Epsom and Ewell ranked highest for social mobility in Surrey
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Epsom and Ewell ranked second highest in England outside of London
The Social Mobility Commission has published its latest index ranking local authorities on the prospects of disadvantaged young people growing up in their areas. The index uses a range of 16 indicators for every major life stage from early years to adulthood and measures all 324 local authorities in England. Epsom and Ewell ranks 18th overall. Nearly two thirds of all social mobility hotspots are in London. Although Sutton, Kingston, Merton and Richmond do not make it into the top 20. Epsom and Ewell is the highest ranked local authority in Surrey and the second highest nationally, outside of London.
Secondary schools and adult opportunities
Residents of Epsom and Ewell should be proud of our schools. The borough is ranked no.1 in the category “% of children eligible for Free School Meals attending a secondary school rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted.” Good teachers are highlighted in the report as a major factor in life chances for children. Also the borough ranks 11th for social mobility in adulthood.This reflects a high percentage of residents in professional roles and families with children who own their own home.
Social mobility often neglected in wealthy areas
Some of the richest places in England deliver worse outcomes for their disadvantaged children than places which are far poorer. West Berkshire, Cotswold and Crawley all perform badly in the index. There is no direct correlation between the affluence of an area and its ability to sustain high levels of social mobility. The report highlights that local policies adopted by local authorities and employers can influence outcomes for disadvantaged residents.