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 is issued with the list of schools and specific year groups we are required to work with each term. Below is the current term’s schools:

Spring Term 2020 school lists
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Hurst Drive Primary SchoolGoffs School
Downfield Primary SchoolSt Mary's C of E High School
Brookland Infant and Nursery SchoolGoffs - Churchgate
Roselands Primary SchoolThe Astley Cooper School
Andrews Lane Primary SchoolJohn F Kennedy Catholic School
Millbrook Primary SchoolBerkhamsted Senior School
Swing Gate Infant SchoolKings Langley School
Kings Langley Primary SchoolBishop's Stortford High
Lime Walk Primary SchoolHeath Mount School
Hobbs Hill Wood PrimarySt Edmunds College
Fawbert and Barnard Infants' SchoolLeventhorpe
Morgans Primary SchoolPresdales
St Catherines C of E PrimaryRichard Hale School
Hertingfordbury CowperHockerill Anglo-European College
Reedings Junior SchoolThe Sele School
Furneux Pelham C of EHaberdashers' Girls
Highwood Primary SchoolThe Bushey Academy
Bushey Manor Junior
Queens' School
Manor Lodge SchoolFearnhill School
Little Reddings Primary
The Knights Templar
Hartsbourne PrimaryThe Greneway School
St Pauls Walden
Townsend C of E School
Purwell PrimaryAldwickbury School
The Grange AcademyRoundwood Park School
Northfields InfantsSir John Lawes
St Andrews C of E VA (Hitchin)St Georges School
St Peter's SchoolVerulam
Wood End SchoolNicholas Breakspear
St BernadetteThe John Henry Newman School
Ashtree PrimarySaint Joan of Arc
Featherstone WoodSaint Michael's Catholic
Lodge Farm PrimaryFrancis Combe Academy
Little Green Junior SchoolWatford Grammar for Boys
St Joseph's Catholic Onslow St Audrey's
Warren Dell PrimaryStanborough School
Shepherd Primary
Greenfields Primary
Kingsway Junior School
Leavesden JMI
Laurance Haines
Field Junior
Watford Field (Infant & Nursery)
Creswick Primary
St Philip Howard
Welwyn St Mary's
Swallow Dell Primary
Hatfield Community Free 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?
School 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 your schools contribution to supporting pupils’ health and wellbeing.

View the ESPO brochure

View the Y3-6 Active Lives template school report

View the Y7-11 Active Lives template school report

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.

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, 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.

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

Tanya Angus and Alex Varran – Herts Sports Partnership Education Team