All schools must provide swimming lessons in Key Stage 1 or 2. The government now expects that, by the end of primary school, each child is able to:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Use a range of strokes effectively
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
We have partnered with King’s College, Wimbledon, to deliver a course of 10 one hour swimming lessons to all pupils in Year 6.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, swimming lessons were unable to take place last year and we therefore have no data available on pupil swimming ability for the last academic year.
Recommendation from Swim England:
'Don’t give up on your regular swimming lessons once your child starts swimming lessons with school.
This is crucial to their continued development and ultimately safety. The national curriculum framework is designed to build water confidence and safety, rather than stroke technique.
We recommend you continue with your regular private lessons at the same time as the school swimming lessons. This is because your child will be taught more in-depth skills and techniques in regular lessons than they will at school. The aim of school swimming and water safety lessons during physical education, are to teach your child to be safe in and around water, with the emphasis on water safety. Regular lessons progress way past the minimum national curriculum requirements and continue their aquatic education towards an active and healthy future'.