Joyce Keetley –  Chair of LAB

Joyce was born and brought up in Carlisle before going to University to study Geography followed by taking a PGCE qualification. Over 17 years she has taught in three secondary schools, teaching geography, maths and becoming head of department and a member of the senior leadership team. Her first involvement in governance was a teacher governor for seven years whilst at John Ruskin School in Coniston.

Since moving with her family to the Eden Valley, she have worked with school governing bodies, delivering training and support. She has also worked for a consortium of secondary schools leading the implementation of One to One Tuition.

Joyce joined the governing body of Warcop C of E Primary School as a parent governor in 2004 and until recently was Chair of Governors since 2006. Working with a headteacher who supported other headteachers through her Local Leader role, encouraged Joyce to also become involved in system leadership. Joyce was designated a National Leader in Governance (NLG) in 2012 and became the governor representative on the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders Board (CASL)

Joyce’s NLG role led to her involvement with Yewdale Primary School. As chair of the Interim Executive Board, the members led the school to becoming an academy within the Multi-Academy Trust. Joyce was pleased to be asked to be chair of the Local Area Board at Yewdale, to be a part of the improvement and development of the school within the Trust.

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 Yewdale School in 2016, having moved from Hertfordshire to Cumbria.  She took over leadership of the 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 Yewdale is clear; children must be at the heart of everything.  Yewdale 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!

Amanda McAree – LAB member (Safeguarding Lead)

Amanda is a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Newman Catholic School with responsibilities for Student Welfare & Pastoral care, line management of the SENCo, Heads of Year, Senior Learning mentors, Attendance Officer and Student Support Officer.   She is also the designated Safeguarding Officer and Designated teacher for Children Looked After and has an overview of the Sixth Form and Religious Education Department.

Amanda has been a teacher for 25 years having held roles within curriculum and pastoral areas.

Amanda is passionate about ensuring that students have the best education possible and is thrilled to be part of the Cumbria Education Trust Primary Strategic LAB for Yewdale and Longtown Primary Schools.

Having been in education for a long time, covering a variety of roles, Amanda is fully aware of local and National education issues and believes we should always do what is right for our students whilst holding staff accountable.

Tracey Hill – LAB member

Tracey Hill is a Business and Computing Graduate of Lancaster University.  Tracey started her career in Industry and has worked in education since 1995, including the University of Northumbria, Carlisle College and local Primary and Secondary schools. In addition, Tracey taught Adult Education computing classes in Carlisle for over ten years for Trinity Adult Education Centre. Tracey is married to Mike who grew up in the local area and has two grown-up children, one of them is a Primary School Teacher.

Tracey has worked at William Howard School since 2004 and, as well as her teaching commitment, has led across the school on careers, enterprise and financial education.  During 2014 William Howard School became a Personal Finance Education Group ‘Centre of Financial Excellence School’ through Tracey’s leadership and in 2015 Tracey became Financial Education Teacher of the Year. Within her role Tracey works closely with businesses, education and training providers and is Chair of the North Cumbria Careers Network Group. In addition, she was the school representative on the Executive Committee of Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme making decisions on spending and resources during 2017 to 2018.

During 2016-2018 Tracey undertook a secondment to work for Cumbria Education Trust as Lead Practitioner for PSHE, Careers, Enterprise and Financial Education and supported all Trust schools.  Tracey was also business link attending several business groups on behalf of the Trust and responsible for income generation as sponsorship co-ordinator.

Tracey is an Associate Member of the School Leadership Team in William Howard School and is Curriculum Leader for Business Studies and Careers Lead in school.

Tracey feels her experience of being on committees and being a Chair, along with her links to industry and her various work-related roles including knowledge of working within the Trust schools, gives her an understanding of how important it is to promote Yewdale School’s vision and values.  Tracey feels passionately that being a LAB member offers a privileged opportunity to work alongside other members who support the interests of the school and its community to make a difference to the outcomes for young people.

Kirsty Graham – (Interim Staff LAB member until June 2020)

Kirsty joined Yewdale Primary School in February 2019, Initially teaching in Early Years, and now in Key Stage One. Kirsty has worked in education for 10 years across three different schools. She has had the experience of a variety of positions, including Foundation Unit Leader and Key Stage One Leader. Working closely alongside Senior Leadership Teams she has implemented changes to improve outcomes for children. Kirsty, originally from Cleator Moor, moved to Carlisle in 2009 and is a mother to two young boys. Kirsty believes that every child should have the best education, in order to reach their full potential. She is hopeful that her experience and drive for improvement will have a positive impact within the school and within the LAB. Her hobbies include running, camping and singing in choirs.

Kevin Hobson – Parent LAB member

Kevin has worked as a Civil servant for over 10 years and also worked in sales and customer service roles.

In his time as a Civil Servant he has covered a variety of roles that will be useful to the Parent LAB role including finance, workforce planning and other business support roles.  Kevin has been a Work Coach helping people get the right support whether it be financial or help in getting back to work.

Growing up Kevin lived in a pub which like a school can be a nucleus to a community and this upbringing has given him the belief that a community is made up of all its parts whether it be large or small.

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