Sutton statistics


  • At the time of writing, Sutton has a population of approximately 206,346 people, a quarter of whom are aged 19 years or younger.
  • The overall child population (0 – 17) is 48,463.
  • About 13% (6,399) of children live in low-income families.


  • Of the 18 wards in Sutton, six wards contain areas which are 30% deprived or more under the index of Multiple Deprivation (MD).
  • 11 wards are under the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI).

Vulnerable children

  • On 31 March 2020, there were 1,739 Children in Need in Sutton (slightly higher than last year). Of these, over a third were aged between 10 and 15.
  • There were 233 Children Looked After on 31 March 2020 (down slightly from 237 in 2019). Of these, 39% were aged between 10 and 15.

Diversity in schools

  • In 2018, nearly one in two primary school children in Sutton were from minority ethnic groups.
  • In Sutton’s primary schools, 30.5% of children have a first language other than English. After English, the most common spoken languages in schools, in order, are Tamil, Urdu, Polish, Hindu and Bulgarian.
  • In Sutton schools, 12.4% of the total school population are receiving free school meals (FSM).
  • Pupils receiving FSM are over-represented in pupil referral units and special schools (44.7%) (Schools Census January 2020).


  • In 2019-20, there were a total of 17 child deaths in Sutton, lower than the previous three years.
  • From 2016 to 2018, Sutton had an infant mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births, which is higher than the rest of London (3.3 per 1000 live births).