Governance Services

Statutory Governor Support Service: Commissioned by Surrey County Council

SAfE assumed responsibility for the LA’s statutory governance functions in September 2021 and is commissioned by Surrey County Council to carry out the following for Surrey’s maintained schools, governors and clerks.

Governor Services

  • Maintenance of Surrey’s governor database
  • Provision of general governance advice and guidance to governors and clerks

  • Provision of specific advice and guidance for the appointment of Parent, Staff and LA governors as well as the re-constitution of governing bodies

  • Provision of FREE termly Governor Webinars and Clerks’ Briefings

  • Provision of a termly Governor Bulletin (sign up required)

  • Management of Surrey’s Local Authority Governor Appointment processes

  • Maintenance of database of maintained schools Constitutions and reviewing and processing new Instruments of Government

  • Provide a limited programme of training and development opportunities linked to supporting school improvement. These include termly governor webinars and other events. They are free to all those involved in governance in Surrey schools and academies

  • Provision of a new Governor Welcome Pack and video for all new Surrey Governors
  • Management of Surrey’s Governor and Governance Professional Recognition Programme

  • Development and deployment of our Local Leaders of Governance network (LLGs). Our LLGs are usually deployed to support schools to improve their governance or to mentor new or inexperienced chairs.

Governor Support

SAfE also has the commission from the LA to support headteacher appointments in all maintained schools at all stages of the recruitment process.

Please see our information on how you can access support with the recruitment of a new Headteacher.

SAfE provides a comprehensive welcome pack and video to support governors new to Surrey as they join the governing body. The welcome pack will provide useful information on the Surrey context and help guide them through the first few weeks and months of being a governor. It is designed to sit alongside the school’s bespoke induction processes

Please see the below Welcome Pack and Video.

SAfE and Surrey County Council now have a programme of awards for various categories of governance including for long service and for outstanding contribution and impact at Surrey schools.  We welcome and encourage nominations for governors and governance professionals.

Governor & Governance Professional Recognition Programme Sept 23 (1GOVERNOR RECOGNITION AWARDS PROCEDURE SEPTEMBER 2023 (1)

Please contact  to request a nomination form (stating the category for which you wish to nominate).

We manage and process nominations for Local Authority Governors. Please see our Guidance document in the Clerks’ Corner .  If you would like any further information or guidance, or to request an application form and supporting statement form, please email

These nominations are considered by a Local Authority panel twice termly and the dates for this academic year are:

Autumn 2023
Thursday 28th September 2023
Thursday 23rd November 2023

Spring 2024
Thursday 18th January 2024
Thursday 28th March 2024

Summer 2024
Thursday 16th May 2024
Thursday 27th June 2024

SAfE Governor Support manages the process of approving and arranging for the sealing of new Instruments of Government on behalf of Surrey. We have produced a detailed guidance document to aid governing bodies who are considering changing their constitution. This document is available in the Clerks’ Corner .

If you require any guidance and support in drawing up your new instrument of Government, please contact us at

Welcome to Surrey Governance

The Welcome Pack can be downloaded here – SAfE Governor Welcome Pack 2023

If you would like a word copy of the induction checklist, please contact

Please also sign up to the governance bulletin (if you are a Surrey maintained school governor you will receive this automatically).  The latest version can be found here

Governance Support Webinars

Our FREE governor support webinars are extremely useful for all governors and governance professionals. With updates on the current situation in education and a chance to network with other governors, they really are worth watching. 

The most recent webinar recording is on the right and a copy of the slides can be downloaded here: Governor Webinar 111023

Our next Governor Webinar will be held on 6th March 2024 – please book through the Governance Events tab at the top of this page

Legislation, Guidance Documents and Useful Links

We offer a number of guidance documents which are available in our Clerks’ Corner .

  • Governor Welcome Pack
  • Recruitment of Clerks
  • Governor & Governance Professionals Recognition Programme
  • Constitution and Instruments of Government Guidance
  • LA Governor Nomination Procedures for Clerks
  • Parent Governor Election Guidance
  • Staff Governor Election Guidance
  • Governing Body Record Keeping and Membership Guidance
  • Governors’ Register of, and Declaration of, Interests Guidance (and model form)
  • Guidance on Disqualification, Suspension and Removal of Governors
  • Model Governing Body Annual Workplan 2023-2024