Have you ever considered a teaching job in Haringey? By some definitions, Haringey is categorised as ‘Inner London’ and by others as ‘Outer London’ – but that’s not the only reason it’s a borough of contrasts. There’s the marked difference geographically between the richly wooded high ground to the West and the flat floodplain of the River Lea to the East… and there’s also a stark contrast between some of the UK’s wealthiest wards and others that are among the country’s most deprived 10%.
The borough’s topography seems linked with its citizens’ wealth (or lack thereof). Those predominantly prosperous areas, such as Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, are to be found on the higher ground to the West of the Borough – and as you move eastward the income levels seem to fall away with the landscape as it flattens into a flood plain. That’s not to say Haringey’s dismal, though – far from it. Surprisingly, perhaps, it has a more than decent provision of open space – some 600 acres in fact. As well as 25 parks with Green Flag status, the borough boasts 60 hectares of Metropolitan Green Belt that includes ancient woodlands such as Highgate Wood, Lea Valley Park and Finsbury Park.
When you consider that Haringey is London’s 6th most deprived borough – and England’s 30th most deprived overall – you could be forgiven for assuming things in education are tough – and Haringey Council has certainly had its share of traumatic child welfare issues. That said, the local population is relatively young, growing fast and with a broad mix of ethnicities, all of which makes for a rich and diverse range of educational settings and opportunities across 64 primary schools, 11 secondary schools, 5 special schools, a City Academy and a pupil support centre.
The great thing about this borough full of contrasts is that there’s always a lot going on. When it’s inner city culture, music, arts and sport, you’re spoilt for choice. For sport fans there’s Tottenham Hotspur football club and Finsbury Park’s Marathon Athletics Track and Alexandra Palace for boxing, ice hockey and even the PDC World Darts Championships… And of course ‘Ally Pally’ is also a huge music and arts venue while the borough in general is unusually well off for live music and performing arts venues, including Jacksons Lane multi-arts centre and the Haringey Shed among countless others.