Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace, London, SE20 8RH

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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    17 May 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    19 April 2022

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Substantial & generous salary based on experience and expertise

Principal job summary

Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace (HPACR) is a two-form entry school situated in Penge, a relatively disadvantaged part of the London Borough of Bromley. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious senior leader to lead this successful and popular school to the next stage of its success.

We are looking for an enthusiastic new Principal to motivate, inspire and lead our academy team to further success. This post will start in September 2022.

If you are a deputy looking for your first Principal post, you will get support and mentoring from an experienced Harris Executive Principal to help give you the best start possible. And for existing headteachers looking to extend their experience of headship, we can offer you opportunities to further develop your leadership skills within the Harris Federation, and support you on a pathway to executive leadership.

Harris offers support and backup from a highly effective central team offering excellent curriculum and general educational support as well as efficient and time-saving business services.

At Harris, we believe we are at the forefront of nurturing primary teachers and developing the school leaders of tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for a talented primary senior leader to join an established network of over 80 highly experienced Principals and Executive Leaders, all of whom are committed to collaborating in order to help transform young lives across London.

Interviews for this role will take place before the end of April.

Main Areas of Responsibility
As Principal, you will oversee an academy where:

There is a positive ethos that reflects the Academy’s commitment to high achievement, effective teaching and learning, and good relationships
A broad, balanced and high quality curriculum is offered to all
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 ensure that finance and administration are effective, and the carefully costed development plan is focused on improving educational outcomes
Please download the full application pack for full details about the responsibilities and person specification.

Qualifications & Experience
We are seeking a successful senior leader with a good track record of school improvement, ideally gained in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas. We are looking for someone who is a strong communicator and who has proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating not just the school community, but also the wider community.

You must have experience across the full primary age range and the skills, knowledge and leadership necessary to secure high quality teaching and learning.

The successful candidate will:

Hold Qualified Teacher Status, a degree and further relevant professional studies
Be a senior Leader in a Primary school, including experience deputising for the Head / Principal
Have evidence of successful leadership in curriculum development and in monitoring and evaluation strategies
Show a proven track record of raising attainment in an urban, multi-ethnic environment
Have experience as a designated child protection officer
Have experience as a performance appraiser for staff
Have experience of teaching or leading Early Years and/or KS1 and/or KS2
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 from you.

Professional Development & Benefits
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 invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level.

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.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package.

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. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

Equal Opportunities
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.

Additional allowances

+ Discretionary Performance Bonuses + Private Medical Cover + Harris Benefits

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About Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
414 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace (HPACR) is a two-form entry school situated in Penge, which is part of the London Borough of Bromley located just a few minutes walk from Crystal Palace train station, with fast access to Central and South London.

HPACR is an inclusive academy. We strive to ensure that every pupil feels valued and safe. The children’s achievements are celebrated every day in their lessons and we are proud that they are kind, caring, self-assured and eager to learn.

We believe that through expert teaching and support that disadvantage need be no barrier to achievement. Ultimately, our aim is to make sure that our pupils leave us feeling that they have succeeded both academically and in the extracurricular aspects of school life. We want our pupils to be thoroughly prepared for the opportunities that secondary school will offer them.

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