This job expired on 20 September 2021

  • Expected start date

    19 April 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 September 2021 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    9 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Contract type
Substantial & generous salary based on experience and expertise

Job summary

We are looking to appoint a Principal for Harris Primary Academy Orpington. The Academy was judged to be a Good school by Ofsted in Summer 2019 and is well placed for further improvement. We are interested to hear from experienced school leaders who want to join a highly collaborative Federation with a network of supportive Principals and mentors.

The academy is located in the borough of Bromley but is situated in a part of the borough with above average levels of deprivation. The post will suite a candidate wanting to make a difference in an area of need. Our students deserve a great Principal who can make a difference to their life chances.

The position would suit an existing Principal/Headteacher, or a Deputy, who has the leadership skills to build an outstanding academy. 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.

This is a great opportunity to join a Federation with over 80 highly experienced school leaders, all of whom are committed to working together and transforming lives across London. We believe we are at the forefront of nurturing and developing academy leaders.

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 with a successful track record of school improvement and 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

Professional Development & Benefits
At Harris we have a strong culture of support and professional development is at the heart of the Federation. For existing Headteachers, we offer unrivalled progression opportunities to Executive Principalship, and the option to support you through our in-house National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) programme. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

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.

You will join a highly collaborative network of Principals and receive support from a highly experienced central team consisting of Executive Principals, Assistant Directors and Primary Consultants.

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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School overview

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 11
Education phase
School size
345 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 11
Contact phone number

About Harris Primary Academy Orpington

Harris Primary Academy Orpington is a ambitious two-form entry school which opened in September 2016 in Bromley on the site of the predecessor school. We believe that every child is different and that everyone deserves the opportunity to be happy, secure and successful. We are located just ten minutes from Orpington train station with good links on public transport and an large onsite car park.

The academy is surrounded by a large grounds which enables us to take our learning outside, including through Forest School. Our aim is to provide our pupils with a well-rounded and enjoyable education that ensures each child succeeds academically, physically and emotionally - preparing them for life in an ever-changing world. We have identified six shared values, which we develop with the children throughout the academic year: Respect, Unity, Cooperation, Aspiration, Responsibility and Integrity. Our evolving curriculum has been designed to challenge and inspire the children; exposing them to a wide variety of exciting experiences including visits, events, sports, music and drama but also time to reflect and respond.

Arranging a visit to Harris Primary Academy Orpington

To arrange a confidential discussion with Sabeena Hasan, Primary Director, for more information or to arrange a visit to a Harris Primary academy, please contact Harry Bond, Head of Talent, on

School location

Dyke Drive, Orpington, Kent, BR5 4LZ

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