Learn to Swim

The City of Oxford Swimming Clubs (COSC) Learn to Swim Programme, based at Headington Girls School Swimming Pool, has been running since 2007. The 30 minute swimming lessons are held on Saturday mornings (11.30 – 13.00).


The pool is 25m, 5 lane, 0.7m at the shallow end and 2.0m at the deep end.

We aim to provide children aged 4+ with the skills to ensure they are happy and safe in the water, and can swim with confidence.

Swim England (previously known as ASA) Level 2 Swimming Teachers and Coaches, deliver the lessons using the Swim England National Plan for Teaching Swimming of Stages. The lessons run through from Stage 1 to Stage 6 – with the opportunity (from Stage 4-6) to get a taste of competitive swimming through our Rising Stars Squads. After Stage 6, swimmers are welcome to trial (COSC Open Day) for the competitive Academy Squads.

Developing Confident, Happy Swimmers!


The start of the swim season is the beginning of September, and and runs through to the end of July. However, we do welcome new swimmers throughout the season. We only have breaks at Christmas and Easter. (Obviously, you do not have to commit to the whole 11 months – you would have to give us a full calendar month’s notice) This ensures that children remain motivated and progress through the levels.

Skills camps 

These are offered up in holiday times and add to the swimmers skills. They may cover starts and turns or diving as specific skill development. All help towards creating confident swimmers as well as having fun. See here for further detail.

For more details and to start your child’s journey of becoming water safe and maybe a competitive swimmer of the future, please contact us at secretary@oxfordswim.com


Headington Pool Closures 2019/2020 – Lessons

Dear Parents

Please see the list below with all dates of planned closures of Headington Pool for your diaries:

  • October 5th 2019
  • 30th November 2019
  • 21st December 2019
  • 28th December 2019
  • 11th April 2020
  • 23rd May 2020
  • 30th May 2020
  •  4th July 2020
  • 1 August 2020

All the above listed pool closures dates that impact on lesson availability are already incorporated into our pricing structure.

Sincerely, COSC


Resignation Policy

Any swimmer wishing to leave the club must give notice to the club of a full calendar month in writing to the membership secretary. If insufficient notice is given the swimmer will be eligible for payment of COSC fees for the following month in full.

If you wish to leave the club please inform the Membership Secretary in writing via a letter or email to Nicola.brown@synchronicity-systems.com giving details of your reason for resignation.

An example: If you resign on or after the 1st May  (i.e. Your resignation date is 30th June onwards), August fees are also owing as the fees are averaged out over a 12 month period.

Sincerely, COSC