School Games Mark

What is the School Games Mark?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 and gold levels.

Information for parents

Inspired by the future decade of sport across the UK, National Governing Bodies of Sport, health organisations and County Sports Partnerships are working more closely than ever to involve as many young people in sport and physical activity as possible. Never before have there been so many opportunities to be involved in school sport!


The world is a competitive place with challenges and pressures on all our lives to stand out from the crowd or to be successful. What better place than to learn the lessons of what it takes to be your best, to be creative, and to accept winning and deal with losing than school sport? The School Games is all about being the best you can be.

To help with this, there are a set of values developed by young people called the Spirit of the Games. These values are self-belief, honesty, teamwork, respect, determination and passion. Please contact your local school if you would like to learn more about how they interact with both this and the School Games as a whole.


In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus is to give more young people responsibility within sport. Whether it is as a player, reporter or referee, the School Games provides an excellent opportunity for all young people to make a positive and active contribution to their school.

The School Games is open to everyone – whether they see themselves as ‘sporty’ or not. Our Reward and Recognition Scheme is a good example of this – offering young people the opportunity to write about their school’s success, or submit an image or film.

Health and wellbeing

Whilst we can offer more competitive sport opportunities to a greater number of young people, there are often more difficult to reach groups that are not interested in participating in traditional sports or activities.

The Change4Life sports clubs programme supports young people to explore different types of activities and to engage with the School Games through an alternative route. There is something for everyone with a focus on inclusion.

14th June 2017
KS3 School Games Day
21st June 2017
KS4 School Games Day
28th June 2017
KS5 School Games Day
More dates to be added….

Competitions & Reports

Key Stage 3
KS3 students worked well during their School Sports Day. We had some outstanding results but it was the teamwork and comradery that stole the show. Well done to all that competed.
Gold – Jamie
Silver – Harry 
Bronze – Eric
Shot Put
Gold – Matthew 
Silver – Adam
Bronze – Ben 
Gold – Daniel
Silver – Harry 
Bronze – Bradley 
Long Jump
Gold – Daniel
Silver – Matthew
Bronze – Jude 
Gold – Toby
Silver – Matthew 
Bronze – Andrew 


Key Stage 4
Well done to all of KS4 for taking part in the School Games Day at Silksworth Sports Complex. Everyone worked together and created an exciting and friendly atmosphere. It was a very competitive day with outcomes changing throughout each competition. A special Mention goes to Dominic Elliot, who will continue his athletic progress by joining Hetton Harriers. Thank you to parents and carers for coming and offering their support to all their athletes.
Well done to the BTEC Sport group for planning and marshaling the event.
Gold – Dominic
Silver – Matthew 
Bronze – Jordan 
Shot Put
Gold – Matthew
Silver – Adam
Bronze – Kane  
Gold – Dominic
Silver – Joe 
Bronze – Ethan
Long Jump
Gold – Jordan 
Silver – Matthew
Bronze – Niall  
Gold – Matthew 
Silver – Jacob 
Bronze – Dominic



Key Stage 5
6th form Students once again represented our academy with exemplary behaviour, attitude and performance. We had some outstanding results throughout the day. Well done Daniel Rudkin who broke the Academy Javelin Record with a throw of 32m.
Gold – Daniel
Silver – Callum 
Bronze – James  
Shot Put
Gold – Daniel 
Silver – Ashley 
Bronze – Michael 
Gold – Daniel 
Silver – Matthew 
Bronze – James  
Long Jump
Gold – Daniel 
Silver – Nathan 
Bronze – Joshua  
Gold – Jack 
Silver – Daniel
Bronze – Joshua 


Gymnastics at Sandhill centre (Report to follow)

Dance (Report to follow)


In Autumn BPA FC played in a tournament at Goals. The team played well as unit and showed excellent attacking threat, however as the day went on our players began to tire and we conceded goals on the break. We were eventually knocked out in the semi-final stage.

Swimming Pentathlon 

I was lucky enough to take a group of students to Lakeside Leisure Centre in Killingworth where they competed against schools and colleges from around the North East in a swimming gala. The students were absolutely fantastic, showing excellent behaviour, teamwork and enthusiasm. 

The team participated in various competitions in the pool, from 25m freestyle to a raft race. 

I am pleased to announce that out of 11 different schools, Barbara Priestman Academy finished in first place!!!!! THE BEST, GOLD MEDAL, OUTSTANDING, NÚMERO UNO! 

Ethan , Jack , Jacob, Ben, Brandon and Jordan  were superb representatives to our academy! 

I’d also like to say a huge well done to swimming teachers Maureen and Sally, it’s down to their hard work and dedication that these students have achieved 1ST PLACE! 

Dan Wilson
PE Department


Extra Curricular Clubs

Football club is ran by SAFC Foundation of Light and held on a Thursday during after school club.

Sports Club Links

The Worx – Dance Theatre Arts Dance School school-games-mark
St Marks Church,
St Marks Terrace,

Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award
Youth Club
Maritime Chambers,
Howard St,
North Shields
NE30 1LZ

Hetton Lyons Cricket Club
Sports Club
0191 526 2323

Sunderland Wall Rock Climbing Gym
Doxford Works,
Pallion Quay,

Foundation of Light
Stadium of Light

Lambton Street Youth Centre 

25 Falkland Road

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre
Silksworth Lane

Seaham Harbour Marina
Marina office
Unit 10 Waterside
Seaham Harbour Marina
Co Durham

British Gymnastics
Ford Hall
Lilleshall National Sports Centre
TF10 9NB

AAA Sports
Shakespeare Street

Blog & Student Views

“I like sport at school because it get you fit and it is so much fun. I have learned in sport a lot in sport such as trampoline, running, long jump, javelin, high jump and football. I like to coach my friends in my lessons and I can now lead a warm up.
After dinner we go on the football club”.
“I enjoy sport at school because it is a good way to be active while also being fun. The PE staff help me learn and develop skills in many different sports and activities. They also encourage me to communicate with my team mates and offer feedback. I’ve learned many things from playing sports, like the rules of many of them including football and how to play table tennis, it was because of learning how to play it that I became a fan of the “Sport” and started to play it as much as I can. I have also earned a BTEC Level 1 Award in Sport and Active Leisure.
While playing sports I haven’t achieved much with the exception of small competitions with friends playing a variety of sports like: table tennis, Football and other stuff I’ve done. I have also learned how to be a more effective team worker”.
“At Barbara Priestman Academy sport has helped me develop my skills and widened the variety of sports I do. It has also been good to represent the academy in competitions and be able to put my name behind the rewards saying I represented Barbra Priestman Academy.
I have especially developed in basketball and I can now apply different skills in games and show I have improved overall. I have improved in many other sports all due to our teacher Dan”.