Ethnicity in the UK is accepted as the self-definition by individuals of the group they see themselves as belonging to. Information on ethnicity is collected in the national census, the most recent one having been completed in 2011.


Ethnicity data is also collected by the Department of Education annually for pupils attending schools as part of the school census. This is often used in addition to the national Census as some of the information contained within can become quickly outdated. The school census not only tells us about the current younger population but gives us some indication of what the future population may look like. The data used is from the January 2015 school census.  It is worth noting that the school census data may include pupils that attend schools in Wokingham Borough but may live in neighbouring Boroughs, similarly it will not include the data for children who live in the Borough but attend schools outside of the Borough.

Nationally the majority of the population is White (86%), with the majority being white British (80.5%).  However this percentage is decreasing and there is a national increase in the percentage of the population for all other Ethnic groups.


When analysing the 2015 School Census data there is a similar picture, with an increase of children from Ethnic backgrounds in stated funded primary school and secondary schools.

According to the 2011 Census across Wokingham Borough 88% of the population are White/White British. 


Within the state-funded schools 26% of the children are from minority ethnic backgrounds (school census, 2014).


Table 1 shows the change in population ethnicity between 2001 and 2011. 


Table 1 – Change in population ethnicity

Population change ethnicity wokingham

What is this telling us?


This data shows us that Wokingham Borough is following the national trend and that whilst the majority of the population White/White British, this percentage is decreasing with the percentage population of all other ethnic groups increasing.

It would be beneficial for all organisations and key partners to be aware of the increasing percentage of ethnic minority groups living within the Borough.  This would ensure that the correct provision can be built into the future and targeted appropriately based on vary needs.

ONS Census 2011 -

Department for Education, Schools, pupils and their characteristics, 2015 -