School swimming research

Research about the state of school swimming in English primary schools.

For our latest research on school swimming conducted in 2016, click here.

We recently conducted research into pool programming with Tees Active Ltd and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, focusing on the development of a successful school swimming programme. Access the case study here to find out more.

You may also be interested to read our parent research findings from 2016, click here.

Since 2012 the we have conducted research into the levels of swimming attainment in primary school children and published it in our school swimming Census.

This has helped us get an insight into the state of school swimming and allowed us to put programmes in place to try and change the state of school swimming in England.

Our 2013 Census showed that 51% of children aged 7-11 were unable to swim a minimum of 25 metres unaided, despite swimming being a statutory requirement in the national curriculum. This was a shocking statistic which showed how much work needed to be done.

The 2014 school swimming Census shows that while there has been an increase of 6% in the number of children aged 7-11 able to swim 25 metres unaided, 45% of children are still set to leave primary school unable to swim the length of an average pool unaided.

This has highlighted that while some progress is being made, we still have much to do in order to keep our children safe in and around water.

We hope that if primary schools sign up to implement the School Swimming Charter, this will help to make a real impact on the provision of high quality school swimming programmes. Sign up here.

You can download previously conducted research below:


website: Skylab