The Governing Body is known as the Local Advisory Board (LAB).

In September 2017, Longtown Primary School LAB amalgamated with Yewdale 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.

All members of the LAB complete a Register of Interest annually, which details any relevant business and pecuniary interests (see below).


The LAB can be contacted via the Cumbria Education Trust Office – please email Lucy Hewson (Clerk to the Trust Board and LABs): or telephone: 016977 45300.

Joyce Keetley – Chair of Strategic Local Advisory Board

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 a 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 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 – Director of Primary Education, Headteacher of Yewdale Primary School, Executive Headteacher of 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


Rosie Watling – LAB Member (Safeguarding Member)


  • 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.
  • She has the role of Chair of Curriculum and also serve on the Finance and Staffing Committee.

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.

Val Tarbitt, LAB Member

Val’s professional background is in education. She is a specialist in Physical Education in primary, secondary and higher education sectors. As Val’s career progressed, she specialised in Change Management, developing her research in Mentoring and Reflective Practice in Degree courses at Leeds Metropolitan University and as a management tool in SMEs in West Yorkshire.

Val currently sits on Cumbria County Council as the Elected Member for the Longtown Division. In addition, she sits on several County Council Boards including Scrutiny Management Board, Children and Young Persons Scrutiny Board and the Corporate Parenting Board.

Val joined Longtown Primary School’s Local Advisory Board to continue to support the young people of Longtown.

Margaret Gunson, LAB Member

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.

Callum Dawson, LAB Member

Callum was a member of the Longtown Primary School governing body for eight years, four of which he served as chair before the school became part of the Multi-Academy Trust. Due to this, Callum has an impressive knowledge of the school, staff, pupils and parents.

Callum is currently the head of IT for EWM which is a billion pound multinational in the retail sector. He manages a large IT team in multiple sites and several multi-million pound projects.

Callum has two children at the school and feels that he is able to assist the Trust and school to help enhance the learning experience of all of the pupils at Longtown Primary School.

Kimberley Smith – Longtown Primary School Staff LAB Member

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’.

Bridget Pickthall, Yewdale Primary School Staff LAB Member

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.

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.

Karen Vidler, Staff LAB Member (Resigned July 2017)

Geof Armstrong, LAB Member (Resigned 27/3/2017)