Hensingham Primary School LAB

 – Chair of Local Advisory Board

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.

Faye Eldon

Faye Eldon - Headteacher


Stan Sanczuk

Stan Sanczuk - LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Stan has had many years’ experience on the previous Hensingham Governing board.  He is retired from work where he worked at Copeland Borough Council in Grounds, Open Spaces and Horticulture for many years. 

He looks forward to the next stage of Hensingham School’s journey on school improvement.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith - LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Alana Mackinnon

Alana Mackinnon – LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Alana Mackinnon has over 20 year’s experience in Business Management in both private and public sector.  Whilst Alana’s background is not in education she is hoping to bring her experience and skill to support Hensingham Primary school in giving its children the best possible environment to learn and grow through education.

Alana lives in Whitehaven with her partner and son who attended Hensingham Primary school and had many happy years there, before moving to Secondary school in 2018.

Maria Hewitt

Maria Hewitt - Parent LAB member

Maria was raised in Derbyshire before moving to Whitehaven in 2007, and has lived in the Hensingham area ever since. She has a son who attends Hensingham Primary School, and was pleased to continue a family affiliation with the school after her husband attended Hensingham Infants and Juniors as a child.

Maria works for Cumbria County Council in a community development role, and has good knowledge and links with community groups across Copeland. Other roles have included Clerk to Governors at a local Primary School, Library Supervisor and organising training for advice organisations.

She is keen to see Hensingham Primary move forward as part of Cumbria Education Trust, and be the school of choice for the catchment area. She believes that every child has the right to a good education and equality of opportunity to learn and thrive. Maria has an interest in children’s health & wellbeing, ensuring that children are ready to learn every morning, and making education fun and enjoyable. She is also part of Friends of Hensingham Primary and supports opportunities to bring the school and families together.

In her spare time Maria is involved with Haven Sent WI, enjoys reading, festivals, and family days out with her husband, son and Ritzy the whippet.

Maria Hewitt

Jo Fox - LAB member

Maria Hewitt

Abbie Johnsen - Staff LAB member

Abbie-Louise is currently in her second year of teaching at Hensingham Primary School after completing her NQT year last year. She completed her training at the University of Cumbria and gained a first class degree. Abbie-Louise has recently just taken on the roles of subject leading PE and Geography. In her spare time, she is involved with a musical theatre society and teaches in the junior section. Within school, Abbie-Louise is interested in supporting children’s mental health.


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