The Talbot Heath Swimming Academy Programme is a brand new programme started in 2019 in conjunction with Poole Swimming Club.



Talbot Heath already has a reputation for producing National and International Tennis players and Poole Swimming Club has the same track record in the pool.

The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for any girl to pursue their swimming aspiration within an outstanding academic school.

Girls can live at Talbot Heath and are cared for in a small family environment: Academy pupils from out of the area, or those who would find the early morning training easier, can enjoy living amongst teammates and Talbot Heath day pupils, in our award-winning Boarding House where friendships flourish. Pupils not only thrive in their sporting career but perform well in class and are extremely well cared for and supported. Families have the option of full, weekly or Flexi boarding, imagine  - no more early morning drives to the swimming pool! 


Swimming academy pupils may qualify for up to 50% discount. Candidates will be called for scholarship assessment after success in the entrance exam and based upon supporting evidence provided, including references. See our fees page for costs before the discount.

Talbot Heath National Swimming Academy

This is for pupils that are ranked in the top 20 for their age in an Olympic Swimming Event from Year 7 onwards.  

Following a trial where the athlete's ability, future potential and coachability will be assessed, pupils will join the Poole Swimming Club Performance Squads who train primarily before and after school with a "Total Swimming" package, with activities such as video analysis, strength and conditioning, lifestyle and nutrition support and mindset workshops run around the school day timetable. Athletes will travel around the country competing for Poole Swimming Club and Talbot Heath School with the ultimate aim of earning success on international junior and senior teams.

The Talbot Heath National Academy in conjunction with Poole Swimming Club will attract girls from around the world who can board and develop their Academic and Swimming journeys in a highly supportive and achieving environment. Scholarships are available, offering up to 50% off school fees - candidates will be called for scholarship assessment after success in the entrance exam and based upon supporting evidence provided, including references. Visit our scholarships page for more information


Talbot Heath School Academy

This is a before and after school swimming academy for school pupils that can swim, which will provide a progressive route to develop competitive swimming. This Academy starts for pupils in Year 1 all the way through to year 13. The School Academy athletes will compete in inter-school galas at County, Regional and National Level, including IAPS (Independent Association of Preparatory Schools) and ESSA Competitions (English Schools Swimming Association) and qualify for Dorset County and South West Regional events.

The Talbot Heath School Academy will be directed and coached by Poole Swimming Club Head Coach, a Barry Alldrick and his team of coaches.

If swimmers wish to go beyond this level they can join Poole Swimming Club Competitive Squads that also train at Talbot Heath.


For more information please contact Kerry Wills via [email protected]