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Baking success for Sele Catering Team

Congratulations to Manager of the Sele Catering Team, Kirsty, whose Christmas baking won her second prize in a competition. 

The Catering Team, part of Hertfordshire Catering, put on a fantastic Christmas Lunch on the last Friday of term, with superb home made cakes taking centre stage.   

For more pictures please go to the Galleries page and click on Christmas Lunch 2017. 

Trampolining success for Sele Students

Congratulations to Sele students whose success in the East Region Trampoline Competition means that they go on to the next stage in the competition, which will involve travel to Chesterfield; Kenzie Ashby-Cumberbatch, Eddie Barton, Mason Hill, Ryan Storey and Dom Harvey all move through to the next round. Sadly, in spite of some excellent performances, Antoni Gasiorowski, Jessie Dean, Thomas Gilbert, Jack Wilson and Caitlyn McAdam do not progress any further in the competition.    

Sushi, Sumo and Science for The Sele School Students!

Two sixth form students from The Sele School, Hertford, have returned from a prestigious scientific and cultural exchange to Kyoto, Japan. The School had been selected and invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol which has been running 'Young Scientists Workshops' for UK and Japanese schools for over 20 years. The students attended the University of Kyoto, where they worked collaboratively with Japanese students and professors to undertake cutting edge scientific research. The aim of the programme is to enable students from both countries to discover, by living and working together, a new vision of the world they are entering. The organisation aspires to show the challenges and opportunities science and engineering offer to young people, and prepare them for their own futures as global citizens in that world.  

Set on the shores of Lake Biwa, Kyoto is the former imperial capital of Japan and the university is the second oldest in the country. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners in the sciences.

Micky Dear, a Year 12 student, said “It was such an amazing trip to a place I had always wanted to visit. I spent the week in the lab trying to find breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical industry. My highlight was seeing the monkeys at Arashiyama park”. 

As well as undertaking their projects the students had time to explore Kyoto and experience Japanese culture. They also spent a day at a tsunami research facility. Jack Climpson, also in Year 12, investigated how the colours of pigments affect the biochemical properties of materials and organisms. “I really enjoyed making friends with the Japanese students and visiting the shrines and temples around the city. Also feeding the sacred deer at Nara was really fun ”. 

Mr Grinter, science teacher at the school, also attended the program. “The Clifton Scientific Trust is an excellent organisation that offers this great opportunity to a select group of students in the country. The boys had a fantastic week in Japan culminating in delivering outstanding presentations to a distinguished audience of professors and guests of the University”. 

Neil Dunn, Headteacher  was pleased that students at Sele were offered this opportunity.  "Cultural exchange visits are increasingly important in today’s global world; to be able to participate in the prestigious Clifton Scientific Trust workshops at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research was an amazing opportunity for Micky and Jack. We are now keen to establish this partnership going forward to enable as many of our A Level science students to gain similar experiences in years to come.”

An international group of students in Japan, including Mickey Dear of The Sele School (first left). 

Sele Students Art Display at Mudlarks Garden Cafe

During the Summer Holidays art produced by talented Sele Students will be on display at Mudlarks Garden Cafe in Hertford. We are proud to announce this collaboration and thank Mudlarks for hosting art by Sele Students in their first floor Gallery.  

Mudlarks Garden Cafe is a popular vegetarian and vegan eatery in the heart of Hertford and regularly features artworks produced by local artists. Mudlarks is at 10 Railway Street, Hertford, SG14 1BG and is usually open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00 with Night Owls on Fridays from 19:00 until late. They can be contacted on 01992 538515 to confirm opening hours and current menu selections.    

Sele Students head for Japan

Two sixth form students from The Sele School, Hertford, have been selected to participate in a prestigious scientific and cultural exchange to Kyoto, Japan. The students have been invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust to attend the University of Kyoto, where they will work collaboratively with Japanese students to undertake cutting edge scientific research. The aim of the program is to enable students from both countries to discover, by living and working together, a new vision of the world they are entering. The organisation aspires to show the challenges and opportunities science and engineering offer to young people, and prepare them for their own futures as global citizens in that world. 

Set on the shores of Lake Biwa, Kyoto is the former imperial capital of Japan and the university is the second oldest in the country. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. 

Micky Dear, a Year 12 student, said “It’s an amazing opportunity to go to a place I’ve always want to visit. I’m really looking forward to working with people from different backgrounds to find new breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical industry”.

Jack Climpson, also in Year 12, will be investigating how the colours of pigments affect the biochemical properties of materials and organisms. “I can’t wait to get out there and get stuck into the research. I’m also really excited to see the sights and meet new people from a different culture”.

Mr Grinter, science teacher at the school, is enthusiastic about the program. “The Clifton Scientific Trust is an excellent organisation that offers fantastic opportunities to a select group of students in the country. I am glad they have seen the talent for the sciences that the boys have and have chosen to send them to undertake research at the University of Kyoto”.

Calypso Cricket at The Sele School

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Annual Calypso Cricket Festival at The Sele School and this year’s event was the biggest in the school’s history; during the five days of the Festival over 80 teams took part, a total of over 600 participants. Calypso Cricket is the equivalent to 5-a-Side Football with games being played on smaller pitches and only five overs per team, a fast paced and exciting format of the game and the tournament was run by The Sele School PE Department alongside GCSE and BTEC Sports Leaders who were organising the Festival as part of their exam courses. 

The Festival opened with the Hertford & Ware Sports Partnership Primary Boys Kwik Cricket Competition. The competition was fierce with a nail biting final being played out between Bengeo  and Millmead Schools with Millmead School emerging as worthy winners.

The second day of the Festival enjoyed glorious sunshine and clear blue skies as fifteen teams participated in the Girls Tournament. Presdales and Simon Balle won the U15 and U13 competitions respectively. One of the highlights of the day was a three-way bowl off, which decided which group would qualify for the cup semi-finals and was won by Simon Balle on the last ball.

Year 8 and Year 10 Boy’s Teams were also in action of Day 2 with Richard Hale emerging dominant to win in both age groups.

The final day of Secondary Schools Competition was the the Year 7 and Year 9 Boys event with slightly cooler weather allowing for a much more comfortable competition. Richard Hale continued in dominant form to take the trophy in the Year 9 competition but were unable to make it a clean sweep with Chauncy winning the Year 7 Boys competition. 

Rounding off the Festival was the Primary Girls Kwik Cricket Competition. After some very exciting matches the final was between Tewin and Millmead schools, played at a very high standard, with Millmead emerging as eventual champions.

Head of PE at The Sele School, Gemma Tait, commented 'This is a fantastic event that we host every year. It has grown in size year on year. It is now one of the biggest cricket competitions in the area. Two years ago we added the primary schools events to schedule which has also allowed sports leaders from both The Sele School and Simon Balle School to develop their sports leadership skills. It just nice to see so many kids out enjoying some competitive sports.'

     We congratulate Miss Tait and her team of helpers on a superb event

London Marathon success

Congratulations to Modern Foreign Language Teacher Ellie Johnson on successfully completing the London Marathon in a time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 32 seconds. Seen racing past one of the many landmark buildings on the Marathon route Ellie looks remarkably composed as she greets her supporters.

Although Ellie had previously taken part in a half marathon this was her first attempt at the Blue Riband distance; she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and plans to run again next year. Ellie overtook Match of the Day presenter Mark Chapman and to her great delight felt she was running much more smoothly than he was at the time. However being overtaken by a man carrying a full sized fridge and a variety of 'wild animals' quickly brought her down to earth! 

Running for CLIC Sargent, a cancer charity for children and young people, Ellie's fund raising target was £1,200 and she is delighted to have exceeded this figure. Although the distance began to take it's toll after about the 20th mile was completed Ellie was still smiling at the end of the event.  

Mark Prisk MP visits Sele Sixth Form

Many thanks to Mark Prisk, Member of Member of Parliament for Hertford and Stortford, for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with a group of Sixth Formers who are interested in politics.  Question topics inevitably included Brexit, the future of young people and an interesting discussion on the respective roles of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. All the students had an interesting experience and were appreciative of this opportunity. 

Our Day Out - School Production 2017 reviewed

The Sele School production for February 2017 was Willy Russell's play which combines some fine comic moments with a commentary on the bleak outlook for some students in inner city schools. Embarking on a journey to Conwy Castle in Wales the students have a great deal of fun. There were a lot of laughs for the audience who greatly appreciated the polished and moving performances of the actors, the dynamic setting and musical accompaniment, all showcasing the hard work and talent of the students involved and the commitment of both staff and students to putting on a great show. We asked two of the actors who took leading roles in the production share their thoughts on participation in this years event.  




 This year in our production of ‘Our Day Out’, written by Willy Russell, all cast and crew worked together to create the best Sele School production to date! In the tragi-com ‘Our Day Out’ a group of children from Mrs Kay’s progress class are taken on a trip to Wales to visit Conwy Castle. There are moments of humour when the kids take a detour to a zoo and upset two unsuspecting zoo keepers and in contrast to this there are moments of sadness where the audience went on an emotional journey with the pupils who really don’t have a lot going for them and so a day trip to Wales was really enjoyable for them. I am immensely proud of everyone involved and the feedback we have received proves that everyone should be proud of themselves too! In the production, I played the part of Linda Croxley. Linda likes to make her teacher –Colin– very uncomfortable by being flirtatious and teasing him with awkward questions at any opportunity she gets. Linda is best friends with Karen and these two girls are very comical throughout the play as they squabble over who will get the most attention from Colin. By the end of the production everyone involved had become one big family and it was so lovely to see students from across the whole school work together to create something amazing!


In this year’s Sele School production of ‘Our Day Out’ I was lucky enough to play the part of Carol. This play by Willy Russell tells the story of a class of academically challenged kids from Liverpool (or London in our case) getting the opportunity to go on a day trip to Wales. A hilariously comical and at times heart-wrenchingly sad play, these kids wreak havoc wherever they go, but we learn that they’re not all bad, just misunderstood and not given the chances that they deserve. I loved being a part of this brilliantly put together production, and enjoyed working with all the cast and creative team. Something really nice about school productions is that it brings students from all years together, and you get to meet people who you never would have interacted with otherwise. This play was especially special to me because I got to play such an excellent character. It was a challenge for me to portray such an emotional part, and at times it was exhausting, but I feel I learnt so much from it, grew as an actor and proved to myself that I am capable of acting contrasting scenes of humour and sadness. All the hard work that everyone put in over several months pulled off on the two nights we performed on at the beginning of February, and it was so enjoyable.

We are grateful to Sixth Form Student Mia for more photographs of the Sele Production 2017, which can be found by clicking on 'Galleries'. 

Trampolining success for Sele Student

Congratulations to Ryan Storey on winning the Central UK School Title Free Category in Trampolining. 

NSPCC Number Day

We are pleased to be supporting the NSPCC National Number Day on Monday 6 February 2017. This is a fun packed event with a range of exciting Maths activities throughout the day to raise money to support the work of the NSPCC in protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.

Taking place during Maths lessons students will participate in activities such as 'Mathionnaire' and 'Number Hunt' as well as Oxford University Press Maths Challenges. There is a suggested donation of £2 from every student for this event, which can be handed in before the event or on the day of the Maths Challenge.  

ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to The Sele School Public Speaking Team, Nathan Lockwood, Nathan Hobley and Joe Thomas who successfully competed in the local heat of the ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition.

After Beating Haileybury, Haberdashers Aske and St Albans High School for Girls in the local heat the Sele Team went forward to the County Final and we congratulate them on an excellent third place result; not only did they beat Haileybury and Haberdasher's Aske again but also finished ahead of Aldenham. The performance of the Sele Team was excellent in a competition where the standard was phenomenally high.   

Race for Life

On Friday 16 December 2016 Students and Staff at The Sele School took part in their very own Race for Life, a Christmas themed Fun Run in aid of Cancer Research UK. Taking place over three laps of the school grounds the Race had a total distance of 3 km and the entire school participated. 











Students had been working hard to collect sponsorship prior to the event and must be congratulated on having raised the magnificent total of £1150 for Cancer research to date.

Organiser, Head of PE Gemma Tait, said “It was great to see the whole school, staff and students rallying together for such a worthy cause, the students have enjoyed dressing up for the event and have worked very hard to raise sponsorship”

Should you wish to make a donation to Cancer Research UK the school's Just Giving page can be found by following the link below 

Prizes and Awards Evening 2016

Students and parents enjoyed a pleasant evening in November when the superb achievements of many of the students were recognised.  

Harvest Festival

As well as providing an opportunity for students to focus on a local charity in donating items and presenting food boxes for Hertford Food Bank, this year the Harvest Festival also featured in the House Competition. The winners were 10 Bayleys with their amusing and imaginative interpretation of the Lion King.  




Sele Students in National Art Competition

We are delighted to announce that in a National Arts Competition run by the educational charity NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies), Sele student Caitlyn

McAdam, Year 9, won first prize for her age group and Libby IIott, Year 7, received a second place for her age group. The theme for their artwork was ‘edibles’ which led to a diverse interpretation of the brief, taking inspiration both from the work of famous artists work and from the students' own creativity.  

Mention must be made to Phoebe Coltman-West, Eliza May Rolf, Bernice Duah, Ally Mansouri and Mollie Armstrong whose contribution was recognised but in this instance just fell short of the tough competition. 

We would also like to thank the East Herts district of NADFAS for the kind donation of Batik materials, which were used by Caitlyn and Libby in producing their final artwork.  

The Smelly Company file 'Best Company Report'

In April The Smelly Company represented The Sele School at the Young Enterprise Hertfordshire Finals, held at the University of Hertfordshire. The Smelly Company were at their best, displaying great confidence and professionalism in showing off their company to the public and judges they produced a flawless presentation.   

Although The Smelly Company did not progress to the National Finals, they were successful in winning the prize for Best Company Report. The team have had a great year learning a great deal in the field of business and marketing. We offer our congratulations to Smelly Company personnel: Managing Director - Caroline Nicholls (Year 13), Deputy Managing Director – Zoe Martin, Marketing Director – Victoria Lear, Sales Director – Hannah Oseman, Operations Director – Jordan Russell, Finance & Administration- Gemma Caruana, Information Technology – Dominic Harvey and Cameron Sexton, Sales Assistants- Amy Skidmore and Carly White and to Mr Eversley for his work in helping the Smelly Company develop their strategy throughout the year. 


The Smelly Company at the East Herts Final Event in March  

Sele School Teacher wins National Award

We are delighted to announce that Sele Science Teacher, Miss Natalie Wilsher, was recently awarded the Overall Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the Year Award. Miss Wilsher's delight at winning this prestigious award was compounded by the manner in which it was presented; under the impression that she was taking a tour of the Sky Studios Miss Wilsher was approached by footballing legend Thierry Henry who chatted to her about her achievements before announcing her as the winner and presenting the trophy.

As an Arsenal fan Miss Wisher was delighted to meet with the footballer and to receive the award; having run an amazing 34 projects over the past seven years a panel of judges selected her from thousands of secondary teachers throughout the UK and Ireland. Commenting on Miss Wisher's commitment and achievement Thierry Henry said "Natalie's dedication to Sky Sports Living for Sport over the past seven years is truly fantastic, she is a very worthy winner. The positive impact Natalie and her projects have had on the lives of her students showcases what Sky Sports Living for Sports is all about."  

Miss Wilsher's creativity in linking a variety of school subjects to sport was highly praised and the role of her projects in promoting confidence, positive thinking and well being were recognised as helping students to link sporting success with academic improvement. Headteacher Mr. Nick Binder was enthusiastic about the benefits of projects run by Natalie as was Sky Sports Living for Sport Senior Athlete Mentor, 2014 UK Pro Halfpipe Champion Mike Mullen who was glowing in his praise, having visited the Sele School on a number of occasions.  

Year 12 Magazine

Students in Year 12 have produced a special edition of 'The Selegraph' Magazine, featuring thoughts about the Sixth Form, interesting facts and thought provoking articles, as well as an interview with former Headteacher, Mr. Binder. Please follow the link below to 'The Selegraph'.

Year 12 Magazine 'The Selegraph' Spring 2016  

Inspirational Talk for Sele Students

Sele students were fascinated and inspired by a recent talk from football entrepreneur and businessman David Dein, which was organised jointly by Steve Millar, Careers Coordinator at The Sele School and John Brady of Hertfordshire Youth Connexions. Students in Years 9 to 13 learned about Mr Dein's role at Arsenal FC and The FA as well as the part he played as one of the main architects in the development of the Premier League in the early 1990's.

Mr Dein gave an entertaining talk which was greatly enjoyed by the students who were encouraged to take pride in whatever they do, be the best that they can and take a chance, sticking their neck out at times. Mr David Hoskins, Employment and Skills Coordinator at Youth Connexions commented that students were engaged throughout the talk and that they asked Mr Dein, who has held a key position at one of the best football clubs in the world, number of pertinent questions regarding his career and the world of football. 

Afterwards students were enthusiastic about the experience, having enjoyed both Mr Dein's talk and the opportunity to ask questions; in particular several students were excited to learn of the many career opportunities in football other than as a player. Mr Dein's talk was organised with the assistance of Speakers for Schools, a UK charity which provides schools and colleges with talks from a range of industry leading professionals, public figures and academics.     

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award 






Following their training weekend in March (pictured right) students preparing for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Bronze Award attended a trial expedition in May, on the hottest weekend of the year the wet weather gear was definitely not required and the heavy packs and long distances took their toll. In spite of some map reading glitches all of the students successfully completed stage one and arrived at their overnight camp, tired but happy. The dawn chorus provided an early morning alarm call for the campers on the Sunday so an early start was in order and with a further ten miles walking to go and some hot weather ahead this proved to be a good strategy.  

It was clear that map reading practise is needed before the formal assessment at the end of June but all students completed both days successfully and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in spite of there initially being some tired feet resulting in remarks to the contrary! We wish them every success at the assessment stage.

Sele School Students Work Experience at Glaxo Smith Kline

Sele School students in Years 12 and 13 recently enjoyed a fantastic work experience opportunity at Glaxo Smith Kline which resulted in them graduating as Silver Industrial Cadets. Working within a pharmaceutical company complemented their studies, provided great experience and should help them with their future career choices.   

Industrial Cadets is run by a charity the Engineering Development Trust and aims to provide an insight into industry and equip students for their future careers as the next generation of scientists and engineers. During their time at Glaxo Smith Kline, which took place over the half term break, students from the Sele School were privileged to work with students from over 60 schools and 100 plus staff of GSK who contributed to the scheme, allowing the students to see a wide variety of areas of the company.  

Obtaining the Silver award involved completion of more than 30 hours of industrial experience and giving a final presentation to staff of Glaxo Smith Kline and their fellow students. We thank GSK for offering this opportunity to students and congratulate our students on their successful participation. 

Youth Speaks

Following their success at Youth Speaks, the Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition, in Stevenage on 2 February the Sele School Intermediate Team Joe Thomas, Nathan Lockwood and Nathan Hobley, took their presentation 'Let Dogs be Dogs' to the Intermediate Final of the District Competition. Held at Tilsworth Golf Club in Bedfordshire on 9 March,the Sele Team performed superbly in the Final and were one of only two teams to avoid picking up any time penalties.

Narrowly beaten for the title by Tring Park School, the Sele Team finished in second place and were congratulated on their success by the President of the Rotary Club of Hertford who told them that they had taken the presentation to another level. We congratulate the team on their hard work and success in this year's competition and thank Mrs Pearce for hard work in helping the team prepare for the event. 

  Following the competition the Team were delighted to receive a letter of congratulation from The Rotary Club of Ware. Please follow the link to the letter of congratulation. Letter from Rotary Club of Ware.

Football  - Year 8 Team 

Congratulations to our Year 8 boys’ football team for picking up another win on our travels, this time beating St Edmund’s College, Ware. This takes our recent games to:

Played five, lost one, drew two and won two with the two draws being kind to the opposition.

This is a team that is starting to gel and produce some excellent performances but with the realisation that there is still some way to go before we reach our full potential. We look forward to their next fixture against Mount Grace School

   Award for The Sele School

We are delighted to announce that The Sele School was recently awarded the Hertfordshire Schools' Partnership Secondary School of the Year Award and also secured the Youth Sports Trust Goldmark.