trinity is delighted to be recognised as a Swim England Swim School and benefits greatly from Mrs Bainbridge’s expertise. The introduction of the Learn to Swim scheme enhances our swimming provision and widens our community outreach.”
Having the ability to offer recognised Swim England awards ensures children develop confidence in and around the water, with consistent skills taught and quality of teaching assured as standards are approved by the national governing body making Holy Trinity a class leader in school swimming provision, with results that speak for themselves. Being able to extend swimming lessons to non-pupils is an exciting development which we look forward to expanding further.
Mrs Bainbridge added: “Over the past 2 years, all school swimming teachers have gained at least one level 2 swimming qualification, with some also specialising in pre-school ages and coaching.
“Holy Trinity recognises swimming as a vital life skill and is passionate about ensuring all pupils exceed the minimum national curriculum requirements by the end of year 6, gaining a range of water skills in a fun and exciting manner.”