English Martyrs’ is delighted to have been awarded the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are very pleased to have been recognised for our success.

Our physical activity and school sport achievements this year include:

  • Local, County and National school success for Boys’ and Girls’ Football

  • Our largest ever number of students qualifying to represent West Leicester at Area Athletics

  • Having the fastest Year 7 100m male student in Leicestershire and Rutland, alongside an unbeaten Year 7 boys’ 4x100m relay team

  • Starting the schools’ first running club with many students achieving several awards for distances covered throughout the year

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible.

We are committed to using the School Games award to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community.

We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to: Miss Liburd, Mr O’Donnell, Mrs Lewis, Mr Edwards, Mrs Biddles, Mr Bryan-Dooher, Mr Wileman, Mr James, Mr Bradshaw, Mr Nicholson and all of the senior students who have assisted with coaching roles.