• Our Mission

    To provide an inspirational and successful learning experience for children in the communities we serve.

  • Our Vision

    That every child attending a SET academy receives a high-quality education, delivered locally that allows them to maximise their potential, …

  • Our Values

    Children at the heart of every decision Continually striving for excellence Working together and valuing our differences Ensuring sustainability in …

  • Expertise and Support

    Since we first formed our Multi-Academy Trust, we have developed a specialist team of staff able to support partners; providing …


Selby Educational Trust or SET is a Multi-Academy Trust.  A Multi-Academy Trust is where a number of Primary/Secondary schools have joined together to form a single Trust, managing a group of Academy partners with a Board of Trustees answerable to the Board’s Members.

Expertise and Support

Selby Educational Trust provides a range of expertise and support services through its local partnership of primary and secondary schools and the college.

Since we first formed our Multi-Academy Trust, we have developed a specialist team of staff able to support partners; providing curriculum and support consultants with tried and tested experience of successfully managing school and college departments. Each consultant is dedicated to improving individual partner school performance.

Our specialist team provides support on a wide range of issues affecting education partners including, Leadership, Behaviour support, Managing Information, Communications and Technology, Governance, HR, Finance, Marketing and Communications, Project Management, Estates and Facilities and Academy Conversion.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with schools and strongly believe Selby Educational Trust offers a unique local approach to partners including those already in some form of partnership within the 45 minute drive of Selby and the surrounding area we serve.

Building a Culture of Success

We recognise every school has experts in their chosen field. We also recognise every member of staff wants their own organisation to be successful. We encourage this self-belief from the start. Our approach is one of partnership, listening to colleagues to identify what’s right but also what needs to be improved to make things right. We are open and honest and always lead by example, willingly sharing our knowledge, ideas and techniques. We aim to build mutual trust, creating an environment of joint working, shared values and accelerated, sustained and outstanding improvements that benefit all.

We offer:-

  • A culture of cooperation from first joining our partnership
  • Bespoke training, advice and guidance for Governors, Head Teachers and Staff
  • Network meetings in Research, Early Years, SEND and Safeguarding
  • Co-teaching, coaching and mentoring support to ensure schools are target driven and have the self- belief to achieve set goals and targets
  • Provide learning and teaching reviews, school support, service reviews
  • Head Teacher appraisal
  • Regular Headteacher meetings.
  • Half termly chairs meetings between all the chairs.
  • Governance support including training, advice and guidance.

What We Will Achieve Together

  •  A clear joint vision, mission, values and strategy to  providing excellence  in the education services we each provide.
  • Improved results and performance and Ofsted outcomes
  • Improved and sustained leadership capacity and expertise
  • Effective Governance
  • Improved efficiency and effective deployment of key resources
  • Facilities fit for 21st century pupils and students

What matters most to each of our partners is that we work together to improve performance. In most cases we find where a problem is identified another partner will already have had the same issue and found a way to successfully address it.   Our partnership provides support when and where it is needed but most importantly we are accessible, flexible and responsive and will deliver workable solutions suited to individual school partner needs.

The Benefits of Joining SET

Early this year we worked with a local media company to produce a short video about SET. We’ve summarised some of the key reasons for joining our small, but outward looking trust.

Click on the link below to find out more details and to see the video


Selby Community Primary School is delighted to have received a donation from Tadcaster Volunteer Car Services Association (TVCSA) to provide pupils with books to keep inspire them to read. Selby Community Primary School’s Platinum Jubilee bus has been in operation since the summer and the TVCSA has made a substantial donation of books so that every pupils can find a book that would interest them.

Ian Clennan, Headteacher at Selby Community Primary School, said this is a much welcome donation to support our families during these challenging times. He said: “Children love reading books. This donation expands the variety of books we have for our pupils. At a time when costs are rising and we would not be able to afford this many books, the amazing donation means there is something for everyone to read.”

Ian Talbot (TVCSA Chair) said: “We really enjoyed visiting the school and seeing where our donations are used. We were very impressed by the positive feel of the school and how happy and involved all the children were. It is a credit to all of you and your hard work. The Library Bus is an amazing resource and we are sure will help engage the children in reading. It is a pleasure to keep supporting you.”

Selby CP Celebrates Ofsted Judgement

We are delighted to announce that Selby Community Primary School continues to be a ‘Good’ school. Ofsted visited back in April 2022 and confirmed that the school continues to be a good school.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Selby Community Primary School continues to improve. Ofsted praised the fact that since joining Selby Educational Trust the school continues to grow. The curriculum for pupils was described as ‘amibitious’, with the reading and maths curriculum described as strong.

Ian Clennan, CEO and Headteacher of Selby CP states, ‘We are truly delighted to read this report. It reflects the hard work of the school community before, during and since Covid. The amazing work of pupils, staff and parents has been captured in this report. From a Selby Educational Trust point of view this is the first school to be inspected since SET began and it fills me with such encouragement that our school improvement model is Shaping Futures Through Education.’

The full report can be read here

If you want to find out more about joining SET drop us an email to contact@setschools.uk

Recycled Robot Challenge with DRAX

Selby Community Primary School has been working with DRAX to build recycled robots. Year 4 pupils enjoyed the challenge of creating some spectacular robots using items that would have ended up in recycle bins. With the help of DRAX they have created some fabulous creations and together with parents they showed these off to the team from DRAX.

Click below for the DRAX press release to see these wonderful robots in action. Our thanks to DRAX for their continued support of the curriculum at Selby Community Primary School.


Selby Community Primary School is delighted to have received a donation from Councillor Stephanie Duckett to provide younger pupils with enough books to keep reading at home during the pandemic. Due to Covid restrictions and the need to quarantine books on return to school this has meant the number of books for pupils has significantly reduced. The youngest children need specialist phonic books to support their early reading and these are not usually the books families would have at home. The donation means the children will have access to the resources they need to improve their reading, which in turn will foster a love of reading and books for life.

Year 1 pupils receiving the new books, with Ian Clennan (Headteacher).

Ian Clennan, Headteacher at Selby Community Primary School, said this is a much welcome donation to support our families during these challenging times. He said: For the youngest children to learn to read they need books which match the sounds they are learning at school. Home learning and the need to quarantine books has created some challenges for us. This donation of the books means that more children can continue to read and keep up with their phonics teaching. This will make a huge difference to our families and help to improve children’s future love of reading.”

Councillor Stephanie Duckett, said: I’m really happy to support this project that will help the younger pupils. Once they have the basic skills, a lifetime of enjoying reading and learning awaits them.”

Councillor Stephanie Duckett

Carlton Primary School Joins Selby Educational Trust

A new chapter began today, 1st January 2021, as Carlton Primary School officially joined Selby Educational Trust.

We thank all those involved with the conversion and for making it as smooth as possible, despite the pressures of Covid-19.

Ian Clennan, Chief Executive of Selby Educational Trust, said “This marks the start of an exciting chapter for Selby Educational Trust. Carlton Primary School is a welcome addition to the Trust and both Selby Community Primary School and Carlton Primary have already developed a strong working relationship over the last few months.”

If you are interested in joining Selby Educational Trust or finding out more about our offer please email olbisonp@selby.ac.uk or clennani@selby.ac.uk


Carlton-in-Snaith Community Primary School given the go ahead by the Department for Education to join Selby Educational Trust on 1st January 2021. The Trust is sponsored by Selby College and receives state funding to support schools and its vision is “That every child in Selby and the surrounding area deserves a high-quality education, delivered locally.” By joining Selby Educational Trust, staff will share their expertise, knowledge and skills to collaborate with other members of the Trust and improve education in the Selby area even further.

Jon Watson, Headteacher at Carlton-in-Snaith Primary Community School, said a period of consultation had taken place, which led to the decision for the school to become an academy. He said: I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Carlton-in-Snaith Primary School when I say we already feel incredibly supported by the team at Selby Educational Trust. We are very extremely excited and honoured to be officially joining the Trust and very much look forward to the future and the opportunities we will be able to offer our children and staff.”

Chair of Governors, Helen Snowden, said: “We are proud to become part of Selby Educational Trust. Our decision is the result of significant strategic planning and engagement, and we are energised by the opportunities to collaborate to further improve the educational outcomes for our community. We have asked our community whether they would like to change the name of the school. The overwhelming majority agree to be called Carlton Primary School after our conversion.”

Ian Clennan, Chief Executive of Selby Educational Trust, said: Particular thanks should go to the Governing Board who saw this as the next logical step in the growth and improvement of the school. The newly named Carlton Primary School will strengthen the expertise we already have to provide an inspirational and outstanding learning experience for all young people in Selby and the surrounding area. I am excited about what we can achieve together. Putting the children first is fundamental to our vision: That every child in Selby and the surrounding area deserves a high-quality education, delivered locally that allows them to maximise their achievements, shapes their lives and by so doing helps transform the community we serve.”


We are delighted to announce that Carlton-in-Snaith Primary School has been given permission to join Selby Educational Trust. Subject to the outcomes of the consultation processes and final approval from the Department for Education the school will join Selby Educational Trust in January 2021.


Selby Educational Trust is proud to be working in partnership with Drax during these challenging times.

Drax Group is delivering hundreds of laptops with internet access to schools and colleges local to its operations across Britain, to ensure students can continue with their studies during the Covid-19 crisis.

As the pandemic continues to have a major impact on families and communities across the UK, the energy company which owns the UK’s largest power station, is rolling out a package of measures to support people in its communities.

It has been working with headteachers at its partner schools to source and provide families with laptops and prepaid internet access so children without a computer at home can connect and continue with their studies during the lockdown.


Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said: “At Drax we’ve been working with headteachers during the Easter break to make sure that students have access to laptops as they start the summer term. This is crucial, as highlighted by the Government this weekend.


“We’re delivering nearly 700 laptops with internet access to the students who need them most. The pandemic continues to have a major impact on families, businesses and communities across the UK – our support for students means we’re helping to get them connected so they can keep learning during the lockdown.”


As part of its initiative to inspire more children to study STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects, Drax has been working with partner schools local to its operations for some time, delivering a range of projects and careers events.

This latest project has seen the energy company invest £200,000 in the laptops with prepaid internet access, delivered for the summer term to partner schools in its local communities across England and Scotland.

The schools will distribute the technology to families to help ensure no child is left behind during lockdown.

Ian Clennan, Head Teacher of Selby Community Primary School in North Yorkshire, which will be receiving some of the equipment, said: “This donation of laptops from Drax is going to make a huge difference to the lives of pupils currently without access to online educational resources – as well as our whole school community after the Coronavirus lockdown is over.


“Ensuring no-one gets left behind in their studies during the lockdown is a priority for us, but schools don’t just provide education – they’re a whole support system. Having computers and internet access means pupils can keep in touch with their teachers and classmates more easily too – which is also incredibly important at the moment.”


Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First, a leading charity which aims to address disadvantages in education, added: “Home schooling is difficult for any family, but for children with limited access to a laptop or the internet – the barriers to studying are even greater. This generous donation by Drax will help hundreds of children to continue to learn during the crisis and have a positive impact on their life chances, as well as the communities in which they live.”


As part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, Drax has taken unprecedented measures to protect its staff during the Covid-19 crisis and maintain a reliable and stable supply of electricity to millions of homes and businesses across the UK.

Just last week, engineers at Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire – the UK’s largest power station – installed blue lighting on one of the 114m tall cooling towers in appreciation of the NHS as part of the ‘Clap for Carers’ initiative.

Building Improvement Works at Selby Community Primary School

Selby Educational Trust has been successful in receiving Department for Education funding for new boilers and roof repairs at Selby Community Primary School. This substantial amount of money means that eh school is more energy efficient and all flat roofs have been brought up to 2020 standards.

Chief Executive, Ian Clennan, commented that ‘Without being able to apply for this funding the repair work at school would have been minimal and leaks would still be happening. Since becoming an academy we have been able to access building funding at a far greater level than previously. Alongside the extensive roof repairs the new boilers mean that the school is energy efficient and is now well on the way to reducing our carbon footprint.’


Selby Educational Trust has two further bids in with the Department for Education and will hear back in April if these bids for more improvements have been made.

If any governing bodies, head teachers or others would like more information about the Trust or to arrange a meeting with the team, please contact Pam Olbison on 01757 211001 or email olbisonp@selby.ac.uk.