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.

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.

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.

Ms V Cooke
Teacher
Subjects: French

I love languages and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn one - it's good for your brain and it also opens up a world of opportunities. I have taught four languages to all ages from reception to retired adults and am very proud to be working at UWS in such a lovely setting with such great students.

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
Subject Leader
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 J Doidge
Subject Leader
Subjects: Food Technology

I am an experienced and passionate Food Teacher having worked in a number of State Secondary Schools. My ambition is to furnish young people with vital life skills in both practical cookery and wider food knowledge; but, in addition, I want to enrich our students’ lives by instilling a love of cooking, both for themselves and for others. UWS is a unique and remarkable learning environment. I feel privileged to teach our delightful, curious and enthusiastic students; I am also privileged to work alongside such talented and professional colleagues.

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 Faraday
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.

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.

Miss 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.

Miss 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.

Mr A Lambert
Subject Leader
Subjects: ICT

I have only recently joined UWS but have been blown away by the welcome from both students and staff. I am looking forwards to exploring the world of ICT and Computer Science with the school from programming to cyber security and securing great outcomes as well as life skills.

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.

Mrs R Lord
Teacher
Subjects: English

I am delighted to have joined the fantastic team at Upper Wharfedale. As an experienced teacher, I love to share my passion for both English Language and Literature with my students. I am excited to work with the wonderful young people here, helping them to achieve their potential and sharing in their journey to success.

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.

Miss Laura Mason
Student Support Officer - Teacher
Subjects: Physical Education

I am so excited and grateful to have secured my first teaching post at UWS and aim to inspire students to become lifelong participants in Physical Activity and Sport. As a keen Rugby player and supporter, I hope to instil the core values I take from the sport within my teaching and highlight the positive impact of sport and education to 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.

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.

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 Laidler-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.

Miss J Votsikas

Miss J Votsikas
Student Support Officer

As a previous student of Upper Wharfedale School, and a current university student of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling BSc (Hons), I am honoured to be working alongside both the staff and students here at UWS. I have always had a passion to support students, both academically and interpersonally, and I believe my university degree provides a unique opportunity to implement counselling skills within this role. I can confidently say that the students have my upmost commitment to support their wellbeing, mental health and behaviour.

Miss Laura Mason
Student Support Officer – Teacher
Subjects: Physical Education

I am so excited and grateful to have secured my first teaching post at UWS and aim to inspire students to become lifelong participants in Physical Activity and Sport. As a keen Rugby player and supporter, I hope to instil the core values I take from the sport within my teaching and highlight the positive impact of sport and education to pupils.

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.

Miss N Carroll
Learning Support Assistant

I am extremely grateful for my role as Learning Support Assistant at Upper Wharfedale School. As a passionate dancer I am particularly enthusiastic when it comes to working as a team and building individuals confidence. I look forward to supporting students achieve their goals and targets.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mrs 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.

Mrs L Taylor
Literacy and Support Coordinator

Initially, I visited UWS as a regular supply teacher in the English Department. I am now based in the LRC as the Literacy and Support Coordinator. I support students in their personalised intervention sessions, helping them to improve literacy skills and develop a love of reading and learning beyond the classroom.

Mr S Willis
Learning Support Assistant

I feel very fortunate to have become a small part of the UWS team as a Learning Support Assistant in February 2020. For me, everyday is a school day and I love learning: I hope to share my belief that everyone can be successful learners with the UWS students.

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.

Mr M Woolaston
Cleaning Manager

Mrs H Blanchard
Cleaner

I look forward to carrying out given tasks in a positive manner. I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful school community.

Mrs T Kauser
Cleaner

Mr Tomasz
Cleaner