Principal Designate, Wandsworth

Closing date:Expiring soon

Anglo Portuguese School of LondonWandsworth

Date posted:
Start date: April 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to L22 for an exceptional candidate
Contract term: Permanent

The Anglo-Portuguese School of London (APSoL) is searching for an exceptional Principal Designate to lead the opening of the primary school in September 2020. This free school is unique in that its curriculum will be taught in both Portuguese and English and promote the values and cultures of both countries. We are looking for an exceptional individual who can take a leading role in establishing the new school during the ‘pre-opening phase’. The role will then be to embed high standards for academic attainment and pastoral care from day one of the new school.

The school will be located in the London Borough of Wandsworth in an existing educational building which will be extensively remodelled during the first two years of the school’s life. APSoL will be welcoming pupils from the local area and will also offer a number of places for the wider community of South and South West London via a nodal admissions policy. Portuguese speaking as well as non-Portuguese speaking pupils are equally welcome.

You will be an existing or aspiring Headteacher or Principal who can demonstrate senior management experience with high-level responsibilities.

You will be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in:

  • Thinking strategically to meet our vision of excellence by setting and managing ambitious and challenging targets
  • Analysing data to develop strategic plans and evaluate progress towards these
  • Communicating effectively with stakeholders such as prospective pupils, parents and the wider community, starting from community engagement events in the pre-opening phase
  • Living the ethos, values and vision of a school on behalf of the school community.


In return we can offer:

  • The support of an established board of Trustees and a skilled and engaged pre-opening team
  • The opportunity to shape a school from day one and set the tone for academic excellence in the school in its first years of operation
  • A diverse body of incoming students who will be eager to learn and excel in two languages.


If you are interested in being the first Headteacher of APSoL, please click on the APPLY button and download the candidate information pack. This pack offers further insight into the ethos of the school.

To arrange an informal discussion, please contact Regina Duarte at  or by phone on 020 3417 0905.

Please submit an electronic application form with a personal statement that is no longer than two sides of A4. Your personal statement must reflect the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification outlined in the candidate information pack.

Closing date: 29th October 2019
Shortlisting dates: 31st October to 2 November 2019
Interview and Assessment dates: 7th to 8th November 2019

The Anglo-Portuguese School of London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its incoming students and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, reference checks and other pre-employment checks as seen fit.

More about Anglo Portuguese School of London
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, London, SW18 2PP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 3417 0905