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Swimming Provision

At Aveton Gifford Primary School we pride ourselves on the swimming provision which is offered to all of our students from Foundation to Year 6.  We are incredibly fortunate to have an on site swimming pool, which is heated through solar panels and community run.  


Usually, after May half-term the pool is opened when the temperature is suitable for the children to swim in.  Aveton Gifford Primary School has sole use of the pool during term time and school hours.  This has enabled us to devise a proficient swimming program for all pupils.  As swimming is now statutory within the National Curriculum Framework, our expectation is that all pupils will receive the minimum entitlement and we will provide an enriched program in order set high targets for all of our pupils to achieve by the end of each Key Stage. 


Our swimming provision is led by Mrs Sarah Drew, who is a qualified Level 2 Swimming Teacher and coach.  As well as providing swimming teaching at Aveton Gifford Primary School, Mrs Drew also leads classes at Quayside Leisure center and is actively involved in team management for Plymouth Leander Swimming Club.  


As a school we are registered members of 'Swim England, School Swimming and Water Safety Charter' which provides us with National guidance and resources for our teaching provision. 


Our aims for the pupils at Aveton Gifford Primary School are:

  • To promote a love of water based activities (as we are a coastal school)
  • To improve pupils water confidence by promoting enjoyment through games and fun activities
  • To monitor and develop the individual progress of each pupil through each academic year
  • For all pupils to participate in Inter-House swimming competitions
  • To offer wider experiences of Inter-school/National Galas for the more competent and able
  • To offer an enhanced provision (top-up swimming) by identifying pupils who would benefit from extra support 
  • To gain awareness of survival and self-rescue skills for all ages
  • By the end of KS2 pupils will be able to use a range of strokes effectively, be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters and to be able to perform safe-self rescue in different water based situations 



Aveton Gifford Swimming Provision

Aveton Gifford Primary School 2017-2018 Academic Year


Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

Please complete all of the below:

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?

N.B. Even though your children may swim in another year please report on their attainment on leaving

primary school.

94 %

What percentage of your Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?

94 %

What percentage of your Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?

94 %

Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?