Harris Academy St John's Wood, London

Job details

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

Job summary

Harris Academy St John's Wood is seeking a new Principal. If you are a highly motivated senior leader with the school improvement skills and experience needed to create an Outstanding academy where both staff and students thrive, then we want to hear for you.

Your opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to join a Federation with over 80 executive and academy leaders, all of whom are committed to working together and transforming lives across London. The post would suit either an existing Principal, or a Deputy, with the leadership skills to create an Outstanding Academy. We can provide first time Principals with all the support needed in the form of individual mentoring from an established Harris Executive Principal. Alternatively, we can provide experienced Principals with progression opportunities to Executive Principal within Harris.

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 education practitioners. 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.

About Harris Academy St John’s Wood

Harris Academy St John’s Wood is an 11-18 academy in the central London area of St John's Wood, situated just a few minutes' walk from the Jubilee line station. Although located in an affluent area, the academy serves an inner London community with a high proportion of pupil premium students and is ethnically richly diverse. Building on strong roots in the local community we offer places for 210 students in Year 7 and 220 in Year 12, and the academy benefits from first-class, purpose-built buildings. In September 2017, the academy joined the Harris Federation as a sponsored academy and began a fresh and exciting new journey to success.

Since joining, the academy has made good progress towards achieving academic excellence. We now seek a Principal to build upon these strong foundations. This is a unique opportunity for a talented leader with vision and drive to continue the success of this large academy, and further develop the culture and ethos of this high-profile school.

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, and a community of Directors, Executive Principals and Principals who can help shape and develop your career. We also offer the option to gain your National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) through our Teaching School.


Informal and exploratory conversations are welcomed and a visit to the academy can be arranged via the CEOs 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

We look forward to receiving your application.

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
1301 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
020 8253 7777

About Harris Academy St John's Wood

Building on strong historic roots within our local community, we are an excellent, high achieving secondary school that promotes creativity and academic scholarship. We have places for 210 students in Year 7 and 220 in Year 12. In September 2017, we joined the Harris Federation, which runs over 40 successful primary and secondary schools in and around London. The vast majority of Harris academies inspected by Ofsted is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, with the majority rated ‘outstanding’.

The core values and vision for the academy will be centred on dedication, determination and destiny. When students are dedicated to their studies and determined to succeed, all will achieve their destiny.

With consistent and outstanding teaching, we inspire the best in each student, whether they need to be stretched, are struggling, or are somewhere in the middle. Where students need extra help on a particular topic or skill, we coach them in small groups and even one-to-one. Special educational needs are catered for with care and expertise.

In our academy, learning does not begin and end at the classroom door. Our students regularly participate in after-school enrichment classes, activity days and educational visits, including inter-academy opportunities within the Federation, which help to bring learning alive.

Why work at Harris Academy St John's Wood?

An opportunity to join an ambitious new academy at the heart of the local community, working with experienced and inspirational leaders towards an outstanding future.
We expect impeccable students behaviour supported by traditional values of good manners, strong discipline and respect with excellent teaching.
Opportunities for A Level teaching at one of the top performing Post 16 providers in the UK.
Generous Harris benefits package and excellent opportunities for personal and professional development

School location

Marlborough Hill, London, NW8 0NL

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