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Westbrook Primary School

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Swimming at Westbrook School

At Westbrook Primary School, we use nearby Heston pool where pupils are taught swimming and water safety by a qualified instructor. Pupils in Years 5 have weekly lessons.  

Pupils are taught to:

  • move in water (for example, jump, walk, hop and spin, using swimming aids and support)
  • float and move with and without swimming aids
  • feel the buoyancy and support of water and swimming aids
  • propel themselves in water using different swimming aids, arm and leg actions and basic strokes.
  • pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival;
  • swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres;
  • use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back;
  • use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills for example, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving.

All pupils take part in Water Safety Awareness sessions.

Last available data (2020)

By the end of KS2

• 78% of students could competently, confidently and proficiently swim a distance of at least 25 metres.

• 78% of students could effectively swim a variety of strokes, including backstroke and front crawl.

• 75% achieved Safety in Water


The children in that cohort of Year 6 missed at least one block of swimming lessons due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.