Nottinghamshire Schools Portal



Swimming is a life skill that every child has a right to learn. Schools have a duty to teach high quality swimming and water safety to all pupils, irrespective of their ability, during their primary education. The purpose of this is to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to achieve the national curriculum standard.

Primary education

The Schools’ Swimming Service is dedicated to providing the opportunity for all children in Nottinghamshire to access swimming. Pupils will start the Learners Journey which equips them to meet the needs of the national curriculum in relation to both swimming and survival. The service endeavours to enrich all pupils’ swimming experiences and offers participation in gala events.

Further support is given to pupils with additional needs through bridging clubs. The aim of which is to help develop the specific needs of individuals, creating pathways and opportunities for development of skills within the limitations of their disability.

The service provides qualified instructors and lifeguards and arranges pool hire and transport. The service recommends all school teachers undertake the training offered to improve their confidence and impact on the learning outcomes of the children.

What we offer:

  • The service is available to pre-school, special, primary and secondary school children of all ability levels
  • Access to all schools to provide the National Curriculum statutory requirement 
  • High quality swimming in a safe environment
  • Highly qualified instructors and lifeguards who undergo regular training
  • Flexibility to meet the individual needs of schools and pupils
  • Provision of swimming galas for all schools to access
  • Access to lead professionals in swimming for advice and support
  • Provision of bridging clubs for pupils with additional needs, teaching in small groups. These sessions can’t be undertaken instead of the school’s mainstream lessons
  • The opportunity for all school teachers to access Module 1 and Module 2 training.

This service will ensure that all of your National curriculum and Ofsted requirements will be met while also providing additional support and advice for pupils with additional needs. Training is also provided for school teachers in the teaching of swimming to improve learning outcomes of pupils.

"Cameron’s swimming has greatly improved, this is due to the swimming lessons he had with school when in year three. I wanted to let you know of my appreciation of those swimming lessons." Catherine Beaumont, Parent.


1 and 2 day courses respectively in the teaching of National Curriculum swimming. Level 1 covers fundamentals of swimming and is a pre-requisite for Level 2. Level 2 covers planning and improving swimming.

  • Module 1 runs 4-5 times a year when demand is highlighted
  • Module 2 runs once or twice a year according to the demand
  • Amateur Swimming Association tutors.
  • Various venues across the county
  • For school teachers and teaching assistants who assist in the delivery of teaching school swimming.

Our prices are bespoke to each school and take into consideration the number of instructors and lifeguards required to meet industry standards.

New opportunity for schools coming soon

Classroom-based swimming teaching delivered by fully qualified instructors, to equip Year 6 children with the knowledge and understanding of how to survive around water.

By purchasing the full package, you’ll get the best price. You can purchase this via the ordering system linked via the navigation.

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Swimming Contact

Michele Pulford
0115 977 2824

More information

School brochure pages on this service [PDF 191KB]

Services For Schools

Full School Brochure

For information about all of the services we offer, please download the latest Services for Schools Brochure 2018.pdf [6.72MB]