The Governing Body is known as the 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.

View the Trust Board members here.

View the Structure Of The Trust Board & LABs And Associated Information here.

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 Leanne Coats, Clerk to the LAB, at or telephone 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Type of member Number Term of office Elected by who
Chief Executive 1 Indefinite N/A – by appointment as Chief Executive
Headteacher 1 Indefinite Appointment as Headteacher by Chief Executive/Trust Board
Sponsor Board member (including Chair and Vice Chair) Max 7 4 years By the Cumbria Education Trust Board resolution
Parent Board member 2 3 years Seconded parent volunteer -applications to be considered by Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors.*

*If there are more than 2 applications, an election will take place with all parents eligible to vote

Staff Board member 1 3 years Staff election**

** If only one member of staff is nominated they are automatically elected

Local Advisory Board Members:

David Helliwell – LAB Chair

David is a media and communications consultant following a career as a journalist and editor.

He advises businesses and organisations on public relations, working with the media, crisis communications and delivers media training for clients across the North West.

David and his family moved to Cumbria in 2012 when he took over as editor of The Cumberland News and News & Star newspapers based in Carlisle.

He was a founder member of Carlisle Ambassadors and is a director of Geltsdale Arts Ltd, responsible for the annual Music on the Marr Festival.

David and his teacher wife have two teenage children.

Lorrayne Hughes – Chief Executive

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.

Lorrayne is a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Jane Routledge – Lead Director

Jane was born, brought up and went to school in Cumbria before leaving for university and ultimately a career in London in the Financial Services sector. As Marketing & Communications Director in a number of investment management businesses, including two large multi-nationals and a small privately-owned firm, she has led big change initiatives as well as being responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies for a range of internal and external audiences. She has many years of experience in strategic and operational brand development, marketing, client and employee engagement as well as extensive experience of creating and leading client-facing functions in fast growing organisations.

Jane has served in voluntary roles for two adoption and permanency panels. She has also acted as a guest speaker for a national adoption charity to help raise funds, advocating in particular for cared-for children with specific learning difficulties. She is currently a mentor for a University of London programme for first generation undergraduates.

Being brought up on a farm on the Solway coast, Jane had it instilled in her from an early age that education would give her choice and mobility. She firmly believes in the power of education to change lives, and is especially keen to be involved in helping raise the ambitions and opportunities for children with specific learning difficulties – children for whom every day in school can be a real struggle.

Jane is married and has a son, three step children and two rescue dogs from Dogs Trust.

Jemma Nicholson – Executive Headteacher at Longtown Primary School and Petteril Bank School

Jemma has always had a passion for education and has over 16 years’ experience working in Cumbrian schools. Her ambition is to ensure that children love school as much as she does, and she enjoys nothing more than thinking of creative and memorable ways to achieve this.
Following her first successful headship, where she received one of the first ‘excellent’ graded SIAMS inspections on the new framework, she has joined the CET leadership team to take on the role of headteacher at Longtown Primary school.
Working with the local community and pupils’ hand in hand is especially important to Jemma, who believes that school is an extension of family and should be a safe, happy and aspirational place to be. She very much looks forward to maintaining Longtown’s high standards following their first ‘Good’ Ofsted, ensuring it flourishes further.
When not in school Jemma can usually be found having fun with family and friends, growing things in her garden or relaxing with a good book!

Anna Carroll – Headteacher

Anna relocated from Suffolk to attend University in Carlisle. After falling in love with the beautiful countryside, she decided to stay and began her career in Haltwhistle. Anna then worked at Yewdale Primary School prior to it joining CET and has since progressed in her career with a Deputy Head role at Caldew Lea, she then took her first Headship at Castle Carrock Primary and is presently the Headteacher at Longtown Primary School. Anna passionately believes in providing a broad and balanced education, which recognises and celebrates the talents of each child enabling them to grow in confidence, develop a sense of responsibility whilst achieving their full potential. Whilst not at work, Anna enjoys spending time with her three young children.

Lauren Hitchen – Head of School (MAT leave)

Lauren is passionate about education and ensuring all children are given the best start in life. She has had a rich and varied career in education, teaching and leading across schools in Liverpool and Dubai, before returning to Cumbria.

Lauren has worked at Longtown Primary School since 2017 in a range of roles. She promotes a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring all children reach their full potential whilst celebrating individuals’ talents.

Richard O’Connor – Deputy Headteacher at William Howard School

Kerry Atlinski – LAB member (Safeguarding lead)

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.

Colin Corlett – LAB member

Following a long career holding senior finance positions in a variety of companies, Colin now practices as an accountant and tax advisor, holding qualifications in both these areas. He knows the crucial importance of high quality education and is keen to offer his life and professional experience to support the children and families of Longtown Primary School.

Colin has lived in Cumbria for most of his adult life. Currently living in Gilsland, he enjoys walking and photography.

Jodie Dickman, Parent LAB member

Jodie has 7-year-old twins, currently in Year 2 at Longtown Primary School. Jodie lives close by and works at Pear Tree Nursery, next door to the school.
In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, going out for adventures with her children and spending time with friends and family.

Alison Dickman, Parent LAB member

Alison has lived in Longtown along with her husband and young family for the past 9 years. She grow up in the countryside on a farm.

After leaving school she did a teaching assistant apprenticeship course in a special educational setting. Alison was successful in getting a job after she qualified in 2006. Alison continues to work in the special needs setting, working with a ride range of disabilities and ages. She loves to make a difference to peoples lives.

Alison is a mam of 3 boys. Two whom attend Longtown Primary school. Alison enjoys spending time with her family, photography and socialising.

Abbie Sisson, Staff LAB member

LAB members resigned in the previous 12 months:

  • Kimberley Simpson – 30/08/2023
  • Margaret Gunson – 20/07/2023

LAB Meeting Minutes and other information

Should you require any meeting minutes from previous years, please do not hesitate to contact Leanne Coats, Clerk to the LAB, at