Due to our geographical location at St Breock we have access to many beautiful beaches and in turn water based activities. We feel it is an imperative life skill that all our students learn to swim. In order to maximise the potential involvement in local sports, we have sought to exceed the government's standard of 25m by the end of Y6 and set our own standard of 100m.
All our students swim for one term from FS2 to Y6 for approximately 12 sessions, these sessions last for 45 minutes for our less able and 45 minutes for our more able who work on stamina, technique and swim lengths.
Our swimming has inspired change and enabled the pupils to continue to achieve their personal best and create their own new personal bests. Below are the figures for this current academic year for swimming as of June 2018;
- 207 Students across Years 1-6
- 11% of those students cannot swim
- 77% Swimming to governments standard (25m)
- 70% Swimming to the schools standard (100m)
- 68% Swimming above the school standard (250m +)
Our Y6s are able to spend focused time on survival skills and spend a day developing their open water swimming in the sea and awareness. We are hoping to develop this further through our links with Polzeath Surf Lifesaving Club.
Our swimming blueprint has attracted the attention of other local and national schools and we have been sought out to advise them in developing their practice. As a result, the swimming ability of their pupils has too improved.
In turn, our success at competitions has improved and we regularly make the Cornwall School Games final in swimming. Our non-club swimmers are also regularly excelling at local swimming festivals.
We are very proud of the way swimming has thrived in our school and that it is perceived as outstanding by fellow schools.