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