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All you need to know – Sandal Castle School

Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School, Barnsley Rd, Wakefield WF2 6AS

We can’t wait to welcome you to Puddle Ducks at Sandal Castle School– in the meantime, here’s some information that we hope you find useful. Have a splashtastic time!

Location: Sandal Castle School

Parking: Free parking on the school site.  On weekdays, the car park can get very busy so please allow ample time to get to class.  If the car park is full, please park in the surrounding residential streets.  In the school car park, please park within marked bays only, please do not park in the bus parking area or disabled spaces (unless you hold a disabled badge)

Essential Information:

  • Please access the School via the main reception and wait for a member of Puddle Ducks staff to escort you through the building to the pool area.
  • As customers have to go through the school to get to the pool you will need to have a member of staff with you. Under no circumstances should you walk through the school on your own.
  • To avoid delays please ensure that you are at reception 15minutes prior to your start time. Customers will be escorted through the school in groups/classes. If you are late you run the risk of not being able to attend your class.
  • A well-fitting neoprene swim nappy must be worn with a disposable swim nappy or one of our environmentally friendly NappyWraps & Liners underneath if your child is in Floaties, Splashers or Kickers and in other programmes if they are not potty/toilet trained.
    You can buy one of our great value Starter packs  which contain everything you need for your swim lesson.
  • • You can find lots more useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page
Changing rooms:
There are two changing rooms with showers for males and females. Benches and pegs are in the changing rooms, but there are no locker facilities. Both have direct access to the pool.

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks have exclusive use during hire times.

Access: Spectators are permitted poolside but must be kept to a minimum and remove shoes.

Technical information

  • Pool temperature: 30-31°C.
  • Poolside assistant: We have a poolside assistant at all Baby and Pre-School classes.
  • Depth: 0.9m at the entrance slowly graduating to 1m at the far end
  • Maximum class ratios:
    o 8 children/adult pairs:1 teacher (Floaties, Splashers & Kickers)
    o 8 children/adult pairs:1 teacher (Little Dippers & Dippers)
Helping you to make your special time last even longer…that’s the Puddle Ducks’ difference
We like to make life fun and easy for our Puddle Ducks customers so here are some local places we think you and your children may like. You could even meet up before or after the class with your Puddle Ducks classmates.

Closest café
The Castle 343 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS. Open 11am – 6pm.
The Lakeside Café 671 Barnsley Road, Wakefield WF2 6QG

Closest soft play
The Walnut Tree Wacky Warehouse Barnsley Rd, Wakefield WF2 6BH

Other local attractions

Newmiller Dam
Sandal Castle
Thornes Park

If you need to contact us, here’s your local Puddle Ducks office details:
Call us on 01924 826238
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