Upper Wharfedale School values the abilities and achievements of all its students and is committed to providing the best possible environment for learning for all.

All teachers at Upper Wharfedale School are teachers of students with special educational needs (SEN) and are committed to identifying and providing for their needs within an inclusive environment.  We recognise the entitlement for all students to a balanced, broad curriculum. It is encompassed in teachers’ planning and in curriculum area policies that all teachers will deliver a differentiated curriculum, as outlined in our school provision maps and class overviews.

The named SEN co-ordinator for the school is Mrs R Hindle.  
The Inclusion Coordinator is Mrs J Laidler-Smith.   
The named SEN Governor is Mr R Carr.

Further information about our SEN provision can be found in the policy documents below.

SEN Management Team

Mrs R Hindle
Subject Leader - SENCO
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

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.

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

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.

"The special needs provision is very good. I always feel I can speak to staff about any concerns I might have. Staff are actively looking for ways to ensure that my child is continually moving forward"
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