Vice Principal

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower, Chafford Hundred, Essex, RM16 6SA

This job expired on 16 May 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    22 April 2022

Job details

Key stages

Early years, KS1, KS2

Working pattern

Contract type



Leadership Scale (London Fringe)

Vice Principal job summary

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower is looking for a Vice Principal who will closely monitor our children’s learning as we continuously close achievement gaps and raise standards for all pupils above those expected nationally.

You will ensure the high quality of all provision, including contributing actively towards the formulation of all school policies and procedures and ensuring their consistent implementation across the academy. You will also lead on teaching and learning across the academy, as well as leading on leadership development, contributing significantly to the academy’s Improvement Plan and playing a major role in determining strategy for the academy.

Main Areas of Responsibility
Strategic Direction and Development:

Be an integral part in leading the vision, ethos and policies of the academy which secures effective teaching and successful learning and promotes high levels of achievement and self-esteem for all pupils irrespective of background, ethnicity, gender or disability;
Help lead and manage the creation and implementation of the academy Improvement Plan which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring pupils achieve high standards and make good progress, increasing teachers’ effectiveness and securing school improvement and to take responsibility for appropriately delegated aspects of it;
Establish the policies through which the academy’s aims and objectives shall be achieved; in particular those pertaining to Teaching, Learning and Assessment and evaluating the effectiveness of these in view of pupil progress;
Contribute to relevant sections of the Academy Evaluation Form;
Ensure the effective and proficient use of pupil data from a variety of sources, both internal and external, in the process of target setting;
Take a lead role in enhancing standards of teaching and learning and value enthusiasm and innovation in others to raise standards of individual pupil achievement;
Lead on curriculum development, involving decisions on timetabling and staffing in conjunction with the Principal;
Develop and maintain good relationships with parents, carers and outside agencies and the local community.
Engage in the process of appointing new staff including the interview process.
Teaching and Learning:

Undertake an appropriate teaching commitment and be one of our most effective and inspirational teachers;
Liaise with all teachers to ensure pupils experience a programme that is personalised to their particular needs, identified through a robust assessment programme;
Act as a role model for other teachers, model effective strategies in all aspects of school life;
Monitor, evaluate and report on teaching and learning;
Ensure that the curriculum is rich, vibrant, reflects the many different facets of our community and prepares pupils for the transition to secondary school so that they are able to fully participate in the secondary curriculum;
Lead pupil progress systems and reviews across the academy, ensuring all pupils work and achieve to the maximum of their potential.
Liaise with other academies/schools and providers to ensure continuity of support and learning when transferring pupils
Recording and Assessment:

Monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures throughout the academy through pupil progress reviews;
Monitor teaching, planning, feedback opportunities, attendance, progress and attainment of pupils;
Monitor pupils’ standards and achievement against academy targets and National Benchmark
Ensure that appropriate attainment exists for individual pupils and identified groups of pupils

Play a full part in the life of the academy, to support its aims and ethos and encourage staff, pupils, parents and carers to follow this example;
Have oversight of professional development across the whole school, working with teams and individuals to develop training opportunities and ensure good practice is developed and shared;
Manage delegated budgets effectively;
Line manage members of the teaching staff and other support staff as appropriate;
Monitor progress, analysing results and taking appropriate action including liaising with the Leadership Team
Ensure effective recruitment, deployment and impact of relevant staff;
Qualifications & Experience

Graduate (with a good degree) plus formal Teaching Qualification or other relevant professional studies.
Evidence of continuous self-development and updated knowledge in the fields of teaching and learning and education management, particularly in the areas of responsibility for this post.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge

To be able to demonstrate a proven track record in producing high quality achievements for all children.
Experience of delivering high quality INSET to teaching staff.
Evidence of leading, supporting and managing others, both individuals and teams, ensuring high quality performance.
Ability to provide professional leadership and management of a staff team and contribute to the work of other teams to secure high quality teaching effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement for all pupils across the academy.
Experience of involvement in assessment, pupil tracking and record keeping and effective data analysis and target setting.
Recent experience of involvement in innovative curriculum development and ideas of how Language, Literacy and Numeracy can be used across the curriculum to raise standards.
Experience of embedding innovative strategies for improving teaching and learning in a whole school situation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience of presenting to a wide audience including teachers, managers, governors and parents.
Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.
Evidence of successful working relationships with parents and carers, Governors, outside agencies and the local community.
Experience of using coaching as a model for ensuring on-going professional development.
Special Abilities & Aptitudes

Ability to be well organised, work under pressure whilst maintaining a positive approach to work and relationships with others.
A high degree of organisational skills, decision making and use of initiative.
The ability to motivate, support and encourage staff through a collaborative approach.
Ability to oversee the pastoral welfare of children across the academy and to promote good behaviour and discipline.
The aspirations, talent and enthusiasm to become a Principal.

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

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 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.

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 Primary Academy Mayflower

School type
Free School, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
900 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Contact phone number
0203 772 4588

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower is a successful academy that was judged outstanding in every category in our May 2017 Ofsted inspection.

We are a 5 form entry primary school, opening with a Reception cohort and are growing by a year group at a time with currently 902 pupils on roll from Nursery to Year 6. This will make our academy, which was funded under the free school programme with backing from Thurrock council, the Department for Education and the Harris Federation which sponsors the free school, the biggest primary free school in the country.

We are a sister school to Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, along with the other Academies in the Harris Federation. We work very closely together and share the very best practice and leadership knowledge and capacity to make the education we offer outstanding. Our shared belief is that children thrive when they feel consistently happy and safe at school and our commitment to excellence is encapsulated in our vision statement: "Excellence, Every child, Every day."

Our Core values of : Manners, Perseverance, Responsibility, Community and Achievement, underpin everything that happens at Harris Primary Academy Mayflower. They are our foundations and we have a clear expectation that all adults as well as children and staff model and respect these values both inside and outside the academy. These foundations have enabled us to build high quality, inspiring education for our children since the academy opened. This is reflected in both the exceptional day to day practice here as well as the outstanding outcomes our children have achieved in each year.

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