Support for Headteacher Appointment, Review and Development


Headteacher 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.

Supporting Governing Bodies to appoint Headteachers

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:

Internal Recruitment

Please find below an extract from the Surrey Governance webinar held in March 2021, in which SAfE CEO Maria Dawes addresses governors about the process of Headteacher Recruitment where the Governing Body are considering appointing a Headteacher who may already be in an acting or interim role, which may be useful in this process.



Remote Recruitment

In order to adapt to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, recruitment processes may need to account for remote recruitment. Please contact if you require advice and support in how to manage this process.

View the webinar below for some advice on how to manage remote recruitment.

Remote Recruitment Webinar May 1 2020 from Schools Alliance for Excellence on Vimeo.

On Friday May 1st, SAfE hosted a webinar with speakers Claire Harnden, Deputy CEO of South Farnham Educational Trust, and Tom Holmwood, Surrey County Council Recruitment and Resourcing Manager, on ways to tackle the challenges of remote recruitment.  



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