Head Teacher

Annabel Leaver

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From Our Headteacher

Welcome to Social Arts for Education (SAFE).

I am delighted to be able to share our journey as an independent special day school with you.

At SAFE, we believe that every child should have the chance to learn in a safe and understanding environment. We strive to help children who have been unable to cope in school due to bullying and social communication difficulties, and are extremely proud of how our students develop into happy and successful adults. We believe every young person has the right to an education and should be able to have the opportunity to feel part of a community. Although our main objective is to teach and develop knowledge and skills, we understand that we are not able to do this without fist creating an environment in which children can learn to trust again.

The art of social interaction remains at the forefront of our curriculum and extra-curricular activities because we know that school can be an extremely lonely place to be without a friend. We endeavour to provide a holistic education for all our students so that psychological needs are met in order to develop skills such as learning, socialising, communication, managing anxiety and low self-esteem. Our overall goal for each child at SAFE is for them to look back with fond memories of school and look forward with excitement about the opportunities that stand before them.

I look forward to meeting you and helping your child throughout their secondary education.


– Ruth McWeeney