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It is important for County Durham Sport to understand children and young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity as this allows us to shape appropriate opportunities for them to become more active.

The annual Active Lives Children and Young People (ALCYP) Survey provides schools with the opportunity to gather insight into their pupil’s attitudes and behaviours towards sport and physical activity. It also gives individuals and organisations working with children aged 5-16 years old key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.


The ALCYP survey is an annual national survey commissioned by Sport England and provides a world leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. County Durham Sport leads on the survey within County Durham and by working with local partners (SGOs, Local authorities) the survey is keenly promoted and schools are encouraged to complete or opt-in (opt-in information is outlined below).

A random selection of schools is chosen each term to take part in the ALCYP Survey. These schools will be contacted by County Durham Sport with information on how to complete the survey and the incentives for doing so. To access the incentives offered to schools, they must meet the minimum response figure.

Each school that is selected has three year groups randomly chosen to complete the survey. County Durham Sport, or the relevant SGO, will email the school with the URL’s (the survey must be completed online and in school for pupils) for the classes, teacher and parents (KS1 classes only) along with a guide and deadline for completion. County Durham Sport will monitor survey responses throughout each term and provide encouragement and updates to schools.

A £100 EPSO voucher, Healthy Schools Rating (see below) and school report will be received a few months after the term deadline for completion.

For more information and detail around the survey, please visit Sport England’s dedicated page.


Here are the sampled schools who have been selected to complete the Children and Young People Active Lives survey for 2022/23 academic year. Schools will receive a detailed report, along with receiving a Healthy Schools Rating. This data provides useful insight into physical activity behaviours across County Durham.


Term 1 

Ropery Walk Primary School

Willington Primary School

Easington Colliery Primary School

Newker Primary School

Wellfield School

St Leonard’s Catholic School

Wolsingham School


Term 2 

St Mary Magdalen’s Roman Catholic School

King Street Primary School

Greenland Community Primary School

St John’s Catholic School & Sixth Form

St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Dene Academy


Term 3

Wolsingham Primary School

Aycliffe Village Primary School

St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School

Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

North Duram Academy

King James I Academy Bishop Acukland

Hermitage Academy

Barnard Castle School


All schools are now being actively encouraged to Opt-in to the survey to gather valuable insight on their pupil’s attitudes and behaviours and to achieve a Healthy Schools Rating (first introduced for the 2020/21 academic year).

If you would like your school to take part, but you have not been selected as part of the random sample in County Durham, please contact County Durham Sport (relevant details below).

Schools will not receive the £100 EPSO incentive but will receive the Healthy Schools Rating and report if they complete the survey as an opt-in school.


The Healthy Schools Rating scheme is a national scheme that recognises and encourages the contribution of schools to promoting health and wellbeing to children and young people. The scheme celebrates the positive actions of schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating, whilst identifying the next steps for schools to further improve their provisions. The rating will be achieved by teachers completing the ALCYP teacher survey. Teachers will be asked questions on active travel, food education, food standards and PE.

More information on the Healthy Schools Rating is available on the dedicated Government website:


To find out more information on the Active Lives Children and Young People survey and the Healthy Schools Rating, please contact Children and Young People’s Project Officer Nathan Beadle on 07725203057 or 

Schools will not receive the £100 EPSO incentive but will receive the Healthy Schools Rating and report if they complete the survey as an opt-in school.