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Principal Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Help the outstanding Harris Academy Chafford Hundred continue to provide learners and staff with the platform to reach their potential as you lead the Academy through its next phase as Principal.

  • Location: Thurrock, Essex
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is an outstanding institution with excellent outcomes and a stellar Ofsted rating. The school’s success is not accidental; it stems from hard work, dedicated leadership, and a commitment to high standards. We now seek a Principal to lead the Academy through its next phase and to continue to provide our learners and staff with the platform to reach their potential.

Who we are

We are not like every other school. We exist to provide our children with an education that ensures both great achievements and good character. This combination affords our children every chance to flourish when they leave us. We are a school for the future.

We have both the great privilege and the great responsibility of working with children to help them transform their lives. This academy achieves outstanding academic results, year after year, that place us amongst the highest performing schools in the country. But we are equally proud of our pastoral care and personal development programme which gives children the chance to become a better version of themselves whilst contending with the challenges of the modern world. The HACH way means we go further than every other school to do what it takes to enable success. We are a school for the future.

We can achieve nothing without a highly-skilled staff. We exist to ensure our staff become better teachers and leaders. We uphold a culture where we work hard but remain healthy so that we sustain a long-term career in education. Each day we assemble 140 adults who are already brilliant at their job and want to become even better. The HACH way means we are engaged in continuous improvement: we seek to get a little bit better every day. We are a school for the future.

Our wonderful curriculum is central to our success, delivering a rich and varied range of subjects including Mandarin, Latin and Ancient History. We place powerful knowledge at the heart of our curriculum as we firmly believe that all children should have access to the best of what has been thought and said. We want students to know more and remember more over time so that they become increasingly confident learners and can take the next step in their education as second to none.

Whilst we look to the future, we also uphold important traditions. We expect children to work hard; every lesson, every day because there are no short-cuts to achievement. We expect children to play by the rules and behave impeccably both inside and outside of the classroom so that we have disruption-free classrooms and happy corridors. We have exacting standards regarding uniform, equipment and punctuality because in the urgent business of learning not a minute can be wasted. We believe in adult authority and our staff challenge children to give their all so that they can have every chance of success.

We want children to develop the content of their character and become good people. We invite children to Make their Mark through our personal development curriculum which affords them a wide variety of experiences and opportunities through clubs, societies and trips, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a Football Academy, a Netball Academy and our own Combined Cadet Force. As part of the Harris Federation, our students also benefit from inter-academy events, Federation-wide sports days and the Harris Experience.

Learn more about the Harris Federation

We are a radically inclusive school where we welcome children from a variety of starting points. We believe that children, regardless of their additional needs, should be included in all aspects of the academy’s work. Our dedicated pastoral and SEND teams work closely with students and families to ensure they get the right support to flourish.

During their time with us we help students to develop the character traits of confidence, grit, kindness, responsibility and zest. These traits are at the centre of school life and are reflected in the awards we have received such as World Class Schools Quality Mark, Cultural Diversity Gold Award, Enhanced Healthy Schools Status and Investors in People Gold.

About the role

The ideal candidate will lead an already successful school, contributing to its growth and development. This is an opportunity for an experienced leader to make a significant impact, develop a successor, and become an executive leader within the Harris Federation. With a focus on expansion post-COVID, the new Principal will play a pivotal role in leading over more than one site.


  • Educational Leadership: Lead the school to maintain and exceed its Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status.
  • Succession Planning: Ensure that the Academy’s leaders and middle managers have the tools to develop and grow into Harris leaders of the future. Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is a designated Teaching School Hub, providing training and support to other institutions.
  • Governance: Work closely with the Local Governing Board, ensuring the school’s stability and continued success.
  • Special Education Needs (SEN): We are a truly inclusive academy, and have a number of learners with declared SEN, or those on EHCP’s. Our Principal must come with the demonstrable ability to oversee a well-resourced support function catering to a diverse range of needs of our learners.

Who we are looking for

The successful applicant must have a proven track record of school improvement, and have gained successful previous experience in leading, or as part of, an SLT to transform a school and raise outcomes.

We are looking for a strong communicator who can demonstrate strengths in engaging with and inspiring not just staff, but also students and parents of the local community. You will provide the leadership and management necessary to secure high-quality teaching and learning to further raise standards of achievement.

We are looking for an experienced senior leader who ideally has:

  • Qualified Teacher Status, Degree, Further relevant professional studies
  • Relevant Further Degree or NPQH
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of current curriculum developments and how pupils learn
  • Leadership in curriculum development and in monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Proven track record of raising attainment in an urban, multi-ethnic environment
  • Track record of raising standards in English and mathematics and good knowledge of raising standards in literacy and numeracy


Harris well-being cash plan
Our well-being scheme includes a range of benefits designed to support your overall health and well-being. The scheme provides cover for routine healthcare such as optician check-ups, dental treatment, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and specialist consultations. In addition, the scheme also covers any of your children up to the age of 18 years old. You can also upgrade your level of cover or add a partner at an additional cost.

Performance and loyalty bonus
You will be rewarded in recognition of your hard work over the last academic year with a bonus in your December salary:

  • £50 – 1 year of service
  • £100 – 2 years of service
  • £150 – 3 years of service
  • £200 – 4 years of service
  • £250 – 5+ years of service

Learning and development
We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities including structured qualifications, and you will be able to access support, coaching and mentoring by senior members of staff from across the Federation. We give our staff everything they need to develop their careers in whichever direction they want and support their decisions every step of the way. As a leader at Harris Academy, you can access the benefit of our partnership with the National Institute of Teaching and will have access to undertaking your NPQEL.

Pension scheme
Both our pension schemes (Local Government Pension Scheme for support staff and Teachers Pension Scheme for Teachers) include generous employer contributions and 3x life assurance cover whilst you remain working at Harris. You are entitled to opt-out of the scheme should you wish to do so.

Employee assistance programme
We have partnered with Health Assured to offer free and confidential to advice to our staff. This is available 24 hours, 7 days per week for you and your immediate family. Some of the services include support with family, financial information, legal advice, stress and anxiety, and bereavement. You will also have access to structured counselling sessions.

Flexible working
We offer lifestyle-friendly working opportunities including part-time, term-time only, and job-sharing arrangements. For most of our non-teaching head office roles, you can also work from home two days per week, and we offer flexibility in start and finish times to allow you to work at a time and in a way that works for you.

Electric car scheme
When working at Harris, you’ll be able to get a brand-new car, complete with insurance, road tax, replacement tyres, routine servicing and maintenance, as well as full breakdown cover, for a fixed monthly amount over a period of your choice (with no deposits or upfront payments). The amount is taken directly from your salary via a salary sacrifice arrangement.

Discounts on shopping, leisure, and travel
Through our Healix employee membership scheme, you will be able to access a wide range of discounts on high street and supermarket shopping, leisure facilities such as cinema and gym, and travel options such as holidays and hotel stays.

Exclusive employee discount at Tapi Carpets
As an employee at Harris, you will also be entitled to an exclusive 20% discount on carpet and flooring mechandise (exclusive of fitting) at Tapi Carpets, courtesy of our Sponsor and Chairman, Lord Harris of Peckham.

School uniform discount
If you have a child at a Harris Academy, we offer our staff exclusive discounts between 10-15% from the following school uniform suppliers; Wearabouts, Khalsa Schoolwear, Stevensons, School Uniform Direct, and Caseys Schoolwear.

ICT and season ticket loans
We have an interest-free ICT loan that is available for all staff to purchase ICT equipment for personal use up to the value of £2,000, with repayments flexible over 12 or 24 months. You will also be able to access an interest-free loan up to the value of £3,500 to cover a season ticket to support with annual commuting costs.

Learn more about us

Peridot Partners and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate(s) will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

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Accessibility information

The Harris Federation is committed to encouraging and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and this includes promoting equality and diversity for all irrespective of:

  • age
  • disability
  • ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality)
  • gender
  • gender reassignment
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • people with diverse communication needs
  • ex-offenders

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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