PUPILS of a Chester special school have taken like ducks to water in learning vital swimming skills.

Youngsters at Dee Banks School had already taken part in a virtual swim panathlon in April this year, which saw up to 40 pupils achieving individual swim goals.

Their efforts in the Virtual Panathlon were highlighted by the Panathlon website, where Dee Banks PE lead Michelle Cook said those taking part were "blown away" when they received their medals, certificated and Panathlon towels for participating.

The school has not rested and, since then, has become the only special school to attend Chester School Sports Partnership's top-up swimming programme in order to meet the national curriculum standard of 25 metres, treading water and learning survival skills that may save someone's life.

PE lead Michelle Cook said: "We are so proud of our pupils who have fully engaged in the swimming programme and how much they have grown in confidence to achieve their own success.

"We would like to share this with everyone how important swimming is to pupils at Dee Banks School, and share in our celebrations of the pool being open for 30 years this year by Princess Diana, and still showing how important our swimming pool is to the life skills of pupils who follow the swimming framework, but most of all having fun!"