The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the schools
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the schools are making towards achievement of their aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher

The clerk to the governing body is Mr C Davey. If you would like any further information about the governance Upper Wharfedale School, or would like to contact any of the governors, please use the contact details below:

The Clerk to the Governing Body
Upper Wharfedale School
Wharfeside Avenue
BD23 5BS

Governing Body


Mr S Bond
Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Mrs D Chambers
Local Authority Governor

Mr R Barlow
Co-opted Governor

The school aims to do the very best it can for the students and achieves excellent results in a welcoming and safe environment. The school respects and encourages the efforts of all the students. It isn't just about exam results. The school takes pride in helping the students to make the best of their time here whatever their strengths may be. The staff work hard and with sincere dedication to those aims. That is why I am proud to be associated with the school as a governor.

Mr R Carr
Associate Governor

I am proud to be a Governor at Upper Wharfedale School since 2015. I am continually impressed by our school's teaching and support staff commitment to student progress. I am currently helping the Governor team with SEN support.

Mr A Dean
Parent Governor

I am a former pupil of UWS and life long resident of the Dales, except for a 12 year absence to get my post 16 education, learn my profession and experience a different life perspective. My daughter also attended UWS and benefited from its uniquely intimate and enveloping environment. I owe much of what I've personally achieved to the education and life preparation this school gave me.

Mr A Winthrop
Parent Governor

Mr A Taylor
Subjects: Performing Arts

I am proud to have been Headteacher of Upper Wharfedale School since 2011, having been Deputy Headteacher here prior to this. It is a pleasure to lead such a student-centred and outward looking staff team who work in the best interests of each individual.