Nearly one in eight state school swimming pools have been lost since the Tories came to power.

There are now around 120 fewer, while 40 other publicly owned pools have also closed – six per cent of the total.

Labour MP Stephanie Peacock said: “This is a stark illustration of the impact years of cuts have had on children.

“Pupils in state schools are now losing out on basic ­opportunities. Public pools are vital community spaces that help
children keep fit and healthy. The loss of these is just the latest impact of austerity.

“We cannot allow activities like swimming to become the preserve of a privileged few.”

There is no one pool for every four schools as so many of them close up for good (file photo)

The data was obtained by Ms Peacock, a former state school teacher, from Commons Library research. It indicates that the loss of public pools was the major factor behind a decline in swimming facilities in England.

Schools provided a third of all pools in 2010 and 60 per cent of those publicly available.

There are now 892 swimming pools and 3,448 state secondaries, meaning there is one pool for every four schools. In 2010 this was nearly for every three.

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In private schools the decline was only two per cent, meaning there is one pool for every 3,637 state secondary pupils but one for every 636 in private schools.

The number of publicly available pools grew under Labour, with more than 1,000 facilities opening between 2001 and 2010.

In 2017, Swim England found that a third of children leave primary school unable to swim.

Meanwhile, more than 200 school football pitches have been sold and 700 council-owned pitches closed since 2010.

Nearly 700 publicly accessible tennis courts and 80-plus school cricket pitches have also gone.