Selsted School was built in 1871 and initially called the 'Swingfield, Wootton and Denton Church School'.
Originally Built, according to architect's plans, to house one hundred and forty pupils, the average attendance was usually around eighty. The smaller of the two rooms in the school building, had, for a while, a stepped gallery, where the Infants sat in rows, one behind the other, rather like in a theatre. Evidence of this on the brick wall in that room can still be seen.
For many years children attended the school until the age of fourteen and the large room - now the Hall - housed both Junior and Senior classes, and was divided by a curtained screen.
Although it no longer has its bell tower on the roof, the school largely retains its original character. The school has had some modern additions to the main building, and now has three mobile classrooms.
The acquisition of a field adjacent to the playground has greatly enhanced the school recreational facilities. To celebrate the schools 120th birthday in 1991 a new entrance, in keeping with the schools Victorian style of the building was added, and this now houses a Reading area. In 1996 the 'School House' adjoining the school building was refurbished and transfered from Diocese to school use. Within the School House the is the Library, Offices and the Computer Suite.
Since Spring 1991 Selsted School has been a locally Managed School. This means that the Governing Body has control of the financial and employment policy of the school.
OFSTED: In December 2001 we had a successful second OFSTED Inspection. The School was praised for the moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of school life. The OFSTED Team praised the teaching of the school, 100% of teaching was satisfactory with 48% being adjudged good and very good. The Support Team for the Special Needs children across the whole spectrum was commended. A clear view of the future directional needs of the school was acknowledged.
AWARD: The School was awarded Achievements Award from the Department of Education and Employment for its Key Stage 2 'SATs' Results from 1997-2000, 2001 and 2002.