Physical Education

Swimbridge CE School has been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for the fourth year running performance during the 2018/2019 Academic Year. All the staff, alongside Primary Stars deliver high quality PE provision to all of our children. The School Games Mark is currently available for all School Games Registered Schools. At our schools Physical Education and Sport plays an important role in ensuring that we offer the very best and enriched experiences to our children. PE is high focus within the school day but also in lunch-time provision and extra-curricular clubs.

Sports at Swimbridge

Here at Swimbridge we never underestimate the importance of an active lifestyle. Despite our small school site, we aim to offer all children a breadth of sporting activities throughout their time at Swimbridge. Through providing children with rich and vibrant opportunities, across a range of locations around North Devon, we're able to ensure that there is something on offer for everyone. The school visits the North Devon Leisure Centre Dojo for Dance and Gymnastics. South Molton Swimming Pool for Swimming, Tarka Tennis and Westward Ho! beach in the Summer term for surfing.

Our PE Curriculum


A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, which aims to engage and inspire and give the necessary skills and knowledge for healthy life-styles.

Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day, and as extra- curricular clubs. Opportunities include netball, hockey, tag-rugby, football, volley-ball, tennis and cross country. Swimbridge pupils use the fantastic facilities in the local village hall alongside the beautiful field in the valley as well as visiting offsite community resources such as Tarka Tennis, the Dojo at the Leisure Centre and Westward Ho! Beach for surfing lessons during the Summer term.


Participation is first and foremost which then leads to talent spotting and ensuring that those pupils with abilities can be extended.

In addition, funds are used to employ a Specialist Sports Teacher to teach PE and this expertise is used across the school to teach pupils in EYFS, Key Stage One and Two in PE and Games and upskills Teachers and Learning Support Assistants.

Swimming

Being a coastal school we highly value swimming as an essential life skill for our children. Lessons are held at the local pool every week for a term spread across all classes from Year 3 upwards. Teaching consists of basic techniques using a range of swimming strokes and the children are taught to perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations. Leaving school being confident and proficient swimmers covering a distance at least of 25m.

Not only is swimming great for overall fitness, it's also an essential life skill which could one day be life-saving. We place a high priority on getting all children to be able swimmers by the time they finish Year 6, with all KS2 children attending swimming lessons during their school career.

From January 2022, we will be reintroducing swimming lessons. Due to the pandemic these have now been suspended for two years and we have a significant proportion of pupils in the upper school who are weaker swimmers. We hope to address this by doubling the number of sessions we offer and changing to a targeted approach which benefits those children with the most need. We will, therefore, start with pupils in Y6 who are unable to swim and work down through the year groups.

Schools are required to publish how many Year 6 pupils have met the national curriculum requirements relating to swimming and water safety.

Our results for the 2018/2019 academic year are:

  • 87% (13 out of 15 children) could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

  • 87% could use a range of strokes effectively

  • 87% could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

As well as making use of these excellent facilities across our locality, the children at Swimbridge are also lucky enough to be able to use their school playground and field for sports such as netball, basketball, hockey, rounders and tag rugby amongst many others.

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PE Grant Funding