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Selby High School

Selby High School

 

 

 

Introducing the Governing Body of Selby High School Specialist School for the Arts & Science

The Governing Body of Selby High School comply with, The Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000 that outlines the different roles and responsibilities of the Headteacher and Governors.

The governing body consists of:-

  • Five parent governors
  • One local Authority governor
  • One staff governor
  • Headteacher
  • Ten co-opted governors
 
The eighteen members of The Board of Governors come from a variety of backgrounds. They bring a wealth of individual and personal experience with representatives from: parents, the community, the local authority, teachers and staff. The composition of governors ensures that ‘The Board’ has the benefit of the views from both the school and community that enables it to discharge its duties with integrity, objectivity and honesty; with the best interests of the school at the heart of all that it does.

The main business of Governing Body is, in conjunction with the Headteacher, to exercise a strategic role in the running of the school. This is achieved through the four main governor committees:

  • Achievement, Data and Tracking
  • Teaching, Learning & SMSC
  • Behaviour, Safeguarding & Attendance
  • Leadership, Management, Finance, H&S and Premises

The role of the governor is voluntary and may be compared to that of a non-executive director of the board of a public company. No one governor makes decisions; it is the collective responsibility of the body and its ‘selective committees’. The skills, expertise and experience of individual governors are invaluable to both the effectiveness and success of the school.

“The governing body is highly ambitious and is striving for the school to be outstanding. Members of the governing body have an exceptionally clear understanding of students’ achievement and of the quality of teaching because they visit often to see the school at work. “ (Ofsted, December 2013) 

 

Grant Gibson Chair of The Board of Governors
Selby High School
December 2013

Chair of Governors

Grant Gibson, Co-opted Governor
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Grant Gibson

I have served as a governor for the past ten years and have been elected by my fellow governors as their chair for the past eight consecutive years. I first joined the governing body as a parent governor with my daughter being a student in year 10. As a serving police officer with North Yorkshire Police Road Traffic Department I was able to continue my governor role as a co-opted governor. I rely on my personal, professional experiences and knowledge when presiding over disciplinary issues and when sitting on the Governor’s Intervention Panel.I see my governing role as ensuring the Governing Body’s affairs are conducted efficiently and in accordance with the law, helping and moulding the Governing Body to work as a team, working with the Headteacher and SLT in all school issues, asking challenging questions where necessary and act as a critical friend. We strive to provide the very best teaching and learning environment for our teachers, staff and students.

 

Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, B;S&A, L&MFH&S&P, Redundancy Appeals, GIP & GAP, H/T Review Panel, Pay Committee

Chair/Vice Chair:  Chair of Board, Chair of Pay Committee

Vice Chair of Governors

Helen Billington, Co-opted Governor 
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Helen Billington

I joined the governing body at Selby High School in April 2007 as a parent-governor and became vice-chair of governors in 2009. At that time I had four children attending the school. In 2011, when my term of office as a parent-governor came to an end, I moved into the role of cco-opted governor. I am still vice-chair of governors, a position that is re-elected every year, and I also chair the sub-committee of the governing body which looks at curriculum issues. I have professional experience of managing staff, co-ordinating student support and running activities to encourage young people to consider going to university. I use this experience to support the School in creating an excellent environment for learning and providing opportunities for student to develop to their full potential.



 

  Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, B;S&A, L&MFH&S&P, H/T Review Panel, Pay Committee, GAP, Redundancy Appeals

Chair/Vice Chair:  Vice Chair of Board, Chair of T&L&SMSC

 

Local Authority Governor

Lucie Fox
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Lucie Fox

I became involved in the performing arts at the very young age of four and I have never looked back! As an adult, I trained and achieved Dance Teacher qualifications and was offered a position at SLP College of Performing Arts in Leeds. I have since worked in all aspects of the College from teaching to choreography. Currently, I am Vice Principal – a very diverse role that has to meet the demands of a very fast moving musical theatre and dance industry. My role as Governor is to support the performing arts at Selby High School and to participate in its’ strive for excellence. I have been very fortunate to achieve a career doing something that I love and I hope that my years of experience will provide a positive contribution to the school.

 

Term of Office:  September 2013 - August 2017

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, Pupil Discipline, A;D&A



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Co-opted Governor

Andy Reed
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Andy Reed

A Governor at Selby High School since 2006, I have worked in banking since 1978, straight from school with Yorkshire Bank and, since 2007, with Swedish bank Svenska Handelsbanken. Professionally qualified since 1983, I bring financial and business skills to the Governing Body and chair the Leadership and Management; Finance; Health & Safety and Premises Committee which (in its’ previous guise as Finance Committee) I have done for several years now. I have been married to Gill since 1996 and our two children both attended the school, with the youngest leaving in 2011. In my spare time, I like to read (mainly crime fiction & thriller/mysteries), walk in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and I am a long time follower of Castleford Tigers in rugby league’s Super League.

 
Term of Office:
  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  B;S&A, L&MfH&S&P, Pupil Discipline, GIP, Pay Committee, H/T Review Panel, A;D&A

Chair/Vice Chair:  Chair of L&MFH&S&P

Other Governor roles: Chair of Hambleton Primary School. 

Relevant Business Interests/Relationships: Wife works in school

Co-opted Governor

June Stevens
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June Stevens

I was appointed to the governing body three years ago, my daughter attended this school in the past and I am now retired having spent most of my working life in the voluntary and community sector. I was a manager in a Citizens Advice Bureau helping the public with the many varied problems life can bring. I supervised a team of 8 paid staff and 22 volunteers. I currently chair the new Behaviour, Attendance and Discipline committee which meets 3 times a year, I am also a member of the Governors’ Intervention Panel which meets to support any pupil experiencing problems within the school. I am the link governor for Equality, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs within the school and hope that I can assist the headteacher, staff and pupils achieve and enjoy their maximum potential during their time at the school. I represent the school at County level on the Schools Forum which is consulted on current government policy for educational issues.

 

Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, B;S&A, GIP &GAP, Pay Committee, Pupil Discipline, Redundancy Selection

Chair/Vice Chair:  Chair of B;S&A

Co-opted Governor

Alan Watson
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Alan Watson

I worked for 27 years at Selby College, taking early retirement in 2010 as Vice Principal. I have experienced major curriculum and organisational changes, including GCE A levels, Vocational courses, Diplomas, and Young Apprenticeships. I hold a firm view that my role as a Governor is to enhance the interests of the school and its’ students and I am glad to advise the Governors on matters relating to progression post-16. As a curriculum manager, I have been pleased to be able to bring an overview of current educational issues to the Governing Body, as well as supporting on specialist issues. My experience includes work for Awarding Bodies such as checking the quality of assessment and curriculum processes at schools and colleges for BTEC, and as an examiner for AQA for Advanced level Biology. In addition, I have non curriculum experience including human resource and organisationally related issues and have been able to complement the skills of other Governors in these matters. I seek to bring a balanced view of current issues to the Governing Body based on my long experience of education, of Selby High School and of the needs of the Selby area.

  Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  A;D&T, A;D&A, Pupil Discipline, Redundancy Selection, Pay Committee

Co-opted Governor

Nick Midgley
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Nick Midgley

With over thirty years post graduate experience in the engineering industry with Babcock, and now Doosan, I am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I have a particular interest in supporting the development and growth of all things relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) both in the school and in North Yorkshire as a whole; we at Doosan believe it is vital that young people are made aware of the opportunities available to them in Engineering and Technology at the earliest possible stage. Hailing from Harrogate I very much enjoy the town and surrounding North Yorkshire countryside with its stunning National Trust properties; particularly when I've got my camera in hand. Other interests include film, technology, gardening, wildlife, cooking and karate ... they do all go together, honestly!

  Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  L&MFH&S&P, A;D&A, Redundancy Appeals



Co-opted Governor

Ruth Colman
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Ruth Colman

My name is Ruth Colman. I am a parent governor and have been in this post for the last three years. I work full time for the NHS as a theatre scrub nurse. I currently have a daughter in year 10 and in September my youngest daughter will hopefully be joining the school. I enjoy being a parent governor as it enables me to contribute to my child's education and to the school where she attends.

  Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, B;S&A, A;D&A



Co-opted Governor

Keith Edmondson
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Keith Edmondson

Following a period of work with the police in London I worked for a Risk and Security Management company before moving to the Home Office where I was involved in policy making as a civil servant. I moved to Yorkshire in 2005 and am now involved in operational planning and risk assessment. I am the ‘Link Governor’ for Geography.

  Term of Office:  December 2014 - November 2018

Committees:  T&L&SMSC, B;S&A, Pupil Discipline, Redundancy Appeals, GAP


Co-opted Governor

Colin Hunter
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Colin Hunter

I have worked in the public sector as a fire officer in North Yorkshire for over 27 years in a variety of roles and I am currently based in York. One of my specialisms is fire investigation and I am a member of the UK branch of International Arson Investigators and the Institute of Fire Engineers. I have also been a primary school governor for over 10 years which has included specific responsibilities for safeguarding, staff appeals and health and safety. I have trained, assessed and verified people for many years to NVQ level three, additionally I am qualified to level seven in witness testimony, statement writing and evidence gathering. I believe that these specialisms, along with a broad knowledge of employment law gained through my work in the Fire Officers’ Association, will complement the Governing Body skillset at Selby High School. I am happily married to Angela and two of our daughters have already achieved great successes at Selby High School, whilst another daughter has just started in year seven this term. I am a very active person and like watching and playing most team sports, I also enjoy socialising, walking and skiing.

  Term of Office:  October 2015 - Septemer 2019

Committees:  A;D&T, L&MFH&S&P

Other Governor roles: Chair of Selby Abbey Primary School

Relevant Business Interests/Relationships: Wife works in school

Parent Governor

Miles Hebden
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Miles Hebden

I became a Governor in 2014 and therefore relatively new to the role. I live locally and have 2 boys currently at the High School. I work in Leeds for Lockton Companies LLP, a Lloyds Broker and I am also the current Secretary for Selby Rugby Union Club (Youth section). I hope that my experience in the financial services sector and my volunteer work with youth rugby will enable me to make a very positive contribution to the governing body. In my little spare time, I enjoy family time, running and cycling.

 
Term of Office:
  March 2014 - February 2018

Committees:  B;S&A, L&MFH&S&P, Pay Committee

Relevant Business Interests/Relationships: Wife works in school

Associate Governor

Dave Middleton
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Dave Middleton

I am a company director of an electrical and mechanical Company based in York. I have 36 years of experience in the building trade, including design, costing, management, installations and health and safety. I think these skills complement those of the other school governors to give the school the support it needs.

  Term of Office:  May 2016 - April 2017

Committees:  L&MFH&S&P, A;D&A

 

Parent Governor

Helen Sawdon
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Helen Sawdon

I am a Parent Governor and was elected in November 2015. My daughter left Selby High School in June 2013, going on to complete her A Levels and my son is in Year 9. I have been a primary school teacher locally for 25 years. I have a Special Educational Needs background and work for North Yorkshire County Council as a Specialist Teacher in the Selby area. I teach primary aged children with Communication and Interaction Needs and provide Specialist support and advice to school staff working with them. I am passionate about enabling our disadvantaged children and children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential and ensuring they are well supported where necessary through to Further Education training or employment. I hope to draw upon my education experience to make a positive contribution to the Governing Body. Away from work I enjoy family time, travel, cinema and theatre.

  Term of Office:  November 2015 - November 2019

Committees:  A;D&T, L&MFH&S&P

Parent Governor

Kirsty Hanks
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Kirsty Hanks

I have 2 daughters in year 8 which is why I wanted to be a Parent Governor for Selby High. I already sit on the Governing Board for Barlby Bridge Primary School and have done for over 5 years so I hope to bring my knowledge and skills to Selby High and I'm looking forward to my 4 years at this school.

 

 

  Term of Office:  November 2016 - November 2020

Committees: A;D&T

Other Governor roles: Governor at Barlby Bridge Community Primary School

Parent Governor

Jonathan Harris
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Jonathan Harris

I have a daughter in Year 10 and joined the Governing Body in November 2016. I have previously served on three primary school governing bodies both as a parent and in my professional capacity as a teacher. Currently I work in a Junior School in Featherstone; having nearly twenty years’ experience in schools across York, North Yorkshire and Wakefield. Working on various leadership teams gives me the belief that I have relevant skills and knowledge to bring to the table at Selby High and I am looking forward to serving the school for the next four years.

 

  Term of Office:  November 2016 - November 2020

Committees: T&L&SMSC

 

Parent Governor

Jeremy Noott
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Jeremy Noott

 Jeremy lives in Cawood; he spent much of his formative years in North Yorkshire with his grandparents in Selby. He is married to Sharon, and they have two children who both attend Selby High School.

Jeremy is a trained journalist, and has worked for the BBC for nearly 25 years. He currently works as a Development and Delivery Specialist for BBC News.

Jeremy went to University in Leeds and has a degree in Media and French. As part of his degree, he studied at Angers University in the Loire Valley in France. He also worked as an English teacher in a school near the foothills of the Pyrenees, where he learnt to ski for free!

Jeremy was the BBC regional manager for the TV Digital Switchover in 2011 for two regions, making sure that no member of any community was left behind. He also helped architect and manage the network of London 2012 Olympic Live Sites, ensuring that the vision of culture and sport came together. He has also worked on the Tour de France and subsequent Tour de Yorkshire cycling events.  

Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and he is a Parish Councillor and a Chair of School Governors. He sits on the North Yorkshire County Council Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and is also a trustee of Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles/Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust who run Selby Leisure Centre/The Summit.

 

  Term of Office:  November 2016 - November 2020

Committees: A;D&T

Other Governor roles: Chair of Governors at Cawood Church of England Primary School

Staff Governor

Emma Elgie
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Emma Elgie

I have worked at Selby High School for nine years in a variety of different roles. These roles include being part of the School’s Catering Team, working in the Student Support Centre as an Advanced Student Support Mentor, being part of the Guidance Team as a Personalised Support Team Mentor (PSTM) and my current role – working alongside the School Social Worker and Safeguarding Team as our Safeguarding, Support & Welfare Mentor (SSWM). I am very passionate about the work I do in school and I hope this passion, along with my experience, will help me make a positive contribution to the Governing Body. I am happily married and I have two wonderful daughters. My eldest daughter is currently studying in Year 7 at Selby High School and is flourishing. We are looking forward to seeing her achieve great things in the future.

 

   Term of Office:  October 2016 - September 2020

Committees: B;S&A 

 

Clerk to the Governors

Paul Gregory
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Paul Gregory

Having spent over thirty years in Financial Services I am now partially retired and occupy some of my free time with providing clerking services, primarily to all Governor’s meetings at Selby High School. I have been a Magistrate for the last 14 years and I am currently serving as Deputy Chairman of the North Yorkshire Bench looking after the judicial and pastoral interests of almost 200 JPs. I have three adult children, now in their 30’s and I still take a great interest in how education has changed since my own school days and then, more recently, as a parent worrying about their progress and GCSE, A Level and Degree results. I hope that my work with the Governing Body records the tremendous amount of life experience and dedication that exists amongst the Governors; who all share, with the Principal and Staff, a determination to see their school as one of the very best (if not the best!) secondary establishments that local families can rely upon for their children’s education, both academically and in preparation for their adult lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY:-

A;D&T - Achievement Data and Tracking    T&L&SMSC – Teaching & Learning and Spiritual, Moral  Social and Cultural

L&MFH&S&P – Leadership &Management, Finance, Health & Safety and Premises     B;S&A-  Behaviour Safeguarding and Attendance

A;D&A – Attendance, Disciplinary and Arbitration