School Improvement Strategy



Support for Inspection, HT appointment and HT appraisal

Ofsted Inspection Notification Process

As a maintained school, SAfE will be informed when you receive your Ofsted Inspection notification.

You will be contacted by a member of the SAfE Team to ask whether you require pre-inspection support from a SAfE Advisor. You will then be called by the Advisor before 6pm that day.

If your school has been identified as a Support and Challenge School, the allocated SAfE Advisor will contact you directly to discuss any support you may require. They will also be available to attend your post inspection feedback.

Please also contact the team directly if necessary.

If you are either an academy or a maintained school and need any additional pre Ofsted support; Headteacher induction and/or appraisal support please contact

If the Ofsted Inspector asks for a conversation with the LA/SAfE, please ring 01483 749954 and a member of the SAfE Team will arrange for a SAfE Advisor to be available.

If you are a Support and Challenge school, your allocated SAfE Advisor will be available to either meet or speak to the Inspector and to attend feedback where possible.

HT Appointment

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?

Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE) have the commission from the LA to support headteacher appointments in all maintained schools at all stages of the recruitment process.

Once you have received written confirmation of the resignation from you Headteacher and before you start the process the recruitment process, the Governing Body must contact SAfE. This applies even if you are a faith school, although you must inform your diocese too.

We have produced a short video which explains the statutory requirements that must be adhered to. It also outlines what is expected of your Governing Body and what support you can expect from SAfE.

To view the screen cast please click on this link

SAfE can also provide bespoke support for governing bodies appointing a new Headteacher. For maintained schools this is provided at no cost to the school. Please contact the SAfE team for further information:

HT Appraisal

We also can provide support for governing bodies conducting their annual Headteacher appraisal. Please contact the SAfE team for further information.:

"The Leadership landscape has changed dramatically. We need now, more than ever, leaders who understand the power of collaboration, both within a single school or across a group of schools, leaders who can work together to create a brilliant education system for all children in this country."

David Hargreaves


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