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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 which 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 provides recognition for their achievements.

Schools can apply for Star Mark each summer / autumn* by completing a simple form online and ticking the boxes that best describe your school’s provision during the latest academic year. 

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 use on your website and social media channels. You will also receive an action plan, to facilitate improvement to your provision and progress to (or maintain) level 3.

* Due to the restrictions that C-19 placed on schools’ ability to offer high quality opportunities for pupils during the 2021/22 academic year the awarding of Star Mark accreditations has been paused until autumn 2022

Star Mark applications will open again summer / autumn 2022

If you'd like to view the last available (2019/20) information for future planning purposes please download the supporting evidence document and paper copy of the application form.

For the last applicable year there was an initial application fee of £180 per school and an annual fee of £100, under which schools were reappraised and new action plans discussed. Active Schools members paid an initial application fee of £140 and a renewal fee of £80.

For more information, please contact Sarah Williams

School Games Mark (KS2 – KS5)

School Games Mark (KS2 – KS5)

Due to the restrictions that COVID-19 placed on schools’ ability to offer high quality PE, school sport and physical activity, the School Games Mark has been suspended and replaced with the School Games Framework.

Schools wishing to access the 2019-20 guidance document to benchmark and plan for future provision can log in via their school's account and download a copy from your School Games dashboard.

New for 2020/21

For the academic year 2020/21, the School Games Mark Framework will be positioned as a self-review tool. It will help schools reflect on their involvement in the School Games in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

Hopefully you find this a useful tool to work through and reflect on your current provision and pupil uptake. It will also help you decide how the School Games can be positioned to help the wellbeing of all young people, enabling them to connect and engage in school life.  

What are the key criteria?

Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics.:

  1. Participation - how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  2. Competition - how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  3. Workforce - how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  4. Clubs - how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
    For more information visit the School Games website or contact your SGO. 

For more information visit the Your School Games website. You can also email us at active.schools@surreycc.gov.uk.

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.