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.

Joanne Lloyd – Headteacher

Joanne joined Cumbria Education Trust l in 2016, having moved from Hertfordshire to Cumbria. She took over leadership of Yewdale school in April 2019, having worked in education for 21 years, across 8 schools, in all age groups from Year 1 to Year 7.

Joanne’s vision for Northside is clear; children must be at the heart of everything. Northside is a good school and continues to build on this improvement journey in order that all children can ‘be the best that they can be’.

Joanne is passionate about all areas of the curriculum and ensuring that children have opportunities to find their passion and talents, whilst enjoying learning and having fun.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys family life with her husband and two teenage children.  She can be found baking cakes, biscuits and bread in her kitchen, looking after her small flock of Ouessant sheep or on the side of a rugby pitch, being a rugby Mum!

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.

Amy Bostock, Parent LAB member

Amy Bostock is 35 and originally from Stockport in Greater Manchester, but has been living in Workington for 6 years. Amy achieved 10 GCSEs at High School and went on to gain 4 A levels at Aquinas College in Stockport. After leaving college Amy decided to go into an apprenticeship as a Dental Nurse and stayed in that job for 10 years after gaining an NVQ Level 3 in dental nursing. After moving up to Workington she began working as a Sales Assistant and has recently enrolled on a NCFE CACHE Level 3 award in supporting teaching and learning in schools. Amy enjoys spending time with her partner, 3 children and her dog Bella, especially exploring the local area of the Lake District.

Beth Dixon – Parent LAB member (Subject to DBS clearance)

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

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