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:

Summer Term school lists
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Hurst Drive Primary SchoolCheshunt School
Wormley Primary SchoolRobert Barclay Academy
St Cross Catholic Primary SchoolAshlyns School
Micklem Primary SchoolLongdean School
Brockswood Primary SchoolTring School
Holtsmere End Infant and Nursery SchoolThe Bishop's Stortford High School
Reedings Junior SchoolPresdales School
Mill Mead Primary SchoolThe Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College
Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary SchoolQueens' School
Holwell Primary SchoolBushey Meads School
Bushey Manor Junior SchoolRoysia Middle School
Newberries Primary SchoolThe Greneway School
Pope Paul Catholic Primary SchoolHitchin Boys' School
Birchwood Avenue Primary SchoolTownsend C of E School
Whitehill Junior SchoolSandringham School
Mary Exton Primary SchoolLoreto College
St Mary Roman Catholic Primary SchoolThe Nobel School
Manland Primary School
The John Henry Newman Catholic School
Beech Hyde Primary School and NurserySaint Joan of Arc Catholic School
Prae Wood Primary School
The Reach Free School
Brookmans Park Primary SchoolFrancis Combe Academy
Ashtree Primary School and Nursery
Chancellor's School
The Leys Primary and Nursery SchoolBishop's Hatfield Girls' School
Featherstone Wood Primary SchoolSt Margaret's School
Malvern Way Infant and Nursery SchoolSt Columba's College
St Meryl SchoolSt Edmund's College
Oxhey Wood Primary SchoolThe Sele School
Kingsway Junior School
Cherry Tree Primary School
The Grove Academy
Edwinstree CofE Middle 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?
As of 10 January, Sport England have changed the incentive package to a sports equipment scheme. Schools 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.

Tanya Angus and Alex Varran – Herts Sports Partnership Education Team