Tebay Primary School LAB

Sandy Todd

Sandy Todd - Chair of LAB

Sandy has worked in Education in a variety of roles for 35 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. 

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

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.

Lisa Bland

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

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, two of which attend Tebay Primary School and one 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.

Amanda James

Amanda James - LAB member

Amanda has lived in Tebay all her life and attended Tebay school before going on to Queen Katherine School in Kendal. Amanda is married with one child who is currently at Tebay School.

At the present time, Amanda is the secretary for Friends Of Tebay School and helps organise fundraising events to raise money to benefit all the children at the school as well as being part of the Tebay community speed watch scheme.

Amanda is passionate about the school being at the heart of the community and that all the children that attend receive the best education possible and the school continues to succeed and improve further.

Rachel Lowis

Rachel Lowis - Parent LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Rachel was brought up in Cumbria and attended school in Kendal. Her husband attended Tebay Primary School himself, and they now have two children of their own at Tebay Primary School. Rachel 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 has spent many hours with the school over the 6 years she has been involved with Tebay Primary as a parent helper and a member of the Friends of Tebay School and values the level of teacher input and support the children get at a small rural school where the teachers know the all the children as individuals.

Rachel's professional experience is as a Probation Officer having worked for the National Probation Service for the last 12 years. 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.

Cathy Mooney

Cathy Mooney, Parent LAB member

Cathy has worked with children for nearly 30 years, from nursery work to individual childcare, and feels she has gained an insight into what benefits children. Cathy also has a knowledge of safeguarding.  Cathy was part of a the governance structure at Barnardos and Sure Start, and as a member of their Parents’ Forum, she dealt with enhancing the services for 0-19 year olds.  Cathy has a daughter who attends Tebay school. 

Adrian Todd

Adrian Todd, LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)


Millie Seger-Bernard

Millie Seger-Bernard, Staff LAB member

I am the currently the teacher of KS2 at Tebay Primary School, as well as leading English.

Previous to teaching at Tebay Primary School I studied Primary Education at Durham University. As the KS2 teacher in a very small team of staff, I have been involved in all areas of school life. I believe that all children should be given opportunities and experiences that allow them to develop and progress on to great things. I hope my work ethic, knowledge and experience will be an asset to the Tebay Local Authority Board.

Julie Mills

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.


LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Alex Beardmore – Interim Headteacher (Resigned August 2018)
  • June Lowther – Staff LAB member (Resigned August 2018)