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Our Local Advisory Board (LAB)

In September 2017, Yewdale Primary School LAB amalgamated with Longtown Primary School LAB to become the Longtown and Yewdale Primary Schools Strategic 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.


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.

Structure of the CET Boards and Committees


Meet the Board Members:

Joyce Keetley, Chair of LAB (Safeguarding member, Yewdale)

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 until recently was Chair of Governors 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 the successful and outward facing CEO of Cumbria Education Trust. Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school based MATs in North Cumbria.

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 CEO of the Trust.

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She was Chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) for many years 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, Director of Primary Education and Executive Headteacher of Yewdale Primary School and Longtown Primary School

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.


Cate Floyd - Headteacher of Longtown Primary School

Cate moved from Accrington in the summer to take her first headship, with the Trust, at Longtown Primary school. She has 12 years teaching experience and fundamentally believes that children should be at the heart of all decisions made within education.

Previously, Cate has worked alongside the Maths Hub in develop maths mastery within primary schools to enhance school improvement.

Margaret Gunson - Interim Vice Chair (Safeguarding member, Longtown)

Having been born and raised in Kent, North Cumbria has been home for Margaret for the last 25 years, living in Longtown for 15 years. She is married, with three grown up children, and is now retired from Primary School teaching but maintains her interest in education through involvement with Longtown Primary School as a helper and a Governor/LAB Member. Margaret is also a Parish Councillor and an avid gardener.

Ann Thanaraj – LAB member

As a practicing academic of twelve years and Principal Lecturer in Law (Law team leader) at the University of Cumbria, Ann provides strategic leadership for the continuous quality assurance and enhancement of the teaching and learning opportunities and assessments of her undergraduate and postgraduate campus-based, online and collaborative partnership programmes in Law.

Teaching is her absolute passion. Within her subject expertise in property law, trusts law, employment law and all aspects of professional lawyering skills she creates an educational environment which strives to equip students for the fluid, dynamic and global world of work by ensuring they are afforded with excellent opportunities that reflect real-world practice, emerging trends in digitalisation of professional work, one that is future-facing and empowering. An example of this is the ‘Lawyering in a Digital Age’ curriculum.

Prior to her current role, Ann led her faculty in Learning and Teaching with responsibility for advising colleagues across a range of disciplines on curriculum design, in particular the use of technology to enhance students’ learning; creative and authentic assessment methods. Ann chairs validations at the university and for other higher education providers. External to the University, Ann is an academic panel member and external examiner for the Bar Standards Board, responsible for assuring the education and training requirements of future barristers.

In addition to the recognition of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for teaching, student support and academic leadership and an invitation to Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany (2012) as a visiting academic, Ann’s experience in academic leadership and research has led to national and international speaking invitations and external advisory and consultancy work at various universities.

Amanda McAree - LAB member

Amanda is a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Newman Catholic School with responsibilities for data, line management of the SENCo and Heads of Year. She is also the designated Safeguarding Officer and Designated teacher for Children Looked After. Amanda has been a teacher for 24 years having held roles within curriculum and pastoral areas.

Amanda is passionate about ensuring that students have the best education possible and is thrilled to be part of the Cumbria Education Trust Primary Strategic LAB for Yewdale and Longtown Primary Schools.

Having been in education for a long time, covering a variety of roles, Amanda is fully aware of local and National education issues and believes we should always do what is right for our students whilst holding staff accountable.

Bridget Jackson - Staff LAB member, Yewdale Primary School

Bridget has been teaching at Primary School level since 2010 and she currently teaches Year 4 pupils. During that time, she has taught Year 4 and 5 and led Geography, History and Computing as a co-ordinator role. Bridget hopes her work ethic, knowledge and experience would be an asset to the Yewdale Longtown Strategic Board.

Kimberley Smith - Staff LAB member, Longtown Primary School

Kimberley is currently a teacher of Year 6 at Longtown Primary School, as well as leading on Behaviour.

Kimberley previously taught in the London Borough of Newham. She has had heavy involvement with safeguarding, leadership and management in a primary school setting.

Kimberley has a keen interest in the welfare and education of children, particularly in the field of Social, Emotional Mental Health.

Raising attainment, ensuring all pupils progress and achieve is one of Kimberley’s fundamental beliefs.

Kimberley hopes to bring a fresh insight to the LAB as well as an opinion from the ‘front line’.

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.


Kerry Atlinski, LAB member (Yewdale Longtown Strategic LAB)


Kerry is a mum to three children whom all currently attend Longtown Primary School, as did she as a child. Kerry has lived in Longtown since 1992 aside from a four year stint which was spent travelling with a horse and circus production company. After settling down back in the town with her husband she then began her career in retail management before starting their family.

Kerry is a registered Licensed Chaperone with Cumbria County Council, which she has used to chaperone her daughters’ dancing shows involving up to 150 children.

Kerry is a fully qualified Girlguiding Unit Leader. She currently runs the local Longtown Rainbow and Brownie Units.  Experience gained from doing this will benefit her role in the LAB.

Wendy Robson, Parent LAB member

Longtown Primary School is Wendy’s school of choice. As a child she attended the Infant and Junior Schools and despite living out of the catchment area for the last 14 years, each of her 5 children have been or are currently pupils here. The community where she grew up has suffered many losses over the years and the Primary School is one of the remaining constants, providing education in a suitably sized environment.

Wendy is keen to see the School move forward and improve, this can only happen if everyone moves in the right direction, being a Parent LAB member allows her to ensure her parental opinion is heard and that balance is considered when making changes.

Wendy’s work experience is varied, currently she is Transport and Finance Manager for a local business. Previous employments include the Disability Association and Education Finance. Wendy was also an original Trustee of Pear Tree Nursery and served 4 years building a strong childcare provision in Longtown as part of that team. She believes the varying roles have given her a good platform to develop within the LAB for Longtown Primary.



Tracey Hill, LAB Member (Yewdale Longtown Strategic LAB)


Tracey Hill is a Business and Computing Graduate of Lancaster University.  Tracey started her career in Industry and has worked in education since 1995, including the University of Northumbria, Carlisle College and local Primary and Secondary schools. In addition, Tracey taught Adult Education computing classes in Carlisle for over ten years for Trinity Adult Education Centre. Tracey is married to Mike who grew up in the local area and has two grown-up children, one of them is a Primary School Teacher.
Tracey has worked at William Howard School since 2004 and, as well as her teaching commitment, has led across the school on careers, enterprise and financial education.  During 2014 William Howard School became a Personal Finance Education Group ‘Centre of Financial Excellence School' through Tracey’s leadership and in 2015 Tracey became Financial Education Teacher of the Year. Within her role, Tracey works closely with businesses, education and training providers and is Chair of the North Cumbria Careers Network Group.  In addition, she was the school representative on the Executive Committee of Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme making decisions on spending and resources during 2017 to 2018.
During 2016-2018 Tracey undertook a secondment to work for Cumbria Education Trust as Lead Practitioner for PSHE, Careers, Enterprise and Financial Education and supported all Trust schools.  Tracey was also business link attending several business groups on behalf of the Trust and responsible for income generation as sponsorship co-ordinator.
Tracey is an Associate Member of the School Leadership Team in William Howard School and is Curriculum Leader for Business Studies and Careers Lead in school.
Tracey feels her experience of being on committees and being a Chair, along with her links to industry and her various work-related roles including knowledge of working within the Trust schools, gives her an understanding of how important it is to promote Yewdale School’s vision and values.  Tracey feels passionately that being a LAB member offers a privileged opportunity to work alongside other members who support the interests of the school and its community to make a difference to the outcomes for young people.

Previous LAB members in last 12months

Val Tarbitt - LAB member (Resigned 18.1.2018)