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School in Harrow to open swimming pool to public for lessons

A school in Harrow is looking to open up its swimming pool to the wider community as it looks to encourage children to ‘keep fit and healthy, mentally and physically’.

The pool would be made available for children’s swimming lessons on evenings, weekends, holidays and off-peak times.

John Lyon School on Middle Road in Harrow-on-the-Hill is looking to remove a planning restriction that limits who can use the school’s sports and swimming facilities. The change would enable the pool to be used by local residents for pre-booked lessons, through provider ActiveSwim.

The school wants to give those children in Harrow who would otherwise not be able to access a swimming pool the opportunity to get lessons. It is hoping to encourage greater participation in activities, like swimming, to learn a new skill and to benefit their physical and mental health.

The application to vary the restriction is currently being reviewed by Harrow Council’s planning department, but there is no building work required for the facilities to be opened up to the public. If approved, the school hopes to start providing the lessons in the summer.

The plan is in line with the council’s ‘Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities Strategy’, which is being developed to make facilities more accessible to local users. John Lyon is a private day school for girls and boys aged three to 18. Tuition fees range from £4,792 per term for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, up to £7,632 per term for Year 7 and Upper Sixth.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We are keen for facilities to be available for wider community use. We want to encourage young people to keep fit and healthy mentally and physically, socialise, participate in and to develop their swimming, a key skill.”

They added: “Subject to plans being approved, we would work with ActiveSwim to plan appropriately, advertise and would not expect this to commence earlier than the summer. […] We will ensure that all times are pre-booked and that the activities take place outside of school time.”

The school already allows local primary schools to use the swimming pool regularly but the new agreement would enable small groups of children from within the local community to be taught outside of school hours. The lessons would be run by ActiveSwim, who already partner with a number of other schools to deliver sessions.

ActiveSwim offers a range of programmes, from helping beginners to take their first strokes right up to speed boosting techniques for advanced swimmers. Lessons can be booked in either 30 minute, 45 minute, or one hour slots depending on their age, ability and technique.