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Yarrells Prep School will be joining primary schools across the country as they take part in the Big School Swim on Thursday 28 April 2016.

Year 2, 4, 5 and 7 with a total of 108 children from our school alone, will be taking part in a range of water based activities.

The event is being organised by the national governing body for swimming, the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) as part of celebrations to mark the 125th Anniversary of school swimming.

Mr Roberts-Wray said: “Mr Williams is very proactive in driving school swimming forwards at Yarrells and in the wider community, we have a successful early morning squad swimming training program for our squads to compete in competitions and we also teach children throughout the school (from Nursery to year 8) where the children have at least one swimming lesson throughout the week, which develops their understanding of the importance to swim and their safety and well being in and around the water. Yarrells have enjoyed further success in the Poole Schools Swimming galas recently in respective year groups, reaching the county finals and am very much looking forward to the swimming galas throughout the Summer term.”

Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA, said: “Schools play an incredibly important part in teaching our children to swim and how to be safe in and around water. The Big School Swim is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate school swimming, so it is great Yarrells Prep School will be joining us.”

People can find out more about school swimming and the Big School Swim by visiting

Follow all the Big School Swim action on 28 April by following #BigSchoolSwim on Twitter.

Today at Yarrells, children have been learning:

  • straddle jump entry
  • reach and rescue with poles
  • personal survival skills by being in the huddle position on their back using an item which floats
  • tread water and shouting for help
  • timed swims.


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