Primary Executive Principal, London

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Harris FederationLondon

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Start date: April or September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Substantial & generous salary based on experience and expertise + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Cover + Harris Benefits + Relocation Allowance (see our benefits page for full details)
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.  

We are looking for a talented Headteacher, or Executive Headteacher, who has a successful track record of school improvement, and experience of working across a cluster of schools. You will join a highly collaborative team of Executive Principals, a Primary Director and Deputy Primary Director, and take responsibility for ensuring great outcomes in a group of our academies.

You will be a successful headteacher with the experience and confidence to work collaboratively with other Principals in order to bring about rapid school improvement. The successful applicant should be able to work flexibly, prioritising the needs of different academies, and travel around London will also be required. We want a senior leader with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring and motivating staff and communities. 

About Primary Education at Harris:

Primary education at Harris comprises 19 Primary academies, plus 3 all-through academies, with every inspected academy has been 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, Primary Director and Deputy 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, Regional Primary Director, on 020 8253 7777.

For further information, or to arrange a visit to a Harris Primary Academy, please contact the PA to the Primary Director


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
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...