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:

The Northside 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 Lucy Hewson (Clerk to the Trust Board and LABs): or telephone: 016977 45300 (via the Cumbria Education Trust Office).

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

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.

Grant O’Townson – Acting Headteacher

Grant is the Acting Headteacher of Northside Primary School and has been at Northside since 2012, initially as Senior Teacher and subsequently Deputy Head. Grant has 15 years of teaching experience in KS2 and has spent most of this in Year 5/6.

Grant believes the most important part of any job in education is the children. They are key to everything we do and ensuring their happiness, safety and future success is the biggest responsibility and privilege possible. He knows that the children of Northside deserve the best and works passionately alongside all the staff and parents to provide this.

After completing a BA Hons in English and Politics, Grant then undertook a PGCE in Workington to follow his long-held ambition of being a primary school teacher. His first job was at Hensingham Primary School in Whitehaven in KS2, followed by a move to Northside. Over the last 14 years, Grant has held a multitude of leadership roles, including leadership responsibility for all the curriculum subjects, overseeing the Pupil Premium and whole-school leadership. In 2011 Grant attained the Leading from the Middle qualification, and in 2012 he successfully attained the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Since then, Grant has been involved in all areas of strategic leadership at Northside and has seen the school grow and grow. Working with staff to lead the school out of Special Measures to Good in all areas in February 2020 is his proudest achievement, and the judgement was an honest reflection of the wonderful work that goes on at Northside every single day.

Grant believes the future looks extremely bright for Northside and is already seeing the benefits of being part of Cumbria Education Trust, with increased opportunities for students and additional support for staff.

Gill George, LAB member

Gill used to teach full-time in a large infant school, most of the time with Early Years and she loves working with children. Now she does occasional supply work, both as a teacher and in learning support. Gill’s three children are all grown up and she has 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, none of whom live in the area, so It is always interested to see their schools or settings when she visits them.

Gill has been privileged to be a member of the Governing Body at Northside and looks forward to continuing her association with the school as a member of the Local Advisory Board.  Having been invited to join the team at Northside a few years ago, she enjoyed getting to know so many delightful people, both adults and children, in this wonderful small school at the heart of their community. The children are keen to learn, have excellent manners and are very creative. It is amazing to see the progress so many of them make, along with the pride in their achievements. It is Gill’s firm belief that if we get all the social, emotional, communication and physical skills embedded in the early years of a child’s life, then everything else will follow.

Gill’s hobbies include walking, cycling and dancing: she loves to be outdoors.  Gill has also volunteered at her local arts centre for 25 years and has met a huge variety of really interesting people with diverse skills. Now that she have more time she would like to learn a new skill – but  always seems to be busy!

Mary-Ann Lancaster, LAB member

Karen Whild, Staff LAB member

Karen is originally from Birmingham but moved to Cumbria in 1997 when her husband changed his career. She has two grown up sons who were both brought up and educated in Cumbria.

Previously, Karen was a biomedical scientist specialising in microbiology. She worked at several major hospitals in Birmingham and finally at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle before having a career change.

Karen often describes becoming a teacher later in life as her ‘mid-life crisis’, however, it is a decision that she has never regretted. Karen has taught at several schools in West Cumbria before coming to Northside and she feels passionately that the children of Northside deserve the best.

At Northside we have a strong relationship with pupils and parents alike and Karen will continue to strengthen and foster those vital relationships.

Currently, Karen’s role in school is teaching classes when the class teacher is having their PPA (Planning Preparation Assessment) time. She enjoys this immensely because she has the opportunity to know and teach the majority of children in school – from reception up to year 6. Karen looks forward to continuing to improve Northside School for the benefit of the children and wider community.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

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