St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Mobberley Road, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 5RN, Tel: 01782 235393

"Learning and Growing Together in Faith and Friendship"



All of our pupils at St. Joseph’s receive swimming lessons during their time in Year 4. Over the last few years, we have used some of our allotted PE and Sport Premium to increase the amount of swimming we can offer. We have followed the ASA’s advice by increasing sessions from 30 minutes to 45 minutes and by having 36 sessions per academic year instead of 30. We have also paid for an additional swimming coach to help to provide differentiation and support for all abilities. These changes have really helped our pupils to make super progress in swimming.

The DFE guidelines state that pupils in KS2 must be assessed against a set of swimming criteria, as part of the PE curriculum. Pupils need to be able to demonstrate that they can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They need to use a range of strokes effectively (e.g. front crawl & backstroke) and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

From 2017 schools were given additional funding through the PE and Sport Premium which they could choose to use to provide swimming interventions for pupils failing to meet the KS2 swimming requirements. All of our Year 4 pupils are assessed after their 36 sessions to see if they meet the KS2 requirements for swimming. Those who do not are provided with a swimming intervention for the duration of the Autumn Term in Year 5. We recommend that all pupils continue go swimming with their families and attend swimming lessons where possible to build on the swimming requirements.