Associate Assistant Principal (SENCO), Bexley

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Harris Garrard AcademyBexley

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Outer London) based on experience + Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are looking for an experienced and qualified SENCO to join our unique and thriving all through academy as an Associate Assistant Principal. This is an exciting leadership position which would suit a highly motivated middle leader seeking a leadership post within supportive, yet challenging, academy, or an experienced senior leader looking to further develop their senior leadership pathway within an all through academy . This is an important post within our academy and requires a dedicated and highly motivated SEN practitioner. The successful applicant must have the ability to support and work with the Executive Principal, Head of Academy and wider SLT in all aspects of school improvement, and ensure our academy vision and values for all students.

Your opportunity

You will be responsible for leading and developing all aspects of SEN/EAL, as well as the development and teaching practice of others, with accountability for the progress and development of students on the SEN/EAL profile. You will monitor and support the overall progress and development of students and effectively manage and deploy teaching/support staff, financial and physical resources within the academy. In addition, you will liaise directly with parents concerning Special Education Needs.

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.

What we are looking for

We are interested to hear from both qualified SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs. We are looking for talented individuals with a proven SEN track record and experience, and ideally, hold the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordinator. For aspiring unqualified practitioners, we can offer the support for you to train and gain your National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordinator. You will have a wealth of opportunities to develop as a leader with the Harris Federation.

  • National Award for SENCOs or willingness to train for the National Award
  • Relevant experience of SENCO role in another school
  • QTS (or equivalent) and an undergraduate degree
  • Experience of managing a team of staff
  • Substantial knowledge of SEN
  • At least two years' experience working in a school or educational establishment

Come and see us in action: visits to Harris Garrard Academy are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 320 4800 or email info@harrisgarrard.org.uk to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

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

About Harris Garrard Academy

Harris Garrard Academy is an all-through 3–18 academy with approximately 1350 pupils on roll and joined the Harris Federation as a sponsored academy in September 2017. The academy is based in Thamesmead in a purpose built building. We are now on a journey towards “Outstanding”, led by highly experienced executive principals with proven track records of school transformation. Our vision is clear: nothing is impossible and everything is possible, irrespective of personal characteristics or background. Every problem has a solution. We believe we are more robust, resilient and determined as a team than as a group of individuals. We support, challenge and hold each other to account at all levels within the academy to ensure that our students achieve their potential, are motivated, engaged and fully prepared for life beyond our academy.

Why work at Harris Garrard Academy?

  • The opportunity to be involved in the transformation of a school from the very start
  • A stunning working environment, in a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004
  • A highly motivated team, led by exceptionally experienced and talented senior leaders
  • All the advantages of a successful academy group, with a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
  • Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

Come and see us in action: visits to Harris Garrard Academy are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 320 4800 or email info@harrisgarrard.org.uk to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

The Harris Federation

Our academy is part of the Harris Federation, the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. Harris has an unrivalled track record in raising standards and achieving success for the children in our academies.

Professional development and sharing best practice are a key part of the Harris Federation success, and we can draw on this to offer you top quality training at every stage of your career path, from Beginner Teacher to Middle Leader. We will invest in you with coaching, mentoring, and can offer a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance.

We look for talented teachers who are passionate about their subject and making a difference. You can help us 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 Garrard Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Studio School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, Erith, Kent, DA18 4DW, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 83204800