At Manorfield we are very lucky to have our own swimming pool. This was built as a result of fundraising by the PTFA, the Community and a subsidy from the Local Authority over 40 years ago. This is a fabulous facility to have as it means that pupils do not have to travel to a different location and thus miss valuable lesson time. Pupils swim weekly, apart from EYFS, for the whole of the academic year. This is far more than is mandatory in the National Curriculum 2014, which requires pupils to swim either in KS1 or KS2 and that every Key Stage 2 child should be able to swim at least 25 metres unaided by the time they leave primary school.
The cost of running a swimming pool is high - along with heating and daily checks there are also the maintenance costs for the building and upkeep. Due to changes in Local Authority Budget funding, finance was withdrawn from school swimming pools in April 2013. Therefore, following a period of consultation with parents during the Summer Term of 2013 it was agreed that from January 2014, parents would be asked for voluntary contributions of £10 per child, per term in order to continue the current level of swimming provision on-site at Manorfield. This is essential in order to keep our swimming pool and for pupils to learn this life skill, be it through lessons in school or during the after-school sessions held at Manorfield.
The School and Governors are continuing to monitor the situation with regards to continuing to provide the community with this wonderful facility.
Remissions are available for parents whose children are entitled to Free School Meals, or have been at some point during the past six years (Ever 6), looked after children and pupils whose parents are in the Armed Forces. These costs will be met from the school's Pupil Premium Grant.
Please find below the link to Parent Pay to pay the voluntary contributions.
Many thanks for your continuing support.