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Vice Principal

Harris Primary Academy East DulwichSouthwark

We are looking for an exceptional qualified teacher and leader to join our vibrant primary academy as Vice Principal.

Your opportunity

As Vice Principal, you will closely monitor our children’s learning as we continuously close achievement gaps and raise standards for all pupils above those expected nationally. You will ensure the high quality of all provision, including contributing actively towards the formulation of all school policies and procedures and ensuring their consistent implementation across the academy. You will lead on teaching and learning across the academy, as well as leading on leadership development, contributing significantly to the academy’s Improvement Plan and playing a major role in determining strategy for the academy.

You will be responsible for the quality of teaching and learning, including assessment, managing the day to day running of the academy and working with all staff, parents, carers and volunteers to ensure our academy is an exciting place to learn and our students work hard and behave well. Other responsibilities will be negotiated according to academy need and your expertise. The post of Vice Principal mirrors the role of the Head of Academy. Therefore, the academy will be supporting the successful candidate as they aspire to Headship.

You will have a wealth of opportunities to develop as a leader with the Harris Federation. We can offer you a range of bespoke courses and qualifications through our Teaching School, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQH for aspiring principals.

Succession planning is a key part of our success as a Federation, and we believe that we are at the forefront of developing the next generation of Leaders. We can help prepare you for your next Senior Leadership challenge, investing in your knowledge and expertise through regular support, coaching and a wide range of professional development and training.

What we are looking for

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. The successful candidate will:

  • Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a good undergraduate degree
  • Show evidence of continuous self-development and updated knowledge in the fields of teaching and learning and education management
  • Demonstrate a proven track record in producing high quality achievements for all children, ideally with at least five years' teaching experience in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment
  • Have the ability to lead and manage a staff team, with experience of delivering high quality INSET to teaching staff, and of leading, supporting and managing others, and of using coaching as a model for ensuring on-going professional development
  • Have experience of involvement in assessment, pupil tracking and record keeping and effective data analysis and target setting
  • Have recent experience of involvement in innovative curriculum development, and of embedding innovative strategies for improving teaching and learning in a whole school situation
  • Display excellent written and oral communication skills and experience of presenting to a wide audience, with evidence of successful working relationships with parents and carers, Governors, outside agencies and the local community.
  • Have good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum​​​​​​​

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

About Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich

Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich opened in September 2014 as a two-form entry primary school and is now well established in the community, housed in our brand new modern, bright building and educating five year groups up to Year 4. Our academy is a warm, welcoming place to work and learn, situated right in the heart of East Dulwich, on the vibrant Lordship Lane. In May 2017, the academy was judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and in July 2017 was the first Free School in the country to achieve UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award at Level 1.

Children lie at the heart of what we do at Harris Primary East Dulwich. We are a happy, ambitious and inclusive school, reflecting the rich diversity of families in our area. We were delighted in May 2017 when Ofsted judged us to be 'outstanding' in all areas.

Our vision - Achieving Success Together - recognises the importance of the relationship between school and home in children’s development. Parents/carers are welcome as partners in their child’s education and there is a strong parent group who work hard to promote the school, raise funds and support learning.

We provide a vibrant learning environment which nurtures and supports children. Pupils are encouraged to be responsible for their learning, to grow in confidence and become independent. In recognition of the work in this area, the school received UNICEF's Rights Respecting School Award in 2017.

We offer an exciting and engaging curriculum where teachers and pupils work together to ensure high quality learning experiences that enable every pupil to achieve their very best. This includes well-structured lessons, and opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument, use new technologies, learn outside the classroom through engaging educational visits and learn away from home through high quality residential trips in KS2.

Our Benefits Package

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package.

Find out more about Our Benefits

Being a part of the Harris Federation

We are recognised as the top performing large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of Harris. Holding a reputation for bringing transformative approaches to education, we hold a unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Our people are at the heart of this success. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes available at every stage of your career.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

Learn more About Harris and our Vision and Values

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

Read our Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Diversity and Equality

We are committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.

Read our Diversity and Equality Notice

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