Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]
Baths during the winter months for instruction and practice in
The Acton Education Committee continues to award certificates
to boys and girls who can swim twenty-five yards down the
length of the bath, without interruption, pause or rest, and Acton
scholars also compete for the certificates of the London Schools'
Swimming Association and the Royal Life Saving Association, as
1st class—100 yards (Conditions as for Acton certificates).
2nd class—50 yards
Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Medallion.
There are in the Schools at the present time 1248 scholars
(626 boys and 622 girls) who can swim, as against 1318 at the end
of last season) and 314 boys and 283 girls now in the Schools learned
to swim during the 1936 season (against 578 in 1935). It should be
borne in mind, however, that a great number of the scholars who
left the elementary schools at the summer vacation to enter Secondary
Schools had learned to swim by that date.
The following is a statistical return relating to the season's
work, with comparative figures for last year. Details giving statistics
for the individual schools are in the hands of the Director of
Year 1936. Year 1935. Boys. Girls. Total Boys. Girls. Total
No. of classes per week
allocated 32 21 53 32 22 54
Total attendances made 11908 8300 20208 10938 6943 *17881
* Season opened one week later owing to closure for Jubilee