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do you pay extra for school swimming lessons?

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Herecomesthesciencebint Thu 13-Jan-11 21:29:13

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HAYLEYMAI Thu 13-Jan-11 21:49:19

Hi my dcs school has a swimming pool and we pay £11 a year but you dont have to they ask for this or you can give a donation if you want.

He started his lessons in the reception year.

I cant see that they should ask you per lesson for money maybe for a donation or an affordable amount each year!

Lonnie Thu 13-Jan-11 21:54:58

yes we pay extra for it its about £25 a year but they have their own bus to get them back we take them

tinytalker Thu 13-Jan-11 21:59:08

Yes we pay extra. They only have lessons in Year 5 and it costs £18 x 3 terms. This includes coach to and from the pool.

wed99 Thu 13-Jan-11 22:56:25

Yes we pay £45 a term for the whole of year 4. That covers the cost of the lessons and 10 minute coach journey. Lots of people not happy about it as they already pay for private lessons and their children can already meet the nat curriculum level of 25m.

MrsNonSmoker Thu 13-Jan-11 23:05:51

lessons start in year 3, so years 3 4 5 (not sure about 6) all go swimming for 10 or 12 weeks each academic year. We pay £2.50 a week voluntary. Lots of parents simply don't send their children in with costumes as they don't like swimming/can't be arsed/begrudge the £2.50. Tbh though its not brilliant, both mine can swim but if they couldn't they certainly wouldn't learn by doing this, by the time they get there and get changed, get told off for talking etc., its time to come back!

natsmum100 Fri 14-Jan-11 07:05:38

At my children's school, they swim for two terms in both year 3 and year 4. We pay for transport. When DS went last year, it cost £33 for 11 weeks but this year it only costs £19.

spanieleyes Fri 14-Jan-11 07:21:25

We start swimming in Reception and continue through to Yr 6. From approx Easter onwards the children swim twice a week. We don't charge.

bigknickersbigknockers Fri 14-Jan-11 07:36:42

DS1 swims for one term this yr (5) and next yr (6) and we dont pay anything.

Takver Fri 14-Jan-11 09:23:51

They have swimming lessons in place of games for one term a year in years 3, 4, 5 & 6

All free including the transport. The lessons seem quite good (dd certainly improved over the term in yr 3 when she was still a beginner), but they only go up to level 4 equivalent - anyone who swims better than that already just goes in with the top group.

Seems fair enough to me - they're trying to make sure that everyone can swim enough to be safe, I think.

DD would love to be in your school, Spanieleyes

helencw77 Fri 14-Jan-11 16:30:20

My ds started swimming this year in Year 1, we pay £5.30 per week, over £60 per term. I think it is quite expensive tbh, and it seems that lots of children "claim" from the school as they can't afford it, I am probably subsidising it knowing my luck. There are twenty in ds class and they all have to go, so I don't seem to have much choice and ds does enjoy it.

spanieleyes Fri 14-Jan-11 16:42:05

We are lucky in that we have our own pool, unlucky in that it is outdoors ( although heated!) so whilst the children are nice and warm in the pool, the staff ( who are all trained swimming teachers) freeze or roast depending on the weather! We live in an area surrounded by drains and dykes and it is essential that all our children learn to swim as soon as possible-we are the only school I know which runs booster classes for swimming! ( We also have lunchtime and after school swimming clubs too grin

mrz Fri 14-Jan-11 17:32:30

No they are free

NorbertDentressangle Fri 14-Jan-11 17:34:50

In KS2 they have lessons for one term a year.

The lessons are free but you are made encouraged to make a voluntary contribution for the coach costs

pointythings Fri 14-Jan-11 20:08:36

At our school they have lessons in summer term of Yr 4, there is no charge and the pool is walking distance from the school. Children who are already at National Curriculum level get put in a group of their own with a specialist coach and learn stroke improvement, tumble turns and competitive stuff.

Bunbaker Fri 14-Jan-11 20:12:15

There is already a thread about this. DD did two terms of swimming in year 3, but I didn't have to pay for them as they were part of the national curriculum. The pool is 8 miles away so a coach had to be laid on for the 16 mile round trip. It was still free though.

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