Longtown Primary School LAB
Margaret Gunson - Interim Chair (Safeguarding member)
Having been born and raised in Kent, North Cumbria has been home for Margaret for the last 25 years, living in Longtown for 15 years. She is married, with three grown up children, and is now retired from Primary School teaching but maintains her interest in education through involvement with Longtown Primary School as a helper and a Governor/LAB member. Margaret is also a Parish Councillor and an avid gardener.
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.
Lauren Hitchen - Acting Headteacher
Kerry Atlinski - LAB member
Kerry is a mum to three children whom all currently attend Longtown Primary School, as did she as a child. Kerry has lived in Longtown since 1992 aside from a four year stint which was spent travelling with a horse and circus production company. After settling down back in the town with her husband she then began her career in retail management before starting their family.
Kerry is a registered Licensed Chaperone with Cumbria County Council, which she has used to chaperone her daughters’ dancing shows involving up to 150 children.
Kerry is a fully qualified Girlguiding Unit Leader. She currently runs the local Longtown Rainbow and Brownie Units. Experience gained from doing this will benefit her role in the LAB.
Rebecca Bird - LAB member
Rebecca is Managing Director of a local Education based employment agency and training provider. She has daily contact with Schools, Teachers and Support Staff which gives her a sense of perspective and a good degree of knowledge of educational issues. She is a qualified HR Professional and has worked in HR across a number of sectors for the last 20 years. Rebecca hopes that her experience and involvement will be an asset to the LAB.
Wendy Robson - Parent LAB member
Longtown Primary School is Wendy’s school of choice. As a child she attended the Infant and Junior Schools and despite living out of the catchment area for the last 14 years, each of her 5 children have been or are currently pupils here. The community where she grew up has suffered many losses over the years and the Primary School is one of the remaining constants, providing education in a suitably sized environment.
Wendy is keen to see the School move forward and improve, this can only happen if everyone moves in the right direction, being a Parent LAB member allows her to ensure her parental opinion is heard and that balance is considered when making changes.
Wendy’s work experience is varied, currently she is Transport and Finance Manager for a local business. Previous employments include the Disability Association and Education Finance. Wendy was also an original Trustee of Pear Tree Nursery and served 4 years building a strong childcare provision in Longtown as part of that team. She believes the varying roles have given her a good platform to develop within the LAB for Longtown Primary.
Kimberley Smith - Staff LAB member
Kimberley is currently a teacher of Year 6 at Longtown Primary School, as well as leading on Behaviour.
Kimberley previously taught in the London Borough of Newham. She has had heavy involvement with safeguarding, leadership and management in a primary school setting. Kimberley has a keen interest in the welfare and education of children, particularly in the field of Social, Emotional Mental Health. Raising attainment, ensuring all pupils progress and achieve is one of Kimberley’s fundamental beliefs. Kimberley hopes to bring a fresh insight to the LAB as well as an opinion from the ‘front line’.
Carly Graham - Parent LAB member
LAB members in the previous 12 months: