“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
- Michael Phelps
At King’s we have a comprehensive Swimming and Aquatics programme, providing opportunities for pupils to enjoy the water throughout school life, whether it be social, recreational, competitive or as part of the PE timetable.
We have a fantastic 25m, 5 lane pool, which is 1.1m deep in the shallow end and 2.8m in the deep end, thereby facilitating other aquatic activities such as water polo, scuba diving, kayaking, lifesaving and synchronized swimming.
Various swimming and aquatics activities are available throughout the year. In the Third Form, all pupils have swimming lessons as part of their PE programme, and swimming is available as an individual sport option for those taking GCSE or A level PE.
Test the Water
Swimming is a vital life skill and completely necessary for pupils wishing to take part in other water-based activities outside of the pool environment, such as sailing and kayaking. At King’s we ensure all pupils complete a water safety test and will provide additional tuition for those who require more confidence and practice.
For pupils who wish to swim recreationally, space is always allocated during programmed sessions.
Competitive Swim Training
For those who are serious swimmers, progressive squad training is delivered by our Head of Swimming and during the Michaelmas Term, training is focused on developing aerobic fitness, improving stroke technique and introducing pace.
In the Lent and Summer Terms we focus on maintaining aerobic fitness and developing race skills and developing speed. Training takes place during games sessions and additional early morning swim training is offered twice weekly. This is often a popular choice for pupils as it does not clash with other sports commitments and provides pupils an opportunity to develop their swimming alongside other sports.
Further training sessions are available through our King's Community Swimming Academy programme, giving our pupils the opportunity to access an additional six hours of weekly training.
Competitions and Galas
Throughout the year, King’s pupils have the opportunity to compete in galas against other local schools and clubs.
In March each year we enter a team into the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup, an exciting and traditional competition against independent schools across the country, held at the London Aquatic Centre, home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In addition, King’s competes in the annual Meade King Cup, which is the longest running unbroken competition in the world between independent schools.
As well as traditional school fixtures, we offer time trials each half of term so swimmers can practice racing and monitor their progress. The season draws to a close at the end of the Summer Term with the ever-popular House Swimming competition, and a pool party and BBQ for our swim team at our lovely outdoor pool at King's Hall.
All sessions are delivered in line with the National Governing Body guidance for COVID-safe swimming. To ensure we can adhere to social distancing measures our changing rooms are currently out of action. Swimmers either change in their houses of day changing areas and must arrive at the pool ‘beach ready’.
The session is planned accordingly to accommodate year group bubbles and ensure safe distancing whilst swimming.
For fixtures, results and match reports, please click here.
Water polo is a fantastic game that combined speed, strength, and stamina, with great teamwork and tactics.
The sport is evolving rapidly at King's, with training offered weekly for both girls and boys. We have a competitive boys' team, comprising of boys across all year groups, who compete against local schools.
We work closely with our local club, Taunton Deane Water Polo, and many of our pupils compete for the club, as well as for Somerset County, representing the South West region.
We are very proud of current Fifth Form pupil Nyah Tomlinson, who is part of the England National Academy Programme. Nyah travels the length and breadth of the country, training and competing at this level. This summer she will visit Hungary with the England U15 girls' squad for an intensive week of training and matches.
Each year our Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to gain their Royal Lifesaving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). This is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification, and is an excellent gateway into a career in the sport and leisure industry, enabling candidates to work as a lifeguard in swimming pools and leisure centres across the world.
This formal qualification covers all elements of swimming pool safety, rescue techniques, lifeguarding theory, first aid and CPR.
This course is offered at a very discounted rate to our pupils, and is delivered by our Head of Swimming and Aquatics. As part of this offer, our pupils then volunteer as lifeguards to supervise regular swim sessions in our pool, gaining valuable work experience.
Scuba diving is another exciting activity available to our pupils. We work in partnership with a local dive centre, Scuba Blue, and each year their qualified and experienced staff provide ‘Try-dives’ for our pupils. Try-dives take place at our pool and give our pupils the opportunity to try diving. They learn how to use equipment, are taught basic safety guidelines, and learn the skills needed to dive.
If pupils enjoy this experience, they can sign up to complete their the PADI Open Water Dive Certificate. The course is delivered at school, taught by divemasters from Scuba Blue, with the final open water assessments taking place at a local open water dive centre. Once qualified, pupils will have this qualification for life and will be able to dive all over the world!
FloatFit is a new and innovative water work out that our pupils can enjoy. The group sessions involve completing exercises, that improve core strength, balance, fitness and strength, on top of large board, that floats in the water. The sessions a high energy and great fun and a fantastic way for more pupils to enjoy the water.
Community Swimming at King's
Open to All
Our Community Swimming and Aquatics Programme was launched in 2017 and has evolved rapidly. We provide swimming lessons for any child, not just children who attend King’s Schools. Our classes are 45 minutes in length, which allows children to really focus and develop their skills during each lesson.
We run lessons on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings.
Our lesson programme follows the Swim England National Plan for Teaching Swimming and each class is taught by fully qualified and highly experienced Swimming Teachers and Coaches.
Our classes are designed for children aged 4 and upwards. For younger children, we can offer a parent and baby class, and a pre-school class, both of which take place on Saturday mornings and is the perfect way for young children to experience the water.
Lessons run during term-time in half termly blocks and cost £10.00 per lesson. To find out more information, to book a free trial and join our Community Swimming programme, please contact: email@example.com or call 01823 328145Our very popular Community Swimming Programme is open to any child, not just those who attend King’s Schools, who wishes to learn and develop their swimming.
Our Community Academy provides swim training sessions for children who have progressed through the stages of our Learn to Swim programme and wish to take their swimming to the next level.
At King’s, we provide a flexible and fluid swim training programme, offering anything from one hour, up to six hours of bespoke training each week.
Training sessions are tailored to meet the needs of individual swimmers, and aim to help improve fitness, develop stamina, and gain speed and strength. These sessions are great for
those who are serious about competitive swimming or for those just looking to maintain fitness or perhaps use swimming to complement other sports.
Sessions run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and are led by fully qualified swimming coaches, all with extensive experience coaching swimming at elite level.
For more information, and to attend a free trial session, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org