Active Lives & Healthy Schools

What is the Active Lives Survey?

We want all children and young people regardless of their age, background and ability level to be able to take part in and enjoy sports and physical activity.

The Sport England Active Lives Survey run by Sport England provides really useful information for anyone working with children aged 5-16 key to helping understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.  This makes a real difference to understanding and investing in sport and physical activity locally and nationally. 

The survey is supported nationally by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Social Care and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.  Locally the survey is endorsed by the Local Authority PE Advisor, School Games Organisers, Public Health and Healthy Schools.


In Cambridge and Peterborough…

  • 46.7% (54,300) of our county’s children and young people are currently meeting the recommended level of activity (taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more a day)
  • 28.4% still do less than the average of 30 minutes a day and more than half (53.3%) are not active enough to benefit their health 
  • 32.6% of children volunteer in some capacity to support sport and physical activity

How does the survey work?

  • Each term schools are randomly selected by Sport England to take part in the Active Lives survey. Those schools will be contacted by Living Sport.
  • Alternatively, schools can volunteer to take part by contacting Living Sport (incentives for these schools are slightly different).
  • Schools take part in the simple online survey in their classes with one class in up to 3 different year groups at a point of their choosing during that term.  The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete.
  • For the youngest pupils, parents are also asked to fill in a survey about their child’s physical activity behaviours (additional incentives of £10 ESPO credits per parental survey are available to schools). 
  • 1 teacher also needs to complete a survey which takes around 10 minutes.
  • Each participating school will be provided with everything it needs including templates for letters to parents, information sheets for teachers and students and technical guidance from Living Sport.

A summary of the process is here and key documents can be found here.

What are the benefits to schools?

  • Each school that takes part is given a bespoke report summarising its own results from the survey (if at least 30 students complete the questionnaire). This report covers measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.
  • Participation in The Active Lives Survey provides access to The Healthy Schools Rating Scheme which comprises an on-line teacher survey, this is based on four key areas of assessment: Food Education, School Food Standards, Physical Education and Active Travel. The responses given are calculated to determine a rating – bronze, silver, or gold.
  • Completion of the combined Active Lives Survey and Healthy Schools Rating Scheme can be cross referenced to the nutrition and physical activity standards for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools Award. This can help accelerate the school’s progress to achieving Healthy Schools status and being granted use of the local authority’s Healthy Schools logo. A plaque is also awarded in acknowledgement of the achievement and provides good evidence of the school’s commitment to Health Education.
  • Schools can also choose sports or well-being equipment and resources worth at least £100 to thank them for their participation.


The following schools have been selected for 2022/2023 and will be contacted at the start of the relevant term.  


  • Chesterton Community College
  • Queen Edith Primary School
  • Shirley Community Primary School
  • St Luke’s CofE Primary School
  • The Netherhall School
  • The Stephen Perse Foundation
  • Fawcett Primary School
  • Cherry Hinton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
  • University of Cambridge Primary School
  • Trumpington Park Primary School
  • Parkside Community College
  • Trumpington Community College
  • St Mary’s School
  • Heritage School
  • Newnham Croft Primary School
  • Mayfield Primary School
  • Kings Hedges Primary School
  • Coleridge Community College
  • St Bede’s Inter-Church School
  • North Cambridge Academy
  • St John’s College School
  • The Perse School


  • Alderman Jacobs School
  • Glebelands Primary Academy
  • Kinderley Primary School
  • Neale-Wade Academy
  • The Nene Infant & Nursery School
  • Ramnoth Junior School
  • Elm CofE Primary School
  • Westwood Primary School
  • Thomas Clarkson Academy
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College
  • Benwick Primary School
  • Kingsfield Primary School
  • Orchards Church of England Academy
  • Cromwell Community College


  • Arthur Mellows Village College
  • Dogsthorpe Academy
  • Hampton Gardens Secondary School
  • John Clare Primary School
  • St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School
  • Stanground Academy
  • Southfields Primary School
  • Peakirk-Cum-Glinton CofE Primary School
  • West Town Primary Academy
  • Lime Academy Parnwell
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy
  • The King’s (The Cathedral) School
  • Nene Park Academy
  • Hampton College
  • Heritage Park Primary School
  • Saint Michael CofE Primary School (Voluntary Aided)
  • Hampton Vale Primary Academy
  • Ken Stimpson Community School
  • Thomas Deacon Academy
  • Jack Hunt School


  • Bushmead Primary School
  • Ernulf Academy
  • Priory Junior School
  • Ramsey Spinning Infant School
  • St Peter’s School
  • Warboys Primary Academy
  • Little Paxton Primary School
  • Brington CofE Primary School
  • Huntingdon Primary School
  • Sawtry Village Academy
  • Longsands Academy
  • Wyton on the Hill Community Primary School
  • Barnabas Oley CofE Primary School
  • Thongsley Fields Primary and Nursery School
  • St Ivo Academy
  • Abbey College Ramsey
  • Hinchingbrooke School

East Cambridgeshire

  • Ely St John’s Community Primary School
  • Isle of Ely Primary School
  • Isleham Church of England Primary School
  • Littleport & East Cambs Academy
  • Littleport Community Primary School
  • Ely St Mary’s CofE Junior School
  • The Weatheralls Primary School
  • Bottisham Community Primary School
  • Soham Village College
  • Witchford Village College
  • Fordham CofE Primary School
  • Kennett Primary School
  • St Andrew’s CofE Primary School
  • Bottisham Village College
  • Ely College
  • King’s Ely

South Cambridgeshire                      

  • Bar Hill Community Primary School
  • Bassingbourn Village College
  • Great and Little Shelford CofE (Aided) Primary School
  • Northstowe Secondary College
  • Pendragon Community Primary School
  • Sawston Village College
  • Steeple Morden CofE VC Primary School
  • Waterbeach Community Primary School
  • Gamlingay Village Primary
  • Milton Church of England Primary School
  • Cottenham Village College
  • Melbourn Village College
  • Impington Village College
  • Cambourne Village College
  • Cottenham Primary School
  • Meridian Primary School
  • Barton CofE VA Primary School
  • Linton Village College
  • Comberton Village College
  • Swavesey Village College
  • Cambridge Steiner School

Living Sport plays a key role and acts as the main point of contact for schools regarding the Active Lives Survey. For more information please contact David Welch or Kate Hicks.