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  • Closing date

    21 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    1 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

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 City Academy Crystal Palace, an Outstanding academy located in South London, to join us in September 2024.We encourage you to request a visit before the half-term break.

As Principal, you will be pivotal in maintaining our high standards of excellence, and committed to championing the needs of our most disadvantaged students. You'll be working at the forefront of modern education, harnessing the power of expert teaching to provide an exceptional learning experience.

You will also oversee Harris City Academy Crystal Palace Teaching School Hub, responsible for delivering professional teaching development to schools within the designated areas of Croydon, Sutton, Epsom and Ewell region. We are part of a wider network of Teaching School Hubs nationally, with a vision to strengthen school improvement through effective partnerships with every school in our region.

We are proud to be a part of the Harris Federation, the leading large multi-academy trust in the country, and you will be joining over 80 highly experienced school leaders, all of whom are committed to working together to transform lives across London and Essex. Collaboration is core to our success and none of our academies work in isolation so you will continuously be able to share best practices with other academy leaders. 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.

As a founding member of the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT), the Harris Federation is at the forefront of evolving teacher and leader development through cutting-edge research, shaping the design and delivery of our high-quality professional development programmes.

Whether you are an accomplished Principal or aspiring to progress to Principalship, this role may be the perfect fit for you. For those considering their first Principal role, we offer comprehensive support, including individual mentoring from an established Executive Principal. Experienced school leaders can benefit from clear development pathways to Executive Principalship, along with the opportunity to complete your NPQEL.

Joining Harris City Academy Crystal Palace means becoming an integral part of this vibrant school and local community. We invite you to get in touch to learn more about this opportunity, and strongly encourage you to visit the academy to discover if this is the right next step for you.

What the school offers its staff

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a mixed academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18 from across Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark, and Lambeth, with a large sixth form of nearly 400 students.

The academy has had three consecutive Outstanding judgments by Ofsted, with the most recent inspection in 2014 finding the academy to be Outstanding in every aspect. We are a consistently high performing school. Our motto, ‘All Can Achieve' encapsulates our vision that all members of the academy community are supported and encouraged to achieve their absolute potential. We believe that a well-supported and valued staff body is the key to our success.

We are the ‘Teaching School Hub' for Croydon and Sutton and we are able to offer all teachers an extensive programme of first class professional development. Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is part of the Harris Federation and this enables us to offer you a comprehensive induction programme and training and development opportunities to support your career development.

Further details about the role

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send us an email, or call to arrange a conversation. We encourage visits which would need to be arranged prior to the February half term break.

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.

Applying for the job

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About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1271 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
020 8771 2261

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance. Come and see us in action: visits to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 771 2261 or to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

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