James Gillespie's High School


57 Lauderdale St
Tel: 0330 024 9111

Day Class Time
Monday Main Programme 17:00 – 18:45
Wednesday Main Programme 17:00 – 19:10
SwimWell and SwimFast 19:10 – 19:50
Saturday Main Programme 08:45 – 11:40
SwimWell and SwimFast 11:40 – 12:30

Our Edinburgh swimming lessons at Gillespie’s are incredibly popular due to the central location. From pre-school non-swimmer level, through to pre-competition, SwimEasy teachers can teach your children how to swim with excellent technique.

The spacious pool is ideal for beginners in the water. Furthermore, attending weekend swimming lessons in Edinburgh’s Gillespie’s brand new pool makes for a great family day out, being near local amenities and parks.

As well as a Saturday, we also run swimming lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Pool Information

Size: 25m x 9m x 1.25-2m

Average Temperature: 29-30 degrees Celcius

Changing Rooms: There are private cubicles just off poolside to allow parents to help their child get ready for their lesson in privacy.

Hygiene: Our teachers really love it when children blow their noses and go to the toilet before the start of lessons. This tends to avoid any unwanted surprises and causes minimum disruption to the lessons.

Meeting Point

Once children are changed they can take a seat on the pool deck and wait to be collected by their teacher.

Viewing the Pool

There are poolside benches recessed just off the pool deck with limited viewing to allow parents to view the lessons. We ask that pool shoe covers are worn in the changing facility and on poolside; this keeps it nice and clean for all our teachers and swimmers.

Personal Equipment


Eye goggles must be worn to allow for clear vision.
No baggy shorts are allowed as they restrict leg movement.
All children must wear their SwimEasy swim cap to prevent distractions and for pool cleanliness.
Swimming Costumes must be tight fitting preferably one size smaller than normal.


Pool Shoes

Entrance & Parking

Take the A700 to Warrender Park Rd. Turn left onto Brougham St/A700. Continue to follow A700. Turn right onto Marchmont Rd. Continue on Warrender Park Rd. Drive to Lauderdale St. Turn right onto Warrender Park Rd. Turn left onto Lauderdale St. James Gillespies will be on the right. Parking is to the rear of the building off Whitehouse Loan beside the astroturf.

Our Classes

Holidays 2023/2024


Rolling Programme Starts

19 August

Autumn Exclusion Dates

14 October

Winter Exclusion Dates

16, 23 & 30 December

Spring Exclusion Dates

10 February, 30 March , 6 & 13 April

Rolling Programme Ends

15 June


Rolling Programme Starts

21 August

Autumn Exclusion Dates

16 October

Winter Exclusion Dates

18, 25 December & 1 January

Spring Exclusion Dates

12 February, 1, 8 & 15 April

Summer Exclusion Dates

Rolling Programme Ends

17 June


Rolling Programme Starts

23 August

Autumn Exclusion Dates

18 October

Winter Exclusion Dates

20, 27 December, 3 January

Spring Exclusion Dates

14 Feb, 3,10 & 17 April/

Rolling Programme Ends

19 June

Enquire about one of our classes today!