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Head of Primary

Harris Garrard Academy, Erith, Kent

Job details

Job role Leadership
Subject Primary
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Substantial & generous salary based on experience and expertise + Discretionary Performance Bonuses

Job summary

Harris Garrard Academy are looking to appoint an experienced primary school senior leader as a Head of Primary. The successful post holder will work with the Executive Director in overseeing the primary phase of our all through academy.

Your opportunity

The post would suit an experienced senior leader looking for their first substantive post as Head of Primary, or an experienced school leader looking to develop their leadership skills within a rewarding and highly supportive environment. We will provide all the support needed in the form of individual mentoring from an experienced Harris Principal, and can offer opportunities for progression with the option to support you through our National Professional Qualification programmes. The course draws on the leadership expertise of Harris executive leaders and Directors as well as other successful MATs from across the country.

We will invest in you with top coaching, mentoring and top quality training programme delivered through our Teaching School. With Harris, you have a platform to collaborate, share best practice and be at the forefront of new and innovative approaches within education. Whether you are an experienced Principal, or preparing for your first principalship, we can equip you with the experience, knowledge and training to achieve your next career goal.

We believe we are at the forefront of developing the next generation of Leaders. We can help prepare you for your next Senior Leadership challenge, investing in your knowledge and expertise through regular support, coaching and a wide range of professional development and training.

What we are looking for

We want a senior leader who shares our academy eother and the Harris Federation vision for transforming education. You should be a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring and motivating staff at all levels, and working with local communities to bring about change. The successful candidate will need a strong track record of school improvement.

Initial informal conversations about the position are welcomed. To arrange a call in confidence, please contact info@harrisgarrard.org.uk or call 020 8320 4800.

Being a part of the Harris Federation
We are recognised as the top performing large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of Harris. Holding a reputation for bringing transformative approaches to education, we hold a unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Our people are at the heart of this success. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes available at every stage of your career.

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.

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.

Diversity and Equality

We are committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.

Employee benefits

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package. Please visit the Harris Careers website for further information.

Applying for the job

Please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your online application.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary, Secondary, 16-19
School size 1295 pupils enrolled
Age range 4 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Harris Garrard Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email harry.bond@harrisfederation.org.uk
Contact phone number 02082537777

About Harris Garrard Academy

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
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.

School location

Yarnton Way, Erith, Kent, DA18 4DW