We are dedicated to providing positive outcomes throughout every student’s academic career and we encourage families to actively support us in this. We believe that every learner is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
The school’s success is built on our belief in values of respect for self and others, coupled with a positive attitude, which means that each student wants to make a positive contribution to their school community.
Our student support system is based on the role of the form tutor, who has immediate responsibility for the progress, behaviour, development and academic success of each student in their care. The form tutor is the first contact should there be any concerns about a student’s welfare.
The Student Support team have responsibility for the pastoral care of students and the Student Support Officers should be the next point of contact after the form tutor.
The school expects and maintains high standards of behaviour. This creates a safe and secure learning environment where all students can thrive. We operate a zero tolerance approach to bullying and in the rare cases where this happens, staff deal quickly and effectively with all parties. If reported, all disagreements are dealt with and followed up with home.
We support our students in having their voices heard and include the views of the students in their own teaching and learning.
We promote our students in taking on leadership roles and our School Leadership team is testament to this. Students throughout the school are encouraged to represent their form group and be involved in school decision-making.
Our 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
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
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.