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Wharfeside Avenue, Threshfield, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5BS.      Telephone: 01756 752215      e.mail : (click) admin[at]uws.n-yorks.sch.uk

Enhanced Mainstream School for SpLD


Head of School: Sally Sumner.

Executive Headteacher: Andrew Taylor.



(please click HERE to go to the Newsletter page)

School Notices.

Welcome to Upper Wharfedale School. Our Students travel from an area of some 200 square miles and being such a small school, we pride ourselves on our inclusive nature, knowing each of those students individually. We are a popular, oversubscribed non-selective school within the selective system of the Craven area. The students are our priority and we demonstrate this by teaching them well and expecting the very best from them, whilst celebrating all their achievements - academic and otherwise. We exploit the skills and potential of our students, encouraging moral, social and economic awareness so that they can lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society.

Our vision is based on a relentless focus on Teaching and Learning in order to raise standards and aspirations to promote lifelong learning within a safe yet challenging environment. According to our most recent Ofsted report (May 2018), leaders have “an unrelenting drive to create an inclusive pupil-focused community” and “The values of respect, tolerance and humility permeate the school”

I hope our website will give you a flavour of life at Upper Wharfedale School (UWS) but for a closer look, please make an appointment to visit us and see for yourselves.

Andrew Taylor, Executive Headteacher

This Heritage Lottery funded project is led by Upper Wharfedale School and is a unique venture involving a collaboration of Skipton schools, archaeologists and heritage partners.     (Click on the logo to read more)

Upper Wharfedale School’s facilities are available to hire. Based in the Skipton community; We have facilities for hire that are great for sport, drama, martial arts, business meetings, events plus much more! With free parking on site, Upper Wharfedale School can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties, conferences and events at affordable, low cost prices.

Please use the ‘Lettings’ link under the ‘School’ button on the website navigation bar.


Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools, has sent a letter to Mr Taylor to congratulate us all on our excellent and sustained improvements in GCSE results. To read the letter, please click HERE.

Please take time to read our e-safety policy in the "Documents and Policies" section of the website.

Here you'll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line.

Please click HERE