Yanwath Primary School LAB
Sean Ruane – Chair of LAB
Originally from Leicestershire, Sean left home in 1988 to study Engineering and Business Studies at Bradford University. Having had an interest in outdoor sports from a young age, Sean was keen to develop skills in youth development work through activities in the outdoors. He returned to Leeds University and qualified as a teacher before working with youth development organisations in this country and overseas.
In 1999 Sean began employment with Staffordshire Children’s Services working with disadvantaged young people. He moved to Cumbria in 2003 and has since taken on numerous roles in Cumbria Children’s Services ranging from Practitioner to Senior Manager. However, Sean reflects most positively on his direct work with young people and he remains inspired by their enthusiasm for life despite sometimes significant personal difficulties. He believes though that appropriate support and opportunity remain key to a child’s development.
In 2016 Sean left the local authority but remains keen to continue working in some capacity with children and young people. As such, Sean became a member of the Governing Body at Yanwath Primary School in 2016 and was later appointed as Chair of the newly established Local Advisory Board in September 2017.
Sean is married with 3 young children.
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.
June Venus - Headteacher
June has been teaching for over 30 years, 20 of which as a school leader. She has worked in both rural and urban schools in the north and south of the country.
June has been a dance and English specialist teacher and worked as a consultant, advising schools and local authorities on curriculum development. She has also worked as a lead practitioner for SSAT, advising on embedding enterprise into schools’ delivery.
June has been Headteacher at Yanwath for 10 years. She believes in the importance of ‘whole child’ learning which underpins Yanwath’s ethos. Learning and life skills are a priority and giving a purpose in all that children do.
Dr Davina Soloman (PhD, MbChB), LAB member
Davina is a GP who is a partner at Upper Eden Medical Practice in Kirkby Stephen. She lives near Penrith with her husband and two daughters who attend Yanwath School. Davina obtained a PhD in 1998 at St Andrews University and remained there to complete the first half of her medical degree. She completed her medical studies in Manchester before continuing training in Lancaster and Kendal and finally settling in Penrith.
Outside of work Davina is continuing to study and enjoys beekeeping and any outdoor activities with her family.
Gill Smith – Staff LAB member
Gill is the Teaching Team and Nursery Manager for Yanwath Primary School, and has worked in the senior leadership team at the nursery since 2012. She is currently teaching across the Early Years Unit at Yanwath and holds the role of subject leader for design and technology throughout the primary school.
Gill moved into working in education after studying environmental science at Stirling University and working as a team manager in a local Cumbrian horticultural business.
In 2012 Gill was elected as a parent governor at Yanwath Primary School, under its previous form. Gill was link governor for safeguarding and Early Year’s SENCO. Gill has children’s safety and well-being as her main priority.
As a Staff LAB member, Gill hopes to continue to support the school’s values. She looks forward to challenging and working with the LAB to ensure improvements for the school.
Natalie Mashiter – Parent LAB member (Safeguarding member)
Natalie grew up in Cumbria before leaving for University in Manchester to study Social Worker Studies. She worked as a Child Protection Social Worker for over ten years before moving on to work in the Adoption Support Team. Natalie lives in a local village in the Eden area with her husband, Mark and three children, two of which attend Yanwath.
Natalie enjoys getting involved in the fundraising events for the school and in her spare time enjoys camping and exploring the Lakes with her family. Natalie has been greatly interested in learning how the Local Advisory Board works and how she can become more involved as the time goes on.
Eleanor Galloway – Parent LAB member
Eleanor grew up in Ulverston, south Cumbria and studied Archaeology and Prehistory at university before working for Warwickshire County Council. She moved back to Cumbria 16 years ago to work for the Lake District National Park Authority as their Archaeologist, advising on all aspects of the historic environment.
Eleanor lives in Penrith with her husband, a vet, and their two children who both attend Yanwath Primary School. She likes being out in the countryside and walking the fells with family and friends. Eleanor is enjoying working on the Local Advisory Board and becoming more involved in school life.