Senior Leadership Team

Mr A Taylor
Headteacher
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.

Miss S Sumner
Deputy Headteacher
Subjects: Geography

I joined UWS in 2012. I am proud to work at this school, at the heart of its community, with staff, students and parents working together to create an environment that ensures strong progress, excellent enrichment opportunities and a truly inclusive educational experience.

Mrs H Mukherjee
Assistant Headteacher – SENCo
Subjects: Science – PSHCE -Geography

I started working at Upper Wharfedale in September 1998 and I am very proud that this is my place of work. The school knows and values every individual, creating a safe and secure environment which ensures strong progress for all.

Mr H Barton
Director of Learning Science and Geography
Subjects: Science

I am proud to have worked at Upper Wharfedale School since 2013. The positive changes I have seen the school go through result in an enjoyable community to work in that turn our students into confident, able young adults ready for the next step in their education.

Mr B Richardson
Director of Learning Visual and Performing Arts
Subjects: Physical Education

Having started working at Upper Wharfedale school in 2007, I have seen the school go through many positive changes. I am proud to lead a fantastic faculty promoting, amongst others, students’ confidence, self esteem, communication and leadership skills. My passion is Physical Education and Sport, and my aim is to give every student, what ever their capability an opportunity to improve and shine, whilst believing in themselves and enjoying competition both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Mr J Mitton
Director of Learning Human Studies
Subjects: History

I’m a Director of Learning for Human Studies which incorporates English, MFL, RE and History. I have worked at UWS since 2008 and I’m passionate about supporting our young people to be the best they can be.

Mr J Ashley
Director of Learning Maths and Enterprise
Subjects: Maths

I joined Upper Wharfedale School in 2018 as Director of Maths and Enterprise. I’m looking forward to making use of twenty years of teaching and leadership experience to work with a fantastic group of staff and students to build on current successes and be part of a wonderful wider school community.

Mr J Ashley
Director of Learning Maths and Enterprise
Subjects: Maths

I joined Upper Wharfedale School in 2018 as Director of Maths and Enterprise. I'm looking forward to making use of twenty years of teaching and leadership experience to work with a fantastic group of staff and students to build on current successes and be part of a wonderful wider school community.

Mrs L Baker
Subject Leader
Subjects: ICT

I started teaching at UWS in 2006 as the schools very first ICT teacher, having spent many years teaching ICT at Craven College. The students at UWS are now very accomplished in a variety of ICT skills set in a vocational context, which I feel is very important for any career path they may take.

Mr H Barton
Director of Learning Science and Geography
Subjects: Science

I am proud to have worked at Upper Wharfedale School since 2013. The positive changes I have seen the school go through result in an enjoyable community to work in that turn our students into confident, able young adults ready for the next step in their education.

Mrs A Bell
Subject Leader
Subjects: French

I joined the school in 2010 as Subject leader for French and am committed to equipping our students to live and work in the wider world. Although our main language taught in school is French, we explore many aspects of French culture and geography as part of our study. I believe strongly in helping to build students' communication skills in general and supporting them to become international citizens of the world.

Mrs D Cliffe
Teacher
Subjects: Maths

I joined UWS Mathematics Department in September 2016. I enjoy working as part of a dynamic team aiming to instill a deeper understanding and passion for the subject.

Mrs A Curtis
Teacher
Subjects: English & Drama

I am an experienced English teacher, having taught at UWS since 2015. In this time, I have played an integral part towards the development of the new and challenging 1-9 GCSE curriculum; it is a pleasure to see our students rise to this challenge.

Mr T Curtis
Teacher
Subjects: English

As an experienced English teacher with a background in pastoral care, I am delighted to work in the student-focused environment of Upper Wharfedale School. I enjoy a vibrant classroom where students are encouraged to challenge themselves with their reading.

Mrs B Eggleton
Teacher
Subjects: Maths

I have been teaching Maths for a very long time, and have been at UWS since 2009. I grew up in Northern Ireland so although I am not originally from the Dales, this is my local school now and I am passionate about being part of its success story.

Mrs G Fielding
Teacher
Subjects: Science

Teacher of Science since 2013 with a primary focus in both biology and chemistry. Teaching at UWS is a true pleasure, the student-centred approach allows individuals to develop in confidence. It is a privilege to teach the inspiring and driven students here at UWS.

Mr F Hayton
Subject Leader
Subjects: Art

Upper Wharfedale is a wonderful place in which to teach. That's probably why I have been here for a good many years. My aim has always been to create a happy and bright Art Room that welcomes students and allows them to develop skills and interests that will stay with them for years to come.

Mrs R Hindle
Subject Leader
Subjects: Food Technology

I joined UWS in April 2010. I am proud to work at this school and inspire young people to cook healthy and nutritious meals

Mr A Jackson
Subject Leader
Subjects: Business - Geography

The geography department aims to create a positive climate in which students are given a variety of opportunities to achieve excellence. Having been at UWS since 2007, I am proud to lead such an outstanding department with consistent sustained success in both student progress and achieving the Geographical Associations award for secondary geography.

Mrs N Khan
Subject Leader
Subjects: RE - PSHCE

Having started as a Subject Leader of RE and PSHCE at UWS in 2012; I have enjoyed developing the position of both subjects amongst students in the school. Seeing the impact of this in GCSE attainment for RE has been a pleasure for me to oversee, with student progress in the subject being amongst the highest in the school. As a keen F1 fan, I also work alongside Mr Marston and Mr Barton on the F1 in Schools STEM project.

Mrs A Kidd
Subject Leader
Subjects: Music - Drama - Performing Arts

My aim and role is to make every lesson and extra curricular activity in performing arts exciting and inspiring. I am committed to making each year in performing arts better than the one before. I hope that my infectious enthusiasm helps build confidence and make students into strong performers.

Mrs H Leslie
Teacher
Subjects: French - PSHCE - History

I have passion for languages and history and it a pleasure to be able to teach both subjects to the students in this fantastic school.

Mr M Lloyd
Teacher
Subjects: Science

I started at Upper Wharfedale School in September 2018 and I am excited to be part of such a unique learning environment. It’s great to be able to contribute to creating a positive experience for our students so that they can grow into confident and successful individuals.

Mr A Marston
Curriculum Leader
Subjects: Design Technology

I have enjoyed working here at UWS for the majority of my career having planned to stay just 2 years! Teaching D&T has given me numerous opportunities to develop new skills as well as those of my students and I am particularly proud of our recent achievements in the F1 in Schools competition.

Mr J Mitton
Director of Learning Human Studies
Subjects: History

I'm a Director of Learning for Human Studies which incorporates English, MFL, RE and History. I have worked at UWS since 2008 and I'm passionate about supporting our young people to be the best they can be.

Mr B Richardson
Director of Learning Visual and Performing Arts
Subjects: Physical Education

Having started working at Upper Wharfedale school in 2007, I have seen the school go through many positive changes. I am proud to lead a fantastic faculty promoting, amongst others, students' confidence, self esteem, communication and leadership skills. My passion is Physical Education and Sport, and my aim is to give every student, what ever their capability an opportunity to improve and shine, whilst believing in themselves and enjoying competition both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Mrs A Stoker
Subject Leader
Subjects: English

It is a pleasure to be Subject Leader of English here at Upper Wharfedale School. I have enjoyed facilitating and over seeing all the new changes to the national 1-9 system and introducing new and challenging texts to the pupils.

Miss L Stubbington
Teacher
Subjects: Physical Education

I am extremely excited to have secured my dream job at UWS. The PE department and students are renowned for their excellence, passion and grit (especially during a "Proper Wharfedale Winter") I hope to inspire a culture of "doers" because nobody perfected themselves by just watching.

Miss S Sumner
Deputy Headteacher
Subjects: Geography

I joined UWS in 2012. I am proud to work at this school, at the heart of its community, with staff, students and parents working together to create an environment that ensures strong progress, excellent enrichment opportunities and a truly inclusive educational experience.

Mrs I Swales
Teacher - Learning Support Assistant
Subjects: Maths & English

I'm so proud to have been given the opportunity to join the amazing staff team here at UWS. I look forward to being able to provide support and encouragement to every child in school to enable them to reach their potential. I thoroughly enjoy watching children grow and learn and am privileged to be a part of their journey.

Mrs J Willets
Teacher
Subjects: Physical Education

I have been teaching PE since 1985 and started at UWS in 2001. I have seen many changes in education but I still try to inspire pupils to become life long participants in sport and enjoy PE whatever their abilities. I am very proud when I go to watch W.R.U.F.C. on a Saturday/Sunday and I see so many students and ex students playing and supporting the club.

Student Support Team

Mrs H Mukherjee
Assistant Headteacher – SENCo
Subjects: Science – PSHCE -Geography

I started working at Upper Wharfedale in September 1998 and I am very proud that this is my place of work. The school knows and values every individual, creating a safe and secure environment which ensures strong progress for all.

Mrs J Laider-Smith
Inclusion Coordinator

Since joining UWS in 2013 my main aim has always been to make a difference by promoting an inclusive environment for all of our students. Our work in the Learning Support Department is pivotal in enabling students to be the best individuals they can be now and for their future pathway.

Mr N Wehrle
Student Support Officer

Life at school is a journey, from leaving primary school through to starting post 16 education. I draw on my skills and experiences learnt from working in a variety of schools, the Police Service and overseas to support students through any emotional, social or behavioural challenges they may face, giving them every opportunity to make the most of their time at Upper Wharfedale School and succeed on the road ahead.

Mr S Heaviside
Student Support Officer

I feel extremely grateful to be working with such great people here at UWS as Student Support Officer. I have always been passionate about helping young people develop and progress. Since joining the staff in January 2018, I have focused on developing strong working relationships with both staff and students, and aim to support, guide, and nurture our students throughout their time with us at UWS.

Learning Support Team

Mr C Bean
Learning Support Assistant

Having been a past student and now having worked at UWS since 2008, I’ve seen the school gain momentum year by year. I mainly support students in the PE Department. I set out to express my enthusiasm for sport and hopefully the students see and respond to that. What makes me happy is seeing children from all walks of life getting on with anyone – very evident here at Upper Wharfedale.

Mrs J Carroll
Learning Support Assistant

I joined Upper Wharfedale School in 2007. My role as a Learning Support Assistant is to provide support and guidance to every student throughout their secondary school years.

Mrs A Geldard
Learning Support Assistant

I have worked at UWS from 2008. I very much enjoy helping, encouraging and coaxing our students to become confident, capable and considerate young adults.

Mrs L Gibson
Cover Supervisor

I have worked at UWS since September 2005 and my role is cover supervisor. It is great to be part of an inclusive school and I enjoy working with students of all abilities and supporting them to achieve their targets and goals.

Mr S Heslop
Learning Support Assistant

A small cog in a big wheel. Proud of the students at UWS.

Mrs S Graham
Cover Supervisor

I have worked as Cover Supervisor at UWS since 2006 and am proud to be part of a team who support students to become independent and lifelong learners. Witnessing the students develop the skills and resilience to mature into great citizens is a privilege.

Mrs S Hill
Learning Support Assistant

I joined UWS in 2009 as a LSA. I consider myself to be a friendly and conscientious member of the SEN team. My main area of support is ICT although I do support lessons throughout the school. I run a lunchtime Craft Club during lunchtimes open to all who may benefit from developing positive peer relationships, raising self awareness, self esteem and developing good social skills.

Miss E Mukherjee
Learning Support Assistant

After completing my high-school years studying at Upper Wharfedale, I decided to re-join the school as a Learning Support Assistant. It is a delight to work along side both the students and the staff here, and I am proud to be apart of it.

Mrs L Plummer
Learning Support Assistant

I joined UWS in September 2009. It is great to be a part of this wonderfully inclusive school.

Mrs I Swales
Teacher – Learning Support Assistant
Subjects: Maths & English

I’m so proud to have been given the opportunity to join the amazing staff team here at UWS. I look forward to being able to provide support and encouragement to every child in school to enable them to reach their potential. I thoroughly enjoy watching children grow and learn and am privileged to be a part of their journey.

Miss E Warwick
Learning Support Assistant

I joined UWS in September 2018 as a Learning Support Assistant. I look forward to growing and learning in the role.

Mrs J Wiseman
Learning Support Assistant

I’m proud to have worked at UWS since 1993. It is a constant pleasure to be part of the team that enable our students to achieve their very best, and to watch them grow into confident, capable and independent young adults

Ms T Zaman
Learning Support Assistant

I Joined UWS in 2014. I am a parent and an LSA. The progression that I see in the students from year 7 to year 11 is very rewarding. Students come to us as children and leave us as young adults.

Admin Team

Mrs L Wade
Business Manager

I joined UWS in November 2014 and really enjoy working in such a friendly environment where all students and staff know each other. I thrive to ensure the administration and facilities team provide an excellent level of customer service to all staff, students and parents.

Mrs J Selby
Admin Assistant

I have been at UWS since March 2018. It is a pleasure working with such great staff and students who are polite and helpful.

Mrs L Lawn
Admin Assistant

I have worked at UWS since 2012. I have a split role between receptionist and SEN administrator. These roles work well together, whilst being both diverse and rewarding. I aim to provide a warm welcome to everyone and ensure their experience of UWS is as good as mine was when my children came here.

Mrs L Kidd
Admin Assistant

I have worked at UWS since 2003. The friendly and caring environment is a pleasure to be a part of.

Mrs R Hayton
Data & Exams Manager

I have worked at Upper Wharfedale School since 2003 in a number of different roles. It is a fabulous place to work and I am proud to be part of the school and its community. I enjoy working with all the staff and students - everyday is different.

Mrs S Neill
Data Assistant

Having worked in the school since 2016 in various roles, I joined the Science Department as Science and DT Technician in September 2018. I will also be supporting Mrs Hayton, our Data & Exams Manager.

Facilities Team

Mrs L Wade
Business Manager

I joined UWS in November 2014 and really enjoy working in such a friendly environment where all students and staff know each other. I thrive to ensure the administration and facilities team provide an excellent level of customer service to all staff, students and parents.

Mr R Holmes
Network Manager

Having started in September 2015, I’ve aimed to provide a solid IT system across school to help staff deliver excellent education, keeping the school up to date with the developing world of IT.

Mr P Earl
Site Manager

I try to keep the School buildings and grounds in a presentable way, to give our neighbours and visitors a good impression. I work closely with other support staff to achieve services and facilities to the best standard.

Mrs S Brewer
Graphics Technician

I have worked at UWS since 2010 as a Graphics Technician. My job role is varied which makes it interesting and enjoyable. I have been lucky enough to accompany some of our students on some fantastic school trips and visits and hope to continue to do so in the future.

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