Highfield School of Swimming

Further to the announcement last week that indoor pools can open again on 25th July and the Swim England guidelines being published yesterday (13th July), we will be working on the Autumn Term timetable with immediate effect. 

We would love to be able to welcome new swimmers into the Swim School, however due to the restrictions on numbers of swimmers in the pool at any one time, we will be running a wait list for any new joiner requests. 

The Highfield School of Swimming welcomes all children aged 6 months to 14 years from the local area (Liphook, Haslemere, Petersfield) to our inviting, clean and warm indoor pool. We introduce them to the joys of swimming and help them to become proficient, safe swimmers.

We believe that learning to swim is an essential life skill that every child should have the opportunity to master, which is why when it comes to lessons our approach is focussed firmly on technique. This approach, coupled with only recruiting highly qualified coaching staff, means that when children reach the end of their time with us, they have perfect strokes as well as being extremely competent and safe swimmers.

For Baby & Toddler swimming lessons, please visit our Teddy Toddlers page


Our Approach

We take technique very seriously and make this the focus for every class regardless of the level being taught. To us, technique encompasses everything from the basics of breathing correctly to body alignment, to strokes and kicking. We don’t progress children who aren’t ready to move into the next stage of their swimming just to create space for others. We recognise that every child is individual and will progress at a different speed from others – some need a bit longer to master certain techniques whilst others are born water babies who progress very quickly.


Our Coaches

We select our coaches very carefully and only take those for whom teaching swimming is a passion. We believe that having this passion and enthusiasm rubs off onto the children and helps motivate and engage them in their lessons. Our team of outstanding coaches are all Level 2 ASA or STA-qualified, pool rescue qualified, have had enhanced DBS checks and are dedicated to delivering an excellent swimming programme. Each uses their own individual style during their lessons to make it fun and engaging, but technique is still at the heart of each lesson, so regardless of which coach you may have, you can be assured that all of them will help your child to become a proficient swimmer.


Our Curriculum

We follow the Swim England (formerly ASA) Duckling and Learn To Swim Awards schemes as we believe it to be the strongest curriculum for children to learn to swim. It focuses on technique and skills and takes children through all stages from complete beginners to advanced competitive lengths. We work on one stroke per week in the lessons and cover all 4 strokes right from our very beginner swimmer groups.


Lessons & Fees

Lessons are available Monday – Friday after school and Saturday mornings. Each lesson lasts 45mins and we have a maximum of 6 children in a widths groups (in exceptional circumstances, this might increase to 7) and 4-5 children per lane in our lengths classes.

Lessons cost £11.50 each and are charged termly in advance. Fees are subject to change. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, bank transfer and Childcare Vouchers. 

Please click here to view the Swim School Terms and Conditions (PDF KB)

Please click here to view the Changing Room Policy

Please click here to view our Head Injury and Concussion Policy (PDF)


Term Dates

Spring Term 2020

Term starts: Monday 6th January 2020

Term ends: Saturday 4th April 2020

Half Term: Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd February (inclusive)


Entry Requirements

For group lessons: Lessons are available for children aged 4yrs – 14yrs (children can swim up until the end of Year 9). For 4yr olds, children must either be in a structured nursery environment or have started school (i.e. be in Reception) to join. The reason for this is because experience has shown us that children who haven’t been involved in a structured environment struggle to concentrate for the 45min lesson and find having to be still, listen to and follow instructions more challenging.

Children should be fully water confident to a minimum level of being able to confidently and happily put their face in the water. Due to the depth of the pool at the shallow end, children must be a minimum of 90cm tall from their chin to their feet. This is so that when they stand in the shallow end, their mouth will be above the water level.

For private lessons: Children can be aged from 6 months.


Moving Up

At the end of each term, coaches assess their pupils and award them Swim England certificates. Once the assessments have been carried out, we advise parents if their children need to move groups or not. This could simply mean a move to the next group up on the same day and time or it could mean a move to an alternative time or day. We endeavour to minimise day and time changes as much as possible as we understand that this can be difficult for many parents.

For further information about our swim school, please contact our Head of Activities, Abi Wellsactivities@highfieldschool.org.uk.

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