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MARIA DAWES

CEO

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Maria is passionate about education and how the collective power of partnership working in education can be the catalyst to deliver educational excellence and great outcomes for all children and young people. 

Her career in education started as a maths teacher in East Sussex and she has held a wide range of senior educational leadership positions in schools, university and other organisations including as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Schools and as Deputy Regional Schools Commissioner in the South-East. She is also a trustee in a local Multi-academy Trust.

 

 


 



MICHELE MILLER

Learning and Leadership Consultant

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Michele’s career in education includes senior leadership, consultancy, teacher training, school improvement support and national training programmes.

 

 


 



LOUISE YARNELL

School Improvement Advisor

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Louise’s career in education includes headship for the past 10 years and school improvement support.

 

 


 



HANA STEWART-SMITH

Communications Assistant

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Hana has a background in journalism and event management. She has written for a number of publications, and as an alumni of South Farnham and Weydon Schools, is excited to be back in Surrey supporting the schools that supported her.

 

 


 



SAM GRICE

Administrator

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Sam joined the administration team in February 2021. She has a background in Events Management and is looking forward to using her experiences within the SAfE team.

 

 


 



ALEX WILLIAMS

Professional Learning Programme Manager

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Alex joined the SAfE team in January 2021 and oversees SAfE’s Professional Learning Programme as a whole, ensuring quality and balance and that the programme reflects the needs of our Surrey schools.

 

 


 



MEGAN GRIFFITHS

English Teaching and Learning

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Megan Griffiths currently works at a primary School in Kingston. She has taught across KS1 and KS2 and works very closely with the EYFS team. Megan is currently Head of Year 2 and works as a Moderator for Kingston borough. She has a passion for early reading and phonics.

 

 


 



ELLEN MULVIHILL

Director of School Improvement

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Ellen has held senior roles both in schools and in LAs both as a Head of Inclusion and Head of Standards and Achievement..

 

 


 



NICOLA BROWNE

Operations Manager

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Nicola has a background in business and project management having worked for the Local Education Authority.

 

 


 



RUTH MURTON

Govenance Consultant

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I’ve been immersed in the world of education throughout my working life. I have extensive school governing experience across all phases and settings and am a National Leader of Governance and Special Adviser on governance to the Department of Education. 

Ruth has been appointed by TSC as the National Leader of Governance (NLG) Regional Lead to oversee and lead the SESL team of NLGs across the SESL region in 2020. 

 

 


 



AMELIA MECKLENBURGH

PA to the CEO, Administrative Support

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I joined SAfE in early February. My role is Maria’s PA and admin support for the whole department. I’m very excited to contribute and to be a part of the team.

 

 


 



PAULINE GOLDRICK

EYFS Assessment Advisor

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Pauline’s career in education includes EYFS Lead for Babcock, Surrey LA, EYFS Lead for Croydon LA, EYFS Ofsted Inspector, STA National Moderator for EYFS Profile, not forgetting 15 years as a Primary teacher working in Key stage 1 and 2 as well as EYFS as Deputy Head and Literacy Lead.

 

 


 



ROXANNE GUMBS

English Teaching and Learning Lead

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Roxanne has been teaching for 17 years across KS1 and KS2. Roxanne has been an Advanced Skills teacher, Reading Leader and mentored English leaders new to the role in her previous schools.

Most recently she was a headteacher in a primary school in West London. Roxanne has a passion for teaching and learning and curriculum design, and is interested in using cognitive learning strategies to help pupils learn and remember more.

 

 


 



SOPHIE MURDOCH

English Teaching and Learning

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Sophie currently works as Teaching School Lead and Teaching & Learning Lead at St Polycarp's School, Farnham.

Through her experience as a teacher and senior leader in KS1 and KS2, she has developed a passion for quality first teaching and challenge for all.

In her role as an English SLE, Sarah frequently leads training on subject knowledge, moderation, best practice and coaching, from ITT students to new English leads.

 

 


 



SARAH AYERS

Partnerships & Communications Manager

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As Executive Development Officer for STSN and SAfE I am very pleased to be working in support of the development of Surrey’s school-led school improvement services, and am very excited to be a part of the team.

For the past 10 years I have worked closely with Surrey secondary schools through my role with Phase Council and more recently with colleagues at STSN.

My role at SAfE is to develop our network and services, strengthen our communication with all schools and partners, as we grow and build from the firm foundations of  partnership working and collaboration within Surrey’s school community.

 

 


 



GEMMA NICHOLAS

Administrator

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Gemma has a background in project and data management having worked for a Brooklands College.

 

 


 



JONATHAN GAMBIER

School Improvement Advisor

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Jonathan is an experienced school improvement partner and education adviser, currently working as the Head of School Improvement for the Guildford Diocese.

Previously, he was the Senior Teaching and Learning Consultant for Babcock 4S following seven years as a headteacher in East Surrey. Jonathan sees his role as building effective dialogue with schools to provide appropriate challenge with good support to enable schools to realise ambitious goals for their pupils.

Jonathan uses his previous teaching and leadership experience to develop the craft of effective school improvement advice – alongside specific expertise in the teaching of reading and writing.

 


 



LEAH MORTON

Administrator

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Leah’s background is in project and data management having worked in a similar role for the National Trust.

 

 


 



SAM ROSSER

EYFS Assessment Advisor

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Sam’s teaching career started in Oldham as an NQT in a Year 3 class. Since then, Sam has taught throughout the Primary Age range in Oldham, Surrey and Sutton, before joining the LB Sutton Advisory Team as an EY Advisor.

During this time Sam developed a robust moderation system to support schools to make accurate judgements, gained EYP (Early Years Professional Status), trained as an EY Ofsted Inspector, Quality Mark Assessor and obtained a professional moderation award.

Moving to Babcock4S and subsequently Surrey, Sam continued to deliver high quality advice, training and moderation.

 

 


 



EMMA ELLIOT

English Teaching and Learning

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Emma has been teaching for 8 years across KS1 and KS2 and prior to that worked in children’s publishing. Emma is currently Assistant Head at a primary school in Woking and has been English lead for 5 years.

She has been a SCITT & NQT mentor and currently coaches Team Leaders as well as lead CPD. Emma is passionate about supporting teachers, providing ambitious learning for all pupils and ensuring children have access to high quality, exciting texts.

 

 


 



KRISTA GREENWOOD

English Teaching and Learning

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Krista is Head of Literacy and Year 6 at St Mary's Primary School, Oxted and has teaching experience across both Keystages and EYFS.

Krista is an SLE, supporting the improvement of LIteracy in schools across Surrey; mentoring students and NQTs and is a writing moderator for Surrey. Krista is particularly interested in children's literature as a platform for supporting children's learning and love of reading.

 

 


 

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Mission Statement

"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"

Mission Statement

"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"

 

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