The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level:

  • Personal Best Challenges (Level 0)- personal best challenges for all students within the curriculum e.g. beating your time in the 800m
  • Intra-school (Level 1) - sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
  • Inter-school (Level 2) - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions
  • Humber School Games Festivals (Level 3) – the Humber area stage the multi-sport Humber School Games as a culmination of year-round school sport competition.

The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.

Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of:

  • the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education (D of E) and the Department of Health (DOH);
  • Sport England, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships;
  • the Youth Sport Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, which has been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners.

Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games. This includes: up to £35.5m Lottery funding from Sport England between 2010-15, £28.4m exchequer funding from the Department of Health and Sport England to fund 450 School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Change4Life Clubs

St Mary's College is proud to be a hub site to deliver the Level 2 and 3 School Games programme within the city of Hull and the Humber area in partnership with Active Humber.

The five levels of School Games competition

The School Games is made up of five levels of competition that provide a pathway for young people to progress and develop.

Personal Best Challenges (Level 0)

During curriculum lessons, many young people will experience their first competition through personal best challenges. For example, students try to improve their lifetime best in an athletics event such as the javelin or can improve their score in a specific core task in an invasion games lesson. Level 0 of the School Games will provide a foundation to the school's existing work to offer pupils a first experience of competition, initially against themselves.

Intra-school competition (Level 1)

For many young people sporting competition is the first experienced through intra-house teams, form groups or in PE lessons. Level 1 of the School Games will build on a school's existing work to offer pupils a year-round programme of regular intra-school competition in a number of sports that culminate in a School Games Day: the ultimate school sports day!

Inter-school competition (Level 2)

Inter-school competition for years 3 to 13. At this stage individuals and teams will be selected to represent their school in local inter-school competitions, many of which will be leagues. Schools will have the flexibility to decide which sports to enter but are encouraged to involve as many pupils as possible by creating breadth in the sports they offer and depth through the creation of additional teams. Sports delivered at Level 2 of the school games should follow the formats as designed by the National Governing Bodies of Sport

School Games Festival (Level 3)

Each county/area will host a multi-sport showcase event as a culmination of the year-round programme of competition between schools that is offered at level 2. Teams and individuals competing at Level 2 will win the opportunity to compete in this event if they qualify via Level 2 School Games league or competitions in their districts. Pupils succeeding at this level will be encouraged to develop their enjoyment and talent in sport through existing National Governing Bodies' club and talent pathways. Level 3 will be planned and managed through a Local Organising Committee in every county chaired by a Head Teacher and supported by the County Sports Partnership

UK School Games (Level 4)

This is a national multi-sport event, in which the country's most talented athletes of school age complete if selected by a National Governing Body of Sport. This event takes place in high quality venues such as Loughborough University amongst a unique and vibrant atmosphere to replicate the world's top sporting occasions. The event supports athlete’s development and acts as a stepping stone to further national and international competition.

Further details and information can be found on the School Games website