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Oundle School pool provides swimming lessons for deaf children from the Stamford, Bourne, Deepings and Peterborough area

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Deaf children who attended lessons at a pool that closed to the public have found a new home.

The 30-strong group of children from Stamford and the surrounding areas had lessons together at Stamford Leisure Pool in Drift Road.

But this came to an end and parents and carers of deaf children had to look elsewhere for their classes to be held.

Poppy Casselden, Jack Fisher and Amy Fisher
Poppy Casselden, Jack Fisher and Amy Fisher

Now, after several months of searching, they have secured the use of Oundle School Sports Centre pool.

Amy Fisher, who lives in Stamford and whose son, Jack, attends Casterton College and is deaf, said: “A parent suggested the new pool in Oundle, so we set up a meeting.

“We now have three amazing teachers who have all been deaf-aware trained by the charity My Sign Tuition, and have learnt some sign language relating to swimming and basic conversation.

“We feel like we have struck gold with them and the children are so happy to be back with their deaf peers after three years.”

She added: “There is a real need for these services all over the country because mainstream lessons are too big and not accessible for our deaf children.

“Oundle School pool staff have gone the extra mile and the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society could not be happier.”

A spokesperson from Oundle School said: “We are delighted to be hosting swimming lessons at Oundle School Sports Centre and to be working in partnership with Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society to support the development of children in learning to swim and understand water safety.”

Amy’s grown-up daughter, Poppy Casselden, who is fluent in British Sign Language, helped to arrange the lessons and helps the children while they are in the pool.

Sport England provided a grant to support the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society with its swimming lessons.

  • In an earlier version of this article we incorrectly said the group received lessons at Stamford Endowed School pool, when in fact the children were taught at the Stamford Leisure Pool in Drift Road. The Mercury apologises for this error.

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