Year 6 Swimming Standards



Schools must publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, including attainment figures for swimming and water safety of their year 6 pupils.



Abercrombie Primary School

DfE Number



Queen’s Park

Meeting National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

 What do I report on?

 What should pupils know and do

 What percentage of your    Year 6 cohort swim   competently, confidently and   proficiently over a distance of   at least 25 metres?




· A continuous swim of more than 25 metres, without touching the   side of the pool or pool floor. Part of the swim should be   completed in deep water.

· Strokes are as strong at the end as at the start

· Strokes are recognisable to an informed onlooker.


 Pupils choose stroke and start in the water, must be relaxed.

 What percentage of your    Year 6 cohort use a range of   strokes effectively, for   example, front crawl,   backstroke and breaststroke?




 Children should be able to use a range of strokes, alternating on   their front and back, and adapt them for a range of purposes.   Swimming strokes do not have to be technically correct, but they   need to be effective for the intended outcomes to be successfully   achieved.


 E.g. swim 15 metres using a range of strokes, with change of   strokes to be fluent, treading water using a breaststroke type   action and sculling with hands.

 What percentage of your     Year 6 cohort perform safe   self-rescue in different     water–based situations?



 Water Safety Message:

 Spot the Dangers

 Advice – take advice

 Friends – go with a friend

 Emergency- learn what to do in an emergency

 Children should know the dangers of water locally and nationally.   Learn how and why to use appropriate survival and self-rescue   skills if they fall in by accident, or get into difficulty and knowing   what to do if others get into trouble.


Swimming is an important skill and can encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. In accordance with the National Curriculum, schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.

The programme of study for PE sets out the expectation 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. 

At Abercrombie Primary we follow the Derbyshire School Swimming Service, this service is designed to help our school successfully meet these requirements.


DCC provide a school swimming programme with several benefits:

  • Ensures our school is working towards the requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • All the detailed arrangements are made for us.
  • All negotiations with Leisure Centres are conducted on your behalf as a whole County Contract.
  • Our teaching staff have access to professional development, for example National Curriculum courses.
  • Support and advice is available should we need it.
  • DCC monitor the quality of the programme.
  • School swimming guidance and monitoring forms available from DCC.