Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Principal's Blog - April 2019

Principal’s Blog
The long spring term has been filled with activities and events at Selby High School. The last half term has been as busy as ever, culminating in our now famous Selby High School Talent Show, this year entitled, “The Greatest Show… Man”. A full capacity audience enjoyed an evening of singing, comedy and music. Well done to the Key Stage 3 winner, Bronte Willows for her powerful rendition of “Skyfall”, and Key Stage 4 winner, Kate Hinken, who sang a beautiful version of “I Will Always Love You.” 
Earlier on in the half term, we celebrated World Book Day with Drop Everything and Read, which saw every person in the building reading at the same time. We’ve had record-breaking borrowing from the LRC this year, and it’s great to see students in every year group reading for pleasure. The Shakespeare Company performance of Romeo and Juliet was another key event of the half term; our year 11 students were treated to a fantastic performance of the famous play, here at Selby High School. Year 10s will be glad to know that we’ve already booked them in again for next year! In visits out of the school, students from a range of year groups travelled to York Theatre Royal to enjoy a dramatisation of the novel “Noughts and Crosses” and a group of sports enthusiasts took part in a hugely successful trip to the national stadium at Twickenham to watch the England men’s team play against Italy.
Our Careers Programme has seen two of the most important activities of the year for year 10 students in recent weeks. In both events we’ve welcomed in representatives from our local business community and a range of other employees. The first event was the Mock Interview day in which each student experienced what a real life interview might be like. In the second event - Speed Networking - groups of students were able to ask questions of our visiting employees. Our guests were very impressed with the confidence and the positive outlook of the students on both occasions.
The Belgium trip for year 9 students took place right at the end of the last half term. Students and staff had an excellent time on the visit and I know from the students’ feedback that the trip was a huge success. The students’ behaviour and attitude throughout the trip was a shining example of what the students at Selby High School are capable of and they really demonstrated the maturity required for an intense trip that centred around remembering those that had paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The group visited several cemeteries for the war dead and the huge scale of these generated many responsible and mature questions about the total cost of war. They also visited some reconstructed trenches at Hill 62 and Bayernwald, which allowed students to get in to the trenches and gain a feel for the size and atmosphere of what the trench system was like. As always on a school visit, staff worked tirelessly on the trip from the moment they arrived at the bus bay at 10:45pm after a full day at work to the point they got back off the bus on Saturday and it is certainly the dedication of those staff that makes the trip run so smoothly and means that it has become so popular over the years with students. 
The Sports team have been as busy as ever, and we’ve been really pleased to see Selby students represented beyond the school too. Well done to the Year 9 and 10 girls selected to represent Yorkshire Rugby and huge congratulations to Year 8 student Sam Norman, who came 4th in the recent North Yorkshire Golf Championships. We’re also very excited for Year 10 student Lauren Jones, who has been selected to represent Volleyball Yorkshire in the Inter-Regional Championships in May. Good luck Lauren! Very well done to our Y9 sports leaders who ran the area Primary netball competition, held at Selby High School this week. The girls did a fantastic job and we'd like to thank Stacey Howard, Selby District School Games Organiser for her lovely feedback. Congratulations are also due to the rugby girls for gaining the following qualifications: Ella Parsonage, level 1 rugby referee & young Development Officer. Erin Bradley, Isabella Khosla & Martha Peacock, level 1 rugby referees. It’s great to see students developing their skills outside of school activities.
The U13, U14 and U15 girls rugby teams did very well in their North Yorkshire Cup matches. Despite being a rugby union school, the girls proved they can compete to a good level in league. The girls were a credit to the school and should be very proud of their efforts. We’re grateful to York Knights for their support & to Kay Rollinson for coming down and prepping the girls. Kay tweeted: “Outstanding effort from every single player. Tackles were solid. Passing was impressive. Biggest thing for me today was your never say die attitudes and 100% encouragement for your team mates. Couple of years and you'll be in a ladies kit for real.”
On the 20th March a number of our intrepid students took part in the RowLeeds indoor championships. This is a fun filled, fast paced, multi-lane rowing competition which students trained for in the weeks running up to the event. It was made extra special with the GB Rowing Team there to cheer them on! Congratulations to the students who made it to the podium in the rowing competition. All students and staff loved the event, and we're looking forward to entering again in the future. 
Thanks as ever to all the staff whose commitment and dedication means that all of the above activities can take place.  
I was very proud to be able to write to you recently with news that Selby High School had achieved the Wellbeing Award. This award recognises the hard work that staff and students have put in to raising the awareness of wellbeing and mental health issues, and the fantastic range of support that is currently on offer in the school.
On the 2nd May, the Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Selby. This is a really exciting opportunity for the local community, but it will cause some road closures and disruptions - I’ve written home separately about these. On the 8th June, staff and students will be flying the flag for Selby High School at the York LGBT Pride event. Please let us know if you would like to take part.
It just remains for me to wish you a happy and healthy Easter break.
Nick Hinchliffe

Forthcoming dates for next half term

Monday 29th April                    School re-opens

Tuesday 30th April                    Year 10 Parents Evening

Monday 6th May                       Early May Bank Holiday – school closed

Tues 7th - Fri 10th May             Year 10 Mock Exams

Thursday 9th May                     Year 9 trip to Hull University

                                                     Paris Trip Parents Information Meeting

Friday 10th May                         Year 11 Celebration Assembly

Monday 13th May                     Year 11 Exam series starts

Thursday 16th May                   Year 9 vaccinations

Friday 24th May                         School closes for holidays

Friday, 1 March 2019

Principal's Blog - February 2019

As another busy half term comes to an end, it’s good to reflect on all the hard work and achievements of our students at Selby High School. We’ve seen a significant rise in attendance this year to well above the national average, so we can be sure that more and more students are benefitting from the full learning experience that we have on offer.

Year 11s have been working very hard towards their exams in the summer, and the vast majority showed a great attitude and approach to their mock exams in January. On top of the normal timetable there has been a busy programme of session 6, lunch-time sessions and other additional revision opportunities.  

The Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January, was an incredibly powerful occasion, and an important reminder of the need for all of us to remember and reflect on events in the past. In a live broadcast, watched by our year 9 students, Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro, answered questions from students in the live audience and from audiences watching around the world. This week we’ve also had our annual trip to Belgium, to visit the battlefields and other important memorials of World War One. The students have had some memorable and moving experiences in the winter sunshine - you can follow their journey @selbyhigh on twitter.

This year alongside our whole school focus on literacy, we have been developing our approaches to numeracy across the curriculum. World Number Day was our opportunity to celebrate not just how important and relevant, but also how enjoyable, maths can be. It was great to see the inventiveness of students and staff who used the non-uniform day to display numbers in a variety of imaginative ways.  

On Friday 1st February, 60 Year 9 girls took part in a STEM workshop which was delivered by The Smallpiece Trust, a charity designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to 12-17 year olds. The aim of the workshop was to inspire young engineers, and allow them to get hands on experience of a STEM project. The project was themed around “Smart Buildings”, specifically the 21st century challenge of providing clean water. The winning team managed to create a fully working water filtration system, while presenting their ideas to the rest of the group in a coherent and professional manner.

We’ve had a busy programme of sporting activities. The U13 Boys Football team got through to the semi-final of the north Yorkshire cup following wins against Rossett and Thirsk in the Quarterfinal and the U13, U14 and U15 Girls Rugby League teams have all qualified for their regional competitions after winning against the York and Selby Schools in their categories. The U12 5-a-side football team came 3rd in The North Yorkshire 5-a-side football competition. Following their win in the York schools competition before Christmas, the U14 Girls Football team beat Northallerton 6-2 and are now through to the North Yorkshire Cup Semi Final.

This week we’ve had success in a number of big competitions. On Thursday the U14 Girls were the Futsal West Riding winners and are now through to the regional competition. Today the U16 boys played in their Futsal West Riding competition. They won the league format – winning 4 out of 4 games against Croften, Leeds College, Alltoffs, and Spen Valley. But unfortunately lost the final to Alltoffs 2-1. 

Well done to all the pupils involved in the local fixtures this half term. The girls 5-a-side football teams and boys basketball players all enjoyed the experience and represented the school successfully.

Sam Norman has been entered for the Yorkshire schools Golf competition, following his successful match play outside of school and well done to Ella Parsonage, Abi Moore, Isla Ramsay, Danielle Moore, Izzy Sturmey and Erin Bradley for successfully getting into the Yorkshire Girls Rugby Union Squad.

Thanks as ever to all the staff who put so much time in to organising and supporting the activities.

We have two goodbyes to say. Mr Katebe has taken a position in a school in China - we wish him the very best on his new adventure. Mr Grundy, the Facilities Manager, will also be moving on at the end of March. Mr Grundy has played a pivotal role in the development of the school facilities over the past few years; I’d like to say a massive thanks to him for all the work he has put into improving the site and wish him all the best for the future. It’s also great to welcome back members of staff as well at this time of year and Mrs Pickering (English) and Mrs Cooper (Technology) both return following their maternity leave.

We have a packed programme of events for after half term in the run up to the Easter holidays, as can be seen below:

Monday 4th March                           School re-opens

                                                             Year 8 Options Assembly

Tuesday 5th March                           Year 8 Options Evening 5.30pm

Wednesday 6th March                    Shakespeare Company performance

Friday 15th March                             Non uniform day for Comic Relief

Friday 22nd March                            Youth Voice event

Monday 25th March                         Young Enterprise Showcase

Wednesday 27th March                  Year 10 Inside Out

Friday 29th March                             Year 10 Mock Interviews with Industry

Wednesday 3rd April                        Year 9 Parents Evening

Thursday 4th April                             Year 8 Theatre trip

Wednesday 10th April                     Year 10 Speed Networking

                                                              Talent Show 7pm

Friday 12th April                                 School closes for holidays

Finally, I’d like to wish you a happy half term.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Principal's Blog - December 2018

As usual it has been a full and exciting half term. On Wednesday 7th November we celebrated our students’ success at the Governors’ Awards Evening. Alongside the presentation of trophies for progress and achievement across the full range of subjects, guests enjoyed some brilliant musical performances from the students. For the first time we presented the new Head Boy and Head Girl with a trophy, and the hard work and commitment of all our student leaders was acknowledged in a variety of awards.  

On Friday, 9th November, House Captains attended the Remembrance Service at Selby Cemetery; this was particularly poignant this year as it is the 100 year commemoration of the end of the First World War. Oliver Tranter played the last post, and Sapphire Loring in Year 8, played a key role in the ceremony, having already produced our beautiful poppy display within school. The Remembrance Service was the culmination of a powerful piece of work, led by our history team, and celebrated through assemblies, in which staff and students remembered the sacrifices of relatives who had been involved in the war.

Students have been demonstrating their leadership skills in other ways too. Through cake sales, donation of gifts and other fund raising activities, Selby students continue to show their commitment to others in the community. Selby High School has supported the Selby Hands of Hope Christmas campaign, raised over a thousand pounds for Children in Need, and contributed to a range of other charities. Closer to home, our Student Leadership group, including the School Council, have been working hard to raise money for a project of their own choosing. Over the coming months, the group will be running a variety of activities to raise money for outdoor coverings to provide a better experience for students at break and lunch time. The Pop-Up Cinema in the week running up to Christmas was a great success, and the non-uniform day on the last day of term will raise additional funds.

As always, we’ve had numerous additional activities to support our curriculum. The Careers Fair on Monday, 12th November, was very well supported by local colleges, businesses and organisations, and it was great to see so many students, parents and carers at the event. We also had a very successful trip to York University for the Medical School Taster Day. Key stage 4 media students recently took part in a tour of the Emmerdale Studios, learning about a wide range of roles involved with the production of a hit TV show. In school, Year 9 explored risky behaviours through the YOLO Theatre performance, and year 8s created and marketed an outfit assigned to a given country in their Enterprise Day. On the last day of term, year7s enjoyed their science fair, as the best experiments in the year group were presented by the young scientists.  

The festive period has been celebrated in lots of different ways. The LRC has run a wide range of quizzes and other activities, including Christmas Crafts for year7; students have also been keen to borrow the Christmas themed books that have been available. The school choir entertained residents at a local care home, and were also a central part of our fantastic Christmas Concert; in the first half we enjoyed brilliant performances from a number of our singers and dancers and in the second half we were treated to Selby’s very own Christmas pantomime; Aladdin. A huge thanks to the talented cast, and all the staff who put so much time and effort in to presenting such a fun-filled evening.

It’s been another action-packed half-term for our sports teams. The Christmas season was enlivened as always with the Inter-House Indoor Tug of War, which this year was won by Mason. I was so pleased to see so many different students participating in and enjoying this event.

As usual, we’ve entered teams into an impressive range of sports. We had a brilliant afternoon at Askham Bryan College with 14 schools competing in a York & District cross country event. A total of 140 students, representing all year groups competed, with many of our students placing in the top 20. Well done everyone!

The U13 girls played really well in their first hockey game against Reed School this year but unfortunately were not quite strong enough to get a winning result. However, the U14 team drew on their experience with an impressive victory. Following the qualifying heats, our Year 9 and 10 girls have progressed to the North Yorkshire rugby union finals after Christmas, and congratulations are also in order for our Year 7 and 8 girls who finished runners up in the EFL Cup. They were unbeaten all tournament and only conceded two goals, but didn’t win due to goal difference. The Year 7 girls’ football team have had a great start to the term. A win against Carlton and draws with Barlby A and Barlby B means they have finished 2nd in the local fixtures. Huge congratulations to our U14 Girls Football team who have progressed to the next round of their cup after beating Norton 7-1. There was also a fantastic effort against strong competition from our SHS equestrian team, who took part in the NSEA UK national show-jumping championships at Keysoe. The girls should be very proud of themselves coming 9th in the country, narrowly missing out on 8th place rosettes. 

The Year 8 boys football team showed true resilience and character to come from behind three times to win their North Yorkshire County Cup game away at Rossett; the game was decided on penalties after a thrilling contest and the boys now progress to the next round where further challenges await; this victory will provide good belief in their ability to be successful in the face of adversity.

The boys’ Year 7 football squad also proved their winning credentials by securing victory in the York District School Football Association 5-a-side competition. The team narrowly beat Sherburn 2-1 to set up the final against Fulford. The game was entering its dying stages when Sheraz Henderson latched onto a poor clearance and rocketed a shot into the top left corner: 2-1 Selby. The game management showed by the Selby boys was exceptional and again, all the boys played their part in securing the win. We await the next round where we hope to compete against the winners from the other district winners from North Yorkshire.

Well done and thank you to the 20 year 9 sports leaders who ran the local primary schools sports hall athletics completion. 10 primaries and nearly 300 year 5 and 6 pupils took part. We’ve also had a successful first term with the PE primary link with Selby CP, which has allowed primary school students to access a range of sports they would not normally have the opportunity to, with the support of Selby High staff and pupils. 

Could I finish by saying a huge thank you to all the staff who have made this range of fixtures possible, and to all the other staff in the school who go above and beyond to provide such a great experience for the students of Selby High. Finally, may I wish you all a happy, safe and successful Christmas and New Year.

Dates for the Diary
Monday 7th January
School re-opens
Monday 14th – Friday 18th January
Year 11 mock exams
Tuesday 15th & Thursday 17th January
Year 11 Taster Days at York College
Monday 4th February
Year 8 girls HPV vaccinations
Thursday 21st February
Consultation Day
Year 11 Mock Results Assembly




Monday, 5 November 2018

Principal's Blog - October 2018

The first half term has been a really successful one for us at Selby High School. One of the great privileges of my job is being able to show visitors around school, and to get a clear picture of all the fantastic learning that our young people are involved in on a daily basis. Without exception, our visitors have commented on the friendly, calm and purposeful atmosphere across the school. One feature OFSTED commented on when they came to visit us in June, was the excellent work of student leaders across the school. The Student Councils and Wellbeing Councils have already been active this year, exploring a range of ideas for improving the school, and in October 14 students were trained to as Wellbeing Ambassadors.
Our new year 7s have settled in very well and are playing a full role in the life of the school. It was great to see many of them, as well as students from other year groups, helping out at the Open Evening on 1st October. Other key events this half term have included the 100% Attendance Assembly, which included a good number of year 11s who have never missed a day of school, whilst they have been at Selby High School. We were also involved in the Re-start a Heart project, which aims to train up as many young people as possible in this important aspect of First Aid. Our year 9 students were part of 29,768 students trained across Yorkshire this year. We also welcomed parents, carers and guardians from year 7 and 8 to our KS3 Supporting for Success Evening, and look forward to delivering the Key Stage 4 event on 26th November.
There have also been a wide range of activities taking place out of school. Students from a number of different year groups performed “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. Students have also enjoyed a number of successful visits in the November sunshine. Trips have included Photography in Leeds, Geography coursework in Bridlington, and a visit to Cambridge, to see what life and learning is like at the University there.
As ever our sporting teams have been involved in numerous fixtures. Year 9 boys and girls football teams are through to the North Yorkshire cup second round with a 6-0 win against Sherburn and a 5-0 win against Richmond, respectively. The Year 7 boys football team are through to the second round of the York schools cup with a 4-2 penalty victory over Barlby, after a 1-1 draw at the end of full time. The Year 8 boys football team are not only through to the second round of the York schools cup with a 4-1 victory against Fulford but are also top of their York School league having played and won all 4 league games, conceding only 2 goals but scoring 21.
Well done to all year groups who have taken part in the local festival fixtures in Netball and Rugby this half term. The attendance at Netball and rugby club after school and at lunchtime has been excellent and these sessions will continue after half term.
Finally, the Selby High School Equestrian team goes from strength to strength. On Saturday, 22nd September the team went to the National Schools Equestrian Association regional show jumping qualifier competition at Bishop Burton College, and performed very well. Everyone jumped fantastically and did the school team proud coming in an amazing 6th place in the 85cm event with Kaytlyn Fella, Issy Khosla, Ellie McNeil and Martha Ward as a team which takes them through to the National Championships, as places 1-6 qualify. In the 95cm event we had Issy Khosla, Ellie McNeil and Martha Ward as a team of only 3 instead of the 4 allowed (best 3 scores count) and they rode brilliantly to come 4th, again qualifying to the national championships. In the 95cm Ellie McNeil rode a fantastic course and came 2nd individually.
Thanks as always to all the staff who are so generous with their time in organising and supervising the impressive range of activities we have on offer.
I hope you have a happy and safe holiday, and look forward to seeing all the students on the 5th November.

Best wishes,

Nick Hinchliffe

Forthcoming dates:

Monday 5th November
School re-opens
Wednesday 7th November
Governors Awards Evening
Monday 12th November
Year 11 mock exams start
Upper School Careers Fair 5pm
Tuesday 13th November
Book Fair in LRC starts
Year 9 YOLO
Tuesday 20th November
Year 8 Enterprise day
Monday 26th November
KS4 Supporting for Success Evening
Tuesday 18th December
Year 11 Parents Evening 5pm
Thursday 20th December
Christmas Concert 7pm
Friday 21st December
School closes for holidays

Friday, 20 July 2018

Principal's Blog - July 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,  

We’ve had a busy and exciting half term at Selby High School. Our Activities Week was a great success. In school, students enjoyed a wide range of activities, including old favourites such as the birds of prey, and Bouncy Bounce, alongside some new sessions, including magic, circus skills and beat boxing. We were blessed with glorious weather for the week, which contributed to the great success of the year 7 camp. I was at the camp on the night of the England vs Columbia game, when staff and students enjoyed a thrilling match, and I know that the rest of the week included many other enjoyable activities.   

There were numerous other trips and visits during the week, with Selby High School students visiting Paris, Snowdonia and Wimbledon. Closer to home, following on from an excellent “Industry Speed Dating” activity, where students were able to speak to representatives from businesses about career choices, our Year 10 students had a very successful Work Experience week. The feedback we have received from providers has been extremely positive, and we are very proud of how our students represented their school during this week. Last week, year 10 students visited Selby College and Pontefract New College, to get a taste of what the next stage of their education might look like. 

I’m sure you will join me in saying a massive thank you to all the staff who put so much additional time and effort into organising the activities, experiences and residential trips throughout Activities Week, and into all the other opportunities that have been provided this year. This half term alone has seen an impressive array of events. In June, year 8s enjoyed a week of outdoor activities at Bewerley Park. In school we had a powerful curriculum day with Prison Me No Way, as well as our annual Spanish Spelling Bee competition, and we took another team to Selby College for the Eurofest Contest. Of course the year was topped off with our trips to Flamingo Land for our 4 Keys students. It’s great to be able to reward our students for all their hard work and effort and I know they had a great time in the sunshine.

After a busy exam season, our year 11s were able to relax and enjoy themselves at the Prom, which took place at Carlton Towers. Students arrived by helicopter, classic car, motorbike and tractor to enjoy a lovely evening of dining and dancing.  

The final term of school is also transition season. We welcomed all our new year 7 students who attended transition days in school this week and last week. This year we had more than ten of our local primary schools send their year 5 pupils in for taster days at Selby High School. Thanks to the staff and our amazing prefects, who ensured that these days ran so smoothly.  

It’s been yet another tremendous half term for sport. Our athletics season has had some major highlights, with a record 44 students qualifying for the York School Athletics Final on the 26th June; a massive well done to all who took part. We came away from the competition with 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 13 bronze medals. Other exciting sporting events have included the Girls Beach Rugby in Bridlington, for our year 8 and 9 rugby players, as well as our year 9 and 10 boys having the chance to work with ex Rugby League player Lee Crooks as part of a Rugby RFL player development and talent identification opportunity with Hull FC. 37 intrepid adventurers have successfully completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition, with a 2 night adventure in Robin Hood’s Bay and our Sports Captains also helped out with the Brayton Primary Sports Day, representing our school with great maturity. 

The sporting season concluded as always with a fantastic Sports Day. After many battles of strength in the sun, Mason House won the outdoor Tug of War competition. The House Athletics competition was the closest we have seen at Selby High for years; Garrett and Hockney gained the same amount of points, with Garrett lifting the trophy because they had won the most events. 

Even with all the activities described above, we have still kept a clear focus on our core business of providing excellent teaching and learning for our young people, and it was great to receive recognition from OFSTED who visited us on 12th June, who confirmed that we are still a good school, and were full of praise for much of the work we are doing. The letter from OFSTED provides us with a strong framework to take Selby High School on the next stage of its journey to being an outstanding school.  

As always at this time of year, we have to say goodbye to some members of staff. Teachers Shaun Martin, Naomi Sellars, Melissa Samwell, Caroline Young, Rebecca Fox, Henna Iqbal and our Senior Science Technician Lynne Caddy are leaving this year. Our Financial Director Kerry Longley has decided to set up her own business and is also leaving the school after 12 years’ service. I’d like to say thank you to all these staff who have contributed so much to the success of the school. In addition, Rebecca Cooper and Alix Charlton are taking maternity leave. I’m really pleased to say that we have been able to recruit some excellent new staff members. The following staff are joining us in September: Josie Earnshaw (School Business Manager), Kathryn Lee (Curriculum Leader for MFL); Jonathan Smith (Curriculum Leader for Computer Studies and Business Studies); Isobel Sewell, Nicola Fletcher and Marie Jefferson are all joining the English team, Jason Choi is joining the maths team, Will Johnson will be part of the science team, and Michael Hainsworth will be teaching Life Development. Our new Senior Science Technician is Alex Sambrook, and we will be welcoming Julie Barker to the Finance Team. Neil Brownless will be doing the DT maternity cover for us. 

Finally, I’d like to wish you a happy and safe summer holiday. On that note I have attached a sheet from North Yorkshire County Council with tips to stay healthy and safe over the summer break.  

We know we couldn’t do the job we do in school without the ongoing support of parents, carers and guardians.  

It’s in working together as a community that we are able to make such a positive impact on our young people’s lives. Thank you also for all the many messages of support we have received from parents, carers and guardians this week. It is much appreciated by all of our staff.

Best wishes, 

Nick Hinchliffe 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Principal's Blog - May 2018

The sunshine has been out and it’s been another busy, exciting half term at Selby High School.

Year 11 are currently in the midst of their GCSE examinations. After a fun-filled Celebration Assembly on the 11th May, Year 11s have returned to the hard work of exams and booster sessions. The attitude and commitment of students in their exams has been outstanding so far. Half term will be an important time to do some final revision and preparations, and I wish all year 11 students the best of luck with their remaining examinations. The Year 11 Prom takes place on Wednesday 27th June and this will be a great opportunity to celebrate their time at the school.

As always, there have been a wide range of additional activities taking place to support the curriculum. Year 10 students have visited Leeds University, and Year 9 students have been to Hull University, as part of our extensive guidance on future choices. Students have continued to benefit from participation in the NCOP project with activities this term including a Project Dare follow up activity with students working as a team with the support of outreach workers to prepare a whole school resource. A number of exciting opportunities are planned for the remainder of the summer term including an e-mentoring opportunity for year 9 NCOP students. GCSE Pod will be officially launched with all Year 9 students after half term. The Year 10 Mock Interview Day, during which representatives from local businesses come in to give students a real-life interview experience, was also a great success. In addition to this there has been a Business Studies visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Education Centre, we’ve participated in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, and a group of our intrepid Year 10s have taken part in their Duke of Edinburgh practice weekend. Finally, a group of Year 9 girls represented the school at the North Yorkshire School Games Dance Festival; this event also gave six of our Sports Leaders a chance to demonstrate their skills, and make Selby High School proud.

The sporting calendar has once again been action-packed, and we’ve experienced some great successes. This week, our Year 9 and 10 boys took part in the National Futsal Finals, representing Doncaster Rovers. After winning all three of the group games, we progressed into the semi-finals where we played the pre-tournament favourites, Chelsea FC. In what was a tight game, James Hymers scored the winner which led to a contest with Exeter City in the final. Nerves were at their highest in what was an evenly matched game, but the match winner came from Jacob Braybrooke to finish off a great team move. Well done to all involved, who are now National Champions.

There have been many other achievements for Selby High School this half term. Our Year 8 Boys and Year 9 Girls rugby teams took part in the RUFU Tournament in Leeds. We saw a great demonstration of all the rugby core values as the boys managed to walk away with the Fair Play Trophy and the girls team won all their games, finishing top of the table. The Year 8 Boys Football team brought another trophy home for Selby High School, winning the York and District FA Cup Final, 5-4 against Fulford. The U13 Girls and the Year 8 Boys also put in fantastic performances, with both teams finishing runners-up in the North Yorkshire Cup Finals. Meanwhile our Equestrians have continued to perform well in competition, with Lucy Williams performing very creditably in the County Show Jumping Championships.

This week the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force. We’ve done a full review of our data processes, and have updated all relevant policies. Included with this principal’s blog is a copy of our updated main Privacy Notice, which is also available on the website in our new GDPR section. The Privacy Notice lets you know exactly how and why we use your data, and gives you information about how to contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO). Our DPO is a company called Veritau, who will support and challenge the school in its use of data.

Selby High Students have also been doing some great work in support of charity this half term. Jessica Machin, Kelsey Elgie, Caitlin Machin and Emily John recently raised money for Stand up for Cancer. A big thank you to staff and students who purchased cakes, buns and key rings to raise money for a great cause and their bake sale raised a total of £45.47.

I’d like to finish by wishing you all a happy and healthy half term break. We’ve got lots planned for the final half term of the summer, including Bewerley Park for Year 8, and Activities Week for the whole school.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Nick Hinchliffe

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Principal’s Blog – March 2018

As the days get longer and - following a final sprinkling of April snow - the spring weather finally seems to be on its way, it’s good to reflect on another busy half term at Selby High School.
As always our curriculum has been enriched by a variety of activities.  Year 10 enjoyed the “Inside Out” drama performance which explored a range of issues including mental health and staying safe online.  Three members of the Fire Service came in to school to deliver some important messages to year 11s about staying safe when driving or travelling with friends in cars, in the Drivewise assembly.  The year 8s developed their enterprise and marketing skills as they explored different fashions from around the world, during their Enterprise Day.  In visits out of school, a group of year 7 and 8 students took part in the Leeds Festival of Science at Leeds University, designing DNA bracelets, and we were also represented at the “Girls and Gadgets” event at Keele University.
Students have continued to benefit from participation in the NCOP ”FutureHy” project, which encourages students to aspire towards University or higher level apprenticeships.  Activities this term including a second Project Dare with engineering firm ARUP. In addition, a group of year 9 students attended a careers conference at York University and students have been receiving additional careers support sessions on Tuesday mornings. A number of exciting opportunities are planned for the summer term. GCSE Pod continues to be used extensively by students in supporting their revision studies; we are now one of the top users in the country!
Several events this half term have highlighted the skills and determination of Selby High School Students.  The Talent Show in March was a roaring success, with all tickets sold in advance of the event.  The audience was treated to a feast of singing, music, drama and comedy.  The Sports Relief event on Friday, 23rd May, involved lots of students and staff running a mile around the school field, many being sponsored for their efforts.  A fantastic £1,826 was raised for the charity.  Numerous other fundraising events have taken place during lunchtimes, highlighting the generosity and hard work of our students.
We’ve had another very successful and enjoyable half term for sport at the school.  The Year 8 Boys’ football team are through to the North Yorkshire County Cup final after beating Bedale in the quarter finals and King James, Knaresborough in the semi-finals. The Under 13 Girls’ football team have also made it through to the North Riding Cup Final, beating Rossett School 3-2 in an exciting encounter.  The boys and girls Under 13 and Under 15 are through to the regional round of the Kinder Futsal competition having had success in earlier area rounds against Doncaster schools.
Our young equestrian team continue to go from strength to strength, competing recently at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) show jumping qualifiers on Sunday 25th February. Held at Northallerton Equestrian Centre, our 90cm team of Lucy Williams, Sarah Wheatley, Isabella Khosla and Martha Ward were placed third at their first qualifier, out of nearly twenty teams.  Riding Captain, Lucy Williams, won the class and will now represent Selby High School at the NSEA National Championships in Bedfordshire on Saturday 21st April, as Champion for North Yorkshire.  The 80cm team, where Kaytlyn Fella replaced Sarah Wheatley, finished on a very respectable eight faults, with Lucy placed third individually.
Seven budding young coaches embarked upon the North Yorkshire Sport Coaches Academy Workshop to develop their sports coaching potential.  The conference at Fulford High School, brought together the best young sports leaders from all seven districts covered by North Yorkshire to offer them specialist sports coaching sessions.  Pupils from various schools and colleges were invited to take part in this county wide conference.  The sports represented included, rugby union, football, tennis, netball, cricket and hockey.  Each young leader from Selby chose a sport in which to develop their coaching and leading abilities.  The pupils were also fortunate to listen to an inspiring speech by Paralympian Craig McCann, hearing how important future coaches are to inspiring future sporting greats.