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School Games Mark 2016/17

Please note that the 2016/17 School Games Mark criteria is now available to download both here and via the main website, this page - available to all School Games registered schools and organisers - will offer further guidance to assist with your application over the coming months.

Please utlise these documents fully to achieve the best result possible from your application...

The Criteria

The School Games Mark 2016/17 Criteria is now available. The criteria walkthrough will be available from Easter 2017.


The online application window for 2016/17 opens on Wednesday 31 May

Supporting documents - available Easter 2017


Applying Offline

Only one school can apply for the School Games Mark application per school URN. Therefore, if you are an all-thru school, you may be required to complete an offline application. To help you with this, offline application guidance documents are available below. 


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 2016/17 will be open from Wednesday 31 May until Friday 28 July.

All School Games registered schools can make one application via their School Games dashboard. All-through schools are allowed to utlise our offline application process, more details of which will be released closer to the time.

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 - new this year - your certificate as a printable PRD. You will also be able to view your application via your school dashboard. Your official School Games Mark pennant and 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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Start your application

Click below to return to your dashboard and begin your School Games Mark application. Apply for either bronze, silver or gold and earn some great prizes, as well as recognition for your school's sport provision.

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Unlike in previous years, where half-termly competitions were run, this year sees us switch to just three termly competitions. The theory however is still the same - with schools invited to blog on a given subject for the opportunity to win a prize.

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