Our First Year in Haringey

Anna Jones

Now that the summer holidays are here and our team are thinking about our objectives for the next academic year, I’ve had a chance to look back and reflect on what we have achieved so far at IU Haringey North.

It’s been an exciting journey. We got the keys to our new centre during the last week of October, and immediately set about painting and turning our hands to all manner of DIY tasks, including furniture building, carpet fitting and locksmithery.

We opened our doors for Academic Support three weeks later, and were overwhelmed (and overjoyed) by the huge number of registrations, proving that there was a real need for our services in the area. Not long after that we ran our first set of Science FOCUS Days with one of our new partner primary schools. By the time the centre was officialy opened by David Lammy MP on 21st January 2010, IU Haringey North was already very much up and running.

Since then we have seen nearly 100 children and young people for Academic Support, matched 15 pairs for Mentoring, and seen over 400 students on our FOCUS programme. Highlights have included filming Roald Dahl adaptations at Alexandra Palace on our Film in FOCUS Week, matching Year 12 students with corporate mentors from UBS as part of IU’s new Futures Fast Track scheme, and seeing the children and young people who attend Academic Support achieve the educational targets that they set for themselves, whilst gaining in confidence and in their love of learning.

Going forward, we are very excited to be welcoming two new Education Workers to our team, and I am confident that together we will be able to build upon this year’s successes as we become a fully-fledged centre. Thank you to all in the local community who have been so welcoming and supportive. I look forward to the journey to come

Photo courtesy of John Cairns Photography.

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