Thursday, 10 December 2015

Headteacher's Blog - December 2015

Dear Parents, Carers & Guardians,

It has been another exciting and spectacular half-term in respect of students excelling in the arts, science, sport, community service and charity fundraising. The news stories on the website and Twitter feeds are a testimony to our continued success.

Please encourage your child(ren) to undertake some on-line learning, revision (mock examinations for students in Year 11, start straight after Christmas on Monday 4th January 2016), together with any required catch-up work during the Christmas holidays, so that everyone can hit the ground running in January. Remember, there is no substitute for hard work!

Talking about hard work, our independent learning and effort rewards system ‘Selby Keys’ continues to go from strength to strength, thereby helping our students to rapidly develop the skills necessary to be a successful learner in today’s educational climate.

Your co-operation in helping to maintain the now established high standards of uniform, together with attendance and punctuality, from the outset of the Spring Term in January will be much appreciated. In this respect it is worth remembering that students should wear their blazers at all times, in addition to any school jumper or cardigan, unless instructed to do otherwise by a member of staff.  We will also be continuing our campaign, during 2016, to educate everyone connected with the school what bullying is and what it isn’t, together with convincing all concerned of the virtues of being a ‘telling school’.   

At the end of this term we will be saying goodbye to Miss Donna Brown (GSSM) who is taking up a similar post, nearer home, at the Snaith School; Mr Peter Griffin (English teacher) who is moving to Cheshire and has secured a new post at a school in St Helens and Mr Paul Austin-Clarke (D&T Technician) who will be retiring after seven and half years’ service at the school. Miss Amy Ridley (ASSM) and Mrs Naomi Sellars (mathematics teacher) will be starting maternity leave. Mrs Cadence Knights (mathematics HLTA) started her maternity leave at the end of November, together with Miss Cant (CAL for Music). We are pleased to have secured the services of two mathematics teachers, Mr Chris Powell and Mr Chris Johnson, to cover the required time in mathematics and Miss Anne Todd to teach music. In addition, our new School Social Worker, Miss Jane Holman took up her post on 23rd November 2015. Mr Heath Lanzillotti (CAL for music technology) will take on the additional CAL role for music as a whole.

In January, we will be welcoming Mrs Helen Metcalfe to the school as our new KS3 English Progress Co-ordinator and Miss Hannah Gibson the new combined CAL for PSHEE&C and RE.  

I should like to take this opportunity to remind you, that in the advent of adverse weather conditions, a decision as to whether or not to open the school will be made, at the latest, by 6.30am. If closure is necessary an announcement will then be made on BBC Radio York & Minster FM. The school’s website will also carry information about any school closure and we will tweet and SMS message you with information. Once the school is open it will remain open until the end of the day unless it becomes clear that students risk becoming stranded, because of any worsening conditions. If the school has to close we will make a decision, whenever possible, by the end of the day in question, about the prospects for the following day.

Finally, I appreciate that Leeds Road is extremely busy. I would however, ask you to be mindful of the fact that we are situated in a residential area, and to be considerate to our neighbours when parking, especially if you find yourself blocking their driveway.

As we say at Selby High School, and as we look forward to 2016, it is more important that we are more successful tomorrow than perhaps we have been today! So we are looking forward to an excellent and outstanding 2016.

On that note I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the staff and governors to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year! 


Paul Eckersley

P.S. I am looking forward to seeing all the parents, carers’ and guardians of students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 at the Consultation Day on Monday 14th December 2015.

Important Dates for Your Diary

Monday 4th January                        School re-opens
Monday 4th January –                     Year 11 mock examinations
Friday 15th January
Wednesday 20th January               Year 7 & 8 Theatre-in-Education (pm)
Thursday 21st January                     Year 7 Faraday Challenge day
Thursday 4th February –                Year 11 Astronomy trip to Kielder
Friday 5th February
Tuesday 9th February                      Year 11 Targeted Evening
Thursday 11th February                  Final of the Inter-House Music Competition
Thursday 11th February                  School closes for holidays
Friday 12th February                        Training Day – school closed to students

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Headteacher's Blog - October 2015

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians

Welcome to my first blog of this academic year and what an exciting start to the new school year it has been!
I have attached a copy of our 2014-2015 Highlights booklet  and we are already planning for 2015-2016 to be another year to remember. The 2015 Governors’ 100% Attendance Awards and Governor’s Awards Evening, which were held on the 13th & 14th October 2015, respectively, were truly glittering occasions and wonderful showcases for everything we hold dear at Selby High School. As you will have seen from the news feed on the school’s website our students are, once again, doing some great things, so the 2016 Governors’ Awards are set to be amazing and spectacular occasions!

We are all delighted to see how well Selby High School has done in the DfE published unvalidated provisional attainment data, in respect of the grades achieved as a result of the first entry* for a particular subject and not those achieved after sitting the examination more than once. The government believes that early publication of this data will support parental choices before the   31st October 2015 deadline for secondary school selection.  

Our results are commendable in comparison to national and local data, even though we are still awaiting a number of remarks and clerical checks on examination papers taken by our students in the summer.  Everyone at the school is proud of the achievements in the summer and extremely pleased that these results have enabled our students to successfully move to the next stage of their lives:

61% of students achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics.

We are very conscious that the national figures will be adjusted in the spring, ready for the final performance table publication, however, from our current projections, using this unvalidated data, the school’s results, once again, demonstrates another robust year of students’ performance.

We hope you find the data useful and the following link will take you to the performance table for 2015.  Results from previous years can also be found on the DfE performance tables’ website Department of Education – Performance Tables.

*First entry grades are the ones used by the DfE to highlight the comparative performance of different schools.

I would like to thank you for your support in getting the new school year off to such a fantastic start. The uniform standards have been truly excellent and students have, therefore, avoided unnecessary punishments, which deflect us from our main purpose of everyone securing top class results and achieving their full potential. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child(ren) are properly turned out for school, together with being ‘keen to treat others just like they would wish to be treated themselves’; a simple phrase, but such an important one for Selby High School. Moreover, students’ behaviour for learning needs to be such that it allows both them and their fellow students to make the maximum progress possible.

We send a large number of emails and letters, including numbered ones, out to parents, carers and guardians, but any communication system will only work well if people regularly check their messages. In this regard I should be grateful if you would check your emails at least twice a week, together with following us on Twitter@selbyhigh. The hyperlink to the school’s website is:

Top class home/school communications are critical so why not write a note to your child’s Form Tutor or Head of House to let us know what is going well or areas of concern that you may have. In addition, please use the Student Planner to provide a written explanation of any absences, but please also telephone the school on the first day of absence to let us know:

Telephone Number: 01757-703327 and select the option for reporting a student absence

Consultation Day for Parents’/Carers’/Guardians’ will take place on Monday 14th December 2015. Don’t forget to book your appointment between 9.36am and 7.36pm, when the slips are issued. The length of appointments will be twelve minutes. 

As you will be aware we hold parents’, carers’ and guardians’ support evenings each academic year and 2015-2016 will be no different. To date we have hosted very successful literacy and numeracy evenings and the annual CEOP evening, with regard to staying safe on-line, will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2015.

Mr Peter Griffin (English teacher), will be leaving the school’s employment at the end of this term,
because he is relocating to Cheshire. I am sure you would wish to join me in thanking him for his hard work and commitment during the last three years. In addition, Miss Freya Kirk (mathematics teacher) & Miss Naomi Sellars (mathematics teacher) will both be taking maternity leave to have their second children.

Dr Mark Smith (science teacher) is joining the staff on a permanent basis from January 2016 and from December 2015 Miss Jane Holman will be taking up the role of School Social Worker. In January 2016, Mrs Helen Metcalfe and Miss Hannah Gibson will be joining the staff to undertake the respective roles of KS3 English Progress Co-ordinator and the Curriculum Area Leader for RE & PSHEE & C. I am looking forward to witnessing them achieve great things with our young people, at the school.

I am really looking forward to seeing you all at our latest musical extravaganza ‘We Will Rock You”, which will take place at the school, 8th-10th December 2015. Tickets go on sale soon, book early to avoid disappointment. If the preview performance is anything to go by, you are in for a great evening’s entertainment!

Important dates for your diary.

Monday 2nd November                                 Training Day – School closed to students
Tuesday 3rd November                                 School re-opens
Monday 9th November 7pm                          Holocaust Survivor evening – Years 9, 10 & 11
Tuesday 10th November 7.30pm                   Year 7 ICT Internet Safety evening
Wednesday 11th November –
Tuesday 17th November                                Book Fair in LRC
Thursday 12th November                              Year 7 Horrible Histories trip
Tuesday 17th November                                Year 7 Enterprise Day
Wednesday 25th November                           Year 7 More Able App Development morning
                                                                        Shakespeare Schools Performance
Friday 4th December                                       Clothes Show trip
Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th December       School Production ‘We Will Rock You’
Friday 11th December                                   Tracker 1 issued
Monday 14th December                                Consultation Day
Tuesday 15th December                                Speed Dating with Industry
Wednesday 16th December                           Lego League competition
Thursday 17th December                               Year 7 trip to West Yorkshire Playhouse to see ‘Chitty                                                                                           Chitty Bang Bang’
Friday 18th December                                     School closes for holidays

Friday, 17 July 2015

Headteacher's Blog - July 2015

Headteacher’s Blog July 2015

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians

Welcome to my last blog of this academic year and, once again, what a fabulous year it has been, but you already know that from the website and Twitter newsfeeds. Our Sports Day last week was simply superb and typified the year we have just enjoyed!!
We will be publishing our 2014-2015 Highlights booklet at the end of September so don’t forget to look out for your copy. It is certain to be a bumper edition, but we are already planning for 2015-2016 to be another year to remember.
Talking about developments, we will be starting the construction of our new PE changing rooms and six new classrooms at Christmas. This £950K facility will hopefully be finished during the summer of 2016; watch this space.
Further to my June Staffing Blog, Mr Nick Fillingham (PSTM) has secured a prestigious new post with British Aerospace in charge of all their apprentices. I am sure you would like to extend your congratulations and thanks together with ours to Nick, for all that he has done to support our students during the last 5½ years and wish him well in his new position. I am pleased to report that Mr Jamie Williamson (HLTA) has accepted my offer to become our new Internal Exclusion Officer, Mr Stephen Morton will become our new HLTA and Mr David Gill will join our team of Personal Support Mentors.  Finally, I am delighted to be able to tell you that Mrs Sarah Tasker-Lynch and Mrs Donna Brown have very recently been promoted to Advanced Student Support Mentors.
I would like to thank you for all your support this year, because as we tell your child(ren) success is all about team work and the part you play is critical. Discussing and clarifying issues with your child(ren) is an important daily routine. Occasionally, we have to deal with problems that have arisen as a result of misinformation that could have been avoided, if only students had engaged in a frank and honest conversation with their parents, carers or guardians.
In addition, we send a large number of emails, texts and letters including numbered ones out to parents, carers and guardians, but any communication system will only work well if people regularly check their messages – in this regard I would recommend checking your emails at least twice weekly, together with following us on Twitter @selbyhigh. The hyperlink to the school’s website is:
From the website, you can also download the school’s own Selby High School App together with the School Gateway App which allows us to send free text messages to you regarding your child(ren).  Both Apps can be found at:
We have a new two year calendar available from September that can, as always, be accessed via the school website. This is updated as things are added and amended so please make sure you check it regularly.

Once again, I and my staff look forward to your continued help in ensuring your child is properly turned out for school throughout the 2015-2016 academic year and ‘keen to treat others just like they would wish to be treated themselves’; a simple phrase, but such an important one for Selby High School. 

The daily maximum spend for students in Food4Thought will continue to be £4.50. I would urge you to use our on-line ParentPay system to not only pay for food and drink, but non-uniform days, school trips and other events and expenses as they occur.

For your information the following are important dates for your diary during the first term of 2015/16:

Thursday 3rd September          Training day – school closed to students
Friday 4th September               School re-opens (Year 7 only)
Monday 7th September           School re-opens (all students)
Thursday 17th September        Year 7 Literacy evening
Friday 18th September              School photographs
Wednesday 23rd September   Year 7 Numeracy evening
Monday 28th September          Training day – school closed to students
                                                      Open Evening for prospective parents
Tuesday 6th October                 Year 8 girls HPV injections
                                                     Raising Aspirations evening
Wednesday 7th October          Year 9 girls HPV injections
Wednesday 14th October        Governors Awards evening at Selby Abbey
Friday 16th October                 Year 9 ‘Re-start a heart’ day
Tuesday 20th October              Year 7 Parents’/Carers’/Guardians’ Consultation evening
Friday 23rd October                 School closes for holidays
Finally, all that’s left for me to say is ‘have a wonderful summer’ from all the Staff and Governors here at school!!

Paul Eckersley