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  • Start date details

    September

  • Closing date

    8 February 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    12 January 2023

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

Leadership Scale 11-15 (Inner London)

Additional allowances

Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pension Scheme (TPS) + Additional Harris Benefits

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for a highly motivated, inspiring and proactive Assistant Principal to join our Senior Leadership Team in ensuring continued pastoral excellence, high academic standards and outstanding progress for all students. Candidates should have the ability to be a role model to staff and students, build teams, and empower others, and are likely to be existing Assistant Principals or experienced Middle Leaders with either an academic or pastoral leadership background. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop and will be a springboard to further leadership roles.

As a member of SLT at Harris Westminster Sixth Form, you will join a dedicated and dynamic team of leaders, teachers and staff in supporting our fantastic students. To learn more about the role and the school, you are encouraged to contact the school for an informal visit or to arrange a phone call with Claire Scott, Head of School.

Research shows that some applicants are put off if they don't meet all criteria, particularly women and people from a BAME background. We encourage and welcome any applicant who meets the majority of our criteria to apply.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Extensive teaching experience, including significant sixth form teaching
  • Experience of securing excellent outcomes at A-Level
  • Successful management experience as a middle leader (either academic or pastoral) or currently member of SLT
  • Experience of observing teaching and giving feedback
  • Experience of improvement planning and securing improvement
  • Experience of implementing a range of strategies to raise student achievement and engagement, with evidence of success
  • Positive impact on the quality of learning and teaching and curriculum
  • Proven track record of managing and implementing change in relation to teaching practices and standards


What the school offers its staff

Harris Westminster combines the energy of brilliant young people from across London's diverse neighbourhoods, the strength of Westminster School in teaching academically able students, and the Harris Federation's experience and expertise in running outstanding maintained sector schools. It is over-subscribed, academically selective, has 35% of students from a disadvantaged background, and has incredible diversity in its student cohort with no ethnic group exceeding 20%. 65% of HWSF students go on to study at Russell Group universities and we have one of the largest Oxbridge cohorts of any school (state or private). 38 students from the 2022 cohort gained places. We are looking for an outstanding individual to join and support this exciting, scholarly, and vibrant community.

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Further details about the role

As Assistant Principal, you will work as part of the Senior Leadership Team to uphold high expectations of teaching and learning and pastoral care and to equip both staff and students to meet them. At Harris Westminster Sixth Form (HWSF), we believe “learning is amazing” and this is the heart of our school ethos.

You will work closely with leaders across the school to ensure that systems and procedures are in place to ensure that each student achieves the very best possible outcomes. You will take the strategic lead for several priority areas across the school, reporting to the Head of School. You will coordinate the work of key teams, both curriculum and pastoral, and ensure that the school responds collaboratively and proactively to all matters, engaging with a wide range of staff to ensure a school culture that is nurturing, rigorous, inspiring and has high expectations at its core.

This role will lead and be accountable for specific areas of responsibility (see specific responsibilities) as best suits your experience, qualifications and potential.

To help you gain experience in all aspects of school leadership, the exact role and specific responsibilities of the Assistant Principal will be agreed annually and are likely to change regularly.

Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • Extensive teaching experience, including significant sixth form teaching
  • Experience of securing excellent outcomes at A-Level
  • Successful management experience as a middle leader (either academic or pastoral) or currently member of SLT
  • Experience of observing teaching and giving feedback
  • Experience of improvement planning and securing improvement
  • Experience of implementing a range of strategies to raise student achievement and engagement, with evidence of success
  • Positive impact on the quality of learning and teaching and curriculum
  • Proven track record of managing and implementing change in relation to teaching practices and standards

Commitment to safeguarding

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

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About Harris Westminster Sixth Form

School type
Free School, ages 16 to 19
School size
603 pupils enrolled
Age range
16 to 19
Phone number
0203 772 4555

A 2016 Ofsted inspection found Harris Westminster Sixth Form to be Outstanding in all areas, confirming our status as London’s leading state sixth form for able students. Harris Westminster combines the strengths of Westminster School in teaching academically able students with the Harris Federation’s experience in establishing and running outstanding maintained sector schools. We take full advantage of our location just off Parliament Square to provide students with a vibrant and stimulating academic environment including weekly guest lectures in school. We are highly over-subscribed, academically selective and have a varied student cohort including 40% Pupil Premium. 17 students from our 2016/17 cohort went on to study at Oxbridge. We are looking for outstanding individuals to join this exciting and scholarly community.

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