The Active Lives Children and Young People survey from Sport England provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. The survey measures participation and attitudes towards sport, physical activity and wellbeing among children in school years 1 to 11.

Data gathered in the survey relates 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:

Schools preselected for Autumn Term 2021 are listed below
Holdbrook Primary School & NurseryGoffs-Churchgate Academy
Forres Primary SchoolThe Adeyfield Academy
Bonneygrove Primary SchoolBerkhamsted School
Aycliffe Drive Primary SchoolThe Hertfordshire and Essex High School
Holtsmere End Junior SchoolBishop's Stortford College
St Thomas More RCYavneh College
Fawbert & Barnard Infants'Mount Grace School
St Catherine's C of EFearnhill School
St Thomas of Canterbury RC PrimaryKing James Academy Royston
Manor Fields PrimarySandringham School
Highwood PrimaryLoreto College
Merry Hill Infant School & NurserySt Albans High School for Girls
Monksmead SchoolMarriotts School
Lochinver House SchoolThe Thomas Alleyne Academy
Knebworth Primary and NurserySaint Michael's Catholic High
Our Lady Catholic PrimaryCroxley Danes School
Wilbury Junior SchoolOnslow St Audreys School
Camp Primary and Nursery
High Beeches Primary
Fleetville Infant and Nursery
Peartree Spring Primary
Moss Bury Primary
Featherstone Wood Primary
Camps Hill Primary
Little Green Junior School
Rickmansworth Park JMI
St Paul's C of E Primary (779)
Chater Junior
Parkgate Infants' and Nursery
Cassiobury Junior School
Holy Rood Catholic Primary
Cuffley School
Little Heath Primary
Applecroft School
Springmead 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?
Schools 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 a schools contribution to supporting pupils’ health and well being.

View the ESPO brochure 21/22 range

View the Year 1 to Year 6 School Guide 21/22

View the Year 7 to Year 11 School Guide 21/22

View the School Report Requirements 21/22

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? 
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.

Alex Varran