• 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.

Strawberry Fields Primary School Joins Selby Educational Trust

Strawberry Fields joined Selby Educational Trust on 1st April 2024. Over the last 12 months, the school and the trust have been working together, with a new strong partnership being formed.  Selby Educational Trust are delighted to welcome their first school in the Leeds Local Authority into their growing trust. At the heart of the trust’s vision and values is community and children getting the best possible chance through a strong collaboration between schools and services. 

Susan Mumby Headteacher at Strawberry Fields School, said “We are thrilled to announce our joining with the Selby Educational Trust, a step forward that promises to significantly enhance opportunities for children and families alike. This partnership embodies our commitment to fostering an enriching learning environment where every child has the chance to thrive and excel. Additionally, it opens up a new horizon of collaborative opportunities for staff, paving the way for innovative educational practices and professional growth. Together, we look forward to shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for our community.”  

Chair of Governors, Barbara Mason, said: “It is a joy to announce the dawn of a new chapter that promises to bring an array of unprecedented opportunities for our children, families, and the community we serve. This new phase in our journey is designed to enrich the lives of our stakeholders through innovative practice, enhanced community engagement, and a renewed commitment to excellence in all facets of our operations. The Governing Body invites the entire community to join us in this exciting journey. Through collaboration, dedication, and a shared vision, we can achieve extraordinary things for our children and pave the way for a bright future.” 

Ian Clennan, Chief Executive of Selby Educational Trust, commented: We are delighted to welcome Strawberry Fields Primary School into Selby Educational Trust. We have been working with the staff over a period of time and know they have as much to give the trust, as we have to support their school improvement journey too. We have seen staff, pupils and governors already sharing their expertise between schools in the trust. This approach will make each school and the trust stronger in the longer term.” 

Jane Tupper, Chair of Trustees at Selby Educational Trust, spoke of the third school joining the trust as, “An exciting and promising development for all concerned and one that will support the educational experience and attainment for every school in the trust.  From early stages of the relationship between the Strawberry Fields Primary School and the trust it has been very clear that we have shared values and ambition and the partnership will undoubtedly reap many rewards for pupils, their families, staff and governors in the future.”   


Carlton Primary School is proud to announce the outcome of their recent Ofsted inspection. Having joined Selby Educational Trust in January of 2021 with a legacy ‘requires improvement’ judgement, inspectors visited again in November 2023 and judged the school to be ‘good’ in all areas! Inspectors noted that pupils were ‘happy’ and ‘adults had high expectations for learning.’ 

Jon Watson, Headteacher at Carlton Primary Community School, said “I am delighted, but not at all surprised, that we have now received the external validation from Ofsted that we are a ‘Good’ school. I am incredibly proud of our school and of our wonderful pupils. We have made huge progress over recent years and will continue to do so moving forward.  I am truly grateful for the consistent hard work of my talented and caring staff team, for the genuine support and appropriate challenge from both our Local Governing Board and Selby Educational Trust colleagues, and of course for the support from our families and local community. Carlton Primary School is a great place to be!”  

Chair of Governors, Julia Costello, said: “It is great to see that all the hard work and progress made by Jon and the staff at Carlton Primary School has been recognised formally. It is clear from the feedback from parents and pupils that they were already aware of the great work that has been done and what a great school Carlton Primary School is and will continue to be.” 

Ian Clennan, Chief Executive of Selby Educational Trust, commented: We are delighted to have confirmation of what we have all known, that Carlton Primary School is ‘Good.’ The hard work of leaders, staff, pupils and parents has really paid off. This is a growing school, with more pupils and classes than ever before, experiencing a great school that is at the heart of their local community.” 

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.