Swimming Pool

For nearly 40 years now Great Tey Primary School has been very lucky to have its own outdoor swimming pool, which has enabled all pupils at the school to benefit from daily swimming lessons in the summer.

In 2015 the pool was partially drained to investigate the costs of essential repairs and this revealed that the  pool structure had degraded to the point that, sadly, the pool could not be used again.

The Headteacher and Governing Body reviewed the future of the pool and, due to the fact that the pool was originally built by members of the local community and remains a valued community asset, have welcomed the community to join them in reviewing and considering the future of the pool. 

The school held two public meetings for the purpose of presenting the facts to the community, and to welcome the community to put their views across in open discussions at the end of the meetings.

A group of 10 trustees from Great Tey was formed to evaluate the potential redevelopment of the pool site. Fund raising initiatives will be put into place and bids placed for grant funding to try to raise in the region of £130,000.00  The aim is to lengthen and deepen the pool and to cover it with a permanent enclosure to enable use all year round by the primary school, and the community. 

The trustees have presented a business plan to the Governing Body of the school for consideration and plans are currently being drawn up and will be submitted to the local council for planning permission; subject to planning permission being granted, a legal agreement for leasing the land will then need to be drawn up between the Diocese of Chelmsford and the Governing Body and the Pool Trustees.  The trustees are talking with commercial swimming schools, a qualified Pool Plant Operator and Swimming Teachers who may be interested in working in partnership with them.  

We would like to work with the community to see if we can save our pool as it is a fabulous asset for the school and a valued part of the community.  Please let us know if you would like to help us!

The next stage of our project (which is imminent) is to submit our plans to Colchester Borough Council's planning office. 

Updated: 13th February 2019 by Helen Dow Treasurer of Great Tey Community Pool Board of Trustees


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