Swimming is a vital life-skill.  At Cavendish Junior School, we currently have swimming lessons in Years 4&5.  By the end of Year 6, children are expected to meet the national curriculum requirements below.  You would support your child's progress by taking them swimming regularly from an early age, and ideally enrolling them in swimming lessons.  A range of swimming lessons can be found at local leisure centres.

National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:

  • 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.


Year 6 2017-18:  71% of the cohort achieved the required standard.