At Whalton, every Wednesday, in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, all the children in Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4 children travel by bus to Ponteland Leisure Centre for swimming tuition. 


Years 5 and 6 complete a water safety skills programme in the Autumn Term in order to fulfil the national requirements, by the end of year 6, to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
(Any children who need extra support in swimming, can join the rest of the school in Wednesdays' lessons).

Each year we take part in a swimming Gala at the Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick together with Longhorsley C. of E. Aided First School and Cambo First School.