Caldew Lea Primary School LAB

Ian Newstead

Ian Newstead – Chair of Local Advisory Board

Ian has recently retired having spent over 40 years in education.  An experienced senior teacher, assistant Head teacher and SENCO he has worked in schools across Cumbria.

He was a specialist Teacher of SEN and Behaviour for the Local Authority and more recently worked as a Senior Education consultant advising Primary and Secondary schools on whole school protocols and strategic management.  He is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes and opportunities for all school pupils.

Lorrayne Hughes

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.

Ayesha Weston

Ayesha Weston - Headteacher


Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott - Staff LAB member

Sarah has worked at Caldew Lea School since September 2017. She works as the Engagement and Wellbeing Officer and also the Deputy Safeguarding Lead at Caldew Lea. Sarah is based in the Inclusion room and her role covers attendance, attending meetings regarding families in the school and work 1:1 and in groups with the children.

Sarah’s previous history includes working as an advocate to give children a voice. She also worked for Children’s services for 7 years as a Family Worker and Education Welfare Officer.

Sarah believes in inclusion and ensuring that all children get the best possible outcomes and that  children are at the centre of everything.

Sharon Polmear

Sharon Polmear - LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Andrea Wharton

Andrea Wharton - LAB member

Andrea Wharton is currently a year 3 teacher at another primary school in Carlisle. She has been a qualified teacher for 13 years and has worked in three different primary schools. Andrea was lucky to spend a year working at James Rennie School where she developed a love of special needs within schools. Andrea has recently gained her Qualified Mentor Status through the University of Cumbria and this has lead her to mentor both newly qualified teachers and student teachers undertaking their training. Andrea is currently working alongside the North West Maths Hub looking at implementing and embedding maths mastery into schools.

Andrea believes that children need to be at the heart of education and that all children deserve the chance to succeed at school.

Andrea has two children that attend Caldew Lea Primary School. She is very much looking forward to working alongside the Caldew Lea team as it moves forward on its journey with the Trust.

Jenney Robinson

Jenney Robinson - Parent LAB member

Jenney has been a qualified Beauty and Holistic therapist for 20 years. She previously worked for large companies such as Clarins and Center Parcs. She currently works at a local Beautician near the school.

Jenney considers herself to be a good communicator, listener and a quick learner.

Jenney has children who attend Caldew Lea School and she is currently the Chair of the School PTA. Jenney is passionate about helping to improve the learning for the children and enjoys working alongside staff and other parent volunteers to organise events and raise money for the school.

She believes it is important to give our children the best start in their learning journey and make it interesting and fun.

In her spare time Jenney is a keen horse rider and volunteers for Carlisle Riding for disabled. This has given her valuable experience in dealing with special needs children. It gives her great pleasure to give those children a helping hand to do something they enjoy.

Carole Kellett

Carole Kellett - Parent LAB member

Carole has 6 children, 3 are currently at CLPS. Carole has a good relationship with the school and other parents, and has spent ten years as a parent to children at the school. Carole has local knowledge of the area and is an active member of the PTA.

Angela Harris

Angela Harris - LAB member

Angela Harris, LAB member will actively support and promote the school through being enthusiastic and committed.  She will support the head teacher and staff in ensuring the school continually strives to provide the best education possible for all its pupils.

Angela’s areas of specialism are finance, business management, compliance, consistency, human resources, and performance reviews.

The skills and experience Angela can bring to the LAB are problem solving, team player, target setting, performance management, staff development, leadership, administration and people management.

Angela’s career history consists of working in the retail and leisure industry for over 20 years and for the past 15 years she has managed business both small and large across Cumbria.

Her three children attend Caldew Lea School and they live in the local community.  Angela looks forward to the journey the school is heading and the part she can play in moving it forward.

Julie Crosby

Julie Crosby - LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Maria Graham

Maria Graham, LAB member

Maria strongly believes that a good education can improve the life chances of all children, and she is also confident that Multi Academy Trust’s can make a difference to the lives of the young people in its schools. 

Maria has experience in several areas within primary and secondary education including operations, administration, governance, HR and working with external agencies.

Maria has worked in education in England for over 18 years, and in the latter years she undertook a senior post within Cumbria Education Trust.  She is currently working for the University of Glasgow as a co-ordinator for a new Erasmus Mundus programme.

Maria’s current role is to co-ordinate an EU governed project that has various partners in foreign countries.  She is a key liaison for a range of academics in several countries, as well as communicating and supporting a small group of students who have been successful in achieving an Erasmus scholarship.  Maria is also responsible for all aspects of the finance for this programme which includes budget setting, grant distribution & accountability. 


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