Swimming at Cranleigh is improving dramatically, both competitively and non-competitively, with swimmers regularly receiving medals in county competitions across all age brackets. The swim team also regularly competes at National events such as the Bath Cup where we have been placed in the top five regularly.
Our 25 metre, four-lane pool is put to full use throughout the year with both boys and girls training together in morning and afternoon sessions under the tutelage of the Head of Swimming.
Some pupils take advantage of the Lifeguarding and Swimming Teacher courses that are available once or twice each year, obtaining a qualification that can earn them some extra pocket-money in holidays or after they leave school. Life-saving courses are also available as part of the activity programme.
During the Michaelmas term, the School swim team competes in the Surrey Schools County Relay Championships, Division 11 trials (the selection of Surrey and Kent’s best swimmers to go to schools’ nationals) and National schools competitions.
During the Lent term, the swim team competes in the Independent Schools Bath Cup, Surrey Schools Individual Championships as well as the Guildford and District Championships. In the Summer term, the swim team compete weekly in inter-school galas.
Will Philpot was appointed Head of Swimming in 2013. He has a 19-year record of competitive swimming and was part of the relay team that won the Swim South East Team of the Year Award in 2007 for being unbeaten in all competitions (regionally and nationally) for three years. He qualified for two Olympic Trials in 2004 and 2008, as well as the Commonwealth Games Trials in 2006. He reached the National finals finishing in the top, won over 10 County Gold medals (in three separate counties) and 10 Regional Gold medals. Will has also played waterpolo for Crawley in County and Regional tournaments.
During his professional career he has coached National Masters Medallists and Team GB Representatives for Masters Swimming, plus several IAPS Medallists, and a swimmer to two finals of the Beijing Olympic Trials in the 100m and 50m Butterfly, setting a new London Region Record in the 100m in 2007.
Alongside his role at Cranleigh, Will will continue running the swim schools which are held at Cranleigh School on Saturday mornings and swim clinics during the Easter and Summer holidays.