“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect”National Curriculum
“As part of delivering a high quality curriculum swimming and water safety must be provided in either key stage 1 or key stage 2”National Curriculum

Here at HLC we echo these statements put forward by the national curriculum and ensure that swimming and physical education are an integral part of what we do. We pride ourselves on providing a variety of opportunities to engage all pupils and encourage them to lead a healthy active lifestyle.

Swimming for each year group is delivered for 2 half terms spaced throughout the year, ensuring that each child in year 1 – 6 will swim for around a minimum 12 weeks during curriculum time which is taught by highly qualified swimming teachers. We also offer two afterschool clubs specifically for swimming to allow children extra opportunities to develop the confidence and skills in the pool.

Curriculum lessons are carefully designed and differentiated to ensure all children make progress with children often split into three groups. Most children in key stage 1 will start their learning journey by developing water confidence and safety before progressing into the key fundamentals of strokes. In key stage 2 this will be progressed to include development of strokes, competitive racing, game play such as water polo and keeping themselves and others safe.

The national curriculum requirements for swimming state that pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Below is the published data for swimming assessment 2018 / 2019


GDS (greater depth children) – adjudged based on the fact that they exceed the three above statements
ARE – adjudged based on the fact that they meet the three above statements
WTS (working towards) – adjudged based on the fact that they are still working towards achieving all three of above statements

To break this down further 100% children in year 6 are able to swim a distance of at least 25m by the time they left. However for some (32%) they are still developing their competence, confidence and proficiency and needed to use floatation aids to support them.

Again all can use a range of strokes with 15.3 % of GDS children displaying lifesaving backstroke and butterfly to a high standard. 52.5 % of children perform a range of strokes including breastroke and 32% of children can effectively use front crawl and backstroke only.

100 % of children could perform self based rescue and keep themselves safe when around the pool. Our GDS children even displayed lifesaving skills of others.