Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex

Job details

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

Job summary

We are looking to appoint a new Principal to Harris Academy Chafford Hundred. We are particularly interested to hear from existing principals and headteachers, as well as experienced deputy headteachers and vice principals, who feel they have the leadership qualities, drive, ambition and proven track record of successful school leadership to lead our academy to further success. With the opportunity to experience the support and network offered by the Harris Federation, this post would suit an experienced principal looking for the next challenge and wanting to join a highly supportive Federation.

About Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is a co-educational 11-18 Academy with 1400 students, which joined the Harris Federation in September 2011. The Academy was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2011. Harris Academy Chafford Hundred has a distinctive ethos, a “School for the Future” with high aspirations and relentless ambition at the very heart of our work. We are a forward-thinking educational institution, serving Chafford Hundred, South Stifford and the surrounding catchment area.

Chafford Hundred was recently designated a Teaching School Hub, one of the first in the country. This exciting development means that we have the opportunity to support other schools and to lead on professional development in our hub area. We work closely with the Harris Leadership College to offer opportunities to the academies in our Federation. Furthermore, we collaborate with the Harris academies in our local area. The new Principal would play a major role in the leadership of the Teaching School Hub.

Your opportunity

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. As part of Harris, you will have the opportunity to work within a close network of academies, and with principals from across the wider Federation. We have a highly experienced central team of subject consultants, all committed to providing support and developing your skills as a leader. As part of a rewarding environment and highly supportive Federation, we can provide Principals with all the support needed. We offer unrivalled progression opportunities to Executive Principalship, and the option to support you through our National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) programme. The course draws on the leadership expertise of Harris executive leaders and Directors as well as other successful MATs from across the country.

Next Steps

To discuss the post in confidence with Nicola Graham, Assistant Director, please contact Debbie Swallow, PA, to arrange a date and time You can contact the academy on 01375 484580.

Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 21st September with updates communicated no later than Friday 22nd September.

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 more 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
Education phase
School size
1354 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01375 484580

About Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

About Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is a co-educational 11-18 Academy for 1000 students which opened in September 2011.

The Academy is one of the most improved schools in the country and was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2011. Harris Academy Chafford Hundred secondary school is a unique educational institution serving Chafford Hundred, West Thurrock, South Stifford and the surrounding catchment area. Chafford Hundred has a distinctive ethos, a school for the future with personalised learning at the very heart of our thinking, methodology and development.

We want to improve continuously in every aspect of our delivery. We believe in lifelong learning and developing leadership. We invest effectively in continuous professional development with impact on learning, development and environment. We believe in looking outside our environment for new and better methods of performance, to other schools, universities, to academic literature and to the commercial environment for inspiration and research.

Why work at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred?

The number one non-selective school in Essex, according to the Real Schools Guide 2017
A designated Teaching School, providing exceptional opportunities for professional development
A proven commitment to our staff, holding Investors In People Gold accreditation
A modern and attractive working environment
All the advantages of a successful academy group, including a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

Arranging a visit to Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Informal and exploratory conversations are welcomed, but a visit to the academy may not be possible during this time.

School location

Mayflower Road, Grays, Essex, RM16 6SA

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