The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the Local Advisory Board (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.

View the Trust Board membership here: http://www.cumbriaeducationtrust.org/about-us/leadership/

The Yewdale Primary School 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.

If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Leanne Coats (Clerk to the LAB): lcoats@cumbriaeducationtrust.org or telephone: 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Vacancy –  Chair of LAB

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.

Vacancy – Lead Director

Gemma Brierley – Headteacher

After completing a BA (Hons) Primary Education in Newcastle, Gemma began her teaching career at a large primary school in South East London. Over the next twenty years Gemma taught across 3 other schools in Kent, including serving as a Headteacher for the last five years in school that was transformed under her leadership.

Following her family’s relocation to Cumbria in October 2020 Gemma joined CET in November as the Headteacher of Yewdale Primary School.

Amanda McAree – LAB member (Safeguarding Lead)

Amanda is a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Newman Catholic School with responsibilities for Student Welfare & Pastoral care, line management of the SENCo, Heads of Year, Senior Learning mentors, Attendance Officer and Student Support Officer.   She is also the designated Safeguarding Officer and Designated teacher for Children Looked After and has an overview of the Sixth Form and Religious Education Department.

Amanda has been a teacher for 25 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.

Tracey Hill – LAB member

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.

Kirsty Graham – Staff LAB member

Kirsty joined Yewdale Primary School in February 2019, Initially teaching in Early Years, and now in Key Stage One. Kirsty has worked in education for 10 years across three different schools. She has had the experience of a variety of positions, including Foundation Unit Leader and Key Stage One Leader. Working closely alongside Senior Leadership Teams she has implemented changes to improve outcomes for children. Kirsty, originally from Cleator Moor, moved to Carlisle in 2009 and is a mother to two young boys. Kirsty believes that every child should have the best education, in order to reach their full potential. She is hopeful that her experience and drive for improvement will have a positive impact within the school and within the LAB. Her hobbies include running, camping and singing in choirs.

Kevin Hobson – Parent LAB member

Kevin has worked as a Civil servant for over 10 years and also worked in sales and customer service roles.

In his time as a Civil Servant he has covered a variety of roles that will be useful to the Parent LAB role including finance, workforce planning and other business support roles.  Kevin has been a Work Coach helping people get the right support whether it be financial or help in getting back to work.

Growing up Kevin lived in a pub which like a school can be a nucleus to a community and this upbringing has given him the belief that a community is made up of all its parts whether it be large or small.

Jack Bowman – Parent LAB member

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Joyce Keetley – 21/07/21

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