We currently have 8 governors, 4 of whom are new to the Governing Body. We are keen to recruit more, and if any of you are interested, please contact the school. Governors work with the Headteacher and the school and make decisions about strategic matters, curriculum, recruitment and staffing. We receive regular reports on all matters affecting the school and we meet as a full Governing Body 5 times a year. In addition to this, we make regular visits to school to see departments in action. This involves visiting lessons and speaking to students and staff. By doing this, Governors are able to keep up to date with what is happening in school and find out how national and Two Counties Trust initiatives impact upon your children’s education. We also attend special evenings and concerts.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our current Governing Body.
Mrs G Haslam (Chair of Governors)
I am currently retired, but prior to this spent 38 years teaching in 3 local secondary schools, originally as teacher of Modern Foreign languages and for the last 22 years as Deputy Headteacher at SHS. I have experience of both academic and pastoral systems. During my career I have been Course Director of European Studies, Child Protection Coordinator, SENco and the Advocate for Looked After Children. I have organised and delivered whole-school in-service training for SHS and other schools and worked as an associate member of the Local Authority to evaluate the provision of summer schools for Gifted and Talented students. I have also worked with local universities to coordinate the provision for trainee teachers and I have been responsible for school finance. I have experience of working with employers as part of careers provision in school and gained the awards of Investors in People and Career Mark for SHS. I represented the school on different community groups. As part of senior leadership, I gained a wealth of experience in the use of data, strategic planning, quality assurance, performance management, site management and Health and Safety. I am a Member of the Two Counties Trust. I am Chair of the SHS Governing Body with oversight of Safeguarding and Pupil Premium.
Mrs E Jeffery
I have been a Governor at the school for approximately 24 years, with a short break in the middle of my tenure. I was also a Governor at Holly Hill primary School for 16 years where I was Chair of the Finance Committee. As I live in the village all 3 of my children and 2 of my grandchildren have attended Selston High School. My special areas of interest are Special Educational Needs and Disability as well as Finance. I was employed at Ashfield School as a Senior Teaching Assistant with HLTA status and have also worked as a Management Accountant and Company Secretary since the 1970s. I retired at the end of 2013, which has given me a greater opportunity to visit school on a regular basis and be a more hands-on Governor. Since then I have also become a Governor at Fountaindale Special School and have recently been appointed Chair of Governors there. I have a sincere interest in the education of our younger generation and strive to get the best for them. Over the last year I have attended some of the School Council meetings and met with many of the students at SHS, which has been a great pleasure. Students are confident and articulate and I feel proud to report back to the Governing Body on these meetings and on the fantastic behaviour and attitude to learning of students I have seen in lessons. I have oversight of SEND and Finance.
Mr R McKinlay
I have been teaching for over 12 years and prior to this I worked in the music industry, organising and managing many music educational tours. This involved taking musicians into primary and secondary schools in the North East of England. I also worked with the BBC to market and manage the Young Folk Award, a UK competition for aspiring young and new folk musicians, before moving to a more commercial area of music. I enjoy the challenge that education brings and I studied for my Post Graduate teaching qualification at Nottingham Trent University. I then retrained to be a Computer Science teacher with the British Computer Society, having specialised initially in Design and Technology. I now lead a successful Computer Science and ICT department at SHS. I am developing the new Enrichment programme for all years. I am the staff Governor.
Mrs T Meeks
I was delighted to be appointed to the Governing Body at SHS. I live locally in the area and I wanted to see my local school thrive and provide the very best standard of education to its students and local community. My own daughter attends this school, transitioning from a local junior school. I have always been passionate about contributing to the development of young people, particularly recognising the need to ensure that every single student has access to the best possible education and opportunities in life. I currently work as an Assistant Headteacher at Park Vale Academy and have worked both in education and industry. I have experience in many areas of academy leadership including curriculum, achievement, enrichment and career guidance and information. Through my experience of working in education I hope to fulfil my responsibilities as a Governor by offering both support and challenge.
Mr P Phillips
I am an Apprentice Trained Engineer at Rolls Royce PLC with almost 40 year’s service. I am experienced in the manufacturing of complex safety critical components and Supply Chain Design. I am now retired and work as part of the SHS Governing Body in all aspects of school governance. My aim is to provide increased opportunities for the young people of the school by creating excellent educational standards, learning environments and teaching. I have oversight of Careers, Health and Safety and Mental Health and Well-Being.
Mrs D Weaver
I am a serving Headteacher in a larger than average inner-city primary school. Having 20 years of primary teaching in my background, I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education, and ensuring that they have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. As a mum of three wonderful daughters, one of whom attended SHS, I appreciate the pressures on parents to support their children on this journey and how pressures have changed in this modern- day society. In addition, having been a resident of Selston for 15 years, I understand the local community and have built great relationships with fellow residents.
Mrs A Palmer
I have been working in education for nearly 5 years and prior to this I worked as a manager in retail. I studied my degree in Natural Science through the Open University and I am currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Education. I also have a certificate of higher education in Chemistry and in Law. Living in the local community affords me the opportunity to build positive relationships with the students and the curriculum, meaning I have a good understanding of what happens in the classroom, as well as outside of school. My enthusiasm to gather feedback from colleagues and students, as well as my own understanding of the staff experience put me in a good position to contribute to the schools decision making.
Mr P Halcro - Headteacher
As you will see our Governors come from different backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience to the Governing Body. We would sincerely welcome others to join us as everyone has something to contribute.