Yanwath Primary School – LAB


Sean Ruane – Chair of LAB


Lorrayne Hughes

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 Cumbria Education 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.

June Venus

June Venus - Headteacher

June has been teaching for over 30 years, 20 of which as a school leader. She has worked in both rural and urban schools in the north and south of the country.

June has been a dance and English specialist teacher and worked as a consultant, advising schools and local authorities on curriculum development. She has also worked as a lead practitioner for SSAT, advising on embedding enterprise into schools’ delivery.

June has been Headteacher at Yanwath for 10 years. She believes in the importance of ‘whole child’ learning which underpins Yanwath’s ethos. Learning and life skills are a priority and giving a purpose in all that children do.


Davina Soloman, LAB member

Gill Smith – Staff LAB member

Gill is the Teaching Team and Nursery Manager for Yanwath Primary School, and has worked in the senior leadership team at the nursery since 2012. She is currently teaching across the Early Years Unit at Yanwath and holds the role of subject leader for design and technology throughout the primary school.

Gill moved into working in education after studying environmental science at Stirling University and working as a team manager in a local Cumbrian horticultural business.

In 2012 Gill was elected as a parent governor at Yanwath Primary School, under its previous form. Gill was link governor for safeguarding and Early Year’s SENCO. Gill has children’s safety and well-being as her main priority.

As a Staff LAB member, Gill hopes to continue to support the school’s values. She looks forward to challenging and working with the LAB to ensure improvements for the school.  


Natalie Mashiter – Parent LAB member



Eleanor Galloway – Parent LAB member