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Schools Alliance for Excellence


Our Mission is to create an inclusive partnership where all children and young people have the opportunities to flourish, enjoy learning and achieve the best possible outcomes through excellent education.

We are an alliance made up of schools and other partners to deliver a high quality, cohesive, coordinated school-led improvement system to serve all children and schools in the Surrey and wider area from nursery to post-16.

SAfE is a not-for-profit school improvement company that builds upon a strong legacy of partnership working between schools to bring coherence to the education system and to ensure that all schools have access to the support that they need.


The Schools Alliance for Excellence Network of schools - together we are stronger


By bringing together all schools, providers, the Local Authority and other partners in Surrey we are more than the sum of our parts sharing our expertise and providing a safe community that enables challenge, support, improvement and innovation to flourish.

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Latest News


  • SAfE HT Recruitment Guidance 

    Recruiting a new Headteacher? If you are a Surrey Maintained school, do you know what to do, who to contact and who needs to be involved?


  • VACANCY for a School Improvement Advisor 

    Work with SAfE to support school improvement 

    We are looking for a Primary School Improvement Advisor to join our innovative team and system leaders to make a difference to children through supporting Surrey Schools.

    Start date – April 2019 or sooner


  • Framework briefing notes now available

    Use the link below to download


  • Maths Mastery in EYFS: Particularly for the boys!

    January 23rd 2020 - Dianthus Centre Woking

    Delivered by Strictly Education 4S in partnership with Surrey CC and SAfE


    This conference aims to provide EYFS teachers with fluency of mathematical language, understanding of key learning concepts and how to achieve a practical approach in mathematical development ensuring children’s thinking is founded on concrete experiences. 


  • Nominate young people and professionals for the Surrey YES! Awards 2020

    Celebrating young people with SEND and the professionals that support them. 

    SCC's SYAS (SEND Youth Advisors Surrey) facilitate the annual YES! Awards. The YES! Awards celebrate the achievements of young people with SEND, as well as giving young people the opportunity to nominate the professionals that have gone above and beyond to support them.

    SCC is pleased to announce that the YES! Awards will be held on the 28th February 2020.


  • New OFSTED Framework - Top Tips!


    Ofsted has published the finalised version of its new Inspection Framework, which will govern all school inspections from this September. 

    David Harris (Executive Head Teacher: Ravenscote Junior School) has been through a pilot inspection this Summer and will be delivering a series of briefings to support schools in their preparations for the new inspection regime. 

  • Secondary Heads’ Phase Council:
    Supporting our Headteachers

  • Slide Download for
    11th October conference

  • SCC Local Learning Fund

    The Local Learning Fund (launched in September 2019) is a fund by which schools can access resources, training, and enhance existing specialist support for children with SEN Support needs.


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