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Facts and figures

Statistics about children and young people in Derbyshire.


There are approximately 170,000 children and young people under the age of 19 living in Derbyshire – that's 21.8% of our total population. This is expected to rise by 2.4% by 2025.

We have more than 400 schools including 45 secondary schools, 350 primary schools, 10 special schools and three Pupil Referral Units (PRUs).

More than 23,000 of children in Derbyshire (around 17%) live in income deprived households.

The proportion of children entitled to free school meals is 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 with English as 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%)

Year-end figures for Derbyshire in March 2017 show:

  • We received more than 22,000 contacts through the year which led to more than 8,600 social care referrals
  • 914 children and young people were the subject of a Child Protection Plan. The rate per 10,000 population is higher than national figures
  • We have 630 children in care – an increase of 45 on the previous year. The rate per 10,000 population is lower than national figures
  • We have 3,649 children in need (excluding those on a Child Protection Plan and classed as a child in care)