Meet the Governors

Yvette Blake (chair)

I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in 2015 and became a co-opted Governor when we joined Warrington Primary Academy Trust in May 2018. I am the current Chair of Governors and also the link governor for the Foundation Stage, History and Geography.

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 to promote our school’s aims and vision.

Claire Dalton

I work at Alderman Bolton Primary School as the School Business Manager and have been Associate Governor since June 2017 becoming a co-opted Governor in 2019.

My previous experience has been in Business Management spanning across the hospitality and automotive sector. My aim on the Governing Board is to work alongside other governors, staff, families, and the wider community to ensure that our children have a safe, happy, and well-equipped learning environment to lead them to their full potential.

I have recently attained my level 4 diploma in School Business Management and outside of work I am a married mother of two small children George and Ava who keep me on my toes. My greatest passion is reading when I can find the time to squeeze it in. 

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 5-15 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.

Leon Fraser

Since qualifying in 1999 from John Moores 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 (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

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. Last year 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.

Becoming a member of the governing body has added a new dimension to my role as Deputy Headteacher 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. 

Hayley Simmons

I am a staff governor appointed in September 2017. I started my career here as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2015 and am now teaching my fourth class at Alderman Bolton. I was very quickly welcomed by the children, staff and parents and the school soon felt like home. It is a very warm and friendly environment, one that encourages children to achieve their full potential and do the best they possibly can.

Before training to become a teacher, through Manchester Metropolitan University, I studied psychology and was awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from Edge Hill University.

I am now keen to integrate myself even further into the life of the school. In joining the Governors and taking on other new and exciting roles and responsibilities I hope to help maintain the high standards and learning that takes place at Alderman Bolton whilst growing and developing as a professional.

Jackie Stephens

In January 2018 I became a Parent Governor, I have a daughter at High School who used to come to Alderman Bolton and a son in Key Stage One who both love coming to 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

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 new 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 – Head Teacher

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 already feels like home and 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

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.