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At Sandal Castle VA Community Primary we are extremely fortunate to have our own swimming facilities on site. We have four fully qualified Swimming Teachers who provide swimming tuition to all children from Year 1 through to Year 6. We follow the International Learn to Swim Programme.

We also offer a comprehensive After-School Provision including swimming, aqua zumba and swim team opportunities which enable our children to swim competitively against other schools in the district.

Swimming DVD - 4th July 2018


DfE Recognition

We are delighted that our school has been showcased as a case study school during National Sports Week, June 2018.

Follow the link below to see the DfE report ...


A truly outstanding school which has achieved the afPE Quality Mark with Distinction (twice!) and who will feature in afPE's new DVD exempflifying high quality provision that will be unveiled shortly! - AfPE

'I am proud to have been associated with this remarkable school' - Eileen Marchant MBE

Recent galas and events

We have our School swimming galas taking place next week...

Monday 18th 1:15pm - 3pm - Year 6

Tuesday 19th 1:15pm - 3pm - Year 5

Wednesday 20th 1:00pm - 3pm - Year 4

Thursday 21st 1:00pm - 3pm - Year 3

Friday 22nd 1:00pm - 3pm - Champions Gala (Winning pupils from all years)

Rotary Sponsored Swim - May 2018

English School Swimming Association 29.4.18

On Sunday 29th April, Sandal Castle Swim Team will swim at the ESSA National Swim Championships for Primary Schools. This will take place at the John Smiths Stadium Pool on the 29th April 2018.The top three teams from each final will be invited to represent North East Schools at the National Primary Relay Championships on Saturday 16th June 2018 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. We are looking forward to competing in the gala and hopeful for a top 3 finish!

DfE Accountability

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools.

The following link refers to our swimming statistics for 2016/17.

Swimming Statistics 2016-17

In February 2018, we were to be a case study school by the DfE who are working closely with the AfPE. The focus specifically is on the impact of the Sports Premium on attainment and progress in swimming. We look forward to reading the report.

Two members of our amazing Swim Squad have been selected to represent Wakefield. Well done to Marissa and Oliver

The Swim Squad celebrated their successes at the 'Champion of Champions' Swimming Competition during Sports Week

The Rotary Club Sponsored Swimming Relay - 14th May 2017

SANDAL SHARKS IN SPONSORED SWIM RELAY - report taken from Sandal Community Association - with thanks

The Sandal Sharks - the swimming squad from Sandal Castle Primary School - were keen participants in today's sponsored swim relay at the Normanton pool.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Wakefield who entered their own four-man team. There were 24 Sandal Sharks swimming today. There are 34 in the full squad who train two or three times a week in the school pool. Today's team was raising money to support the squad's activities

Ponds Forge -

The British Swimming Championships 2017 took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 18 – 23 April 2017.

The event was used as selection trials for British Swimming teams for the World Championships 2017, the European Junior Championships 2017, the European Youth Olympic Festival 2017 and the World Junior Championships 2017. Our children were fortunate to visit the championships on Sunday 23rd April. What an opportunity to see where they could be with continued aspiration to succeed with their swimming! Here they are enjoying their day. Many thanks to Mr Harper and the staff for taking the children during the school holidays.

Each year, we celebrate our achievements in swimming by taking part in a variety of annual swimming galas; the Rotary Club Gala, Normanton Gala and our very own Sandal Castle Primary School Gala. We invite children from other schools within the district to compete against our amazing swim team!