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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    20 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    14 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Pay scale

Leadership Scale 2-7 (Outer London)

Additional allowances

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

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Academy is looking for a committed and passionate Head of Year to join our pastoral team.

Successful candidates will recognise the impact that a stable life at school can have for children, especially those who face challenges beyond the Academy gates, and will be prepared to tackle the behavioural, attendance-related issues that can sometimes act as barriers to success. We also train all out Heads of Year to DDSL level so that they are aware of the way teams need to work together to support the welfare of students.

This role is student-centred and family-focused, and the successful candidate will need to show evidence of the ability to empathise with students and their needs, as well as a willingness to tackle head on the challenging conversations with families about the nature of life at secondary school. You will also need to understand specific strategies, interventions and Academy policies and the way they are used to meet student needs.

  • The successful candidate will have:
  • QTS (or equivalent)
  • Degree or equivalent
  • Extensive teaching experience
  • Outstanding teaching practice
  • Successful management experience (desirable)
  • Experience in presenting to a wide audience
  • 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

What the school offers its staff

We believe that a happy and settled staff body helps drive the very best performance from our students. We are committed to a high-quality professional development programme and can drawn on expertise from across the Harris Federation. As a HASU member of staff at any level you will receive the training and support that you need to carry out your role effectively and develop at a pace that suits you.

We are committed to ensuring that our staff have the right level of balance between work and home life. Our policies and procedures are aimed at allowing our teaching staff to spend as much time as possible planning and delivering lessons.

We work in an award-winning building with excellent facilities. Our thriving staff association ensures all new members of staff soon feel part of the HASU community.

We run a broad and diverse curriculum to a fully comprehensive intake of students, with a highly academically-focussed sixth-form.

Our focus on the core value of Integrity means that our behaviour is excellent, with staff supported by a strong and highly visible Academy Leadership Group. Detentions are run centrally, allowing teaching staff to do what they do best: plan and teach amazing lessons.

Attendance and engagement with learning is high, and centrally planned tutor time resources ensure that our tutors can engage with students whilst delivering high-quality experiences.

In addition to the opportunities for career development and progression, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance for teachers on MPS/UPS, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions, a Wellbeing Cash Plan including access to a virtual GP, electric car scheme, and many other benefits.

Further details about the role

Our team of Heads of Year work, alongside their group of Form Tutors, to provide stability and implement the pastoral and wellbeing programme at HASU which plays such an important role in the underpinning of academic success and personal growth for young people.

The purpose of your role will be:

  • To develop a culture that celebrates success and effort in equal measure, ensuring the highest standards of behaviour, achievement, progress and attitudes across a year group.
  • To lead and manage the work of the year group tutors in promoting the best possible standards of learning, effort and achievement in students
  • To monitor and evaluate the implementation of the PDC curriculum across a Year Group.
  • To develop and enhance the teaching practice of tutors and to be a role model in this respect
  • To monitor the progress of students with a commitment to raising standards as they move through a year group
  • To support the Academy Behaviour Team and ensure consistent and fair application of the Academy Behaviour Policy as necessary
  • To support the Academy Safeguarding Team and ensure student wellbeing is promoted and maintained at the highest level across the year group
  • To monitor the attendance of students within a year group, taking appropriate action as necessary, including interventions, home visits and liaising with external agencies as required

For a full list of responsibilities, please download the Job Pack.

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 young people, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, references, an online search, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed.

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About Harris Academy Sutton

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1036 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number
0203 962 4500

Harris Academy Sutton opened in September 2018 as a brand new, state-of-the-art 11-18 co-educational academy in the heart of Sutton. With a specialism in Science, the academy collaborates closely with its neighbours on the London Cancer Hub site: the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital. These represent two world-class organisations and together with the new six-form entry academy they form a campus community with research buildings, hospital facilities, and a reputation for excellence in the fields of research and medical provision. The academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum to the young people of Sutton: the Campus itself provides a focal point for talented scientists and clinicians by establishing world class facilities to not only attract top researchers but also to educate the life science workforce of the future. This is a unique opportunity for dynamic, motivated professionals to be part of the team helping to shape what will become the leading science educational establishment in London.

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