This job expired on 7 October 2021

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    7 October 2021 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    28 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
Generous salary package based on experience and expertise + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Harris Benefits including relocation allowance where necessary

Job summary

Harris Academy Tottenham are looking to appoint a Head of Academy for our secondary phase. As Head of Academy, you will work under the direction of the Principal to provide professional leadership to help ensure success by securing outstanding overall effectiveness.

Leading on continuous improvements in teaching, learning and assessment practice, the post holder will be responsible for creating a productive, disciplined learning environment and for the day-to-day management and organisation of the academy.

The post holder will deputise for the Principal on all occasions - as appropriate. They should also secure the commitment of the wider community by developing and maintaining effective networks with for example; other academies/ schools, other institutions, employers, careers services and with the Harris Federation.

Main Areas of Responsibility
The core purpose of the Head of Academy is to provide professional leadership in securing the academy’s success in public examinations, ensuring high quality education for all its students and improved standards of learning and achievement.

The Head of Academy is the leading professional in the academy coached by an Executive Principal. The concept behind this role is that the HoA will work towards becoming a Principal in due course. Working with the Governing body and Harris Federation, the Head of Academy will provide leadership and direction for the academy to ensure that it achieves an outstanding quality of education swiftly.

The Head of Academy is responsible for the continuous improvement in the quality of education; for raising standards; for ensuring equality of opportunity for all; for the development of policies and practices; and for ensuring that resources are efficiently and effectively used to achieve the academy’s aims and objectives.

The Head of Academy should also secure the commitment of the wider community by developing and maintaining effective networks with, for example, other schools, higher education institutions, employers, careers services and with the Harris Federation. The Head of Academy is responsible for creating a productive, orderly and disciplined learning environment and for the day-to-day running, management, organisation and administration of the academy.

While an all-through school, the main focus of the role is 11-18 as the structure of the school has a Head of Primary which benefits from the support of a Federation primary phase Executive leader.

Qualifications & Experience
You will be a successful senior leader with a very strong record of school improvement, ideally including significant experience in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas. You will be an outstanding communicator, with proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, not just the school community but also the wider community. You will have experience across the full primary age range.

Your understanding of school improvement strategies will be matched by your ability to manage change and to motivate staff and the community towards the achievement of clear and inspirational goals. Above all, you will possess a relentless drive to raise standards and secure outstanding teaching at the academy for all of our children.

Safeguarding Notice
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.

Equal Opportunities
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.

Additional allowances

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 overview

School type
Free School, ages 4 to 19
Education phase
Primary, Middle, Secondary, 16-19
School size
1200 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19
Contact phone number
020 3772 4243

About Harris Academy Tottenham

At Harris Academy Tottenham, we instil an ethos of hard work, dedication and commitment to learning, through our Academy values. These are:

To ENDEAVOUR is to strive for your goals, through maintaining the highest expectations of ourselves.
To ENJOY is to take delight and pleasure in the learning process; To gain a feeling of success through relentless passion and drive.
To EXCEL is to achieve your full potential, through mastery of concepts and an ambition to be the best you can be.
At Harris Academy Tottenham, we are innovative, open and collaborative. We would like fellow innovators, passionate pedagogists and creative class leaders to join us during this exciting time. With a dedicated SLT team on hand for support and guidance, there are a multitude of CPD opportunities to thrive on. You can expect to be a part of a fantastic team of dedicated teachers and support staff as well as an attentive, supportive work culture.

Our brand-new facilities allow us to continue expanding our curriculum offer, ensuring students experiences are both varied and enriching. The premises has undergone a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, and reached completion in May 2019. Our new Sports Block opened in May 2019, and has fantastic facilities including a Sports Hall, Activity Studio, Multi Use Game Areas.

Having been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED in June 2017, we are excited to have new members of staff join us in delivering transformative learning experiences. The inspectors commented that ‘learning is the business of the day’ and that sentiment underpins all that we do. Since then, the school continues to grow and strive for the highest standards.

“At our Academy, children will develop their academic scholarship alongside their character; becoming citizens who are a credit to their local community. We provide an extensive extracurricular programme to allow students to develop as a well-rounded person, ready and prepared to embark upon whichever pathway they desire. That is only possible through the partnership that exists between families and colleagues and partners at the academy. We are incredibly proud of the close relationships that develop between colleagues, parents, governors and pupils, and indeed they are central to all that we do.” Lawrence Foley, Executive Principal

School location

Ashley Road, London, N17 9LN

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