Principal, Islington

Closing date:Expiring soon

City of London Academy Highbury GroveIslington

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Embed excellence. For our pupils, our staff and and your career development.

Already the country’s best performing Trust for the new Progress 8 measure at key stage 4, the City of London Academies Trust is driven by ambition: to deliver world-class results as we combine the heritage and tradition of the City of London with creativity and innovation. We have a proven track record of school improvement, offering students an exciting curriculum and opportunities to perform, showcase their talents and experience the world of work outside of the classroom.

City of London Academy Highbury Grove joined the Trust in December 2017. Since then, outcomes have improved dramatically, and the school is on its way to re-establishing itself as an excellent provider of high-quality education in Islington. This is an exciting time in the school’s journey.

Belief led leadership is of fundamental importance to our model of developing outstanding schools - the CoLAT ‘Foundations of Excellence’. We are therefore looking for a strong leader to take up the Principal position to deliver our clear plan of improvement. Initially you will be reporting to an excellent and experienced Executive Principal who would provide guidance, mentoring, coaching and support through our unique leadership development programme. The programme is bespoke and can take between two and six terms to complete depending on the individual leader, their experience and their skills.

Working with a team whose mission it is to embed excellence in everything we do, you will play an instrumental role in school improvement, developing whole-school systems and ensuring that the school is outstanding in every category within three years. 

Dynamic and motivational, you will want to match and surpass what we have achieved in our existing academies, creating an environment that promotes academic, creative, sporting, linguistic and personal achievement. A qualified teacher, with or working towards NPQH or equivalent and currently achieving at Vice Principal level, you will have made a significant contribution to an academy, including its leadership, student outcomes and ethos. Effective communication skills and confidence to develop rich partnerships with families and the community are essential, as well as experience of leading and training staff to be successful practitioners. Above all, you will have the drive and determination to establish the City of London Academy Highbury Grove as a centre of excellence.

Visits to the school with an opportunity to meet the Executive Principal are welcomed and can be arranged at the following times:

Friday 8 March, 9.30 – 10.30am

Monday 18 March, 9.30 – 10.30am

Please email lsmythe@highburygrove.cola.org.uk to arrange a visit. 

If you would like to build your future with us and be part of this exciting journey, please visit www.cola.org.uk to download a  job pack and application form. 

Application forms should be submitted with a letter of application (maximum 1,000 words) which addresses the following question: Given the information publicly available about City of London Academy Highbury Grove, and based on your skills, knowledge and experience, what would your priorities be in the first three years as Principal? Completed application forms with accompanying letters of application should be emailed to colat.jobs@cityoflondon.gov.uk  by the closing date. 

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as part of the selection process an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

Closing date: Monday 25 March, 9am. Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 1 April.




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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Highbury Grove, Highbury, London, N5 2EQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7288 8900
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Already the country’s best performing Trust for the new Progress 8 measure at KS4, the City of London Academies Trust is driven by ambition: to deliver world-class results as we combine the heritage and tradition of the City of London with creativity...