We are an alliance of twenty primary schools, special schools and secondary Schools located across Tandridge in Surrey. Our alliance strives to continually develop its staff as well as offering support to other teachers within our partnership and beyond.

Please contact Sarah Davison at s.davison@stmarysprimary.org for more information.

Why Us?

Why Us?
In our role of developing qualified teachers we place great importance on the practicality and relevance of our programmes. We have a National Leader of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education, and senior teachers who design and implement bespoke support packages for schools in a wide variety of areas.

At the TTAs’ core is its shared moral determination to improve the learning and achievement of all young people within our schools. This will be achieved through our unapologetic focus upon improving the quality of teaching and learning across the alliance.

This is a school led systems leadership approach providing high quality professional learning, teacher training, school2school support, phase/subject audits and reviews to allow the partnership to realise its key ambition i.e. better outcomes for all our children. We believe that through this partnership, collaboration between practicing teachers and professionals can be strengthened and developed to improve teaching and learning.
As well as offering training and support, identifying and co-ordinating expertise in partner schools,  the TTA uses the best leaders and teachers to:

  • Play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training)
  • Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)
  • Identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)
  • Provide support for other schools
  • Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
  • Engage in research and development activity

School2School Support

We understand the value of continued professional development and are fortunate to be able to draw upon our own talented staff to continually challenge and improve our practice as an alliance.

Role of the NLE/SLE’s
Our NLE and SLE’s are outstanding middle and senior leaders who provide exceptional support to schools in need within their specialist areas. They are committed to outreach work, successfully working  across our group of schools.


  • Have proven expertise in their field
  • Know/understand what outstanding teaching and leadership looks like
  • Have been successful in leading mentoring, coaching and developing to achieve excellent results
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills and a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Are able to use data analytically to identify needs

The role of an SLE is flexible. They may:

  • Work with colleagues to draw up action plans
  • Model best practice
  • Coach and mentor
  • Improve team working
  • Mentor and evaluate learning
  • Lead CPD

Staff Profiles

National Leader of Education

Staff, St Mary's Primary School

Sarah Lewis

School: St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Age range: 4-11
National Leader of Education Quadrant: South East

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Staff, St Mary's Primary School

Krista Greenwood

School: St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Age Range: 7-11
SLE specialism(s): English
Surrey Quadrant: South East

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CPD and Leadership

Staff, St Mary's Primary School

Anna Woodward

School: St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Age range: 7-11
SLE specialism(s): Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD), Leadership of curriculum, Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Religious Education and Worship, Geography.
Quadrant: South East

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Staff, St Mary's Primary School

Angela Mance

School: St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Age Range: 7-11
SLE specialism(s): Maths
Surrey Quadrant: South East

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Kate Wylie, Staff, St Mary's

Kate Wylie

School: St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Age range: 4-11 years
SLE specialism(s): SEND
Quadrant: South East

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Julia Nash

School: Limpsfield CE Infant School
Age range: 4-7 years
SLE specialism(s): Science
Quadrant: South East

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We place great emphasis on the practicality and relevance of our professional and leadership development pathways. From our Newly Qualified Teacher Induction programme partnering with other local partnerships where appropriate and our specially designed courses, to our range of National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Leadership programmes, we provide a comprehensive professional development offer. Furthermore, our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s) and senior teachers design and implement tailored support packages for schools in a wide variety of areas.

Our commitment:

  • Trainee teachers learn from the best teachers supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring
  • Professional development is school-based and classroom focused – teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers
  • Talent development and distributed leadership are the norm – staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are  given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop
  • Leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie

Professional Development

Our professional development programmes enable teachers and leaders to increase their impact, within and beyond their classrooms. Our programmes are often led by practicing, experienced leaders and teachers from across our alliance of schools. However we are able to bring in the best of the best. Trainers from across the UK provide our teachers and support staff with innovative and inspiring training programmes and workshops.

  • Leadership Development
  • Middle Leader Training
  • Opportunities
  • Subject Development
  • Support Staff Training
  • Annual Conference
  • Shared Alliance Day

Schools Alliance for Excellence

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.

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