May 18 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Saturday, July 28, 2012
A new website reveals the cost of coming from the “wrong side of the tracks” in Haringey for young people.
Comparefutures.org shows just one per cent of young people in Tottenham will go onto an elite university like Oxford or Cambridge, as opposed to 20 per cent of young people from places like Highgate, which sit on the other side of the railway line.
It also reveals the majority of people in Lynne Featherstone’s constituency will end up at a Redbrick university, while the majority of those in David Lammy’s constituency will work full-time.
The website allows people to put in their postcode and then reveals what their prospects are as a young person in the area - from going to an elite university, to working unemployed or being a carer for a family member.
It then sets out the statistics in a pie chart, allowing the user to clearly compare their area with the national average.
Mr Lammy, who himself grew up in Tottenham before going on to study at Harvard, believes Tottenham needs wealthier families to move in to help improve outcomes for everyone.
He said: “I think Haringey stands out and is unique because of the east-west divide.
“The opposite ends of the rail track make it feel more like America than what you see in other London boroughs, which have pockets of deprivation right next door to the most expensive houses in London.
“I believe passionately in mixed communities. It is hugely important. What you want is a middle class child sitting alongside a child on free school meals in schools.”
But there is a clear positive to be drawn from the website’s statistics: Tottenham may not be sending as many young people to elite or redbrick universities, but it sends so many to new universities it reaches the national average for people in higher education.