Lewisham is an inner London borough located south of the River Thames. It has one of the highest proportion of working-age residents on out-of-work benefits at 9.3%. Across London, this proportion is 7.7%. However, the proportion of children in poverty (37%) is in line with that across London (38%).
At 40.9%, a large proportion of 19 year-olds in Lewisham do not have a level 3 qualification and only 58.1% of GCSE students achieve grades between 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths. This is below the London rate of 68.7%.