Lewisham in numbers – have your say about the future

The latest information from Lewisham Council shows huge pressure on school places 

School places

Since August 2010, the Council has created 390 permanent primary places – the equivalent of 13 classes.

It has created 2342 temporary primary places – the equivalent of 78 classes.

Lewisham still needs the equivalent of 9 more classes, but has few or no further opportunities for expansion.

The demand for secondary places will start to increase from 2017 to 2018.

Population

Lewisham’s population is expected to increase by 14% (41,282) and Lee Green by 4.4%.

25% of the population are under 19.

12.5% of the Lewisham population are currently over 60, compared with 20-25% nationally.

The population is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse: 46.5% of Lewisham’s overall population are identified as BME. (Black or ethnic minority). 77% of the school population are BME.

Employment

The public sector accounts for 41% of employment.

Deprivation

Lewisham is getting more deprived. In 2010 it was 31st out of 326 Local Authorities in the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Green space

Over 20% of the borough is green space.

You can have your say on how the council manages our services from 2018 to 2023 and beyond: 

https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning_policy/new_local_plan

 

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