Active Lives

A tool for measuring the activity levels of children and young people across the country.

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What is Active Lives?

The Active Lives Children and Young People survey from Sport England provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage in sport and physical activity. The survey measures participation and attitudes towards sport, physical activity and wellbeing among children in school years 1 to 11. 

Data gathered in the survey relates to peoples’ sporting and physical activity habits, swimming ability, well-being, volunteering, and even sports spectating. For younger children, the questions are appropriately worded and complemented by images to help identify different types of activity, including playground games and active travel.

The Herts Sport & Physical Activity Partnership has been tasked with administering the Active Lives Children and Young People survey within Hertfordshire and is issued with the list of schools and specific year groups we are required to work with each term.

Schools selected for Autumn Term 2023 – last updated 31/08/23

Primary Secondary Other
Brookland Junior Robert Barclay Academy Abbot's Hill School
St Joseph's Catholic (WX) The John Warner School St Edmund's College
The Cranbourne Primary Ashlyns School York House School
Bridgewater Longdean School  
St Bartholomew's CofE VA The Adeyfield Academy  
St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Junior The Astley Cooper School  
Avanti Meadows Primary Tring School  
St Michael's CofE Primary Freman College  
Windhill21 Leventhorpe  
Ashfield Junior School Richard Hale School  
Little Reddings Primary The Chauncy School  
Oakmere The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College  
Ashwell Dame Alice Owen's School  
Icknield Walk First School Fearnhill School  
St Andrew's CofE VA Hitchin Boys' School  
Crabtree Infants Hitchin Girls' School  
Oakwood King James Academy Royston  
Prae Wood The Highfield School  
Fairlands Primary Samuel Ryder Academy  
Giles Junior School St Albans Girls' School  
Woolenwick Junior St Albans School  
Oxhey Wood The Marlborough Science Academy  
Shepherd Primary The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School  
The Russell School Croxley Danes  
Cassiobury Junior Saint Joan of Arc Catholic  
Field Junior St Clement Danes School  
Knutsford Primary Academy Watford Grammer School for Boys  
Countess Anne CofE Westfield Academy  
Howe Dell Ridgeway Academy  
St John's CofE Stanborough School  

Frequently asked questions

How often will schools be randomly selected to take part in the survey?
It is a randomly selected sample so they could be selected at any time during the academic year.

What are the incentives for schools?
Schools will be rewarded for completing the survey in the form of credits for equipment. These credits will enable schools to purchase equipment from the ESPO brochure. Sport England will also provide each school with a bespoke report outlining their results, which may also contribute to use of the PE Primary Premium and Ofsted inspection data as well as the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme that recognises and encourages a school's contribution to supporting pupils’ health and wellbeing.

View the ESPO brochure 22/23 range

View the Year 1 to Year 6 School Guide 22/23

View the Year 7 to Year 11 School Guide 22/23

View the School Report Requirements 22/23

How else can schools benefit from taking part?
The intention is that the data will provide national, local authority and school-level reports on measures of physical activity and health and wellbeing. This will only be possible if enough survey responses are submitted. If your school is selected to take part, it is vital that the surveys are thoroughly completed in order to achieve this.

Can my school take part if we are not on the current list? 
Schools, outside those who are randomly selected, can take part in the survey, but the school should understand that they may be randomly selected at any time and must provide their assurance that, if they take part on an opt-in basis, they will still take part when randomly selected in a subsequent academic year.