Our vision for swimming
Here at St. Anne’s we feel it is very important to enrich each child’s life whenever possible. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that each child has a swimming lesson every week. We share the Government’s vision, that every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim to help achieve a fitter, healthier and perhaps above all safer generation of young people. Therefore, all children from Reception to Year 4 have a swimming lesson at our very own pool every Wednesday and our Year 5 & 6 children have a lesson at Liverpool Aquatics Centre.
As an inclusive school, we recognise when it may not be suitable for a child to participate straight away in whole class swimming teaching and consequently, run a specialist programme for children that require extra support.
In the last academic year, 97.2% of the children in Year 6 left St. Anne’s being able to confidently swim 25m unaided. We are very proud of this achievement and it compares favourably with the North West average of 57% and the National Average of 55%.
Alongside our excellent swimming results, we also take full advantage of our swimming pool by training our water polo and swimming gala teams in there.
Every Friday, our swimming lead Mr. Barwise uses the pool for his lunchtime swimming club. This time is used to train and prepare the team for the competitions we are entering.
During the Autumn term we focus on water polo and we enter the Year 5 & 6 and Year 3 & 4 competitions at Liverpool Aquatics Centre. Once children enter Year 3 they are also trained in water polo for ten minutes every lesson.
In the Spring and Summer terms we focus on gala races and then enter the KS1 & KS2 swimming gala competitions, again at Liverpool Aquatics Centre.
We realise that we are very lucky to have our own swimming pool, and take full advantage of this.
As you can hopefully tell, we are passionate about swimming and enriching the lives of children at St. Anne’s through swimming and swimming related events.