For many of the athletes competing, the National Lottery-funded event is the first taste of organised competitive sport. Organised by the Youth Sport Trust, the event features 12 sports over four days and offers young people the chance to experience the highs and lows of the sporting arena.
15% of Team GB athletes in Rio were School Games alumni
Developing future talent is a crucial part of our Towards an Active Nation strategy, and the School Games feeds into the work we're doing to set talented young athletes on the road to success.
Double-Olympic gold medalist and School Games alumnus Max Whitlock helped get things underway on Thursday night in a glitzy opening ceremony held on the university campus.
Scroll through the images below to get a taste of the weekend's action.
England's Kate and Martha Harris in action during their Girls doubles U18 Wheelchair tennis match on day three of the 2016 School Games.
A cyclist representing the North East competes in the street sprint trials on day three of the 2016 School Games.
Ulster's players line up in the goal mouth to defend a penalty corner during the 3rd/4th place Boys Hockey Play Off match on day four of the 2016 School Games at Loughborough University.
England's Jack Chamberlain in action in the mens artistic on rings during the gymnastics on day four.