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Head Teacher - Mrs Carolyn Littlewood

I am Carolyn Littlewood and have been Headteacher at Upperthong since April 2008.   Prior to coming here I was deputy head at Moorlands, a large primary school in Huddersfield, for 5 years. Having taught in Kirklees for over 30 years at 7 very different schools I have a wealth of experience upon which to draw and many tales to tell!

I have 2 grown up children: one and accountantant and one now training to be a teacher. When I have some free time I enjoy reading, shopping and the occasional theatre visit.

I was born and raised in Huddersfield only venturing further afield for the 4 years I was at university. Although I have spent the vast majority of my life in the hills and vales of West Yorkshire I do enjoy holidays abroad, particularly those which enable me to explore and relax in the sunshine!



Reception - Miss Sarah Wilson

Hi, my name is Sarah Wilson and I work in Reception. I trained to be a teacher in Scotland following a graphic design job and I taught year 4 there before moving back to Holmfirth to be near family... and have my own!!

I have worked in year 2 and now in Reception. I am the Early Literacy lead and run Eco schools within the school and really enjoy getting the children involved in such brilliant issues!!!

I love working in Reception and feel privileged to be part of a child’s first experience at school. I care about giving children the best Early Years education and enjoy making their learning journey a happy, exciting, challenging and settled one.

Outside of school life, I live in Holmfirth with my partner and my little boy Alfie aged 12 and my little girl Effie who is 9. I love spending time with family and friends and getting out and about. I am a creative person and like to spend time doing different crafts especially with my children. I like to keep fit running and I also love yoga!



Year 1 & Leader for Inclusion - Mrs Nicola Ewing

Hello, my name is Nicola Ewing and I am currently the Year 1 teacher and Leader for Inclusion at Upperthong J & I School. I have worked in education for almost 15 years now; starting my career in early years and spending the last 8 years teaching in Key Stage One. 

As well as being new to the school, I am also new to the area and have recently moved to Kirklees after spending my entire life in South Yorkshire. I absolutely love the countryside and village life - it isn’t unusual for me to see sheep eating the plants in my front garden (I found this very odd to begin with!). 

I live with my husband, my 4 year old son, Lochlan, and cat, Sadie. I also have an older son, Josh, who is at university studying for a maths degree. In my spare time I enjoy eating out, going for walks, day trips, watching live music and exploring the UK in our touring caravan (Aggy).



Year 2 Teacher & Leader for Learning - Mr Alvyn Riley Riley

I’m Mr. Riley and I’m in my 12th year working at Upperthong J and I. I have enjoyed working in year 4, 5 and 6 but I’m now the year 2 teacher.

Before I started my teaching career, I worked as a swimming teacher, fitness instructor and played semi-professional football. In my spare time I still like to try to keep fit and be active and I play football for my local team when I can. 

I live with my wife, 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. We love the outdoors so we often spend our weekends getting out and about on walks or bike rides.



Year 3 Teacher - Miss Danielle Baldwin

Hi, what can I say….. good things come in small packages! I love being a part of  the wonderful staff and pupils at Upperthong, putting all my skills and enthusiasm into practice.
 I am a home bird at heart but do enjoy the outdoor life and visiting new places both home and abroad. I love most sports and participate in a few - netball, volleyball, running clubs and gym classes and I always try to encourage my pupils to embrace and enjoy some too.
All my life I have wanted to be a teacher and I'm proud to be realising my dream at Upperthong.


Mrs N accepts that is all she is going to achieve today!

Year 4 Teacher & Deputy Head - Mrs Kate Nussey

Hello – I am Kate Nussey, Year 4 teacher. As I am sure you may have heard, I am the noisy one in school, grabbing every opportunity to perform.

In school, I love teaching writing, art, drama and history.

Outside, I have lots of passionate interests; pottery, 1940s and WW2, including Spitfire and Lancaster planes along with all things vintage, family days out,  gardening and amateur dramatics - often with my son Evan - a former Upperthong pupil.



Year 5 Teacher - Mr Tom Branston

My name is Tom Branston and I am currently teaching in Year 5. This is my 9th year of teaching, after previously working as an ETA in Year 4 and completing my GTP training at the school, and I am definitely sure I have picked the right career! 

I have lived in Holmfirth all my life (even attending Upperthong J & I School) and ended up studying Exercise and Sport Science and Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

I love this job and all the exciting challenges and little things that come with it. 

Outside of school I love all sports and follow Manchester United with a passion.  My other passion is music and you can often hear the sound of The Beatles in my classroom.  I enjoy that each day is different and I am looking forward to a long career in teaching!


Sammy White 

Year 6 Teacher -Miss Samantha White

Hi, my name is Miss White and I am the Year 6 teacher. I completed my PGCE at the University of Huddersfield and prior to that I studied a sports degree at Leeds Beckett University.

Whilst studying for my PGCE, I was lucky enough to spend 2 months on placement at Upperthong Junior and Infants. I was instantly drawn to the school’s strong sense of community and the genuine care it provides for both staff and children. I love being part of the dedicated and caring teaching team. . I have lots of favorite subjects, but I especially enjoy Math and PE.

When I get the occasional minute to myself outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, visiting new places, going out for meals, swimming and shopping.


KS1 and KS2 PPA Teacher - Mrs Suzanne Mighall

Hello, I’m Suzanne Mighall and I am one of two PPA teachers. I work part-time and currently teach in years 1, 2, 3 and 5. I work within the Humanities team and am the leader for RE. I have three children Tom, Lucy & Ben, who all previously attended Upperthong school. When I’m not working I enjoy walking my little dog Milo, socialising with friends and spending quality time with my family. 


Emma C

Hi, I am Emma Casper and I am one of the PPA teachers working part-time at the school. I began my teaching career in Seacroft, Leeds, before moving to the Holmfirth area to get married and continuing my career here. I have 5 children aged between 8 and 20, so did have a few years out of teaching to raise them, then loved pursuing my career once more, working in a few schools, but for the last 7 years working very locally. In my spare time I love spending time outdoors and being with my family. I love hiking and exploring new places, I also love reading- both fiction and non-fiction. I spend time doing pilates  to keep fit and relax.


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