Swimming and water safety is a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education (PE) programme of study.
The Goal set, following a review by the Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group 2017 is that:
By the end of Key Stage 2 every child has met the minimum standard of water safety knowledge and swimming ability as stated in the national curriculum for physical education programme of study.
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to: 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.
At Newbury Park Primary School, all pupils in Year 5 participate in a 10 week programme of swimming tuition at Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre in the London Borough of Redbridge. Following this programme an assessment is made for each pupil against the criteria given above.
In 2017-2018, 55% of pupils reached the given standard.