Selston High School is a smaller than average, mixed, 11-16 secondary school.  A former Specialist Arts College under the SSAT programme, the school formed a Multi Academy Trust on 1st April 2016.  The partner secondary schools are Ashfield School in Nottinghamshire, Manor Academy in Mansfield and Swanwick Hall School. Heritage school and Frederick Gent in Derbyshire.

The School serves a semi-rural, ex-mining area on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border drawing from a very wide catchment area, which is the largest parish in England. The predominant religious denomination in the area is Christianity. There are very few students that have other religious beliefs. Unemployment and deprivation are generally below the National average. 

Since the year 2000 new housing estates have been built in Selston as more families requested to live in the area many commuting to work in Derby or Nottingham. The last trace of the Holland Family, responsible for the building of the original Selston High School buildings (then called the Matthew Holland School) in Selston, was removed when David Holland, great grandson of Matthew, sold his greengrocer's shop in the village.

The village of Selston has its own leisure centre with a gym and five-a-side pitch which are located on the school site. Students at the school benefit from access to this provision during the school day.

Local residents alos have access to a community hub called 'The Tin Hat Centre' in which the local library is housed, a Par 3 golf course, various recreation parks including one with skate boarding facilities and a Parish Hall.