School Games Mark 2019/20 UPDATE

Please find below the update with regards to the School Games Mark 2019/2020.

School Games Mark 2019/20 UPDATE

 "The 2019 academic year saw the School Games Mark Award reach over 10,000 Schools, an achievement you should all be hugely proud of. With the 2020 School Games Mark window due to open in less than two weeks, the team at the Youth Sport Trust working closely with Sport England, has 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 has included SGOs, Development Coaches and importantly a sample of schools that 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 all of this information in mind, the decision has been made to pause the 2020 School Games Mark; as a result schools will retain their 2019 School Games Mark Award. There will be news to follow on how this will be recognised - e.g. collatoral / certificates. I shall keep you posted. 

 I know this news will be disappointing for any of your schools as it is for me, BUT I personally want to THANK YOU for of all of your hardwork and efforts so far in 2019/20, AND ask that you use this as an opportunity to be prepared for the SG Mark in 2020/21. I am asking schools to still complete the Inclusive Health Check as this is a valuable self check tool as is the Active School Planner. This will also be useful for next year as you will know what you are doing.

Next year I am excited at the prospect of some increased marks for your schools, plus some new schools applying for the mark. THANK YOU for keeping School Sport and Competition at the heart of what you do.

South Bucks SGO Area

The South Bucks SGO area and Sports Partnership is hosted by Alfriston School. Alfriston School is a special needs girl's school based in Beaconsfield. Alfriston is the Lead Inclusion School for Buckinghamshire and we believe in 'a sporting chance for every child'. We have a comprehensive calendar of School Games Inclusive competitions and festivals throughout the year and work with a number of County and community partners to bring about the best opportunities for staff and pupils in Bucks.