Chapter 1: Camden's population

Child population

39,300 children and young people aged 0- 17 years are estimated to live in Camden. This accounts for approximately 17% of Camden’s population.

Approximately 26,700 children aged 4-15 live in Camden: 68% are educated in Camden’s state funded schools and 29% in independent schools.

The population aged 0 to 17 is expected to increase by approximately 3.4% by 2023; an additional 1,350 children.  As with all age groups, the largest increase is expected in the St Pancras and Somers Town ward of the borough (22.4% increase). 

Some wards expect to see decreases in the number of children and young people, hence the increased number in St Pancras and Somers Town being higher than the expected increase for the Camden overall. Wards expecting the largest decreases are Frognal and Fitzjohns, Highgate and Hampstead Town (figure 7).

Figure 7:  Projected percentage change in population aged less than 18 years from 2013 to 2023 in Camden by ward

Children and young people in Camden are ethnically diverse– 23% of the population under the age of 14 come from a black or minority ethnic background (census 2011).  The school population is even more diverse with 75% of state funded pupils coming from a BME background (January 2013 School Census).

Over 130 languages are spoken in Camden schools. According to the 2011 census. The most common languages spoken are Bengali (3,200 pupils), Somali (1,400 pupils), Albanian (900 pupils) and Arabic (700 pupils). 61.9% of the borough’s primary school pupils and 47% of secondary school pupils’ first language is known or believed to be a language other than English. This compares to 18.1% and 13.6% respectively, on a national basis.

deprivation affecting children

The indicator which represents the proportion of children affected by income deprivation is measured as the proportion of children aged 0-15 living in income deprived households (figure 8).

Figure 8:  Income Deprivation Affecting Children

The proportion of children affected by income deprivation ranges from 0% in an area of Highgate, to 66% in an area of Regent’s park. Camden has high levels of pupils entitled to free school meals compared to both the London and national picture.

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