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Grammar School pool to close

Guernsey Grammar School Photo: ITV News

Guernsey's Education, Sport & Culture Committee has announced the Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre's swimming pool is to close.

The decision was taken by the school, supported by the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture.

The pool had previously only been open for one term per year as part of the policy to reduce the operating costs of school swimming pools and concentrate usage on a number of newer pools including Les Beaucamps, Baubigny Schools, Forest Primary and Hautes Capelles Primary.

We were faced with a tough choice; spend anything between £10,000 and £50,000 to make the pool safe, operational and ready for opening for the next term, or focus our resources on other areas of the school and seek to do things differently with regards to swimming. The school was very clear on what they wanted to do and we have supported that.

Students will not be disadvantaged and the school’s Head of PE has already arranged to deliver this part of the curriculum using the pool at Les Beaucamps, which is open year round and offers greater opportunity for access.

The PE Department has also put in place other opportunities in line with our new curriculum to provide more opportunities for learning outside the classroom including coasteering and other adventurous activities.

The swimming pool attracted only very limited community use bringing in around £300 of income last year. We simply could not allow this sort of wasteful spend to continue.’

– Deputy Paul Le Pelley, Education, Sport & Culture