Assistant Principal (MAT Cover), Merton

Closing date:Expiring soon

Harris Primary Academy MertonMerton

Date posted:
Start date: Immediate Start - Negotiable
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Inner London) Based on experience + Harris Benefits Packag
Contract term: Permanent

We are looking to appoint an experienced interim Assistant Principal to join our Academy on a Maternity Cover Contract.

We are interested to hear from experienced teachers and middle leaders who share our academy vision and ethos, and who can start immediately on 9 - 10 month maternity cover fixed term contract. As one of our Assistant Principals you will have an academy wide area of responsibility, this will be determined based on the successful applicant, and the role will also involve some class based teaching. If you are a qualified teacher who is an aspiring senior leader looking to gain first time experience as an Assistant Principal, then this could be a great opportunity for you to join a supportive, friendly and experienced academy senior leadership team.

What we are looking for

We are interested to hear from both experienced interim Assistant Principals looking for the next challenge, as well qualified teachers with middle leadership experience who might be looking for a return to work. This is a full-time MAT cover leadership post and we can offer flexibility as to responsibilities and year group(s) you would teach based on previous background, skills and experience. We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning.

Work with senior leaders to establish and embed the vision and ethos of a fantastic academy  

Have a unique opportunity to be part of an established team of staff  

Receive excellent staff training and development opportunities 

Make a difference to the lives of our students through excellent subject knowledge and pastoral care so that the highest standards of learning and behaviour are maintained 

An experienced primary practitioner - EYFS, KS1 or KS2

QTS (or equivalent) and an undergraduate degree

Experience of managing a team of staff

About Harris Primary Academy Merton

Harris Primary Academy Merton is a primary academy for local children aged two to 11. We opened in September 2014 and were rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2017. It is our belief that children thrive when they are consistently happy and safe at school and that through expert teaching and support all pupils can achieve to a high standard.

Why work at Harris Primary Academy Merton?

Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted: “The pursuit of excellence is at the heart of the work of leaders and staff. Morale is high. The staff team is fully behind the principal’s vision and has helped develop a culture where high expectations of work and behaviour are the norm."

A school where pupils' achievements are celebrated every day in their lessons

Children who are kind, caring, self-assured and eager to learn

Part of the Harris Federation, sharing best teaching practice with other Harris academies and building on the Federation's proven track record in the borough

Exceptional opportunities for personal and professional development

Generous Harris rewards and benefits package


Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

Please call 0208 679 3707 or email to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal. Come and see us in action: visits to Harris Primary Academy Merton are strongly encouraged and very welcome.

Harris Benefits

As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:

A network of fellow senior leaders and Principals with a wealth of knowledge and expertise

Support and mentoring from some of the best executive leaders in education

Unrivalled opportunities for leadership progression and preparing you for your first Principalship

Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits

Plus, the opportunity to work with our amazing students!

Click here for a full list of Harris benefits.

The Harris Federation

The Harris Federation is the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. We have an established reputation in transforming education in London and an unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. Our vision is that Harris academies work collaboratively in sharing school improvement strategies, and support one another as part of the wider Harris Federation.

We look for talented leaders who want to help transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.

Please note: academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you will not be able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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. Harris Federation is fully committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education. Click here to view our full equality and diversity statement.

More about Harris Primary Academy Merton
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Abbots Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 1JW, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 253 7777
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School summary

Harris Primary Academy Merton is a primary academy for local children aged three to eleven which opened in September 2014. Although we are a new Academy, we are building on the Harris Federation’s proven track record in the borough: the...