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Schools Payroll Services

Looking to outsource your payroll? Let us do the leg work! We're a dedicated team of education payroll specialists

We complete all monthly and annual pension submissions

Removing the administrative burden from your school

We provide a telephone helpdesk service for you to contact us with any queries. We also have an out-of-hours line for urgent queries!

Our core payroll offering


We can take the administrative burden away! Our HR administration function is an optional addition to our core service.

The following is included as standard:

  • Calculation of employee salaries
  • All pensions administration and submissions
  • Secure employee self-service portal
  • Employee portal
  • Extensive suite of reports
  • Costings report to enable upload to finance system
  • Operation of absence schemes and reporting
  • Submission of third-party payments
  • Calculation of all parental leave and statutory entitlements
  • Compliancy with PAYE, HMRC and other government legislation
  • Absence reporting

Key features


Email and telephone support, 8.30am - 5pm Monday-Friday.
Out of hours support line open 7 days a week

Secure & easy-to-use employer portal

Everything you need to oversee your school's payroll in one place

Employee self-service

For ease and convenience


Our pension service is included in our core service offering


Your expert consultant will guide you every step of the way


We ensure a smooth and efficient transition from your current provider


With PAYE statutory deductions, guaranteeing HMRC compliance and timely submissions of RTI data


Thorough knowledge of the complexities of education payroll


We understand how finance and payroll simultaneously align and utilise our in-depth finance knowledge for our payroll clients 


We provide comprehensive reports - both in draft and final format, enabling you to check and authorise your payroll


We have robust processes and systems in place, so you can relax in the knowledge that your data is safe and secure

More than a payroll bureau

We understand how good financial health plays a part in accurate and efficient payroll administration.

Our wider team is made up of education finance experts which means we can add value to both your school’s payroll and financial management – aligning two key areas of school efficiency.



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Additional services

Save time and improve efficiency with our additional HR administration service. 

Our HR administration service includes electronic HR communication to staff, as well as additional functionality on the employee self-service portal.

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Learn more about our education-focused payroll and HR administration bureau

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Customer loyalty programme

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and that’s why we want to reward them for their loyalty.  Find out more about our customer referral scheme

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Stress-free onboarding


We have a comprehensive onboarding cycle in place - making you aware of your responsibilities and deadlines throughout the process.

We make it as simple and stress-free as possible to transfer from your old provider.

Our transition to SAAF from our old provider was simple and stress-free, they provided us with an implementation and onboarding timeline, keeping us updated every step of the way

HR Manager, The Fernwood School

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The payroll team is responsive to our needs and always helpful in resolving issues as and when they arise. We have an excellent working relationship with them.

Director of Finance, The de Ferrers Trust

We’ve had an outstanding experience with SAAF’s payroll team. They go above and beyond and are always there to answer our queries. The payroll service is highly efficient and cost-effective for our trust.

CFO, Willows Academy Trust

It has been a smooth and efficient transition from our old payroll provider in a limited timeframe. We are very happy with our move

Bursar, Wrangle Primary School

We think you offer a great service at a great price. We have worked with you for a very long time now and have always been impressed by the quality that you offer. Great job!

CEO, Nottingham Schools Trust

I’d just like to say that it’s been really great having such quick responses to all of my (many) queries. It meant that anything we weren’t sure of was dealt with really quickly and helped to make the process go smoothly. It’s been really refreshing to have quick responses and an allocated staff member who is so willing to help!

Administration Officer, The Avenue Special Needs Academy

We had a nice smooth transition from our previous payroll provider to SAAF and are very pleased with both the move across as well as the service we are now receiving

Preschool Manager, Pippins Preschool

Our school has worked with SAAF for the past 10 years for Financial support and 8 years for Payroll support. In all this time we have found them to be very efficient, helpful and supportive. All staff have great knowledge of their area of expertise and are very personable. We would highly recommend the SAAF team.

Business Manager, Glade Hill Primary School

Having had a poor experience with a previous external payroll provider, we entered into a new SLA with SAAF. From the initial presentation through to the diligence shown throughout the transfer the experience has been so different to what we have experienced before. Queries are answered quickly and diligently and nothing seems to be too much trouble. We are very much looking forward to a long-term relationship with SAAF.

School Business Manager , Allestree Woodlands School

'We have only been working with you for a couple of months and so far this has been a very positive and enjoyable experience, you listen and advise accordingly, you are very reactive with your responses and have helped to keep our transition from one provider to another as smooth as possible.’

Deputy School Business Manager, Allestree Woodlands School

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Interested in booking a free, no-obligation demo?

Skip the contact form and book a demonstration with our Payroll Director, Domanique Beckford, here.

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Cover all bases

With our finance support and supply & recruitment services


Strategy. Planning. Growth. We can support you with everything from day-to-day transactions to financial planning.

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Supply & recruitment

How many recruitment agencies can say they’ve never charged a temp-to-perm recruitment fee? We understand that recruitment costs can be expensive, that’s why we also offer fixed margins

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In partnership with

Association of Business Leaders in Education
IRIS - Accredited Support and Training Partner
Institute of School Business Leadership - Approved Partner
ICS Funding Services
Crescent Purchasing Consortium - Framework Supplier

Some of our clients