ST Catherine’s Pool

    ST CATHERINE’S GIRLS SCHOOL: SUITABLE FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED SWIMMERS ONLY. LESSONS ARE FOR 30 MINUTES WITH 3 CHILDREN PER GROUP AT INTERMEDIATE STAGE AND GROUPS OF 4 AT ADVANCED STAGE.

    PLEASE NOTE: ONCE A TERM, WE ARE UNABLE TO USE ST CATHERINE’S DUE TO OPEN DAYS
    If this falls on a Saturday, we do a catch-up on the following Sunday.
    If this falls on a mid-week evening, we do a catch-up at the end of term.

    St Catherine’s school is suitable for

    • Intermediate Swimmers (i.e. those who have good technique on front and back crawl for a minimum of 5m)
    • Advanced Swimmers (i.e. those who can maintain good technique on front and back crawl with various breathing patterns on front crawl over 1 length minimum)
    • Squad swimmers (i.e. children who are good enough to join a competitive swimming club, but who do not want to commit to the rigours that would be demanded).
    • Adult Swimmers: for the terrified beginner up to the competitive swimmer.

    Intermediate and Advanced lessons are taught in the pool at the same time and are 30 minutes long:

    • Monday: 4.15pm, 4.45pm, 5.15pm, 5.45pm
    • Tuesdays: 5.15pm, 5.45pm, 6.15pm
    • Wednesdays: 5.15pm, 5.45pm, 6.15pm
    • Thursdays: 5.15pm, 5.45pm, 6.15pm
    • Fridays: 4.15pm, 4.45pm, 5.15pm
    • Saturday mornings : 8.30, 9am, 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am
    • Saturday afternoons: 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm

    Squads meet at St Catherine’s on:

    All squad sessions are 45 minutes and use the whole pool exclusively.

    Alpha Squad:

    • Mondays 6.15pm – 7pm;
    • Tuesday 6.45pm – 7.30pm
    • Friday 5.45pm – 6.30pm;
    • Saturday 11.30am – 12.15pm

    Mini squad:    

    • Wednesday 6.45 to 7.30pm
    • Friday 6.30pm – 7.15pm;
    • Saturday 12.15pm – 1pm

    Development squad:

    • Saturday 4pm – 4.45pm at Saint Catherine’s

    But also at Lady Eleanor Holles pool in Hampton on

    • Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.15pm
    • Thursday 7pm – 7.45pm

    Elite squad:

    • Saturday 4pm – 4.45pm at Saint Catherine’s

    But also at Lady Eleanor Holles pool in Hampton on

    • Wednesdays 7.15pm – 8pm
    • Thursdays 7pm – 7.45pm (we use 1 lane in the Development squad for elite swimmers);

    Adult Lessons meet at St Catherine’s on:

    • Lessons are all 45 minutes long.

    Adult Beginners:

    • Wednesday 8pm
    • Thursday 7pm
    • Saturday 5.15pm

    Adult Intermediates:

    • Monday 7.30pm
    • Thursday 8pm

    Adult Advanced:

    • Monday 7.30pm
    • Thursday 8pm

    Adult Squads:

    • Monday 8.15pm
    • Tuesday 8pm

    Description: Full sized 18 metre pool with variable depth to a maximum of 3m.

    Changing facilities: There is a large communal changing room, showers and toilets exclusively for pool users.

    Tutor Ratio:

    • Intermediate swimmers: Up to 3 tutors in the shallow end of the pool with a maximum of 3 children each.
    • Advanced swimmers: Up to 2 tutors working out of the water with the children swimming in the deep end, with up to 4 children each.
    • Squads: Up to 18 children with exclusive use of the pool, with one coach and one assistant.

    Viewing the Lessons: Parents wait on poolside with a clear view and within ear shot of the lessons taking place.

    How to find the pool: The school is on the corner of Cross Deep and Pope’s Grove, Twickenham (opposite the Alexander Pope pub).

    During the school week, the area does get congested particularly when St. Catherine’s pupils are collected between 4 – 4:30pm. There are a small number of parking meters outside the school entrance on Cross Deep itself. These take 20p coins, and cost 20 pence per 10 minutes. In Pope’s Grove, you may park on the school zig-zag after 4:30pm. There are also a number of resident bays marked all along this road, which are open to anyone to use after 10am.

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