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Accreditations & Recognition for PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA)

Accreditations & Recognition for PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA)

Active Surrey can support all schools to achieve accreditations (across all Key Stages) that promote the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of pupils. Schemes include self-evaluation of PE, school sport and physical activity provision and provide clear action plans to demonstrate progression and impact. 

Active Surrey Star Mark

Active Surrey Star Mark

Star Mark provides infant and primary schools with support to develop their Key Stage 1 (KS1) PE, sport and physical activity offer and recognition for their achievements.

Apply for Star Mark by completing a simple form online and ticking the boxes that best describe your school’s current provision. 

Coupled with supporting evidence (and any required verification), your school will be assessed and awarded a Star Mark at level 1, 2, or 3. Please note that the accreditation is for the previous academic year.

Accredited schools will receive a certificate to display in school and a digital Star Mark logo to share via your school media channels. You will also receive an action plan, to facilitate improvement to your provision and progress to (or maintain) level 3.

Applications can be made online between Monday 1 June and Friday 23 October 2020, for the 2019-20 academic year only.

How to apply for Star Mark

Download the supporting evidence document and paper copy of the application form.

There is an initial application fee of £180 per school and an annual renewal fee of £100, should you wish to reapply for Star Mark each academic year.

If you are an Active Schools member you pay an initial application fee of £140 and a renewal fee of £80.

For more information, please contact Sarah Williams and Alannah Stephenson 

School Games Mark (KS2 – KS5)

School Games Mark (KS2 – KS5)

The School Games Mark is a Government led accreditation scheme launched in 2012. It rewards Key Stage 2-5 schools for their commitment to developing competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists in developing an improvement and progression action plan. 

Set criteria is assessed across BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD levels of the award and is valid for one academic year. PLATINUM level is for schools who have achieved Gold 5 years running and is valid for two years.

Applications are undertaken retrospectively, and schools can apply for a School Games Mark from May - August 2020 for the 2019-20 academic year.

Due to COVID-19, applications for the 2019-20 academic year have been paused, but schools can access a bespoke School Games Participation certificate from the Active Schools team. Simply email us at

For more information visit the Your School Games website

Surrey Healthy Schools

Surrey Healthy Schools

Surrey Healthy Schools works across the Local Authority and takes a whole system approach towards the positive promotion of wellbeing, mental & physical health and achievement. It applies evidence and research to a range of themes and standards in order to assist schools in self-evaluating their practice.

Surrey Healthy Schools aims to empower schools (maintained, academy and independent schools that support infant, junior and secondary aged pupils) to identify strengths and areas for development. It provides opportunities for training and effective communication from across the Local Authority and wider. The Surrey Healthy Schools Self-Evaluation Tool has been developed to assist schools in implementing, identifying and developing effective practice.

The Surrey Healthy Schools approach applies evidenced based practice promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, and identifies 5 key themes:

  1. Whole School Approach towards the Promotion of Positive Health and Wellbeing
  2. Personal, Health, Social, Economics, Education (PSHE) Curriculum (including health and wellbeing, relationships, sex, drug, staying safe and financial capability education)
  3. Healthy eating (including cooking and health eating in the curriculum, food provision - school meals, packed lunches, pre and post school club food provision and cooking clubs)
  4. Physical activity (including physical education and school sport - PESSPA)
  5. Emotional wellbeing and mental health

Click here for comprehensive information on how to develop a Surrey Healthy Schools approach and download the Surrey Healthy Schools Guidance.