Active Schools Report: 2015- 2016

Across each academic year, the Active Schools Network of managers and coordinators gather information on the activities which they have supported in schools. This data is used to support the planning and delivery of the Active Schools programme.

At the end of each academic year, this information is collated into a report, which summarises the activity across Scotland.

In the 2015/16 academic year 290, 000 distinct participants (43% of all school pupils) made over 6.5 million visits (participant sessions*) to Active Schools activities.  On average, each pupil made 23 visits to sessions across the year. 

Over 22,000 deliverers (87% of whom are voluntary/over 19,000 Volunteers), provided 350,000 Activity Sessions in range of over 100 different sports/activities.  There were 23,000 links between schools and sports clubs, helping pupils to participate in sport outwith their school. See full report below for further details.

*Participant Sessions are the "visits" pupils have made to activities. These figures do not represent the number of pupils who actually take part, and should only be considered as indicative of participation in extra-curricular activities supported by Active Schools.

National report

Report for each local authority

If you are looking to find out more about a specific local authority’s figures we recommend contacting the local Active Schools manager directly.

There are no set comparator authorities for the Active Schools data. Education Scotland do have a list of suggested comparator areas for each local authority, which may be helpful as Active Schools is based in the school environment. Please note: the structure of Active Schools can vary between local authorities, which may make these comparators less useful.

If you would like more information on Active Schools data, please contact

Date published: 04 October 2016
Date updated: 09 January 2018


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