Newham is a relatively new borough, formed in 1965 by merging the former area of the Essex county borough East Ham with the county borough of West Ham, to become part of the newly formed Greater London. North Woolwich also became part of the borough along with a small area west of the River Roding which had previously been part of the Municipal Borough of Barking.
The borough of Newham includes and extends from Stratford, Forest Gate and Manor Park in the north to Canning Town, Royal Docks and Beckton in the south. Heavily built-up and developing areas are balanced by extensive parks and some 80 hectares of Metropolitan Green Belt.
We are the future of the capital – our population is one of the youngest in the country. One in four of Newham’s residents are under 18 (24.6%) and this is reflected in the vibrancy and confidence you will find throughout the borough.
Newham is one of the most diverse boroughs in England. Our diverse population is one of our strengths and we welcome all new residents. Historically Newham has been the gateway to the UK for many migrants, going back to when workers moved to the area to work at the docks. The latest population projections show that 46% of Newham residents are Asian/Asian British, 27% are White, 18% are Black/Black British, 5% are mixed/multiple ethnic groups and 4% belong to other ethnic groups.
As the education authority we support schools that are a mix of Foundation, community and voluntary aided. We also have a number of academy trusts. Moving forward, we are keen to develop new ways of working across the broader education partnership, creating a shared culture and vision which puts children and young people at its heart. The borough also owns and operates Debden House, a residential adult education college in Loughton, Essex, and is home to the Rosetta Arts Centre, a dedicated visual arts organisation which delivers courses at its base in West Ham and produces participatory art projects, programmes and initiatives.
The University of East London (UEL) has two campuses in Newham: the Stratford Campus and the Docklands Campus, next to the regenerated Royal Albert Dock in Beckton.
Birkbeck Stratford is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and UEL to increase participation in adult learning. This is currently based on the UEL Stratford campus, but is planned to move to its own facilities. We also have Newham College of Further Education and Newham Sixth Form College, both offering learning that is relevant and practical and unlocking the potential of our young people.
Our diverse range of education providers has enormous potential to inform new approaches to education development, to drive up aspiration, ambition and successful outcomes for all, in all our educational establishments .
Newham is only 3 miles from the City of London, but offers plenty of reasons to visit in its own right. It has much to boast of by way of places and facilities where people can enjoy and share culture, be it music, dance, parks, libraries, sport or the wider arts. These include Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus performing arts centre, the London Stadium, and ExCeL exhibition centre. For a taste of the real London, look no further than Green Street in Upton Park - dubbed 'Bond Street of the East End'. A refreshing break from the chain stores of most high streets, it has more than 400 independent shops representing cultures from around the world, selling food, jewellery, designer saris and a myriad of cafes and restaurants serving authentic international cuisine. Nearly ten per cent of the borough is green space, and visitors can take advantage of a range of sports, leisure and activities.
One of the jewels of Newham’s regeneration is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which sits alongside the popular Westfield Stratford City shopping complex. The park is open 24 hours and is free for all Newham residents: its first full summer in 2013 saw an amazing three million visitors to its venues that include London Stadium (home to West Ham United), the London Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and Lee Valley VeloPark. It’s a great magnet for attracting visitors to the borough and it will soon welcome new sites for Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music and the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as University College London and University of the Arts London’s London College of Fashion.
We have a strong and innovative local economy, served by some of the best transport links in the country and focused on modern low carbon industries including high quality retail and leisure. Newham is served by the Hammersmith & City, District, Central and Jubilee Underground lines alongside the Docklands Light Railway and soon to arrive Elizabeth Line (Crossrail). The Emirates Air Line cable car is also available as is the London Overground, National Rail services including c2c and Greater Anglia, Stratford International station with links directly to St Pancras Station, the Woolwich Ferry and London City Airport in Silvertown.