The Ropley school swimming pool was built in 1972, by the parents, and has been run and maintained by subsequent parents ever since. It is a unique outdoor pool, one of a handful in Hampshire built specifically as a teaching pool for primary aged children. Fully refurbished in 2010, at a cost of £40,000, through government grants and extensive fundraising by parents, it remains in pristine condition for the children to use each year during the months of May through to August.
All the children benefit from swimming lessons during the summer term, in class time, run by a local swim school. In addition to this, any pupil of the school, and their siblings, can join the Ropley School Family Swimming Club which runs after school fun swimming session on weekdays as well as Saturday mornings. Over 120 children take up this opportunity and clock up some 1,500 hours of swimming per year.
Swimming is a huge part of Ropley school life, not only do the children swim in the summer but we also have competitive swim teams in KS2. In 2016 our Year 5/6 team made it all the way to the Primary Schools Regional finals finishing a credible 8th in the South of England.
We at Ropley School Family Swimming Club, which is volunteer subcommittee of FROGS, believe swimming is a fundamental life skill. Over the years we have gone to great lengths to ensure the pool stays open to enable all the children to benefit from this very special facility that we are privileged to have at our school. We are always looking for imaginative ways to fund raise for the pool, the most recent being our hugely successful Aquathlon which was held in 2017. This allowed all the children, regardless of their ability, to take part in a sponsored swim and run, which was enjoyed by all and raised a record breaking amount of money for our pool, so securing funding for the next 3 years.