Ian Clennan

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

  • A highly respected Headteacher of Selby Community Primary School, which is in an area of high deprivation, he has been credited for turning the school around graded good with outstanding features in their last inspection in 2011.  Selby Community Primary School is a National Support School. 
  • He is a National Leader for Education.
  • He has been a Consultant Headteacher for the last few years, mentoring new headteachers and supporting schools in difficulty. Ian has also been the Executive Headteacher of a school in special measures to bring about rapid and sustained improvement.  Alongside this work, Selby Community Primary has supported a large number of schools through school to school support, using experienced staff and Advanced and Lead teachers.
  • Ian is on the strategic group for the Selby & Wakefield Teaching School hub.
  • Ian has also been line manager for the Minority Ethnic Achievement Hub for the southern part of North Yorkshire and was also the Vice Chair of an Interim Executive Board at a local secondary school which moved from ‘notice to improve’ to ‘good’.
  • He sat on the NYCC strategic board for Developing Stronger Families, the local Safeguarding Group and is the Selby Primary Representative on Schools Forum.
  • Selby Community Primary School is one of 15 Pie Corbett Talk4writing Training Centres, delivering CPD and training to schools from across the UK in order to improve outcomes in writing.
  • Selby Community Primary School is a UNICEF Rights Respecting Gold school, Sounds-Write Phonics Training School and also a Maths No Problem accredited Training Centre.

Details of your last three roles


Selby Educational Trust - 16893




1st February 2019 to present


Chief Accounting Officer and Executive Headteacher


Selby Community Primary School 144931




1st April 2008 onwards


Leading and managing a large North Yorkshire Primary School in a deprived area.


Rossett Acre Primary School


Deputy Headteacher


1st September 2005 – 31st March 2008


Deputy Head with responsibility for teaching & learning, assessment and TA development.

Professional Body Membership(s)

  • BSc Hons with QTS
  • MA in Education
  • NPQH

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

Primary education, school improvement and Ofsted. Experience of strategic leadership at MAT board level.

Education Improvement Specific Experience and Skills

Please see above

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience

Headteacher of a primary school since 2008. Been an Executive Headteacher of a school that went into Special Measures to re-focus the school improvement work.

HR and Data Handling Specific Experience and Skills

Day to day handling of HR queries and working with unions being a Headteacher and also CEO.

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

Experience of working with finance teams, auditors for academies and approving budgets.

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

The experience of being on a MAT board gives an insight into the working of a trust. I’ve been involved from the start prior to our school thinking of joining. School leadership and being part of the Dame Reena Keeble review into Primary Education places me in a position to understand effective school improvement.