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Fundraising - Swimming Pool

During the past 8 years, the whole school community has been actively involved in fundraising to replace our old school swimming pool. The fruits of our labours saw the opening of our new outdoor pool in the summer of 2020!

Without a moment's pause, we threw ourselves headlong into fundraising for showers and changing rooms and we are delighted that these were installed during the summer of 2021 and are now fully operational.

Again, without hesitation the governors and staff set about the rather daunting task of fundraising to build a permanent structure around the pool, to create a facility that can be used all year round, not only by the school but also by the local community and other local schools. We are exploring funding options and have an application with Your Fund Surrey  More details can be found below or on our Facebook page.

Swimming Pool

The community swimming pool at the school - which was 50 years old -  was no longer functional and the pool and the pool housing were finally demolished during the summer holidays of 2015. 

After years of fundraising activities supported by the children, staff, parents, FOSS and the local community the project to start the building of a new pool began during February half term 2020!

We estimate that somewhere in the region of 100,000+ children in Chertsey have learned to swim in the Stepgates pool over the last five decades

and the new pool provides the opportunity for children both at the school and in the wider community to acquire this life-saving skill and to improve the physical and mental health and well-being for the children of Stepgates and the local community. 

Our fundraising efforts involved many governors, parents, staff, children and the wider community in activities, organising and supporting events, and we are grateful to them all especially Lucy Taylor and Gayle Naylor, all of whom have worked tirelessly towards the goal of building a new pool at Stepgates.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts to date. We are delighted that we are once again able to offer swimming lessons as part of our school curriculum.


Changing Rooms & Showers


Wednesday 23rd June 2021 saw the arrival of our new changing rooms, showers and toilets for the swimming pool. 

It took some time, and a great deal of skill to lift the cabins off the truck and place them on site next to the pool.

They are now fully plumbed in and ready to welcome the children when swimming lessons begin in the warmer weather that the Spring Term will bring.

We are very grateful for the support and generosity of The Peter Harrison Foundation and Chertsey Combined Charities; without their help this project would still be a work in progress.

Such exciting news for our children!


Pool Enclosure

Swimming Pool Project Final Stage - An enclosure to create a year round facility

The staff and governors are delighted to announce their intention to begin fundraising for an enclosure to cover our new outdoor pool to facilitate year round swimming for all of our children, children from other local schools and local community clubs and associations.

We are currently investigating the possibility of funding from Your Fund Surrey, Runnymede Community Funding, The London Marathon Trust and The National Lottery in addition to our usual fundraising activities in school through our very active Parent Teachers Association (Friends of Stepgates School).

To achieve success we need your help, and the help of your friends and family. Please click on the link below to 'like' the idea we have posted on the Your Fund Surrey website, the more 'likes' we have the more chances we have of making a successful bid.

This is a very exciting step for us as a community school, and we are hopeful we will continue to receive the support of the local community.

Parent Teacher Association (FOSS) Fundraising 

For further information on how using Easy Fundraising and Cash 4 Coins can help to raise vital funds for our school PTA (FOSS), please click here.