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Cambridge City Council

School swimming

School swimming takes place at Abbey, Parkside, and King's Hedges pools. Many local primary schools use the pools to deliver school swimming lessons.

We support these primary schools by ensuring that GLL (our leisure contractors) provide free pool time for lessons.

Some schools use their own school teachers to deliver the lessons but most schools pay GLL’s swimming teachers. This ensures the quality of the lessons is of a high standard.

The Department of Education curriculum states that schools must provide swimming lessons in either key stage 1 or 2. Pupils should be taught to swim at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes, and perform safe self-rescue.

The ASA supports this by suggesting that at least 25 hours per child is devoted to curriculum swimming. This can include time learning about water safety in the classroom.

Two fifths of 11-year-olds cannot swim 25m unaided, according to the 2013 Kellogg's Amateur Swimming Association Survey. In partnership with GLL, we provide the following to help primary school children reach the requirements:

  • Funding for eight primary schools, to deliver additional teaching resource in lessons for pupils in years 4, 5 and 6.
  • Funding for up to 100 pupils in year 5 and 6 to access 14 weeks of swimming lessons, or attend a crash course of lessons. Pupils are identified by their school's swimming instructor from those who are not predicted to reach key stage 2 standards.
  • Funding to deliver one-to-one swimming lessons to local disabled children.  Lessons are provided by 'level water' for more information see level water flyer [PDF, 0.3MB]

Visit the website to find out more about the ASA’s schools swimming charter.

If you are a school or parent, contact us for more general information about school swimming.