Census!

Having recently completed the UK Census, we put a few questions to 70 Bright Sparks students who have been at the school for more than a year.

Here is an interesting glimpse into their lives:

Who else in your family can read and write?

Father – 10 kids
Mother – 7 kids
Brother – 25 kids
Sister – 22 kids
No-one – 6 kids

What religion do you follow?

Hindu – 63 kids
Islam – 6 kids
Christian – 1 kid

What books do you have at home, apart from schoolbooks?

Hindi magazines – 25 kids
Story books – 5 kids
Not any – 40 kids

What do you like best about school?

Lessons – 20 kids
Trips to the park – 15 kids
Playtime – 15 kids
Library – 10 kids

What languages can you speak?

Hindi – 50 kids
Punjabi – 50 kids
English – 45 kids
Bhojpuri (regional language) – 50 kids
Awadhi (regional language) – 6 kids
(50 kids speak four of the above languages, to some degree)

What do you do when you get home from school?

Paid work – 10 kids
Housework/care of siblings – 20 kids
Schoolwork – 10 kids
Play – 30 kids

Which of these is owned by someone at home:

Computer – 1 kid
Mobile – 70 kids

What do you hope to do when you grow up?

Teacher – 30 kids
Police officer – 10 kids
Business person – 6 kids
Army – 6 kids
Beautician – 6 kids
Choreographer – 5 kids
Doctor – 5 kids
Judge – I kid

Thanks to the teachers at Bright Sparks for collecting the information, despite being in a lockdown. I wonder which answers interested you most? For one trustee, it was the fact that we have five aspiring choreographers at Bright Sparks, For another it was that the kids speak languages at home that most in the UK have never heard of!