Pupils in Year 4 to Year 6 have the opportunity for swimming lessons for a term at Trentham High School. Swimming is part of our school curriculum and an expectation in the National Curriculum. Due to this, pupils in Y4-Y6 must participate in swimming lessons. If a child is well enough to attend school then we deem them well enough to attend swimming. The only exceptions to this would be if we were to receive a note from a doctor, an ear infection or the child is unable to attend due an injury which means they are unable to participate. Swimming goggles must only be worn with written parental consent.

Swimming pool rules state that all children must wear swimming caps.

Boys need to wear swimming trunks (not shorts), and girls need to wear a full swimming costume, (not bikini/tankini etc).

Swimming Goggle Guidance:


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.

2018-2019 swimming data:

Swimming Timetable 2019-20

Swimming sessions take place in the afternoon on a Tuesday at Trentham High School.

Autumn Term
Year 6

Spring Term
Year 5

Summer Term
Year 4 

Beginners Certificate:
Travel 8 meters, (one width) without touching the floor or side.
Submerge under water.

Length Certificate:
Swim 25m continuously and in a confident manner using any stroke with arms and legs continuously.
Jump into deep water.

Elementary Certificate:
Jump into the pool and swim 10m.
Stop and tread water for two minutes, keeping the head and neck clear of the water, and then swim to the side.
Swim continuously for 25m using a recognised prone stroke, front crawl to be with side breathing and the face in the water.
Swim continuously for 25m on the back using a recognised supine stroke with a continuous arm action.

Proficiency Certificate:
Dressed in pyjamas or trousers and shirt or blouse, long sleeves and legs, perform a “Straddle” jump entry into the pool and swim continuously for 50m using any stroke or strokes.
Climb out of the pool, at full reach depth, and remove clothing.
Surface dive, from swimming, retrieve, carry and land an object having swum with it, on the back preferably with lifesaving leg kick, for a distance of not less than 8m.
Jump into the water and tread water for one minute with both arms behind the back and a further two minutes using both arms and legs and.
Swim continuously for 100m using two different strokes with a minimum of 25m on any of the strokes. Strokes should comply with ASA Laws where applicable.