Sandy Todd – Chair of LAB

Sandy has worked in Education in a variety of roles for 37 years, now lives near Kirkby Stephen with her husband and has two grown up children of her own. She started her career as a teacher in a Secondary school in the Outer London Borough of Havering and moved to Cumbria in 1986 to take a one year temporary post at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. The temporary role was made permanent and Cumbria became a permanent home.  Whilst at Kirkby Stephen she took on the role of Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Primary School Liaison. This led to a continuing admiration for and interest in the work of our Primary School Colleagues. Varied promoted posts followed in Barnard Castle, Cumbria Children Services, and secondary schools in Dalston near Carlisle and Workington. Sandy left full time work in schools in September 2015 but remains very busy and still spends much time in schools across Cumbria and Lancashire.

Sandy has always believed that as adults and especially as teachers we must strive to help children and our staff to be the best that they can be in all situations and help them to acquire the skills and qualifications to be able to choose what they want to do with their lives and the contribution they make to society.   At present Sandy continues her passion for making a positive difference to schools and young people through her own consultancy work in supporting School Leadership Teams to improve their schools by providing bespoke support and professional development to middle and senior leaders. She is also the Executive Officer for the Cumbria Association of Secondary Headteachers.

Sandy loves the natural environment, wildlife and the garden, is a keen sports and outdoor activities fan and participant and plays an EB base in the Kirkby Stephen Silver Band, and hates having her photograph taken!

Being part of the Cumbria Education Trust is a great opportunity for Tebay School on our improvement journey and Sandy is looking forward to working with fellow LAB members to take advantage of the opportunities this will present for our staff and students.

Lorrayne Hughes – CEO

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive Officer of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.

Lorrayne is former Chair of Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders and a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Lisa Bland – Headteacher

Lisa has been teaching for nearly 20 years in Cumbria. She began her career in Early Years and Key Stage One but has been based in Key Stage Two for the last 10 years before taking up her first headship at Tebay in September 2018.

Lisa’s specialisms are Pastoral and SEN and she has a keen interest in the welfare and progress of children. She firmly believes that her job is to nurture well-rounded children with a range of talents beyond the curriculum.

Julie Foster – LAB member

Julie is a very active member of the community and is involved in many local groups and fundraising committees, including the Friends of Tebay School.

Julie has lived in the Tebay area all her life and attended Tebay Primary School herself, before going on to Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. Her A Levels in chemistry and biology gave her a love of science which has led to her current job working as a Q.A. Technician in the laboratory at Princes Ltd.

Julie has three children, one of which attend Tebay Primary School and two at secondary school. She believes that the school is a very important part of the community and is passionate about helping the school to grow and offer the best possible education and experiences for all the children in the village.

Rachel Lowis – Parent LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Rachel was brought up in Cumbria and attended school in Kendal. She wants to help the school develop and grow as part of Cumbria Education Trust, whilst retaining its place at the heart of the village.

She hopes to bring her skills and knowledge of safeguarding to the role of LAB Member. She also has a keen interest in anti-bullying policy, child mental health and the development of effective practice around intervention and response to bullying.

Adrian Todd, LAB member

After leaving school at sixteen, Adrian went to work in farming.  He then moved into construction with TK Robinson.  Adrian went on to work for T Armstrong Construction and Cheetham Hill Construction, where he has been for 26 years, working as a Construction Manager, running projects for up to £20m.

Adrian is also a Parish council chairman and Eden district councillor (Portfolio holder).

Adrian has helped young people to get into construction, some from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Adrian is a local person who was educated at Tebay School and will always do his best to promote the school.

Michaela Jameson –  Staff LAB member

After graduating from Edge Hill University in May 2019 Michaela started her first teaching post as a part time teacher at Tebay Primary School in September last year teaching KS2. Michaela hopes to complete her NQT year in the next few months.

The rest of  the week Michaela works as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, and spent 3 months in Cambodia teaching English to children from deprived areas of the country.

Julie Mills, LAB member

Julie’s career has enabled her to develop her professional skills in a variety of roles across Buying, Category Management, Buying Administration, Marketing and working with teams of internal colleagues and suppliers. She hopes to be able to put these skills to use to the benefit of the team at Tebay school and working to support the LAB.

As a Board Director of Booths Supermarkets and more recently Westmorland Services, Julie is experienced at influencing and seeking a collaborative outcome with a group of strong-minded individuals. She hopes that her financial and commercial acumen can be put to use in a practical way to help support the School and contribute to fact-based decisions.

Julie hopes that bringing an external business view to the team will add value and hopes to learn and benefit from the other Board members.   There can be no more important profession than educating our next generation.

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