Principal

Harris Academy Purley, South Croydon, Surrey

Job details

Job role
Leadership
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Permanent
Salary
Substantial and generous salary based on experience and expertise + Discretionary Performance Bonuses

Job summary

There is an opportunity for a new Principal at Harris Academy Purley for September 2021. We are interested to hear from experienced school leaders with an established track record of school improvement, and the leadership skills to lead an Outstanding academy where both staff and students thrive. .

About Harris Academy Purley

Harris Academy Purley is an 11-19 co-educational Academy situated on the Croydon/Surrey border serving a relatively disadvantaged but highly aspirational community. The Academy, housed in largely new build facilities, has excellent transport links to central London, Surrey and the south coast. Open since September 2009, Purley has a vibrant and mixed intake of students from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and is a successful and oversubscribed school.

The Academy combines traditional values of discipline and good-manners with contemporary best practice in teaching and technology.

Your opportunity

We are interested to hear from existing school leaders and those looking to step up into their first principalship. The post would suit a highly motivated and enthusiastic senior leader with the knowledge and abilities to lead a successful academy.

For first time Principals, the Harris Federation can provide the support and coaching needed in the form of individual mentoring from an established Harris Executive Principal. For experienced Heads, there are opportunities for progression to Executive Principal with the Federation.

The successful applicant will have the chance to join a highly progressive, successful and innovative multi academy trust, and the opportunity to work alongside some of the country’s most experienced, knowledgeable and committed educational leaders. Harris has a reputation for investing in and developing successful senior leaders, and our track record of performance demonstrates the impact our academy leaders have on delivering transformative change. If you are an inspirational and talented senior leader who shares our vision for education and improving the life chances of young people in London, then we would like to hear from you.

How we invest in you as a Leader

We believe we are at the forefront of nurturing and developing academy leaders. For first time Principals, joining the Federation offers a supportive and rewarding environment to hone your skills and experience. We offer a platform for leaders to complete their National Professional Qualifications via our Teaching School, and provide coaching, mentoring and insights needed to help develop and prepare you for your next leadership challenge.

For those thinking ahead to future progression as an executive leader, the Federation offers access to a unique network of some 20+ secondary academies across London, the possibility to progress to Executive Leadership via our NPQEL provision and a community of Directors, Executive Principals and Principals who can help shape and develop your career.

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

Informal and exploratory conversations are welcomed and a visit to the academy can be arranged via the CEO's office. Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

For any questions about the post, or to arrange a confidential discussion with Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO, please contact harry.bond@harrisfederation.org.uk

We look forward to receiving your application.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type
Academy
Education phase
Secondary
School size
1209 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
02082537777

About Harris Academy Purley

Harris Academy Purley is an oversubscribed 11-19 co-educational Academy with currently 1000 students on roll, situated on the Croydon/Surrey border with excellent transport to central London, Surrey and the south coast. Open since September 2009, we were judged Outstanding. The Academy moved into a £20 million state-of-the-art new building in September 2012. Harris Purley offers specialisms in Enterprise and Sport using its extensive playing fields. Our sixth form provision is expanding with increasing numbers of students taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Student progress is in the top 10% nationally.

We are a happy, hard-working and highly ambitious community in which students and staff treat one another with care and respect. The Academy combines traditional values of discipline and good-manners with contemporary best practice in teaching and technology.

Academy Ethos:

Harris Academy Purley is a school where students are given the opportunity and encouragement to achieve their personal best. By the time they leave the Academy, we want our young people to be happy and educated with the desire and drive to succeed. This means:

Each student gets the individual care and attention they need to thrive and achieve their personal best.
Teachers bring learning alive and class sizes are kept as small as possible.
Students participate in a broad range of after-school activities.
All students contribute to Academy life by taking on positions of responsibility. This may, for example, be through directing an Academy play, captaining a sports team or playing in a band.
Everyone works together to maintain a happy, safe and orderly environment. We instil mutual respect between students and staff and have zero tolerance of bullying in any form.
We promote high expectations and set standards of excellence. Staying on for Sixth Form is encouraged so that it becomes the norm, not the exception. Our Sixth Form is being run in conjunction with the Harris Sixth form.

School location

Kendra Hall Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6DT

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