Harris Academy Greenwich is a really happy and successful inner-city London 11-18 school with a thriving 6th Form, and a brand new state-of-the-art building. It is a school where we are as passionate about developing our staff as we are about developing our students. It is a school where we strip out all the red tape and nonsense that goes on in too many places, and just focus on what works for our students. It is a school where we concentrate on making sure our staff are happy and highly motivated throughout the year, with zero burnout. Ever.
Our Creative Arts team is searching for a talented, qualified art teacher to join them in September – we will be at full capacity in the 6th Form then as well as in the lower school so we need to expand the team.
What is our team looking for?
We are always on the search for authentic teachers who enjoy what they do, who have great subject knowledge, charisma and have a strong sense of moral purpose.
Whether you are relatively new to the profession or are an experienced teacher, the successful candidate will have:
•Passion for educating teenagers, courage, integrity
•A hunger for ‘stepping into your greatness’
•A flair for working with young people
•A great team player who will fit well with our optimistic and positive culture
•The ability to teach great lessons
•QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree
Experienced candidates may be able to apply for Senior Teacher status, paid on the Upper Scale, and/or apply to join our accredited Lead Practitioner training programme. If you are already accredited as a Lead Practitioner, great! For us it’s about finding the right fit for the school.
Why work at Harris Academy Greenwich?
Our staff often refer to their departments and the wider staff as ‘a family’. They came up with 20 reasons why staff should work here...there were lots more, but we couldn’t fit them all on one page! Check them out and our ‘About Us’ video on the school website.
Also, we take workload issues seriously and we believe our Academy does more than any other to help staff maintain a sustainable and joyful life/work balance. Read more here.
“I’ve recently joined HAGR and am really happy here already – it’s very different to my last school. The support and training is great, and the systems just work. For example, the system for managing behaviour allows me to get on with the business of teaching. The kids are lovely but if you do have a problem you just email ‘on call’ and someone from SLT is in your room within three minutes to help you solve it.” Bill, Geography
What are we passionate about?
“I have the great privilege of not only seeing young people grow and flourish, but providing opportunities for staff to step into their greatness in an environment that feels really safe and rewarding. We’ve worked hard on making this a brilliant place to work and learn – naturally we are all passionately student focused and we touch lives every day, but that shouldn’t come at the sacrifice of staff. I believe you can have it all in a school and experience tells me that happy teachers make great teachers so we work hard on that.
"We don’t grade lessons, we don’t create fear in the workplace and we certainly don’t burn out our staff. Indeed, we are incredibly mindful of our ‘life/work balance’ which I hope will be refreshing to hear for staff in other schools who feel constantly bashed and ground down by relentless pressure from above. What we aim to do is engage, motivate, energise. It’s such fun teaching here.” George McMillan, Principal
What is the Harris Federation?
The Harris Federation is a highly successful group of schools who serve many of the most deprived areas of London. We are collaborative, enterprising and share a passion for turning lives around, yet each school is autonomous and free to set its own vision and strategy for how it does that.
Each Harris school feels completely different in terms of culture, ethos and the day-to-day experience of staff. Perhaps this is the school you’ve been looking for.
Forget what you’ve heard about big, bad Federations. This is a school that keeps staff morale high, that gives you a sense of purpose, a sense of autonomy, a sense of trust and continual support and challenge to achieve mastery. Come pay us a visit and see for yourself.
Harris Greenwich: Step into your Greatness
Are you an Aspiring Middle Leader?
At Harris, we have a strong culture of school improvement, and professional development is at the heart of the Federation. We can offer you the opportunity to gain your NPQML, a qualification that provides a national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader. This programme is for teachers aspiring to take up middle leadership positions, and led by some of the most talented principals in the country who are highly experienced in improving outcomes for pupils and students. Find out more www.harristeachingschool.com
For NQTs, we provide our highly successful Harris Federation NQT programme where you will train alongside other NQTs from across the Federation. This enables aspiring teachers to support and learn from each other, in the true collaborative spirit of Harris. There is a structure of support and challenge with customised professional learning, and every NQT has a professional mentor.
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.