Pupils at St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh Salterton hope to make a splash with their pool fundraising campaign.
Young people and staff are hoping to raise £ 2,500 to pay for a new pool cover and a roll-up mechanism to replace the current equipment, which is ‘on its last legs’.
Principal Steve Hitchcock said the pool was “invaluable,” giving all students at least two swimming terms a year.
He said: “It means kids don’t have to travel to Exmouth to swim and miss out on valuable learning time.
“However, our pool is in desperate need of a new mechanism and a new cover.”
Mr Hitchcock said funding for the ongoing maintenance of the swimming pool had proven to be an issue during the Covid-19 pandemic as the school was unable to fully rent the facility and generate income for the repairs.
The school has set up a online fundraising page with a goal of £ 2,500.
He said: “We are extremely lucky to be one of the only elementary schools that still has its own swimming pool.
“We are able to offer all the children in each annual group at least two swimming quarters per year – which is invaluable.
“However, the pool needs constant maintenance and we haven’t been able to rent it as much as usual this year due to the pandemic.
“It means we have a shortfall this year and a big bill to pay.
“The pool cover – necessary to keep the pool insulated and warm enough for the kids to swim – is on its last legs.
“The mechanism used to wind it back and forth also broke. We need £ 2,500 to replace them both. ”