We are fortunate at Godolphin to have the all year round use of a fabulous indoor pool which in turn allows the girls to experience a wide spectrum of water based activities.

On the competitive front we have a strong squad which competes on both a friendly and competitive level, some of which is joint with the Prep School. Mostly hosted in our own pool we compete against local schools such as Dauntsey, St Mary’s Shaftesbury and St Swithun’s whilst further afield we compete in tournaments such as the Downe House Inter Boarding School Relay completion which is held every June.

Godolphin swimmers also had the opportunity to compete against, and learn from, members of the Olympic squad at the English Schools Relay competition held at Milfield. This annual event is always exciting and rather loud with hundreds of swimmers from all over the South West taking part. Godolphin always does well and holds their own against stiff opposition beating local rivals. Three schools in our South West area boast many Olympic squad swimmers so whilst our expectation of winning is rather low the opportunity to take part and watch the 'professionals' swimming is aways an amazing experience.

All the girls swim consistently well and most continue to attain Personal Best Times at each outing which are recorded and compared to the school records. All times are assessed for the Amateur Swimming Association’s School Speed awards and in total Godolphin Senior girls hold 156 School Speed Awards, 64 of which are gold awards. We are additionally fortunate that several of our girls compete at both County and Regional level and a flexible approach enables us to be able to accommodate their training schedules.

In the competitively quieter Summer term, as well as some training, we take part in the RLSS UK’s Life Saving programme. This goes some way to providing the girls with the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea. Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills. For many the programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety and we hope that some will take it further and go on to qualify as a full Lifeguard.

Further deviance from squad training sees the opportunity to have a go at Synchronised swimming which is extremely popular and produces some quite creative and “unusual” displays. The winners are given the opportunity to be the first to choose from the weekly cake supply which seemed to add an extra level of competitiveness!

We hope that all the girls in the school are proud of their efforts and attainments at whatever level. So many girls start attending squad tentatively and without any belief in their ability. They end the year confident and capable and hopefully with a love of swimming that will always stay with them.

Karen Addison