01 April 2019
Version 2: 3/4/2019
Sessions at Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH
This week our Buckingham Swimmers from Platinum upwards will start to have one or more sessions at the Stowe School Swim Pool.
It's about 4 miles, or 10-12 minutes from Swan Pool. Easy to find using the above postcode, and it's beautiful. Prepare to be wowed. Admittedly, parking and finding the pool may be a little daunting to begin with, but it will be easy the second time.
It's a lovely 25m 6 lane pool, which offers us a more cost effective option for two sessions a week, plus the opportunity for more squads to train together at the same time. This is very exciting, will benefit the swimmers, and the coaches are looking forward to it immensely. We hope we can count on the support of parents to make this work, and make it fun. Land training will take place in the Squash Courts in Drayson Hall (Sports Centre).
Please Contact Us if anything is unclear, or if you have any questions, or better still - any good ideas and suggestions.
There will be people to show you where to go on Thursday, and we will issue regular updates. There are sure to be some things we haven't thought of, and there will be teething issues, but we will get there together.
Arrival: Please do not arrive too early - and please don't go into the pool building any earlier than 15 minutes before a session starts as the coaches and lifeguards need to set the pool up. So that's no earlier 6.15 on a Thursday, and 6.15/6.45 on a Saturday.
Directions: If using SatNav, the postcode above will lead you to the drive into the school.
Head up the drive, over the bridge, across the lake, and up the hill. Sometimes SatNav will tell you to turn right ar a locked metal gate - ignore that and keep heading up the road until you get to the security gate. When you arrive at the security gate, tell Security that you are from Maxwell. They do not need to see ID, but they might ask a question which all Maxwell swimmers/parents should be able to answer easily.
When you go through security, the security guard will point out where to go - drive past about 6 trees on the right, and then turn right and follow the one way system. You can park in the spaces just after your turn right (you will then need to walk down past the school) or you can drive on the road following the one way system, passing the school on your right.
You can park in the spaces at the end of this drive, or keep on going and you will come to a large car park.
In summary, you can park in most spaces as long as they are not marked disabled, or for staff or contractors.
To get to the pool: Leave your car, and walk through the arch which is on the left hand side of the school as you face the school, next to the wheelie bins (in the photo - the arch is on the far left). There are signposts to the pool, but these can get blocked by cars.. After you go through the arch, it's left to the pool.
At the pool: there are male and female changing rooms. Swimmers, please bring small bags and take them with all your stuff through to the pool. Parents, please take overshoes and go straight through to the pool area, where there will be chairs available around the pool.
There is a cool water machine, but no coffee making facilities or cafe.
Land training will take place in a Sqaush Court, in Drayson Hall, next to the swimming pool.
Common sense instructions:
- We are guests of Stowe
School. Parents please ensure your swimmers understand this,
and do not interfere with any equipment or go into any unsupervised
- Parents must not try to
talk to their swimmers or engage coaches or lifeguards in
conversation during a session. You will be sitting closer to
your swimmers than they or you may be used to - please support the
coaches by trying not to distract them.
- Swimmers must not leave
the pool area without making their coach aware, and they
must never leave the pool building until collected by their parents
or responsible adult. When moving between the pool and squash
courts in Drayson Hall they must always stay close to the Coach in
- Swimmers or adults must
not make contact with Stowe pupils (unless they are also Maxwell
members - in which case the coaches will be aware). If a
Stowe pupil enters the area where Maxwell is training we need
to ask them to leave and contact security.
- Parents can wait in their
cars if they wish during training, but unfortunately cannot
walk around the grounds, even in school holidays, due to this
being a boarding school.
accidents/incidents must be properly documented; this
will be managed by the coaches and lifeguards.
- The normal Maxwell Rules, Safeguarding and Codes of Conduct
apply, and any concerns can be reported to the Club Chair, Head
Coach, or Welfare Officer(s) - via Contact Us or contact details here
- Would all parents please
refer to the Club's Pick Up and Drop off policy, which still
applies, although it may be necessary to give further advice if it
turns out not to be workable for all parents to
wait poolside. At Stowe, it's not possible for swimmers
to walk around the grounds without an adult so we will need to ask
for your co-operation and also your good ideas on how best to make
this work in accordance with the policy. For example,
we may introduce a log book for parents to record where another
adult is taking responsibility for their
- After land training, the
coaches will take the swimmers back to the pool / archway /another
place TBA for collection..
- Please, please, ensure
that at least two up-to-date emergency contact numbers plus any
medical/special needs information is included on TeamUnify and
coaches are made aware verbally too.
- We would be grateful for adult volunteers to step up and take responsibility for helping the coaches and lifeguards ensure that all our Club Rules and Safeguarding guidelines are adhered to and developed appropriately, in order to make our time at Stowe as safe, productive and pleasant as possible.
Please check back regularly for updates.