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.

Chris Sutcliffe – Lead Director

Chris was born and raised in Lancashire, just north of Manchester. He was educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School before attending Keele University, where he gained a joint honours degree in Maths and Physics. He has been married to Jo for 25 years, and lives near Cockermouth in the barn they bought and converted together.

Chris has a long history of learning and development, mostly in the education sector, but more recently in private industry. Starting his working life as a teacher, he went on to lead several innovative projects for the local authority, before becoming a School Improvement Officer with responsibility for IT. He then progressed to a national role helping the Government roll out the National Strategies. After a time as an independent consultant, he now works in industry where he has recently undertaken an MA in Strategic Development.

He is passionate to see children and young people achieve their potential and gain the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Chris is keen to share this knowledge and experience to help shape the CET academies to provide exciting and relevant curriculums, delivered by dedicated and motivated teachers, giving pupils every chance of achieving success and exceeding their ambitions.

After spending time on the Workington Academy Local Advisory Board, Chris became a CET Board Director in June 2017.

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.

Gemma Brierley – Headteacher

After completing a BA (Hons) Primary Education in Newcastle, Gemma began her teaching career at a large primary school in South East London. Over the next twenty years Gemma taught across 3 other schools in Kent, including serving as a Headteacher for the last five years in school that was transformed under her leadership.

Following her family’s relocation to Cumbria in October 2020 Gemma joined CET in November as the Headteacher of Yewdale Primary School.

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 – Staff LAB member

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.

Jack Bowman – Parent LAB member

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