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, 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 Sports 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. Below is the current term’s schools:

Spring Term 2021 school lists – updated 04/01/21
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Brookland Junior SchoolSt Mary's C of E High School
Bonneygrove Primary SchoolHaileybury Turnford
Holy Trinity C of E PrimaryGoffs - Churchgate Academy
Westfield Primary School & NurseryThe Astley Cooper School
Bridgewater Primary SchoolJohn F Kennedy Catholic School
Broadfield AcademyLongdean School
Hillmead Primary SchoolTring School
All Saints C of E PrimaryEgerton-Rothesay School
Windhill21Hockerill Anglo-European College
St Edmund's CollegeFreman College
Cowley Hill SchoolPresdales School
Oakmere Primary SchoolSimon Balle All-Through School
Meryfield Primary SchoolHaileybury
Haberdashers' Aske's School for GirlsBushey Meads School
Longwood School & NurseryHertswood Academy
Wymondley JMIThe Priory School
William Ransom PrimaryThe Knights Templar School
St Mary's Junior Mixed SchoolHitchin Boys School
St Mary RC Primary SchoolSandringham School
Wheatfields Junior Mixed SchoolSt Albans Girls' School
The Grove Junior SchoolSt George's School
St Albans and St Stephen Catholic Primary SchoolSamuel Ryder Academy
St Albans High School for GirlsSt Albans High School for Girls
Giles Junior SchoolBarnwell School
The Giles Infant & Nursery SchoolThe Nobel School
Fairlands Primary SchoolRickmansworth School
Abbots Langley SchoolSaint Joan of Arc Catholic School
St Mary's C of E PrimaryWatford Grammar School for Girls
St Peter's C of E VA PrimaryWestfield Academy
Field Junior SchoolStanborough School
The Grove AcademyCroxley Danes School
The Orchard Primary SchoolThe Bishop's Stortford High School
Our Lady Catholic Primary SchoolLeventhorpe
De Havilland Primary School
Springmead Primary School
Sherrardswood School
Gade Valley Primary School
Hobbs Hill Wood Primary
Thorn Grove Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic 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?
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 well being.

View the ESPO brochure 20/21 range

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 well being. 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? 
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