Lancot Challenger Academy | Swimming
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11th May 2018


Dear Parents/Carers


At Lancot Challenger Academy, we are passionate about delivering an engaging curriculum that both meets National Curriculum expectations alongside developing character education and experiencing a wide variety of life experiences.


With this in mind, we constantly review our provision across all core and foundation subjects.  Earlier in the academic year, the Government introduced national reporting on the end of Key Stage 2 expectation within PE for competency of swimming, as follows;


National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

  • use a range of strokes effectively

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Since becoming a Primary School it is now our responsibility to ensure that our curriculum enables all pupils to meet this.


While we have been incredibly fortunate to have an onsite swimming pool, it is built for children of a Lower School age and size.  At 70 cm deep, it is no longer fit for purpose to teach children in Key Stage 2 how to swim competently.


It is for this reason that, during this academic year our Year 4 pupils have been attending a local swimming bath in order to develop their skills and work towards meeting Key Stage expectations. Year 6 pupils will also attend during summer term for the same purpose.


Moving forwards, following the success of this change to our swimming provision, the decision has been made to continue with this plan and no longer use the onsite swimming pool. As parents, I am sure you will understand that our priority must be to find a solution that safeguards our pupils in this vitally important life skill while meeting National Curriculum expectations.


Yours sincerely


Governors and Staff

Lancot Challenger Academy