Meet the Governors

Yvette Blake

Yvette Blake

Chair

I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in 2015 and am the current Chair of Governors. I am also the link governor for the Foundation Stage and English.

Although retired now, my whole working life was spent within the field of education. I have taught all ages from Foundation Stage to Year Six in a number of different schools both within Warrington and further afield. I have also worked for the Local Authority as an ICT and subsequently a Literacy Consultant before becoming Head Teacher of a large Infant and Nursery School.

I believe passionately in offering children a rich, broad and balanced curriculum that focusses on personal as well as academic growth and achievement. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experience, professional knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with the children, staff, parents and Governors at Alderman Bolton Primary School as we all work towards being the best that we can be.

Lukas Dewhirst

Lukas Dewhirst

I joined the Governing Body at Alderman Bolton in March 2017 and have a keen interest in the school and the local community. For my day job I am a Church Leader at Life Church Warrington which meets at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School each Sunday morning. I am married to Sarah who is along with myself, a qualified school teacher. We have lived in Warrington for the last 20 years and have 5 children aged 6-16 who all attend schools in Warrington. 

I am the link governor for Pupil Premium and the Vice Chair with a responsibility for overseeing the finances of Alderman Bolton. In my time at the school I have observed a great commitment from Governors and the schools leadership to create an environment where every child will have the opportunity to aim high, believe in themselves and succeed in their learning. It is an honour for me to be able to serve this school community as a Governor.

 

Leon Fraser

Leon Fraser

Since qualifying in 1999 from John Moore’s University as a Secondary Teacher in Physical Education and English, I then started my career in Warrington at Padgate High school (University Academy of Warrington). My journey over the last 18 years has provided me with many leadership opportunities across Yorkshire and the North West as a Sports Coordinator (across 3 Secondary 12 Primary and 3 SEN schools), Curriculum Leader ( Physical Education) and currently as a Partnership Development Officer, Senior Lecturer (Faculty of Education) and Designated Safeguarding officer (Faculty of Education) at Edge Hill University. I have dedicated a great deal of time towards enhancing opportunities for pupils and colleagues in education through strategic networking groups in Local Authorities and currently in research at the University. I now would like to provide these attributes, knowledge and experience to support the pupils, staff and parents at Alderman Bolton Primary school.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

I was born in Ireland and moved to Liverpool to study Fine Art. Following this I gained my PGCE and worked in schools in both Liverpool and Cheshire West.

I joined Alderman Bolton Primary School as a Senior Leader in 2013. During my time at our school I’ve taught across Key Stage Two and have led English and Assessment and was delighted to be successful at interview for the Deputy Headteacher position in 2017. In 2018/2019, I had the opportunity of being Acting Headteacher. I thoroughly enjoyed the role and gained invaluable experience of leadership at that level. It was extremely rewarding to have an impact on a wider scale and I look forward to being Head of School in the forthcoming year.

Becoming a member of the governing body has added a new dimension to my role and created further opportunities for me to make a difference. I am passionate about all of our pupils reaching their full potential and having a high-quality education which fosters a love of learning.

Sam Wernham

Sam Wernham

I am a staff governor appointed in September 2020. I started my career at this school in September 2018 as a newly qualified teacher and am currently teaching my third class which is the year 5/6 class. I have very strong connection and passion with Alderman Bolton Primary School and the local community having attended this school as a child myself and have lived in the community for most of my life.

Before gaining my PGCE in primary education at Edge Hill University, I achieved a BSc Applied Psychology degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

In my short time at the school I have taught in key stage two and have had the pleasure of leading science and design and technology in the school. I have also been involved with assisting in the redesign of the design and technology curriculum throughout the Multi Academy Trust.

 Upon my successful appointment to the governing body, I hope to support the high standards achieved at our school and ensure every child achieves their potential whilst further developing my professional skill set.

Jackie Stephens

Jackie Stephens

In January 2018 I became a Parent Governor, my daughter has now moved to the High School whilst my son is moving to Key Stage Two.  Both love their time in school.

I have volunteered within Alderman Bolton quite a few times over the past years and find all the staff and pupils lovely, it’s such a friendly and welcoming environment for the children to learn and develop in.

I have worked in the Care sector for 5 years and I enjoy the feeling of knowing that I’ve helped make someone’s day better and I am hoping this experience will help me to carry out my role as a Governor as best as I can.

I helped to set up the school’s PTA and I enjoy the rewards of my role. I am looking forward to meeting you all and helping to make a difference.

Eileen Stewart

Eileen Stewart

I started working life in advertising before becoming a youth worker in Manchester and Cheshire, where I worked in youth Centres and in staff training.   When my children started school I moved into teaching; firstly in further education and then in secondary schools and, on occasion, in higher education. Major responsibilities included safeguarding, curriculum development and behaviour.  Projects have included setting up anti bullying and behaviour programmes and research into poor- attainment of disadvantaged groups, both in UK and abroad: the latter leading to setting up vocational centres.

Since retiring I spend more time with my family, take trips in my 70’s V Dub camper and am a sports volunteer in the ‘Join In’ programme.  One way or another I have been involved with children and young people for 50 years and am looking forward to this additional venture as Governor at Alderman Bolton where I hope to be able to contribute to the work of pupils, parents, staff and governors in achieving ‘outstanding’ status for the school.

Paula Warding

Paula Warding

Headteacher

I wanted to work in education from an early age.  I trained at the University of Bangor and completed a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Religious Education. I began teaching in Runcorn in 1999, moving to Warrington in 2008.

Over the last few years I have worked with the Warrington Teaching School Alliance and led the talent management arm of the teaching school, identifying outstanding teachers throughout Warrington and supporting them to become Specialist Leaders in education. I have also led the Innov8ed network, a group of eight schools from across Warrington, including Alderman Bolton. Working as part of this network, we have led improvements in teaching and learning across the schools and ultimately improved the outcomes for our children.

I have been Head Teacher at Alderman Bolton since September 2015, having previously been Head at Meadowside School.  Alderman Bolton is such a happy, caring and supportive place to be for children, staff, parents and Governors. The children are wonderful and are the greatest advert for our school.

Wayne Trafford

Wayne Trafford

I have worked in education since 1996, firstly as a teacher and then onto a variety of positions within schools, including Senior Leadership and Headship. Prior to becoming a teacher at the ripe old age of 36, I worked in a number of industrial sectors, meaning I have experience as a production engineer and production manager. 

I managed to gain a BEd and a BA in Business along the way and I am now enthusiastic to offer my experience to the Local Governing Body of Alderman Bolton. My current role is within Warrington Primary Academy Trust, and I will be a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Dr Nurul Alam

Dr Nurul Alam

BSc, FCMI, FIMMM CEng, CEnv, CChem, EurChem, CMgr, CSci

I am Nurul and was elected as a parent governor in November 2019 for the next 4 four years. I bring both a parent perspective and relevant skills and experience to the role of Governor. I will appropriately challenge and support the school and its excellent senior leadership team, to be the best they can. I am passionate about the ongoing development of all ages and believe the enjoyment of learning starts with the positive well-rounded education children receive at school.

By training, I am Nanotechnologist and working as a Scientist. I received my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Nottingham, followed by research associate/fellow at the University of Cambridge under EPSRC advanced fellowships grants. I have over 20 years of work experience in Academic, Materials, Chemical and Environmental sectors included Defence, Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Food and Beverage, Mining, Medical device and Household chemicals. In my research contributions to the scientific arena, I have published over 15 peer reviewed articles in the reputed international journal and presented more than 50 conferences, related to renewable energy, hydrogen storage, fuel cell, heterogeneous catalysis, drug delivery, mining, diving, respiratory and nanoporous materials. I have completed various training and academic courses in my career including Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Chartered Manager (CMgr) and the European Chemist (EurChem). I also received a prestigious fellowship FIMMM, FCMI from the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI), respectively.

Finally, I will use my experience, time and energy to work hard to make sure the children get the best possible deal and also maintain a flexible approach to assisting the school and the board of governors where I can especially in my role as Link Governor for Science.

Alderman Bolton Primary School
Longdin Street, Latchford, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 1PW

Tel: 01925 633262

aldermanbolton@wpat.warrington.sch.uk