Friday, 22 July 2016

Principal's Blog - July 2016

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians
Welcome to my last blog of this academic year. Once again, what a fabulous year it has been, but you already know that from the website and Twitter newsfeeds. Our Sports Day this week, which like the weather, was simply superb and together with the record number of Selby 4 Key students (449 students transported in nine coaches) who enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Flamingo Land, courtesy of the school, typifies the year we have just enjoyed! We will be publishing our 2015-2016 Highlights booklet at the end of September so don’t forget to look out for your copy. It is biggest and best in the history of the school!
Talking about the history of the school, of which we are really proud, we are launching the next chapter of that history, with the implementation of our new school badge, which recognises the school at the heart of the community that it is delighted to serve. In addition to the new uniform we also have new:
  • Signage
  • Letterheads
  • Sports kit
  • Logos
  • Website
  • Water bottles (all students will receive one in September).
Don’t forget to look out for all the changes, together with the staffing changes that are detailed in my separate July ‘Staffing Blog’.
We are already planning for 2016-2017 to be another year to remember. Talking about developments, we have started the construction of our new PE changing rooms and six new classrooms. This £1.2m facility will hopefully be finished in February 2017; watch this space and the website for updates as they happen.
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:
The usual two-year calendar 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 2016-2017 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. I am sure that when the students come together in their new uniforms in September they are going to look incredibly smart and ready to work at the level required for a successful future.
Learning today, leading tomorrow.
The daily maximum spend for students in Food4Thought will continue to be £4.50. If you are not doing so already, 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 2016-2017:

Friday 2nd September

School re-opens – Year 7 students only

Monday 5th September

School re-opens – all students

Monday 26th September

Shakespeare Schools Festival cast workshop

Tuesday 27th September 6.30pm

Year 7 Literacy Evening

Monday 3rd October

Training Day – school closed to students

Monday 3rd October 6.30pm

Open Evening for prospective parents

Tuesday 4th October

School re-opens

Wednesday 5th October 7pm

Year 9 and 10 More Able Raising Aspirations Evening

Thursday 6th October

100% Attendance presentation assembly

Tuesday 11th October

Shakespeare Schools Festival dress rehearsal and performance

Tuesday 11th October 5.30pm

Year 7 Reading Evening

Wednesday 12th October

Year 8 girls HPV injections

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm

Governors Awards Evening at Selby Abbey

Tuesday 18th October    

Year 9 ‘Re-start a Heart’ day

Tuesday 18th October 5pm

Year 7 Parents Evening

Friday 21st October

School closes for holidays

At Selby High School it is common practice for students and staff to look after each other ‘treating others like they would wish to be treated themselves’. I hope that even during the holiday this will continue to be the case.
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

Principal's Staffing Blog - July 2016

  • Miss Jennie Crackles (business studies and ICT teacher) returned from maternity leave on 9th May 2016.
  • Dr Mark Smith (science teacher) will be leaving the school at the end of August 2016, in order to take his career in a new direction.
  • Miss Rebecca Newman (science teacher) has tendered her resignation with effect from 31st August 2016, in order to take up the offer of undertaking a fully funded PhD. The PhD is a network PhD run by York, Sheffield and Leeds Universities. It is working in partnership with the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme. She will also have a desk at Nairobi University. The project is funded by White Rose (ERSC). The research itself takes place in the Taita Hills, Eastern Arc Mountains Kenya. It would be great to see if there is any way in which her work could link in with that of the school.
  • Mr Christopher Johnson (mathematics teacher) has secured a new teaching position at South Holderness Technology College.
  • Mrs Cadence Knights (HLTA for mathematics) will not be returning from maternity leave, following the birth of her third child. Her husband has secured a new position in Norfolk and the whole family will be relocating at the end of June 2016.
  • Miss Rebecca Brigg will be taking maternity leave from the end of July 2016 until Easter 2017. Mrs Jenny Mackey, Assistant Curriculum Area Leader, (ACAL for science) will temporarily take over the leadership of The Science Faculty and Mrs Sophie Bell and Mr Andrew Milson additionally become the Acting ACALs for science.
  • Miss Jenna Strain (PE teacher) has been offered the opportunity to undertake a sabbatical year at the English School in Dubai. I have agreed to a twelve-month sabbatical. Miss Lucy Holt will, therefore, stay with us for another twelve months.
  • The Board of Governors have decided that in line with the school's September re-branding and redefinition of responsibilities, members of the leadership team will be known, from that time, by the titles of Principal; Vice Principal; Assistant Principal; Deputy Assistant Principal and Associate Assistant Principal. The team and their titles will, therefore, be as follows:

    Mr Paul Eckersley
    Vice Principals
    Mrs Joanne Carter-Mills; Mr Stuart Lewis & Mrs Amanda Lumb

    Assistant Principals

    Mr Carl Cousins & Mr Matthew Sinclair

    Deputy Assistant Principals

    Miss Vicki Gorton; Miss Gail Smith & Mrs Caroline Young

    Associate Assistant Principal

    Miss Samantha Johnson

    Lead Practitioner

    Mrs Samantha Sheard
  • From September 2016 Mrs Elizabeth Roberts (Head of Year 9, from September 2016 and CAL for drama) will be going part-time and reducing her hours to 0.84FTE.
  • Mrs Henna Iqbal (history teacher) will be taking maternity leave from 24th September 2016 until May 2017. Miss Sarah McCabe has been appointed as her temporary replacement.
  • Mr Josh Lewis and Miss Jo Tattersall have been appointed as full-time permanent teachers of science, together with Mrs Lola Brackenbury, as a 0.6FTE temporary teacher of science, for two terms in the first instance, to cover Miss Rebecca Brigg’s maternity leave.
  • We have appointed a new ICT Technician, Mr Chris Daniel as a replacement for Mr Tom Harland, who will be taking over from Mr Malcolm Hemingway (ICT Manager) when he retires in August 2016.
  • Mrs Caroline Young will be the new SENDL to replace Mrs Susan Caddy who retires fully in August 2016. Mrs Young will sit on the school’s SLT as a Deputy Assistant Principal. Mrs Helen Fenton, teacher for SEND, will also retire at the same time.
  • Miss Elizabeth Crawford will be taking on the newly created post of Assistant SENDL.
  • We have appointed three additional Acting Teaching & Learning Coaches, Mr Will Khambatta (English teacher); Miss Rebecca McClintock (D&T teacher) and Mrs Helen Metcalfe (KS3 English Progress Co-ordinator to join the T&L team, together with Miss Katie Levitt as part of her role as the Co-ordinator for More-Able Students, until December 2017 in the first instance.
  • We have appointed two new full-time permanent mathematics teachers, Miss Charlotte Cole and Mr Terry Katebe. They will take up their posts on 1st September 2016.
  • We have decided, given the importance attached to the subjects that make up the ‘E. Bacc. measure’ to re-design the composition of the faculties, together with re-naming them in line with these changes. We will be establishing an E. Bacc. Faculty that will contain the following subjects:geography, history, MFL, RE and sociology. Mrs Sarah Wardell, in addition to her duties as the Assistant AIM Co-ordinator, will take on the role of Head of Faculty for one year in the first instance.        
    The Faculty of Pure and Physical Sciences will still contain computer science, but be renamed The Science Faculty.

    The Global Languages Faculty will be renamed The Mathematics, Business & Enterprise Faculty.

    The English and Social Sciences Faculty will now only additionally contain media studies so will be renamed The English & Media Studies Faculty.

    The Performance and Creative Arts Faculty will be unchanged.
  • Mr Simeon Birchall (science teacher) has been appointed as the Acting Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Co-ordinator until August 2017 in the first instance.
  • Miss Laura Cant currently the CAL for music will be returning from maternity leave on 21st July 2016. On her return she will be stepping down from her curriculum area leader’s role and Mr Lanzillotti will become the permanent CAL for music; a role he has been undertaking in a temporary capacity during Miss Cant’s absence.
  • Miss Zoe Martin has been appointed as a temporary teacher of English to cover the remainder of Mrs Rowena Pickering’s maternity leave.
  • Mr James Dyke (English teacher) has been appointed as the Acting Ensuring Progress at KS4 Co-ordinator in Mrs Rowena Pickering’s absence.
  • Emma Elgie (PSTM) has be deployed on a temporary full-time basis until the end of term within the behaviour and safeguarding team to support the work of Miss Jane Holman (School Social Worker) with regard to helping and counselling students engaging in risk taking behaviours. The situation will be reviewed in September with a view to retaining the hours and the deployment.
  • Mrs Lisa Cawkwell (ASSM) who was seconded to the Personal Support Mentoring Team will return to her ASSM from 1st September 2016 unless Mr Gill’s (PSTM) return to work, following a major operation is delayed beyond that date. Mrs Monika Thornton will continue as an additional ASSM on a permanent basis.
  • We have reorganised the lower school curriculum and there is now no longer a need for a designated TLR for the role of Personalised Block Co-ordinator. The current post holder is Miss Katie Levitt and given that Miss Gail Smith is no longer in a position to discharge her defined responsibilities in respect of the more-able, we have asked her to take on the sole co-ordination of more-able students.
  • The leadership and management within mathematics is changing slightly in so far as designated members of staff, in addition to other responsibilities within the faculty, will be taking on the remit for particular year groups and the progress that individuals are making in mathematics. The allocated year groups are as follows:
    Mr Spence          Year 7
    Mrs Thacker       Year 8

    Miss Walmsley  Year 10Mr Jones             Years 9 & 11
  • Miss Sarah Carmichael (temporary GSSM) has been appointed permanently to the position of GSSM as the replacement for Mrs Iryna Durham.
  • Mrs Caroline Coates who is leaving to take up a TAs post at Manor C of E Academy in York.
  • We have advertised for a replacement GSSM for Mrs Claire Dugher (GSSM) who is leaving to undertake a PGCE at Leeds Trinity University and St Wilfred’s Secondary School, together with an additional GSSM to support the late arrival of a student who is in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).
  • We are currently reviewing the support afforded to Pupil Premium (PP) students and I will communicate any changes in due course.
  • Miss Rebbecca McClintock (D&T teacher) Miss Laura Cant (music teacher) are both getting married this summer and their respective married names will be Cooper and Stephenson.

I am sure you will wish to join me in thanking all those staff who are leaving for all that they have done for both the students and the school, but a special mention must go to Mr Hemingway, Mrs Caddy and Mrs Fenton.  

In addition, I know you will want to wish all our new staff the very best of luck in their new posts.

Paul Eckersley

July 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Headteacher’s Blog - May 2016

It has been an incredibly busy, but hugely rewarding half-term. The news stories on our Twitter feed and website are a fantastic testimony to the tremendous range of opportunities that are available to our students, both locally and nationally; thereby developing and enhancing their social, moral, spiritual and cultural well-being. I would like to thank you for the on-going support you provide in order to ensure that our students, your child(ren) can engage with these activities. 

We continue to work relentlessly to drive up standards and improve the accommodation and resources. During the half-term holiday and summer vacation, we will also be continuing with our refurbishment and maintenance programmes. The really exciting news is that the construction of the extension to the sports hall will begin on the 1st June 2016. This will provide modern high quality, and accessible male and female changing facilities; four new classrooms; additional office space; a viewing gallery into the sports hall and two additional teaching spaces re-developed from the old changing rooms. One of those teaching spaces will be a new fitness room. In addition, amongst other things, we are hoping to establish Selby’s very own wheelchair sports centre.

We are equally excited about welcoming a maximum intake into the school in September for the ninth consecutive year as more and more people want to take advantage of the exciting opportunities and excellent education Selby High School provides.

Once again, I am seeking your continued help in ensuring that your child is wearing the correct uniform, including their House tie. If we experience a heat-wave we will of course issue separate daily instructions in respect of wearing blazers and ties. It is also important that students bring the right equipment to all lessons. It is vital, as you will appreciate, that students continue to approach their studies with the correct focus, attitude and determination to achieve at the highest level and aim for excellence in all that they do.

Watch this space for details of the new uniform vouchers and images of the school’s new corporate identity.

Every student’s aim should be to become a Selby 4 Key student. Talking of which, we are hoping to take 440 students on an all-expenses paid trip to Flamingo Land on 18h July 2016, to celebrate collecting 10 Keys (mean of keys over 3 trackers) for year 7 to year 9 students and 13.3 keys over 4 trackers for Year 10 students, together with putting on a free film show for over 397 students collecting 8-9 Keys (mean of keys over 3 trackers). Currently, 93% of students are currently either a 3 Key or 4 Key students with 49% being 4 Key students. This is a tremendous achievement with over a third more students qualifying for this award; thank you for all that you do in ensuring your child(ren) put the maximum commitment and application into their studies; there is no substitute for hard work!

Furthermore, I welcome your support in ensuring your child(ren) eats healthily with regard to their breakfast; break-time snacks and lunch. A young person’s diet has such an impact on their ability to concentrate and study, therefore, this is something we cannot leave to chance! In addition, I should be grateful if you would spend a few minutes reiterating the need for staying safe on their journey to and from school, together with upholding the school’s image on those journeys. We will be holding a series of information sessions, week beginning 13th June 2016, with regard to ‘Road Safety’, expectations and reputation.

Staffing Update for Parents, Carers and Guardians
Since my last Blog the following members of staff will either be joining Selby High School in the next few weeks or have been promoted internally:

Mr Chris Daniel will be joining the staff as the new ICT Technician as from the 1st July 2016. He is currently undertaking a very similar role at St. Aidan’s Church of England High School in Harrogate.

With immediate effect and for at least 12 months in the first instance, Mr Simeon Birchall (science teacher) will be the new whole school ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Co-ordinator and Mrs Sarah Wardell (Assistant AIM Co-ordinator and Former ITT Co-ordinator) will be the Head of the new E.Bacc. Faculty (Geography, History, RE, MFL, Sociology).

I’m sure you will want to join me in wishing them all every success in their new jobs.

Watch this space for my end of term Staffing Update, which will provide details of all the staff changes for September 2016.

Paul Eckersley

Important Dates for Your Diary

Monday 6th June
School re-opens after half-term
Monday 6th – Friday 10th June  
Year 8 residential visit to Bewerley Park
Monday 13th June 6pm
Spelling Bee final at Barlby High School
Wednesday 15th June  
Year 8 More Able Challenge Day
Year 9 photography shoot at Selby Abbey
Thursday 16th June 
Year 8 Holocaust trip
Friday 17th June  
Form robot event
Year 7 Maths Roadshow 
Year 9 photography shoot at Selby Abbey
Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd June
Carnegie Challenge at Selby College
Thursday 23rd June   
Eurofest final
Friday 24th June    
Year 9 Enterprise Day
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June
Duke of Edinburgh Weekend
Tuesday 28th June 
Year 10 trip to Fountains Abbey
Wednesday 29th June  
Year 11 Prom
Thursday 30th June
Year 10 trip to Fountains Abbey
Monday 4th July  
Year 7 trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Monday 4th – Friday 8th July  
Activities Week and Year 10 Work Experience, Paris and Barcelona trips
Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th July
Year 7 Camp
Monday 11th July
Prison Me No Way (provisional date)
Tuesday 12th July
Year 6 Induction Day and Parents Evening
Wednesday 13th July
Year 10 More Able STEM Day
Thursday 14th July   
Consultation Day
Friday 15th July
Sports Day
Monday 18th July 
Selby Keys Film and Rewards Day
Wednesday 20th July  
Reserve Sports Day (in case of bad weather)
Friday 22nd July
Whole School Assembly, school closes for holidays