Principal, London

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City of London Academy, Highgate HillLondon

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L33-37
Contract term: Permanent

Reputation-building opportunities like this don't come very often, so here's your chance to make your mark as leader of our new academy in North Islington, the City of London Academy Highgate Hill. If successful you would be joining the most successful chain of schools in the country, having the best progress and attainment outcomes for disadvantaged students as well as the best Progress 8 scores overall (source Sutton Trust – Chain Effects 2017).

At the City of London, we're aiming to build on the success of our current schools by opening new academies and converting existing schools. We are committed to promoting world-class educational outcomes for the young people we serve. 

As Principal, you will lead the academy on the journey to being graded Outstanding within three years. Dynamic and motivational, you will match and surpass what we have achieved in our existing academies. It's a tall order; one of our co-sponsored schools, The City Academy, Hackney, has been one of the top seven secondary schools for student progress in the country for the last three years. In return, you will get invaluable opportunities to develop your practice and create an exceptional school.

Working with the support of the City of London Academies Trust, you will create a high expectation culture in which students feel safe, valued and motivated to succeed. You'll achieve this by providing strong and consistent leadership to our staff. A fitting ambassador for the school, you will also be the first point of contact for all stakeholders and external agencies.

Committed to creating an environment that promotes academic, creative, sporting, linguistic and personal achievement, you will be a qualified teacher with or working towards NPQH or equivalent, and currently achieving at Vice Principal level. Skilled in leading and training staff to be successful practitioners, you will have made a significant contribution to a school, including its leadership, student outcomes and ethos. The communication skills and confidence to develop rich partnerships with families and the community will be essential. Above all, you'll have the drive and determination to establish Highgate Hill as a centre of excellence for secondary education in the locality.

Please see the job description for details. All applicants should complete an application form and completed forms should be sent to

Visits to the school with an opportunity to meet the current Principal and CEO are welcomed and can be arranged. Please email to arrange a visit.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as part of the selection process an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

The City of London is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Closing date: Monday 18 September, 10am. Interviews will take place on Friday 22 September.

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More about City of London Academy, Highgate Hill
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Holland Walk, Duncombe Road, Archway, London, N19 3EU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7281 3536
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