Upper Wharfedale School

Excellence for All

Top 99 %
Schools Nationally in 2019
1 %
Grade 4+ in Maths & English in 2019
0 %
Grades 9-7 in English 2019

Successful Lifelong Learners

Who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve their full potential, regardless of ability, gender, social/economic background or ethnicity.

Confident Individuals

Who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, with confidence in their own abilities and how to use and apply them.

Active and Responsible Citizens

Who make a positive contribution to society. We value and respect all members of the school community and we demonstrate that every child really does matter by teaching them well and expecting the very best from them.

Latest News

Presentation Evening 2021

On Thursday 18 November 2021 we held our annual Presentation Evening. It was a wonderful evening of celebration held at Grassington Devonshire Institute. The students who achieved their GSCEs in…


Year 7 student, Sonny, started Gymnastics at the age of four, joining Craven Gymnastics Club in Skipton.   From the age of six, he began training with coach, Ed Pickering,…

Leadership Team

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.

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.

Visit us on one of our open events...


Numbers are restricted to two people per family

Open Evening

Monday 20th September 2021
16:30 - 19:30

Meet our Headteacher, staff and students.

Tours of school, including subject demonstrations will be taking place every half hour.

Please book your appointment below and you will receive a link to watch our headteacher’s presentation.

You can also visit during school hours on our open morning or afternoon

Tour the school and see us in action.

Please book your appointment below and you will receive a link to watch our headteacher’s presentation.

Open Morning

Wednesday 20th October 2021
09:30 - 11:30

We request face coverings are worn as social distancing will not be possible.

If you are unable to attend our open days, you can still request a link to our headteacher’s presentation below.

Would you like to join us?

If you would like to enquire about a place at Upper Wharfedale School, please contact us below to arrange a visit.

Admissions are dealt with by the North Yorkshire County Council Admissions Team and more information can be found on their website.

North Yorkshire Admissions

Your can also find out more about our admissions by reading our admissions page.


Upper Wharfedale School
Wharfeside Avenue
North Yorkshire
BD23 5BS

MON-THU 08:30 – 16:30, FRI 08:30 – 16:00

Our Admin Team

A member of the following team will deal with your request.

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 S Headington
Admin Assistant

I have joined the admin team at UWS and am excited to be part of such a wonderful school, which serves the local community and surrounding area where I live.