The Charity’s beneficial area is characterised by the diversity of its inhabitants. The nine local authorities accommodate a population of just over two million and vary from some of the wealthiest and healthiest parts of the country to some of the most economically deprived.
Schools in the area are some of the best in the country; OFSTED ranks English Local Authorities on the likelihood of children attending a good or outstanding school. Camden tops this national list with children in the borough having a 92% chance of attending a good or outstanding school, Barnet is second (91%) and Harrow seventh (89%).
Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010
This table collects a number of different indicators of poverty and ranks local authorities in terms of deprivation. Looking at the 433 English local authorities, boroughs in the Charity’s beneficial area rank as follows (1 is most deprived):
55: Hammersmith & Fulham
103: Kensington & Chelsea
This, however, masks big differences of poverty within the boroughs. The number of children in out of work families is another measure:
Children and young people in the beneficial area do relatively well at GCSE level with the % of pupils achieving 5 or more A* – C grades at GCSE in 2011/12 high for London.
The boroughs are very diverse with large populations from various established minority ethnic and recent arrived communities. A good indicator is the number of school children who have English as an additional language. The Charity’s beneficial area features at the top of the London rankings:
The Charity has commissioned its own research into the beneficial area, the findings of which can be found here.