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Kings College Taunton

Kings College Taunton

Lyndsey Hollands


King’s have a comprehensive Swimming and Aquatics programme, providing opportunities for pupils to enjoy the water throughout school life, whether it be social, recreational, competitive or PE oriented. Swimming takes place in its 25m, 5 lane pool, which is 1.1m deep in the shallow end and 2.8m in the deep end, thereby facilitating other aquatic activities such as water polo, scuba diving and synchronized swimming.

The type of swimming on offer varies during the year, and swimming is available in all of the options for both GCSE and A level PE. All Third Form pupils go through basic stroke technique work to help them to swim more efficiently and enjoy their swimming more.

Lessons are also available to anyone who wishes to gain more confidence in the water and learn basic movement skills.

For pupils who wish to swim recreationally, space is always allocated during programmed sessions.

For those who are serious swimming competitors, progressive squad training is delivered by the Head of Swimming and during the Michaelmas Term training is focused on developing aerobic fitness, improving stroke technique and introducing pace. In the Lent and Summer Terms the focus is on maintaining aerobic fitness and developing race skills and developing speed. Training takes place during games sessions and additional early morning swim training is offered twice weekly. This is often a popular choice for pupils as it does not clash with other sports commitments and provides pupils an opportunity to develop their swimming alongside other sports.

Each year King’s pupils have the opportunity to compete in galas against other local schools including the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup. This is an exciting and traditional competition against independent school across the country held at the London 2012 Aquatic Centre.

In addition, King’s competes in the annual Meade King Cup, which is the longest running unbroken competition in the world between independent schools.