Swimming at Hillside

School Swimming

Swimming is not only a vital life skill, it is also a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. All children by the end of Key Stage 2 should be able 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

All children in Key Stage 2 go swimming. There are spaces for thirty children for each half-hour session. We take additional children from other classes to ensure that the percentage of children meeting National Curriculum standards increases. For example, additional children from Year 3 (those for whom additional sessions will lead to them meeting the standard) accompany Year 4 children on their lessons. In short, there is a commitment to ensuring that children who have not reached the National Curriculum standard will receive additional lessons. This has improved outcomes year-on-year for the past three years.

Swimming dates for this academic year 2018/2019 are:

  • Year 6 - week beginning 12th November and 19th November 2018 (additional lessons 18th and 25th March 2019);

  • Year 5 - week beginning 18th March and 25th March 2019 (additional lessons 15th and 22nd April 2019);

  • Year 4 - weeks beginning 15th and 22nd April 2019 (additional lessons 8th July 2019); and

  • Year 3 - week beginning 8th July 2019

Please encourage and support your children to learn to swim. We are noticing an increase in the number of children who are not able to meet the National Curriculum requirements. 

Swimming statistics for 2017-18

50% of Year 6 (12/24) met National Curriculum standards (Level 2 or higher) (up from 17% in 2016-17).

Swimming statistics for 2018-19

80% of Year 6 (25/31) met National Curriculum standards (Level 2 or higher) (up from 50% in 2016-17). Children who have not yet achieved National Curriculum standards will join other Year 5 in March 2019 in an attempt to ensure more children reach the expected standard.