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  • Start date details

    September or January

  • Closing date

    9 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    18 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

Generous salary package based on experience and expertise

Additional allowances

Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Harris Benefits including relocation allowance where necessary

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for a new Principal to join us at Harris Academy Sutton, an Outstanding academy (February 2023), to start in September 2024 or January 2025.

Since our inception we have set new standards in terms of what comprehensive education can offer in borough of Sutton and are delighted by our first set of results. They are a testament to the values we hold close here at the academy: that a comprehensive education can provide excellence and opportunity for the young people of Sutton that can exceed that offered by more selective institutions.

We are proud to be a part of the Harris Federation, the leading multi-academy trust in the country, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside over 80 highly experienced school leaders, all of whom are committed to working together to transform lives across London and Essex. We have a reputation for investing in and developing successful senior leaders; our track record of performance demonstrates the impact our academy leaders have on delivering transformative change.

The successful applicant must have a proven track record of school improvement, and have gained successful previous experience in leading, or as part of, anSLTto transform a school and raise outcomes. We are looking for a strong communicator who can demonstrate strengths in engaging with and inspiring not just staff, but also students and parents of the local community. You will provide the leadership and management necessary to secure high quality teaching and learning to further raise standards of achievement.

We are looking for an experienced senior leader who ideally has:

  • Qualified Teacher Status, Degree, Further relevant professional studies
  • Relevant Further Degree or NPQH
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of current curriculum developments and how pupils learn
  • Leadership in curriculum development and in monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Proven track record of raising attainment in an urban, multi-ethnic environment
  • Track record of raising standards in English and Mathematics and good knowledge of raising standards in Literacy and Numeracy

What the school offers its staff

Harris Academy Sutton is an Outstanding academy, based in an award-winning building with excellent facilities. The academy offers a broad and diverse curriculum to a fully comprehensive intake of students. Its aim is to provide a fulfilling education to the children and young people of Sutton that endures long after the exam results have been published.

The academy works hard with the community it serves to ensure that all of its students:

  • feel equally secure and valued
  • access the challenges necessary to reach their full potential
  • move out into the world with a wide range of interests to enrich their lives
  • understand the roles that science and scientific thinking can play in human development
  • develop the personal character traits that will see them succeed in whatever they seek to do in life
  • leave our Academy ready to contribute something new to the world

The academy is located in Sutton, with good public transport and road links and safe and secure onsite parking with electric charging points. Central London (Clapham, Victoria) is 25 minutes away.

Further details about the role

As Principal, you will need to provide the leadership and management necessary to secure high quality teaching and learning to raise standards of achievement. The Principal's effective leadership will result in an academy where:

  • There is a positive ethos that reflects the Academy's commitment to high achievement, effective teaching and learning, and good relationships
  • Staff, governors and parents have confidence in the leadership and management of the Academy
  • Staff and governors recognise their accountability for their tasks and contribute fully to the development and successful implementation of policies and practices
  • The life of the Academy and the curriculum effectively promote students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for adult life
  • Effectiveness is kept under rigorous review, and links with the wider community contribute to students' attainment and personal development
  • Efficient and effective use is made of staff, accommodation and resources
  • Delegated responsibilities to ensuring that finance and administration are effective, and the carefully costed development plan is focused on improving educational outcomes

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

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.

Arranging a visit to Harris Academy Sutton

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email kelly.mcqueeney@harrisfederation.org.uk.

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