Selby High School

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Selby High School
Motto In Arduis Fidelis
"Faithful in adversity".
Established 1908
Type Community school
Principal Nick Hinchliffe
Location Leeds Road
North Yorkshire
53°46′51″N 1°04′43″W / 53.7807°N 1.0787°W / 53.7807; -1.0787Coordinates: 53°46′51″N 1°04′43″W / 53.7807°N 1.0787°W / 53.7807; -1.0787
Local authority North Yorkshire
DfE number 815/4225
DfE URN 121702 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c. 1100
Ages 11–16
Houses Garrett, Hockney, Mason and Palin
Colours Grey (Year 7 - 8) and Black (9-11)

Selby High School is a co-educational secondary school in North Yorkshire, England. Its main catchment area is the town of Selby and villages from the Selby District, including Thorpe Willoughby, Hambleton, Monk Fryston, Cawood and Wistow.


Selby High School links back to Selby Grammar School, founded in 1908 as an all-girls school as Selby High School. In 1967 this changed to the Selby Grammar School grammar school and became coeducational, and in 1979, a mixed comprehensive school. The comprehensive was renamed Selby High School.


In 2003 Selby High School began fundraising towards securing specialist school status – the school was awarded specialist status in Performing and Visual Arts in 2005. Following this the school built a dance studio, a 200-seat theatre stand and an all-weather pitch.[citation needed] In January 2013 the school added an ICT suite with new computers. In 2017 it added the Eckersley Centre, A building named after the previous headmaster, Paul Eckersley.

House system[edit]

In 2005 the school introduced a new house system with pupils from all year groups equally distributed into forms. The houses are named after significant Yorkshire people: Lesley Garrett (Garrett); David Hockney (Hockney); James Mason (Mason); and Michael Palin (Palin).

School building

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also: Category:People educated at Selby High School

Selby Grammar School[edit]

  • Dianne Bevan (nee Roe), Chief Operating Officer from 2007-12 of the National Assembly for Wales
  • Sir John Arthur Townsley – Executive Principal, Gorse Academies Trust [3] (attended the school 1976-1982)
  • Geoff Wilkinson, music producer of Us3

Selby Girls' High School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

  • Mary Blake, Headmistress from 1975-83 of Manchester High School for Girls (head teacher of the girls' high school from 1960-68, and the grammar school from 1968-75) and the first President of the Secondary Heads Association in 1978
  • Joan Firth CB, Chair of Bradford Health Authority from 1998-2000 (Head of Science from 1960-62 at the girls' high school)
  • Brian Sherratt, Head of Religious Studies at the grammar school from 1967-70


  1. ^ "Meet Nigel: Nigel Adams MP". Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Charles (26 August 2005). "FULL GCSES RESULTS FOR SELBY HIGH AND BARLBY HIGH". Selby Times. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ Evans, Darren (30 December 2014). "Inspirational educators recognised in New Year's Honours list". TES Digital. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Prof Judy Armitage Page - Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford". University of Oxford. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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