Frequency of work

Schools within this borough are constantly expanding with more and more people from overseas and within the UK moving to north east London, resulting in more teachers in high demand. Smart Teachers mainly work with schools within the state sector here, as well as newly formed academies. Schools in north east London have a realistic down-to-earth feel, and provide a microcosm of London within the classroom.

Cost of accommodation?

There are a few areas within the borough that Smart recommend our teachers to set up camp:

Leyton / Leytonstone

These areas are on the central line which is one of the fastest most reliable underground lines in London. There are also a lot of buses that get you around the borough that are accessible from these areas. There are also two other train stations at Leytonstone High road and Leyton Midland road that can you get you into other nearby areas such as Islington, Tower Hamlets, Camden, and Newham within minutes. If you take the train one stop you will then be in Stratford, home to the Olympic village and Westfield shopping centre which is the largest shopping centre in Europe.  Leytonstone was the birthplace of Alfred Hitchock, in fact the name derives from the ‘Leton-Atte-Stone’, the name of a milestone situated on the main thoroughfare from Epping Forest to the centre of London. Formerly part of the county of Essex, it only became a district of London in 1965. Today, Leytonstone sits on the fence between urban district and suburb. House prices are relatively cheap, which has encouraged a recent influx of eastern Europeans, antipodeans and students. You should be able to find a room within a houseshare here at a monthly cost of £360-£550 per month (bills included).

Woodford/South Woodford /Wanstead/Snaresbrook

Leafy Woodford Green borders Essex and Epping Forest, therefore residents benefit from having the ancient woodland on their doorstep. This village-like suburb has plenty of attractive pubs and eateries, however unlike its flashier neighbours Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill celebrities have not chosen to move here in droves and Woodford remains modest and low key. It’s quiet and popular with families and older couples who want to escape the big smoke, but they can still travel easily to the city via the Central Line or the rail. House prices are also a fair bit cheaper than many of the surrounding areas, and you are very close to where the supply teaching action is. You should be able to find a room within a house-share here at a monthly cost of approximately £500 per month (bills included).

Vibe, type of people that live there

Waltham Forest is a largely residential borough with a very mixed population in the outer part of east London. It was designated as one of the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic Games and therefore benefitted from significant inward investment in its sporting facilities and transport infrastructure. Former home of William Morris, David Beckham and boy-band E17, and current home to Britain’s largest street market stretching for over a mile, Waltham Forest is a largely residential borough with a very mixed population in the outer part of east London.


For the best bars and restaurants, Smart recommends making your way into the nearby borough of Islington where you will find the infamous Upper Street. This is a well-kept, thriving street with excellent bars and restaurants hosting cuisine you simply would not expect from your average street.

Living on the edge of both Redbridge and Waltham Forest, we are spoilt for choice. From Leytonstone you can walk all the way through Epping Forest to North Weald – past Epping itself. In the forest High Beach is the ‘jewel in the crown’ with panoramic views over London, wonderful forest and open space as well as fantastic country pubs like the Duke of Wellington, a ‘dog friendly’ pub situated on Wellington Hill. There is also King’s Oak where Justin Beiber was recently spotted having a bite to eat! It is an ideal venue for any celebration. As a family we enjoy the forest for family walks, running and cycle rides. Every visit is as special as the last.

Wanstead and Woodford have a fantastic array of bars, restaurants and cafes to cater for all tastes, as well as boutique shops. The area is very family orientated, but also has the trendy areas if you are looking for the ‘TOWIE’ experience – you are on the edge of London but also get the best of Essex. The area is a mecca for sport, with access to lots of clubs including cricket, football, hockey, tennis, running and rugby. Having lived in both West and South East London, I would say that I feel most at home in East London.

Sangeeta Adams
Office Manager


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