- Job role
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science
- Working pattern
- Full time
- Contract type
- Leadership Scale (Outer London)
We are looking for an Assistant Principal as a senior leader, to assist the Executive Principal and the Principal in the strategic and operational management, development and leadership of the Academy, and ensure the achievement of our ethos, aims and objectives within the context of the Academy’s strategic and development plans.
This role will have a specialism in science.
Main Areas of Responsibility
To create a true learning institution in the academy at all levels.
To play a major role in formulating the aims and objectives of the academy; in establishing the policies through which they will be achieved and in monitoring progress towards their achievement;
Lead on and develop the shared vision for the academy;
Leading the development and maintenance of a high quality positive learning environment to raise standards;
To take full responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning in your key area of responsibility.
To ensure high quality teaching across the academy and particularly in your key areas by monitoring students’ work and teachers’ planning.
To work with colleagues to ensure data is used effectively and consistently across the academy.
To work with the SLT to lead the academy’s assessment and reporting programme.
To support staff in making sure high quality intervention programmes are in place when underachievement is identified.
To support colleagues and subject leaders in developing schemes of learning, short and medium term planning.
With the SLT, to develop strategies to enhance teachers’ ability to learn and to develop advanced teaching skills in the academy workforce.
Raise students’ aspirations and achievement through personalising learning.
To ensure the highest standards of achievement for all students, through high expectations and well balanced curriculum.
Ensure the entitlement of all students to have equal access to and participation in all aspects of the curriculum.
Ensuring the efficient and effective provision of cross curricular skills, knowledge and understanding by engaging staff in all areas of learning.
Identifying what are successful learning outcomes and then monitoring students’ progress, continuity and progression.
Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating teaching and learning through regular classroom observation.
To maintain an informed view of standards and of the quality of teaching across the academy by monitoring student’s learning and teacher’s planning and delivery.
Challenge under-performance at all levels and throughout all departments ensuring effective corrective action and follow-up.
To establish, and maintain, the highest possible standards of behaviour, learning and attainment.
Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set aspirational targets for the whole Academy community.
Acting as a role model in the provision of high quality learning, teaching and assessment.
Coordinating the activities of staff including teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development and effective use of resources.
To lead and manage staff in an appropriate manner, offering support, encouragement, guidance and advice to ensure effective policy in practice.
To assist in the implementation of effective procedures to support teachers who are underperforming, responding to the outcomes of this support as appropriate.
To maintain high morale amongst staff and set an example of professional standards and leadership.
To contribute to the recruitment, training, deployment and professional development of staff as appropriate.
To promote and sustain effective management of the Academy environment, its site and buildings.
To provide information about the work and performance of staff, where this is relevant to their future employment at the academy or elsewhere.
To chair meetings, as appropriate to specific roles, ensuring effective consultation, delegation of responsibility and successful implementation of outcomes.
Qualifications & Experience
QTS (or equivalent)
Degree or equivalent
Extensive teaching experience
Outstanding teaching practice
Successful management experience as Head of Department or member of the SLT
Experience of writing department SEF
Experience of lesson observations and giving feedback
Experience of improvement planning
Experience of implementing a range of strategies to raise student achievement, with evidence of success
Contribution to impact on the quality of learning and teaching and curriculum
Experience of developing and sustaining positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the Governing Body to build consensus support and capacity
Proven track record of managing and implementing change in relation to teaching practices and standards
A track record of success in leadership and management
Knowledge & Understanding
Ability to use data to analyse performance and manage interventions
Understands current position with the 14-19 curriculum.
Understands how to plan lessons with challenging learning objectives and outcomes
Understanding of Assessment for Learning
Effective use of ICT to promote learning
Understands the factors effecting learning
Understanding of e-learning
Strategies to maintain good behaviour and pace
Strategies for monitoring and evaluation of standards of attainment
Effective development of staff and resources
Skills and Disposition
Personal organisation and time management skills
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to analyse and interpret data effectively and act upon the information
Ability to think strategically
Ability to work within a team and manage a team
Ability to motivate and lead students and staff
Ability to analyse issues and identify solutions
Vision and ability to manage change successfully
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.
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
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.
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- School type
- Academy, ages 4 to 18
- Education phase
- Primary, Middle, Secondary, 16-19
- School size
- 1378 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 4 to 18
About Harris Garrard Academy
Harris Garrard Academy is an all-through 3–18 academy with approximately 1350 pupils on roll and joined the Harris Federation as a sponsored academy in September 2017. The academy is based in Thamesmead in a purpose built building. We are now on a journey towards “Outstanding”, led by highly experienced executive principals with proven track records of school transformation. Our vision is clear: nothing is impossible and everything is possible, irrespective of personal characteristics or background. Every problem has a solution. We believe we are more robust, resilient and determined as a team than as a group of individuals. We support, challenge and hold each other to account at all levels within the academy to ensure that our students achieve their potential, are motivated, engaged and fully prepared for life beyond our academy.
Why work at Harris Garrard Academy?
The opportunity to be involved in the transformation of a school from the very start
A stunning working environment, in a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004
A highly motivated team, led by exceptionally experienced and talented senior leaders
All the advantages of a successful academy group, with a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
Generous Harris rewards and benefits package
About Harris Garrard Academy
Harris Garrard Academy is a new school with drive and ambition. Located in the wider South Thamesmead area, we cater to a vastly vibrant 3-19 aged student community. Accessible by fantastic rail and bus transport links, the academy’s stunning working environment is within a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004.
Dedicated to moving forward
Our vision is clear: nothing is impossible and everything is possible, irrespective of personal characteristics or background. Every problem has a solution. We believe we are more robust, resilient and determined as a team than as a group of individuals. We support, challenge and hold each other to account at all levels within the academy to ensure that our students achieve their potential, are motivated, engaged and fully prepared for life beyond our academy.
As one of Harris’s successful all-through academies, staff at all levels belong to a strong, cohesive team working with Executive Principal Chris Everett and the wider SLT team. Staff can expect to grow with us as we continue to innovate and evolve as an academy. With ample opportunity to build on CPD, your potential is limitless with us.