Welcome from the Chair of Governors 

Selston High School currently have 8 governors, 4 of whom are new to the Governing Body. As a 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.   

Governors Key Information Summary Table

Gill 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. 

Elaine Jeffery

I have been a Governor at the school for almost 30 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. In 2015 I also become a Governor at Fountaindale Special School where I was appointed Chair of Governors in 2019. In 2020 the school joined the Evolve Trust who do not have local governing bodies. I have oversight of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Looked After Children, Finance, GDPR and pupil voice.

I have a sincere interest in the education of our younger generation and strive to get the best for them. As part of my responsibilities, 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.

Ross 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. 

Tracey 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. 

Deborah 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. 

Arlene 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.  

Claire Brooks

As a born and bred Selston”er”, I have been involved with the school since the 1980’s when I attended as a student. My children all attended the school and I began my own career in education at Selston High School. I was also a Governor here for approx. 9 years until a change of job role necessitated a brief withdrawal.

I am now back on Governors and as full of enthusiasm and passion for the school as ever. I have been hugely involved in Special Educational Needs and Disability, particularly Dyslexia, Alternative Curriculum and Exam Access Arrangements since 2009. My current role is at a large, local Further Education College and whilst I am focused on our learners while they are with us, I am also keen to ensure that they have pathways to their long term career goals where possible.