Principal, Southwark

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Harris Academy PeckhamSouthwark

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Start date: Easter 2020 or September 2020 - Negotiable
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Generous salary based on experience (Leadership Scale Inner London) + Performance Bonus + Private Medical Insurance + Benefits
Contract term: Permanent

We are looking to appoint a new Principal to Harris Academy Peckham, starting ideally Easter 2020. We are interested to hear from both experienced Vice Principals/Deputy Heads, or existing Principals and Headteachers, who feel they have the leadership qualities, drive and ambition to lead our academy to further success. With the support and network offered by the Harris Federation, this post could suit an aspiring senior leader looking for promotion into their first Principalship, or an experienced Principal looking for the next challenge, and want to join a highly supportive Federation. Depending on availability of the successful applicant, we may also consider a September 2020 start, this can be discussed at interview.

About Harris Academy Peckham

Harris Peckham provides a very good education in a challenging social economic context, with a Progress 8 score in Summer 2019 above national average. The Academy serves an area of great need and achieves well against the odds. If you are interested in making a real difference in a needy community this could be the post for you.

Your opportunity

Whether you are an experienced Principal, or preparing for your first principalship, we can equip you with the experience, knowledge and training to achieve your next career goal. As part of Harris, you will have the opportunity to work within a close network of academies, and with principals from across the wider Federation. We have a highly experienced central team of  subject consultants, all committed to providing support and developing your skills as a leader. As part of a rewarding environment and highly supportive Federation, we can provide first time Principals with all the support needed in the form of individual mentoring from an experienced Harris Principal. For existing Headteachers, we offer unrivalled progression opportunities to Executive Principalship, and the option to support you through our National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) programme. The course draws on the leadership expertise of Harris executive leaders and Directors as well as other successful MATs from across the country.

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

Harris Benefits

For the successful applicant we can offer a generous and competitive salary package, and as part of the Harris Federation, we also offer Principals a range benefits, including:

  • A network of fellow senior leaders and Principals with a wealth of knowledge and expertise
  • Support and mentoring from some of the best executive leaders in education
  • Unrivalled opportunities for leadership progression, including progression to Executive Principalship

A very competitive renumeration package

Discretionary Performance Bonus

  • Private Medical Cover, Relocation Allowances and Pension scheme (TPS)
  • Plus, the opportunity to work with our amazing students!

Click here for a full list of Harris benefits. 

The Harris Federation

The Harris Federation is a leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. We have an established reputation in transforming education in London and an unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. Our vision is that Harris academies work collaboratively in sharing school improvement strategies, and support one another as part of the wider Harris Federation. We look for talented individuals who want to help transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning. Informal conversations are welcomed and visits to our academies are highly encouraged. 


Informal conversations are welcomed and visits to our academies are highly encouraged. If you would like to discuss the post in confidence please call Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO on 020 8253 7777. For further information, please contact   

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 Academy Peckham
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 112 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5DZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 77034417
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Harris Academy Peckham is a place where all flourish, all feel valued and where achievement is the key to success. We are thoroughly proud of all our successes to date and look forward to further contributing to the Harris Federation’s excellent trac...