School Swimming

Swimming is not only a vital life skill, it is also a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. All children by the end of Key Stage 2 should be able to: 

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

We have increased the amount of time dedicated to the school swimming programme this year. All Year 4 children will swim an hour a day for two weeks and in Year 5 all children swim an hour a day for one week. In Year 6, children who have not reached the National Curriculum standard will receive another 5 hours of swimming. 


Swimming dates for this academic year 2017/2018  are:

  • Year 6 additional lessons  - week beginning 11th September 2017
  • Year 5SG - week beginning 6th November 
  • Year 5KH - week beginning 13th November 2017
  • Year 4SA - week beginning 27th November and 4th December 2017 
  • Year 4KW- week beginning 15th January 2018 and 22nd January 2018

Please encourage and support your children to learn to swim. We are noticing an increase in the number of children who are not able to meet the National Curriculum requirements. 


Swimming statistics for 2017 -2018

98% of Year 6 met National Curriculum standards

69% of Year 5 are currently meeting National Curriculum standards

44% of Year 4 are currently meeting National Curriculum standards 


School Swimming Team

 The school swimming team entered the 2016 -2017 Wirral School Games swimming competition. The first round was held at Leasowe Recreation centre and was attended by 12 other Wirral schools. There were many outstanding individual and team performances and new personal best times achieved. At the end of the gala, OLOP were overall winners and qualified for the next round. 

The next round was held two weeks later at Europa. Schools from across the Wirral and Ellesmere Port participated in what turned out to be a very close competition. After more amazing team and individual events, OLOP came second overall and made it through to the Merseyside Finals. Well done to everyone who represented OLOP!