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Selby High School

Selby High School

 

 

 

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

Selby High School governors’ started the new academic year (2018) having reconstituted their governing body to fourteen board members. This streamlining was necessary to create the continued challenge and set the strategic direction for the school.

The Board of Governors comes from a variety of backgrounds. They bring a wealth of individual and personal experience with representatives from: parents, the community, the local authority and teachers. 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 the Governing Body is to set the strategic direction of the school, work closely with the Principal, Senior Leaders and staff to ensure objectives and standards are achieved. This is achieved through:

  • 6 Full Governors’ Meetings
  • 4 Pay and Finance Committee Meetings
  • A schedule of Link Governor Meetings in school

The Full Governors’ Meetings will be supported by a Principal’s Report, which will give regular updates on the key aspects of the School Development Plan. Throughout the year, each senior leader, and other key leaders, will present at the Full Governors’ Meetings.

The Pay and Finance Committee will oversee the Performance Management processes, including ratifying pay recommendations, as well as provide strategic leadership in the financial planning of the school.

Link Governors cover all key aspects of the school’s work and quality assure senior leaders’ judgments about progress towards achieving the aims of the School Development Plan. Individual governors have at least one link role with the school. Link Governors’ reports are presented at the Full Governors’ meetings.

“Governors know the school well. They recognise that, since the last inspection, they have developed into a more resolute group. They ask suitably challenging and incisive questions of senior leaders, ensuring that leaders are focused on improving the school for the benefit of the pupils and the local community. Governors have acted on the review of governance that they commissioned with care and consideration. They have great confidence that the changes you have made since your appointment are improving the school“ (Ofsted, July 2018) 


 

Grant Gibson Chair of The Board of Governors
Selby High School

Chair of Governors

 
 
 
Grant Gibson, Co-opted Governor
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Grant Gibson

I joined the Board of Governors in 2003 as a parent governor. In 2005 I became the Chair of the Board. I first joined the governing body as a parent governor with my daughter being a student in year 10. I have now moved in to the role as a co-opted Governor. My daughter also moved on but returned to the school in 2016 as a teacher. In 2012 I retired from North Yorkshire Police after 26 and half years as a specialist Road Policing Officer. Since this time I have re–trained as a teacher myself and returned to a full-time teaching role in Further Education. 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, supporting and challenging the Principal and Senior Leadership Team in developing and creating an outstanding environment for teaching and learning and therefore providing opportunities that allow students to achieve their full potential.

When I have some spare time, I enjoy reading, cycling and high level mountain walking/climbing.

Term of Office:  September 2018 - September 2022

Committees:  Redundancy Appeals, Governor Intervention Panel, Governor Attendance Panel, Principal's Review Panel, Finance & Pay Committee

Chair/Vice Chair:  Chair of Board

Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Daughter employed as a teacher

 

Vice Chair of Governors

 
 
 
 
 
Helen Billington, Local Authority 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:  March 2018 - March 2022

Committees:  Finance & Pay Committee, Principal's Review Panel, Governor Intervention Panel, Governor Attendance Panel, Redundancy Selection Committee, Redundancy Appeals

Chair/Vice Chair:  Vice Chair of Board

 

Exams

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 Handelsbanken. Professionally qualified since 1983, I bring financial and business skills to the Governing Body and chair the Finance & Pay 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 Lake District. I am also a long time follower of Castleford Tigers in rugby league’s Super League.


Term of Office:
  September 2018 - September 2022

Committees: Att. Disciplinary & Arbitration, Pupil Discipline Panel, Governor Intervention Panel, Principal's Review Panel, Finance & Pay Committee

Chair/Vice Chair:  Chair of Finance & Pay Committee

Other Governor roles: Chair of Hambleton Primary School. 

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Wife employed as Office Manager

 

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:  September 2018 - September 2022

Committees:   Att. Disciplinary & Arbitration, Pupil Discipline Panel, Redundancy


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:  September 2018 - September 2022

Committees:  Att. Disciplinary & Arbitration, Redundancy Appeals

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Careers curriculum event - business links


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:  September 2018 - September 2022

Committees:  Governor Attendance Panel, Pupil Discipline Panel, Redundancy Appeals



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 was also 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 skill set 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:  September 2015 - August 2019

Committees:  Pupil Discipline Panel, Governor Intervention Panel

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Wife employed as a Personalised Support Team Mentor

 

Parent Governor

 
 
 
Helen Sawdon
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Helen Sawdon

I am a Parent Governor and was elected in November 2015. My daughter and son both attended Selby High School, leaving in June 2013 and June 2018. I have been a primary school teacher locally for 28 years. I have a Special Educational Needs background and have worked for North Yorkshire County Council as a Specialist Teacher in the Selby area where I taught primary aged children with Communication and Interaction Needs. I also provided Specialist support and advice to school staff working with these children. I am now the Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion and Safeguarding at a large Primary School in the Doncaster Authority. 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 - October 2019

Committees:  Finance & Pay Committee

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:

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: Pupil Discipline Committee

 

Staff Governor

 
 
 
Emma Elgie
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Emma Elgie

I have worked at Selby High School for eleven 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 Student Support Welfare Mentor. 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 9 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: 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the school if you would like to see a copy of the Governor meeting minutes.

Link Governors & Expectations

Governor attendance records at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016-2017

Historic (left within last 12 months)

Lucie Fox: Local Authority Governor, resigned 15th December 2017
Miles Hebden:  Parent Governor, resigned 1st February 2018
Ruth Colman: Co-opted Governor, resigned 1st September 2018
Dave Middleton: Associate Governor, term not renewed