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:

Autumn Term school lists
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Brookland Junior SchoolThe John Warner School
Burleigh Primary SchoolGoffs School
The Cranbourne Primary SchoolThe Cavendish School
Flamstead Village SchoolThe Astley Cooper School
Tudor Primary SchoolJohn F Kennedy Catholic School
Aycliffe Drive Primary SchoolTring Park School for the Performing Arts
The Thomas Coram Church of England SchoolSt Mary's Catholic School
Abel Smith SchoolFreman College
Wheatcroft Primary SchoolBirchwood High School
Layston Church of England First SchoolRichard Hale School
Roger De Clare First CofE SchoolBishop's Stortford College
Cowley Hill SchoolThe Bushey Academy
Woodlands Primary SchoolHertswood Academy
Oakmere Primary SchoolHaberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and NurseryManor Lodge School
Hexton Junior Mixed and Infant SchoolThe Highfield School
Wilbury Junior SchoolHitchin Girls' School
Weston Primary SchoolMeridian School
St Andrew's C of E VA Primary SchoolSt Christopher School
Wheatfields Junior Mixed SchoolRoundwood Park School
St Adrian Roman Catholic Primary SchoolThe Marlborough Science Academy
Fleetville Junior SchoolSt George's School
Fairlands Primary School and NurserySt Albans High School for Girls
Peartree Spring Primary SchoolBarclay School
Moss Bury Primary School and NurseryMarriotts School
St Nicholas CofE (VA) Primary School and NurserySt Clement Danes School
Abbots Langley SchoolSaint Michael's Catholic High School
Chorleywood Primary SchoolYork House School
Yorke Mead Primary SchoolWatford Grammar School for Girls
Little Green Junior SchoolOnslow St Audrey's School
The Orchard Primary SchoolMonk's Walk School
Leavesden JMI School
Holy Rood Catholic Primary School
Laurance Haines School
Panshanger Primary School
St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School
Cuffley 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?
Sport England offer all schools £100 for completing the survey. In the case of primary schools where a KS1 class is selected, Sport England offer an additional £50 for every five parents who complete the survey. This acknowledges the extra effort required by primary schools to get parents engaged.

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.

Read the Active Lives summary document for further information, and the Step by Step Guide to see how easy it really is!

Shelley Woods
T: 01707 285887