Assistant Principal, Greenwich

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Harris Academy GreenwichGreenwich

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Inner London) + Healthcare Plan
Contract term: Permanent

We are looking to appoint a talented Assistant Principal. Perhaps this is your first AP role or perhaps you are more experienced and looking for a new opportunity to grow and develop your skillset to become an Assistant Principal. An EBACC teaching specialism is advantageous but not essential. The position is available because we are expanding the SLT to give us more capacity to support and train the rest of the staff. 

As for all the posts we advertise, the successful candidate will have:

The potential and ambition to lead aspects of teaching and learning in the departments you line manage

Passion for education, courage, integrity

A flair for working with young people

A great team player who will fit well with our optimistic and positive culture

The ability to teach great lessons at both GCSE and A-Level

A quick mind, charisma and strong sense of moral purpose

Your opportunity

This is an exciting leadership position which would suit a highly motivated middle leader seeking an SLT post within supportive, friendly and highly experienced academy team. You will have a wealth of opportunities to develop as a leader with the Harris Federation and we can offer you a range of bespoke courses and qualifications through our Teaching School, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQH for aspiring principals. 

Working alongside Harris Federation colleagues who have wide experience in opening new schools, you will shape the ethos and culture of these new academies for the benefit of children in South London. Succession planning is a key part of our success as a Federation, and we believe that we are at the forefront of developing the next generation of Leaders. We can help prepare you for your next Senior Leadership challenge, investing in your knowledge and expertise through regular support, coaching and a wide range of professional development and training. Your ambitions are ample to the growing success of our academies, maintaining this means putting your ambitions first with a strong career progressive culture. Join us in our mission to positively contribute to cultivating an exceptional learning environment for all our students.   

About the role

The post would suit an experienced Teacher or an ambitious senior leader looking either to extend their experience of Headship, or to start their first Principalship. First time Assistant principals benefit from a highly supportive network of experienced Harris principals providing one to one mentoring within an attentive, career enriching environment. For existing Assistant Principals, we offer unrivalled progression opportunities to Executive Principalship, and full support through our National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) pathway. The course draws on the leadership expertise of Harris executive leaders and Directors as well as other successful MATs from across the country, providing a national standard of excellence in training.  

Harris Federation maintains its vision for transforming education and requires senior leaders who share the same passion for change. You should be an highly visible and proactive source of inspiration, committed to cultivating the learning environment of your students. You should be a strong communicator with proven strengths in inspiring, engaging and motivating staff at all levels as well as the ability to work proactively with local communities to bring about change. The successful candidate will need a strong track record of school improvement.  

We will invest in you, providing focused coaching, mentoring and a top-quality training programme delivered through our Teaching School Alliance. With Harris, you have the platform to collaborate and inspire, share best practice and be at the forefront of new and transformative approaches within education. Whether you are an experienced Principal, or preparing for your first principalship, we can equip you with the experience, knowledge and training to succeed. 

What we are looking for

The successful applicant should share the vision, ethos and policies of the Academy to help develop effective teaching and successful learning, whilst promoting high levels of achievement and self-esteem for all pupils irrespective of background, ethnicity, gender or disability. You will 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. Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

Why work at Harris Academy Greenwich?

We recruit, train and retain the very best staff then let them get on with it. We take the issue of workload seriously and make sure our working practices are sustainable. Our teachers are subject experts and boss their classroom accordingly. We cultivate effective, autonomous leaders at every level of the organisation. We are successful because every day 140 brilliant people work tirelessly to support students towards greatness.

Our staff often refer to their departments as ‘a family’.  They came up with 20 reasons why staff should work here...there were more, but we couldn’t fit 27 on one page.  Check them out and our ‘About Us’ video on the school website:

Forget what you’ve heard about big, bad Federations. This is a school that really tries to keep staff morale high, that gives you a sense of purpose, a sense of autonomy, a sense of trust and continual support and challenge to achieve mastery.  Come pay us a visit and see for yourself.

We look forward to meeting you. If you would like a completely confidential chat with the Principal, please contact Ben Keely direct by email:

To apply or to arrange a visit, please contact the HR Manager, Nicky Butler on

What are we passionate about?

In this corner of South East London we have a clear mission: to run a great school which offers every child, regardless of circumstance, the chance to thrive both personally and academically.

We make no apology for believing a key part to a happy and fulfilled life is a great set of exam results. They are the currency which students require to progress to next stage of their education. No amount of celebrity disapproval or stories of success against the odds will convince us otherwise. Results matter to our community.

We know that academic progress is critical to our students enjoying lives of choice and opportunity but that they also need to develop the content of their character and have a range of rich experiences which they will never forget. We want to help students have warm hearts and cool heads so that they are ready for the challenges of adolescence and ultimately adulthood. In short, we want our students to live well.

What is the Harris Federation?

The Harris Federation is a highly successful group of schools who serve many of the most deprived areas of London. We are collaborative, enterprising and share a passion for turning lives around, yet each school is autonomous and free to set its own vision and strategy for how it does that. Each Harris school feels completely different in terms of culture, ethos and the day-to-day experience of staff. Perhaps this is the school you’ve been looking for.

More about Harris Academy Greenwich
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London, SE9 5EQ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 859 0133
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School summary

Harris Academy Greenwich is a happy, well resourced, highly successful, inner-city London 11-18 school with a thriving 6th Form, and a brand new state-of-the-art building. It is a school where we are as passionate about developing our s...