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Case Study | Swim:ED

Take a look at our Swim:ED case study for Shirley Warren Primary School in Southampton.

Initial Challenge

Although the school had access to a local pool, they faced a number of headaches and problems they wanted to overcome to help them meet their statutory requirements.

  • Value was poor as costs were wasted on admin, staffing and transport.
  • Pupils were out of school for half a day for just 30 minutes of pool time each week.
  • Lesson quality was reduced with a swim teacher to pupils ratio of 1:30.
  • Assessment data provided was poor quality, meaning impact for pupils against the statutory criteria was low.


In a deprived and diverse area of the city, our mission was to improve access, opportunity and most importantly the outcomes for every child. Seeing this as a long-term annual solution, their Swim:ED programme started September 2023 and included:

  • 6-week programme for x4 classes across Years 5 and 6.
  • An extra-curricular programme targeting year 2 children, providing them with foundations in water safety and confidence.
  • Wider impact and community engagement was achieved through a toddler/parent session for the onsite nursery, and a session for school staff who could not swim or lacked confidence in the water.


113 children completed the curriculum programme. Split into ability groups of 10, each pupil received 11.5 hrs of swim education over a 3-week period.

  • 42% Increase in pupils able to swim 25m
  • 41% Increase in pupils able to use a range of strokes
  • 84% Increase in pupils able to perform safe self-rescue

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