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2 Living in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire is a mix of long-established urban communities, market towns, small villages and substantial new development. Characterised by very differing communities with individual needs and aspirations, the diversity of its landscapes and neighbourhoods contribute to a high quality of life.

South Gloucestershire’s location and its proximity to the city of Bristol present a number of cross boundary opportunities and challenges which are dealt with by working in partnership with the neighbouring authorities of Bristol City, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.

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* These figures changed in 2014 so that only a student’s first entry to a GCSE examination will count in their school’s performance tables.

South Gloucestershire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013 – 2016 identifies as one of its priority themes: Making the best start in life – Enabling every child and young person to thrive and develop skills to lead a healthy life and achieve their full potential.

The area is served by Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary and a Police and Crime Commissioner.

0-19 population

South Gloucestershire has a 0-19 population of around 64,200 (ONS mid year estimate 2014). This makes up approximately a quarter of the total population. The latest official population projections suggest that the number of the 0-19 year olds will increase to 72,000 by 2037 (ONS, 2012 – based Subnational Population Projections)

Number of schools and type

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As at January 2015, there were 4,068 children attending South Gloucestershire maintained schools and academies who were eligible for and claiming free school meals.

South Gloucestershire Resident Children Population by age

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South Gloucestershire Population Ethnic Groups (all ages) Census 2011

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Disabled Children (2014)

1,480 children (people aged under 16) receive Disability Living Allowance in South Gloucestershire. 333,010 children in total receive Disability Living Allowance in England (source: ONS).

South Gloucestershire Population Ethnic Groups (4-18) School census Spring 2015

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