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North Star Alliance

St Peter’s are very proud to be members of North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances. North Star and Polaris formed a unique partnership in 2016 to support school improvement across North Yorkshire and work with around 70 primary schools in the region. Our collective aim is to improve outcomes for all children through a self-sustaining, dynamic system of school improvement and support across North Yorkshire and beyond. '


The department of Education stipulates that, all schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres and should have achieved this by the time they leave primary school.
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Here at St Peters we use Thirsk Public Swimming Pool for our children’s swimming lessons. This consists of a ½ hour swimming lesson on Thursday mornings in the Spring term.
The cost is currently £3 per lesson and is payable weekly or ½ termly via Parent Pay. If lessons are paid ½ termly, a refund will be made at the end of term for lessons missed.

Children need a swimming costume, towel and hairbrush/comb, named, in a bag.  Some more experienced swimmers like to wear goggles. These can be brought in from home labelled or can be purchased at the pool.

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to eat on the bus on their way back to school. This should be as healthy as possible, avoiding high sugar or salt content snacks please. A good example would be a piece of fruit or vegetables like carrot sticks.

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