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Developing Skills for Life

We believe swimming is not only a first class form of exercise but it is also a vital life skill and that is why we ensure that children from Year 2 right through to Year 6 have the opportunity to swim during the academic year. This has had a very positive impact on our swimming abilities as many of our children upon leaving Year 6 are able to swim the National Government requirement of 25 metres, with many able to swim a lot, lot further! For all children, we run the Hawksmoor Rookie Lifeguard scheme which allows the children to learn some alternative water and life saving skills to ensure that everybody, whatever their ability, continue to develop and progress in the pool. Back in 2012, the government released data showing how poor certain areas of the country were for ensuring children were able to swim. We are extremely proud to point out that our area, South Northamptonshire, came out on top for the entire country where 91% were able to swim 25 metres on leaving primary school. We are extremely proud that Nicholas Hawksmoor were a part of this achievement.



2020-21 Swimming Data

Percentage of Y6 pupils who can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. 95%    
Percentage of Y6 pupils who can use a range of strokes effectively. 97%
Percentage of Y6 pupils who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. 100%


Teaching Survival and Self-Rescue Skills

The Hawksmoor Rookie lifeguard award ensures children are secure in their knowledge and understand the principles of personal survival and self rescue.  They put this knowledge into practice by confidently swimming the survival strokes, tread water for a length of time, and maintain floating and 'HELP' positions.  Other skills are used in comprehensive water activities.  These include being able to demonstrate the following rescues: Shout & Signal, Reach and Throw rescues using ropes and a variety of floating objects.  Throughout all swimming lessons, whatever their ability the children learn and apply the SAFE code.