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Swimming Impact Report 2018-19

The swimming impact report gives you an overview of how our expenditure on swimming impacts on the outcomes of our pupils in swimming and water safety.


                     Number of pupils and swimming lesson expenditure for 2018-19
Total number of pupils in Year 5 40
Total amount spent on swimming SLA (Service Level Agreement) to Blackburn with Darwen £2,897
Cost of transport £1,717
Additional coaching costs (Phil Eastwood, Sports Coach) £1,592
Total Expenditure on Swimming £6,206


Provision for swimming at Lower Darwen Primary School

  • Pupils in Year 5 attend weekly swimming lessons (35 weeks). Our sports coach attends swimming lessons as well as the swimming instructors so that more children can be supported during swimming lessons and the children working at above expectations can be taught in a separate group.
  • Teaching assistants use visual cards to support hearing impaired pupils and work 1:1 with the children during lessons.

Impact on pupils of swimming lesson expenditure

  • The majority of pupils (98%) leave school as confident swimmers.
  • All children understand the importance of health and safety in the water and confidently use water safety skills: 100% of pupils pass their water safety test by the end of Year 6.
  • 98% of pupils can confidently swim 25m. (39 out of 40 pupils). This is the same percentage as 2017-18 (40 out of 41 pupils ) reached the required standard. The one child who did not meet the required standard will attend swimming lessons in 2018-19.
  • Pupils not achieving the required standard of 25m make significant progress. Our pupils with additional physical needs make at least good progress given their starting points in their physical development, water confidence and water safety skills.
  • In addition to the 98% of pupils who can swim to at least 25m, the school also challenges the more able swimmers. There has been an increase in the number of children who are confident and competent in a wide range of strokes (40%, 16 pupils). At this year’s swimming gala, our pupils won 3 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.
  • 40% of Pupils demonstrate high levels of achievement in all strokes are able to compete with proficiency in elite competitions. Competing in swimming galas gives some of our less academic pupils increased self-esteem.


* Please note the expenditure on swimming is financed through the school's budget share and not the school's PE and Sports Grant. This report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.