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Swimming and water safety is an important part of the National Curriculum; 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 [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


At Westwood, all children in Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at John Charles Centre for Sport. As part of this, they take part in safe-self rescue activities. 


Children in all year groups are reminded about water safety, particularly during National Drowning Prevention Week, in assemblies, class discussions and RSHE lessons. 


Any parents / carers who are interested in private swimming lessons through Leeds City Council can find out further information via the link below: