In September 2017 Sport England launched the new school-based ‘Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People’ to measure participation in sport and physical activity among children in school years 1 to 11. Replacing the Active People survey, Active Lives is the biggest of its kind and gathers data relating to peoples’ sporting and physical activity habits, swimming ability, wellbeing, 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 Sports Partnership has been tasked with administering the survey within Hertfordshire and, each term, is issued with the list of schools and specific year groups we are required to work with. Below is the current term’s schools:

Spring Term school lists
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Churchfield CofE VA PrimaryHaileybury Turnford
Flamstead End SchoolSt Mary's Church of England High School (VA)
Holy Trinity Church of England Primary SchoolThe Broxbourne School
Millbrook SchoolAdeyfield School
Belswains Primary SchoolKings Langley School
Bridgewater Primary SchoolThe Hemel Hempstead School
Bengeo Primary SchoolHockerill Anglo-European College
Benington Church of England Primary SchoolLeventhorpe
Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary SchoolThe Chauncy School
Morgans Primary School & NurseryDame Alice Owen's School
Northgate Primary SchoolMount Grace School
Highwood Primary SchoolYavneh College
Meryfield Primary SchoolFearnhill School
Monksmead SchoolThe Knights Templar School
Saffron Green Primary SchoolThe Priory School
St Giles' CofE Primary SchoolBeaumont School
Knebworth Primary and Nursery SchoolNicholas Breakspear Catholic School
Norton St Nicholas CofE (VA) Primary School
Sir John Lawes School
Round Diamond Primary SchoolSt Albans Girls' School
Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School
Verulam School
Cunningham Hill Infant SchoolBarnwell School
Garden Fields Junior Mixed and Infant School
The Thomas Alleyne School
Margaret Wix Primary SchoolParmiter's School
Roundwood Primary SchoolRickmansworth School
Sandridge SchoolWatford Grammar School for Boys
Bedwell Primary SchoolWestfield Academy
Lodge Farm Primary SchoolThe Ridgeway Academy
Roebuck Primary School and Nursery
Stanborough School
Harvey Road Primary SchoolBerkhamsted School
Sarratt Church of England Primary School
Bovingdon Primary Academy
The Russell SchoolHeath Mount School
Warren Dell Primary SchoolRalph Sadleir School
Woodhall Primary SchoolSimon Balle All-Through School
Coates Way JMI and Nursery School
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Nascot Wood Junior SchoolRadlett Preparatory School
Parkgate Infants' and Nursery School
Samuel Ryder Academy
Applecroft SchoolThe King's School
Howe Dell Primary SchoolMerchant Taylors' School
Springmead Primary School
St John's CofE Primary 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; this includes more than once in an academic year, or in consecutive academic years.

What are the incentives for schools?
Up until 10 January 2019, Sport England offered all schools £100 for completing the survey. In the case of primary schools where a KS1 class is selected, Sport England offered an additional £50 for every five parents who complete the survey. This acknowledged the extra effort required by primary schools to get parents engaged.

As of 10 January, Sport England have changed the incentive package to a sports equipment scheme. Schools who agreed to take part after 10th January will receive 10 credits as standard, and another 5 credits per five parents who complete the survey. These credits will enable schools to purchase equipment from the ESPO brochure.

View the ESPO brochure

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 will be vital that the surveys are thoroughly completed in order to achieve this.

Responses can also provide information which will support demonstrating the impact of a school’s use of the PE and Sport Premium, and towards Ofsted reports.

Can my school take part if we are not on the current list? 
Other schools, outside those who are randomly selected, can take part in the survey, however:

  • No cash incentives will be available for these schools although they will receive a school level report that summarises their results.
  • 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.

We can find out from Sport England if your school is likely to be included the next list.

Shelley Woods
T: 01707 285887