School Games Mark 2018/19

The School Games Mark is now in its 8th year and continues to reward schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport, physical education and physical activity.

The following criteria will help all institutions assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the award and, for those schools that can demonstrate a sustained high level of delivery, the Platinum award.

School Games Mark is directly linked to a schools engagement in the School Games.

This needs to reflect a broad and balanced offer that actively encourages those young people that aren’t currently engaged or who are engaged less often. This isn’t about provision for a small cohort of young people but needs to consider ALL the school’s population.


The School Games Mark 2018/19 documents below will give you all the information you need to apply:

2018/19 Criteria

Guidance for schools

School Games Mark timeline

Application template

School Games Mark Glossary

The online application window for 2018/19 opens on 08 May and closes on 9th August 2018.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the School Games Mark?

The School Games Mark is owned and created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England.

The Mark rewards school for their commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education and was first launched in June 2012 via the School Games website.

All schools in England who are registered on can apply for a School Games Mark via their school dashboard.

When and where can I apply for the Mark?

The online application window for 2018/19 opens on 08 May and closes on 9th August 2018.

All School Games registered schools can make one application via their School Games dashboard.

What if my school has achieved a previous Mark?

The Mark is an annual award and must be reapplied for each year. The schools previous award will be archived on both the school dashboard and the SGO dashboard.

What do I receive when I achieve a gold, silver or bronze award?

If your school achieves the School Games Mark you will be able to download the official logo and your certificate as a printable PRD. You will also be able to view your application via your school dashboard. Your official School Games Mark plaque (Gold level only) will be sent to your School Games Organiser.

What is verification and what is validation?

The verification process ensures that the data submitted in your Mark application reflects the provision of PE, school sport and competition in your school. At all levels of the award verification takes place via the schools head teacher and the SGO, who will read through the application and confirm the award.

Some applications will be selected as part of a formal, external validation exercise by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC). This will involve a visit to the school to audit the application. If your application is chosen for validation you will receive automatic confirmation within seven days of the application being submitted. You can find more information on validation by clicking here.

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