Curriculum Swimming

The activity programme for swimming has been separated into swimming development groups and swimming squad training. The focus for swimming development at QE is very much on enjoyment and providing a firm foundation in the basic swimming skills and techniques.

The school offers opportunities to be involved in swimming at both lunchtime and after-school activities and our facilities are used, and are suitable for, nursery and reception right through to Year 13 students.


Competitive Swimming

Students at Queen Ethelburga’s compete in matches arranged against local schools, at both junior and senior level. Students compete at regional level within English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) and in both regional and national level school competitions within the ISA.  

Swimming squad training is aimed at enabling QE students to compete at the highest possible level. Some students within swimming squad are also engaged on a Performance Sports Programme, (PSP) where individual learning is undertaken, alongside a strength and conditioning programme that is designed to meet individual needs.  

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Rugby Sports Programme at QE
Athletics Race at QE
Rugby Kick  at QE
Hockey Training at QE
Cricket at QE
Athletics at Queen Ethelburga's College

Coaching expertise  

Coaching is provided by Lead Swimming Coach, Mr Ken Smith, who is an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 4 Coach, with almost 40 years in both teaching, coaching and tutoring (coach education). Mr Smith was formerly the Head Coach of Horwich Amateur Swimming Club, the main feeder programme into the competitive Bolton Metro Swimming Squad (BMSS).  

Mr Smith was a Level 4 Squad Coach with BMSS, a centre of excellence producing two Olympians who represented Team GB at the Sydney Olympic Games, in 2000. He has also worked on the World Class (Regional) Programme of Swimming Camps in the South of England, where he worked with athletes who went on to swim in the 2012 Olympic Games, in London.  

Mr Smith is assisted by Miss Hollie Smith, who is an ASA Level 2 swimming teacher and coach and has also undertaken the adult and child certification programme, again at Level 2. As a former swimmer, who competed for Horwich, BMSS and Harrogate ASC, Miss Smith is well placed to pass on the necessary knowledge and skills to QE swimmers across the school.  



QE has close links with county and regional swimming associations and has hosted Regional Swimming Camps for Yorkshire.



QE boasts impressive swimming facilities within the Genesis Aquatic Centre, including three endless pools, each fitted with treadmills, and a four-lane, 25-metre training pool, which supports a full Colorado competition-timing system with touch pads and fixed screen. Additionally, the Centre also includes a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and ice baths, used as part of the rehabilitation programme for all athletes, across all QE sports.  

Fully-qualified lifeguards are on-duty during the pool's opening times.

Find out more about the facilities, here.

Queen Ethelburga's Map of Sports Pitches