Company History

Growing out of Angela Wilson’s passion for swimming combined with her desire to see others achieve their goals, Angela’s Swim School was born. Angela, whose talent and dedication saw her become Scottish National Champion aged just 11 and progress to National Champion and Olympic selection at just 15, knew she wanted to use her abilities and her unique style to help others learn a life-saving skill, and have fun in the water, and established Angela’s Swim School in 2002.

Since then, Angela has turned her unique style into a specialized teaching method, which she personally teaches to all her instructors. Her growing success led to the establishment of the first Angela’s Swim School franchise in 2014. Since then, growth has exploded to 17 franchises; a testament to the quality of Angela’s swimming techniques and her dedication to teaching children to swim with style!

Professional Highlights

2002 Angela’s Swim School was started with the help of her mother, Jean Pendrich, herself a former international swimmer who completed for Scotland at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.
2004 Swimming Instructor at Next Generation, Dartford (now David Lloyd). Angela taught lessons at three Centres in Kent (Sidcup, Kidbroke, Dartford) and one in Essex (Romford).
2006 Organised a Swimming Awareness Day in Gidea Park, ages ranged from 14 months through to 12 years old.
2012 3 students from Angela’s Swim School were part of the Olympic Torch Relay. One had been in a wheelchair and learnt to swim unaided. The second had had a kidney transplant when he was 2 years old and took part in the World Transplant Games in Australia. The third became one of the fastest swimmers in Great Britain at age 12.
2014 Angela franchised her growing company and now four of her franchisees run their own successful franchised business in locations in the South of England. They are:
• Janice Hutton – a Canadian and former swimmer with a keen interest in sports. A McMillian Cancer Charity supporter.
• Jenna McMullan – learnt to swim with Angela’s Swim School, became a teacher with Angela and progressed to running her own franchise.
• Sara Harrison – an administrator with one of our franchisees who saw the potential in running her own business. A 2016 EWIF Winner and a supporter of the Charity, Children in Need.
• Darryl Burroughs – born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and grew up in South Africa.
2014 Became a Member of the British Franchising Association.
2015 Angela demonstrated excellence in business to be shortlisted for the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year, at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK.
2015 Angela was a guest at the Jonny Wilkinson Testimonial Dinner held in Monaco. Prince Albert of Monaco was also in attendance.
2015 Angela was a finalist in the EWIF NatWest 2015, New Woman Franchisor of the Year 2015.
2016 Angela gave a lecture to students of Birkbeck University of London, School of Business, Economics and Informatics.
2016 Joseph Choong finished 10th in the Men’s Modern Pentathlon at the Rio Olympics. He was taught to swim at a young age by Angela.
2016 Sisters, Sabrina and Natasha Sinha,who were taught to swim by Angela achieve many awards in their chosen fields. Sabrina won Silver in the GB & NI – European Youth Championships and Natasha won the U20 ITU World Aquathlon Champion, representing GB AgeGroup Team. Both are receiving funding for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
2017 Angela spoke at the EP Women in Business Dinner.
2017 Angela developed a character led badge method based on her unique, tried and tested methods.
2018 Angela is a member of the Women and Enterprise Group at the Houses of Parliament.
2018 This year will see the Swim School produce and launch a bespoke on-line booking system. The characters and badge system that she developed last year will form part of this system enabling parents to understand and see how the children are progressing.

How to Book

We tailor our swimming lessons to the needs of all our students. If you’d like to book or want to know about our prices and available lessons, contact your nearest Angela’s Swim School.


Angela’s Swim School is proud to teach from over a dozen locations, nationally and internationally. Find your nearest swim school now.

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