- Generous salary package based on experience and expertise + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Harris Benefits including relocation allowance where necessary
Principal job summary
Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich is an outstanding school in South London overlooking Peckham Rye, with a superb range of facilities. Following the internal promotion of the current head, we are looking to appoint a new Principal. The Academy is richly diverse and proud to have outstanding exam results, regularly in the top 10% nationally for progress.
If you are a highly motivated senior leader with a strong track record in school improvement and the experience to lead an Outstanding academy, then we would like to hear from you. We welcome informal conversations to discuss the post further, which can be arranged via the contact details in Next Steps.
Joining the Harris Federation as a Principal is a fantastic opportunity to work within a highly collaborative network where you can draw knowledge and support from other supportive and experienced school leaders, all of whom are committed to working together and transforming lives across London.
This position would suit an existing Principal/Headteacher, or an ambitious Deputy seeking their first headship. We believe that we are at the forefront of nurturing and developing academy leaders. For first time Principals, we can provide the support needed in the form of individual mentoring from an established Harris Executive Principal, and for experienced school leaders, we offer opportunities for progression to Executive Principalship within the group.
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.
Main Areas of Responsibility
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
Qualifications & Experience
The successful applicant must have a proven track record of school improvement, and have gained successful previous experience in leading, or as part of, an SLT to 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
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. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We offer a platform for leaders to complete their National Professional Qualifications via our Leadership College, and we provide coaching, mentoring and insights needed to help develop and prepare you for your next leadership challenge.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.
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About Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich
- School type
- Academy, ages 11 to 18
- School size
- 875 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 18
Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich is an outstanding place for students and staff alike. The Academy prides itself on helping students to be incredibly successful and the leadership team are as driven to support our staff, with an excellent CPD programme and development opportunities for all staff at the academy. The Academy encourages the students and staff to live the core values of character, courage and conscience in our community and beyond. The Academy has an excellent staff who are highly motivated, committed and happy.
HGAED is a great place to work. At a time when there is so much attention, deservedly so, on teacher wellbeing and workloads, the Academy is committed to ensuring staff have a good work-life balance by reducing unnecessary admin work and meetings. Time and resources are dedicated to staff wellbeing and development, ranging from NPQSL qualifications to meditation and teacher hacks such as whole class feedback to reduce workload. The Federation is looking for a leader who shares our commitment to developing themselves personally as well as professionally, who are open to feedback and development and share our vision for our whole community. The Federation would love you to be part of the transformation of our students’ lives.
Arranging a visit to Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich
To arrange a confidential discussion about this post with Rebecca Hickey, Assistant Director, or if you have any other questions about the post, please contact Harry Bond, Head of Talent, via email.
Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. 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.