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Headteacher’s Welcome

Mr P M Eckersey

Welcome to Selby High School

Selby High School is a fantastic place to work and learn. We are not just another school; we are a thriving, successful, vibrant and energetic community demonstrating a common purpose - to ensure the very best for each and every one of our students. We are a school with a distinct ethos that recognises every student has their own individual strengths, gifts and talents; our aim is to ensure that these are all developed to their full potential. We look for excellence in all aspects of learning.  I hope you find our website informative and gain a real insight into the amazing experiences and successes of our students.

I believe Selby High School is a truly excellent school; it is a place where staff are committed and proud to work, a place which Governors and parents, carers and guardians are proud to support and a school to which students are proud to belong.

Our examination results speak for themselves, year on year the best in Selby.  We are striving for excellence in all that we do and the work we have undertaken, our successes have been acknowledged and praised by both Ofsted, the SSAT and HMI. Our academic achievements have resulted in the DfE granting the school a double specialism status.

We lead and innovate to make learning fun, challenging and distinctive. The relationships between teachers, students, parents and guardians are fundamental to the success of the school. Working together we ensure that students enjoy their time at SHS, make outstanding progress and leave us as responsible, well-qualified, mature young people; ready to make a valued contribution to society. Providing top quality teaching and learning, in order that all students can improve their academic and personal outcomes and achieve their full potential remains at the heart of all that we do. This in turn is supported by fantastic extra-curricular opportunities at the school.  As a consequence our students are energised, happy and developing quickly as independent, aspirational learners who themselves want to make a difference.

We care deeply about not only the academic development of our students but also their emotional and personal development.  Our school organisation has this commitment at its heart with a very close knit House structure.  These successful Houses divide our large school into four small “family” units within the larger school.  This close knit family approach means that brothers and sisters choose, from the experience of their older sibling, to come to a school, which is small enough to care, but large enough to provide specialist staff and top class facilities.

We are committed to enabling all our young people to develop into happy, tolerant and confident adults; treating others like they would wish to be treated themselves. Our school community is friendly, but disciplined with our students understanding the value of hard work as the backbone of achieving success whilst embracing all that is best in respect of the new technologies.

There are numerous opportunities for students to grow and develop outside of the classroom. We have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh programme, run trips locally, nationally and internationally every year and a myriad of lunchtime and after school clubs, but most importantly we are taking students to new and life changing learning opportunities.

We are at the heart of the local community and we encourage our students to take on leadership roles to develop their social, moral, spiritual, cultural and community conscience. Student leadership programmes play an important role in the life of the school. An active Student Council, together with the Learning and Eco & Provision Councils complement our now well established vertical house system, which provides natural support and leadership opportunities for students of all ages. I am really proud of my Prefects, Arts, Science and PE Ambassadors who lead initiatives both in the school and the local community. Our work with Selby Hands of Hope and other charities has seen the school raise over £60k for good causes in the last eleven years; a remarkable achievement!

In addition, we have received numerous coveted awards. We are not just interested in collecting awards, as pleasing as this is, but are committed to what they represent, excellence and top class provision. Why not visit the School Awards & Partnership area, at http://www.selbyhigh.n-yorks.sch.uk/Awards/to view all the awards we have received?

Students learn in a safe, secure and disciplined environment. During the last ten years we have secured over £4.75m to improve the facilities at the school. As a result these improvements have created fabulous and often unique spaces to learn.  We are already planning our next big development in respect of new PE changing and community facilities, together with further work in respect of our sustainability programme.

We run our own cashless catering operation “Food 4 Thought” which has ParentPay at the heart of its unreserved approval by students, parents, carers, guardians and staff.

This is an extremely successful school where we aspire for everyone to improve on their personal best with a relentless pursuit of excellence. We never rest on our laurels, but look for new opportunities so that we continue to inspire confident and independent learners who are equipped for and will thrive in a changing world.

I trust that during your visit to our website you find much to illustrate the depth of opportunity that exists at this school. If you are a prospective parent, we would like to invite you to visit our school to form your own judgement. Please contact Mrs Joanne Carter-Mills who will be happy to arrange this for you. Thank you for your interest in our school.

Paul Eckersley
B.Ed. [Hons], MA, NPQH