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Our Local Advisory Board (LAB)

Welcome to our Local Advisory Board (LAB).


The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the LAB Members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the School. These responsibilities are discharged by the LAB Members in accordance with its constitution, any Cumbria Education Trust Policies and advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Ofsted.


The Local Advisory Board (LAB) is crucial to helping the School to raise standards. 


Some of the roles of the LAB are to:

  • provide the information required by the Trust and not to withhold any information which the Trust reasonably requires;
  • refer certain decisions to the Trust for approval as set out in the Scheme of Delegation;
  • report to the Trust Board Directors on the outcomes and progress within a one-week period of each meeting;
  • act in accordance with the LAB Protocols.


Detailed information regarding the Structure of the Trust Board and Local Advisory Boards can be found here:


Please find below details of our Local Advisory Board membership, including terms of appointment; register of interests; and meeting attendance registers.

There is a vacancy for a Parent LAB member. Please see the document below for details:


Meet the Board Members:

Joyce Keetley, Chair of LAB

Joyce was born and brought up in Carlisle before going to University to study Geography followed by taking a PGCE qualification. Over 17 years she has taught in three secondary schools, teaching geography, maths and becoming head of department and a member of the senior leadership team. Her first involvement in governance was a teacher governor for seven years whilst at John Ruskin School in Coniston.

Since moving with her family to the Eden Valley, she have worked with school governing bodies, delivering training and support. She has also worked for a consortium of secondary schools leading the implementation of One to One Tuition.

Joyce joined the governing body of Warcop C of E Primary School as a parent governor in 2004 and has been chair since 2006. Working with a headteacher who supported other headteachers through her Local Leader role, encouraged Joyce to also become involved in system leadership. Joyce was designated a National Leader in Governance (NLG) in 2012 and became the governor representative on the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders Board (CASL)

Joyce’s NLG role led to her involvement with Yewdale Primary School. As chair of the Interim Executive Board, the members led the school to becoming an academy within the Multi-Academy Trust. Joyce was pleased to be asked to be chair of the Local Area Board at Yewdale, to be a part of the improvement and development of the school within the Trust.


Lorrayne Hughes, CEO

Lorrayne is a successful and outward facing CEO of Cumbria EducationTrust.  Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school based MATs in North Cumbria; they currently have four schools within their family; two primary and two secondary schools.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all children deserve a high quality education – children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision making.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Cumbria in 2007. In January 2014 she was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington, Cumbria. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.  Ofsted commented on Lorrayne’s success in December 2014 “Your vision is clear: to build sustainable improvement across the schools for the long-term benefit of students and the Workington community”.

Following this secondment Lorrayne took up the role as Executive Headteacher and CEO of the Trust.

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She is Chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) and is passionate about system leadership and what that can bring to the school improvement agenda.  She strongly believes that schools are better working together and that collaboration can make a difference to all involved.


Robert Lakin, Headteacher

Robert is a successful and motivated leader, he has considerable leadership experience working in a range of different Primary Schools in Bristol, Wiltshire and Cumbria.

Robert has a comprehensive understanding of how to improve teaching and learning outcomes and firmly believes that pupils come first; the needs of pupils should be at the heart of all school improvement and as a result sets high expectations to ensure rapid improvement.

Robert is also a contracted Ofsted Inspector and has previously worked as an additional inspector for Tribal.


Rosie Watling – LAB Member (Safeguarding)


  • White House Grammar School, Brampton
  • Nevilles Cross College, Durham
  • ASE Certificate in Science Teaching – awarded 1987
  • OU First degree in Science and Education – awarded 1990
  • OU Diploma in Educational Management – awarded 1993
  • OU Masters Degree in Education awarded 1996

Teaching Experience;

  • Ainstable Primary, Cumbria – Class Teacher (1968-69)
  • Newsham Fisrt School, Blyth, Northumberland special needs teacher (1974 -81)
  • Delaval Middle School, Blyth, Northumberland Class teacher / year group leader (1981-1992)
  • Belle Vue Junior School Carlisle – Deputy Head teacher (1992 – 1994) Headteacher 1994-2008)
  • Kingmoor Junior School, Carlisle – Acting Head teacher (Sept – Dec 2008)
  • Silloth Primary - Acting Headteacher (May 2010 – Dec 2011)

Significant Events;

  • Working with a headteacher who was a national leader in Primary Science was an inspirational experience and gave me a life long passion for children’s understanding of science.
  • Studying with the OU
  • Working with the LA and the National College, under the leadership of Peter McGaw with schools in need of support.
  • Mentoring National College middle and senior leadership training, ‘Leading from the Middle’ and ‘Leadership Pathways’.

Governor Role

  • Governor at Kingmoor Junior School for past 6 years.
  • I have the role of Chair of Curriculum and also serve on the Finance and Staffing Committee.


Elizabeth Molloy, Parent LAB Member

During Elizabeth’s education in England she completed an Adult Learning Course for GCSE English and Maths in which she achieved a B in English and a C in Maths.

Not only has Elizabeth been educated in England, she was also educated in France where she undertook a specialised training course to acquire skills for further education in social work. In secondary school in France, Elizabeth acquired Brevets (GCSE Equivalent) in 10 subjects including Maths, French and English. This led to Elizabeth becoming bilingual in French and English.

She then went on to specialise in Science, Medical and Social Studies acquiring the equivalent of 12 A Levels (various grades between A and C).

Elizabeth’s work experience consists of working within a small family business as a database inputter to gradually becoming Mail Order Manager, Factory Shop Manager and Business Secretary.

Elizabeth has undertaken many volunteer activities, including becoming an Au Pair in New Jersey, America. She worked in a hostel for young workers and a hostel for adolescent mothers. Elizabeth has also helped at an Infant School by becoming a class helper.

Elizabeth has two children at Yewdale School, and looks forward to getting involved as a Parent member on Yewdale LAB.


Lizzie Frodsham – Staff LAB Member (Resigned 25/11/2016)

Sharon Polmear – LAB Member (Resigned 18/2/2017)