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:

Summer Term 2021 school lists – last updated Wed 14th April 2021
Hurst Drive PrimaryThe Broxbourne School
Andrews Lane PrimaryRobert Barclay Academy
Sheredes Primary SchoolAshlyns School
Boxmoor Primary SchoolLaureate Academy
South Hill PrimaryThe Chauncy School
Belswains PrimaryRichard Hale School
Hollybush PrimaryDame Alice Owen's School
Reedings Junior SchoolYavneh College
Manor Fields PrimaryThe Aldenham Foundation
Ralph Sadleir SchoolImmanuel College
Shenley Primary SchoolFearnhill School
Bushey Manor Junior SchoolThe Highfield School
St Teresa's Catholic PrimaryVerulam School
Saffron Green PrimarySir John Lawes School
Parkside Community Primary SchoolNicholas Breakspear School
Tannery Drift SchoolMarriotts School
Lordship Farm PrimaryParmiter's School
Our Lady Catholic PrimarySt Clement Danes School
Kingshott SchoolRoyal Masonic School for Girls
Hillshott Infant SchoolWatford Grammar School for Boys
Ickleford PrimaryBishop's Hatfield Girls School
Redbourn Primary SchoolRidgeway Academy
Cunningham Hill Infants
Harpenden Academy
St Hilda's School
Ashtree Primary School
Shephalbury Park Primary
Camps Hill Primary
Harvey Road Primary
Eastbury Primary School
Arnett Hills JMI
Holywell Primary School
Kingsway Infants' School
Leavesden JMI
Green Lanes Primary
Commonswood Primary
Brookmans Park Primary

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.

Alex Varran