Leadership and 
Succession Planning 


The George Abbot Teaching School Alliance offers a number of opportunities for leadership development. 

National College Accredited Programmes
George Abbot School is one of the five Teaching schools, forming the Surrey Teaching Schools Network (STSN). STSN has been awarded the contract to deliver National College licensed courses, which are organised in a three-level progression route, as follows:

  • Level 1:   Leading a team within an organisation/National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) – previously ‘Leading from the Middle’.
  • Level 2:  Leading beyond a team within an organisation/National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) – previously ‘Leadership Pathways’.
  • Level 3:  Aspiring to lead an organisation/National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) 

    More information on NPQML and NPQSL and NPQH:
    For more information on the Surrey Teaching Schools Network visit here.
    To access
    the NPQML factsheet  please click here . Brief descriptions of the modules are available at the National College website . For details on how and when to apply for all levels please go to the STSN website The Surrey Teaching Schools Network here.

NPQSL Information Events are held twice a year at George Abbot and South Farnham.  Please contact Sarah Boulet to discuss the next available date, by emailing sboulet@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk  

Middle Leadership Training

We are offering Middle Leadership training for existing and newly appointed primary and secondary school middle leaders.  The training is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including pastoral leaders, key stage/subject curriculum leaders and heads of department.  Our delivery team offer a wealth of experience, knowledge and support.  The training will be delivered through twilight session between October 2018 and February 2019, and cover the following key topics:

Self evaluation - Ofsted interview preparation, Lesson observation and feedback, student attainment - what works? Planning for success, Difficult conversations.  You can choose which sessions to opt in/out of.  To discuss or for more information please contact us

Leadership Experiences
To take part in a leadership development visit or to organise for a number of your leaders to experience leadership in another school, contact George Abbot Teaching School for professional experience in putting together tailor-made programmes throughout the year. Programmes can have a specific focus, incorporate visits to a number of schools or be of a more general leadership nature. To view a sample of previous programmes please see  Sample NPQH programme   and  Sample Bexhill programme