Deputy Primary Director, London

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Harris FederationLondon

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Substantial and generous salary based on experience and expertise + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Cover + Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Harris Federation is a successful, highly collaborative and enterprising group of academies in and around London. Our network of academies is setting standards of excellence through an experienced and supportive approach with the aim that every child in London can have the best possible education, enabling them to fulfil their potential and decide their own future. The focus of the Harris Federation is on transforming some of the most challenging schools in London into exceptional places of learning. That means that when you work at a Harris academy, you are playing a part in something very important – giving children the freedom and the opportunities to choose their own futures.  

We are looking for an experienced Executive Principal, or highly successful Principal, to join the Harris Federation as our new Deputy Primary Director. This is a high profile post with considerable responsibility and autonomy. The successful candidate will need a strong track record of high performance and an understanding of how to work across a group of primary schools.

Working alongside our Primary Director to lead a team of Primary Executive Principals and a superb central Primary improvement team, you will play a major role in overseeing Primary education across our 22 Primary academies around London. We need someone who is a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring and motivating school staff and the wider community.

About Primary Education at Harris:

Primary education at Harris comprises 19 Primary academies, plus 3 all-through academies, with every inspected academy judged Good or Outstanding (59% Outstanding). Some of these academies are new free schools, but most were previously failing schools located in challenging areas of London.

According to the Education Policy Institute, Harris has been the top performing Primary trust for pupil progress compared to any Multi Academy Trust or Local Authority in each of the past two years. Our group results were 76% at Key Stage 2 this summer. Our academies are generally located in areas of disadvantage and all of our academies are in or close to London.

Why work for the Harris Federation?

As a top performing Multi-Academy Trust, we offer access to a professional and supportive community of academies, executive leaders, and support. Primary at Harris comprises a strong central team of superb teaching and learning consultants, as well as a team of Executive Principals and a Primary Director. Our central office is based next to East Croydon station which gives easy access to London Bridge and Victoria as well as fast access to the M25. 

Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each Harris academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. We are looking for an individual who wants to help transform Education in London, and create 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 Federation
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: 4th Floor, Norfolk House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 1LH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 208 253 7777
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The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit educational charity with almost 25 years of education experience in and around London. Our primary, secondary, all-through and sixth form academies have an international reputation for delivering a step chang...