Vice Principal, Peckham, London

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Harris Primary Free School PeckhamPeckham, London

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Start date: Negotiable
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Inner London - negotiable based on experience) + Health Cash Plan + Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for a Vice Principal who is passionate about education and has a flair for working with young people. We need a leader who is resilient, highly driven and self-motivated, who will go the extra mile to ensure that students achieve beyond their own expectations.

This role also includes some teaching responsibilities in Upper KS2, and requires experience and knowledge of this phase.

This is an exciting new post for an experienced senior leader, someone who is an outstanding teacher, has dynamism and drive, who will be able to lead on key aspects of the SLT remit. We look for inspiring leaders who have excellent strategic instincts combined with strong interpersonal and coaching skills, and can give direct, honest feedback in a way that nurtures a teacher's professional capacity, confidence and enthusiasm for personal growth.

Harris Primary Free School Peckham opened in 2012 to meet the demand for high quality primary school places in Southwark. We now have two classes in every year group from year R to Year 5, with Year 6 starting in September 2018. By growing slowly but steadily, we are able to give every one of our children a great deal of personal attention. We have a superb team of teachers and support staff, all of whom are experts in primary education.  

What we are looking for:

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of school improvement, ideally including significant experience in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas. It is important to be an outstanding communicator with proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, not just the school community, but the wider community. Sound understanding of school improvement strategies is key, as well as the ability and to lead staff and the community towards the achievement of clear and inspirational goals.

  • An excellent practitioner who is able to model and disseminate high quality teaching and learning;
  • Someone with high expectations of staff and pupils as well as themselves;
  • Commitment to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils;
  • An innovative, highly motivated person who is eager to take a lead;
  • Commitment to on-going professional development;
  • Someone who is willing to contribute to the wider life at the academy;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of our leadership team.
  • An outstanding teacher with very high expectations of what can be achieved and proven track record in raising pupil attainment.

Why work for Harris Primary Free School Peckham?

We are an academy that values and invests in staff, excellent training, development, and planned career progression. We are a team of ordinary individuals who genuinely enjoy working together to create extraordinary outcomes, and we have an opportunity for you to join us.

As part of a top performing MAT, we offer a highly supportive network of academies, directors, executive 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 the most challenging schools in and around London into exceptional places of learning.

If you would like to discuss the post in confidence please contact the academy on 020 7394 5700.


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 Free School Peckham
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: 112 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5DZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 77034417
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School summary

We opened in 2012 to meet the demand for high quality primary school places in Southwark. We have two classes in every year group up to Year 3. We have a superb team of teachers and support staff, all of whom are experts in primary educ...