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Facts and figures

Statistics about children and young people in Derbyshire.


Approximately 170,000 children and young people under the age of 19 live in Derbyshire – 21.8% of the total population. This is expected to rise to 2.4% by 2025.

Derbyshire has over 400 schools including 45 secondary schools, 350 primary schools, 10 special schools and 3 pupil referral units (PRUs).

Over 23,000 of children in Derbyshire (around 17%) live in income deprived households with the proportion of children entitled to free school meals below the national average:

  • 13.3% in primary schools (the national average is 14.1%)
  • 11.3% in secondary schools (the national average is 12.9%)

The proportions of pupils in Derbyshire from minority ethnic origins (BME) and those for whom English is an additional language (EAL) are comparatively very low.

BME:

  • 7.4% primary school pupils (the national average is 32.1%)
  • 5.6% secondary school pupils (the national average is 29.1%)

EAL:

  • 2.9% in primary schools (the national average is 20.6%)
  • 1.5% in secondary schools (the national average is 16.2%)

Latest published year-end figures (March 2017) show:

  • over 22,000 contacts were received through the year which led to over 8600 social care referrals
  • 914 children and young people were the subject of a child protection plan – an increase of 176 on the previous year. The rate per 10K population is higher than national figures
  • 630 children in care – an increase of 45 on the previous year. The rate per 10K population is lower than national figures