The EAS is a not for profit limited companythat is owned by the five local authorities (LAs) in South East Wales.
The number of pupils of compulsory school age in 2019 was 72,698. This represents 19% of all pupils in Wales.
There are 234 maintained schools in the region, 16% of all maintained schools in Wales (EAS figure correct from September 2018, Wales figure from PLASC, 2019).
The percentage of pupils of compulsory school age who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) is 19.2%, which is higher than the national figure of 18.3%. This level of eligibility is the joint highest of the four regional consortia with Central South Consortium (PLASC, 2019).
In the region, 10% of people aged three and over say that they can speak Welsh compared to the Wales average of 19% (2011 Census, ONS).
The percentage of pupils aged 5 orover from an ethnic minority background is 10.8%, an increase from 10.3% in 2018. This is a similar rate of increase to that nationally (11.4% from 11.0%).