School Games Mark

What is the School Games Mark?

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of the Mark. 

All registered schools are able to apply for the Mark, the next application window will open Summer 2021. To help with the application process, it helps to build up a file at the beginning of the year to show evidence of what you have done in your school. If you need assistance with the planning for the award, please contact your School Games Organiser. 

The 2019 academic year saw the School Games Mark Awards reach over 10,000 Schools.  The team at the Youth Sport Trust working closely with Sport England, worked hard to consult with a range of stakeholders on the approach to take in light of COVID-19, school closures and social distancing measures.

The consultation included School Games Organisers, Head Teachers and importantly a sample of schools and PE leads who in 2019 achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold School Games Mark. While there were, of course, a number of schools that felt they had the relevant information to report on two terms worth of work, the overriding feedback from the Head Teachers we spoke to was that the priority for staff during the summer term was to cater for the immediate needs of students while also preparing for school returning to a new normal.

With this information in mind, the decision was made to pause the 2020 School Games Mark; as a result schools will retain their 2019 School Games Mark Award.

To provide some reassurances;

  • Platinum schools will retain the status for a further year
  • Schools that would have been eligible for platinum, will continue to be eligible in 2021.


The School Games Mark criteria for 2020-21 will be posted here as soon as it is released. 


Further information is available via the School Games dashboard, the customised content portal for all schools logged in to the website. (

Why should our school apply?

- OfSTED use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework.

- You can proudly display your certificate at your school.

- You can use it as a development tool to aid the PE teacher or Headteacher as your school.

- You can add the logo to letterheads and email signatures to show your outstanding commitment to school sport.

If you need assistance with your School Games Mark application, please contact your School Games Organiser.