Principal, Orpington, Kent

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Harris Primary Academy OrpingtonOrpington, Kent

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Start date: April or September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Generous salary based on experience + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Harris Benefits (see our benefits page for full details)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for a talented senior leader to join our thriving academy as Principal. We are equally interested to hear from experienced heads, or those looking for their first headship. The academy has made a good turnaround since joining the Harris Federation and we have made many improvements. There is plenty more to be done and the academy is ready for a Principal with vision and drive who can who achieve the outstanding success our pupils deserve.

For first time Principals, we can provide close support in the form of mentoring from an experienced Harris Principal, and for existing headteachers, we can offer opportunities to progress to Executive Principalship in the future.

Harris Primary Academy Orpington is a two-form entry school located in Bromley and opened as a sponsored academy in September 2016. Located in an area of disadvantage, the children deserve a great education and if you are committed to making a difference where it matters most this could be the post for you.  

Who we are looking for:

43% of Harris Primary Academy Orpington students are eligible for Pupil Premium (2017-18), and good leadership will make a transformative difference to their life chances. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of school improvement. It is important to be a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging with and inspiring not just staff, but also students and parents of the local area.

You will provide the leadership and management necessary to secure high quality teaching and learning to raise standards of achievement. Your professional leadership will secure the academy’s success, ensuring high quality education for all its students and improved standards of learning and achievement. The rewards we can offer you in terms of career opportunities, support and remuneration will be second to none.

Are you an Aspiring Executive Principal or first time headteacher?

At Harris, we have a strong culture of school improvement, and professional development is at the heart of the Federation. We can offer you the opportunity to gain your NPQEL, a new national qualification for anyone aspiring to lead more than one school. This programme is for aspiring executive leaders and is led by the Harris Federation CEO, Sir Daniel Moynihan, and Executive Principals, each with outstanding track-records of leading multiple schools successfully. Alternatively, if you are new to headship, there is a very supportive network of help and advice available. 

Why work for the Harris Federation?

As a top performing Multi-Academy Trust, we offer access to a professional and supportive community of academies, fellow Principals, and mentors to help develop and progress your career.

Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each Harris academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. All of our primary and secondary academies are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and we are recognised for transforming the life chances of the children and teenagers we educate.

We look for talented individuals who are able to transform schools in and around London into exceptional places of learning.

If you would like to discuss the post in confidence please call Sabeena Hasan, Primary Director, on 020 8253 7777.


Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement.

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More about Harris Primary Academy Orpington
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Dyke Drive, Orpington, Kent, BR5 4LZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1689 803383

Harris Primary Academy Orpington aims to provide 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.

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