The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the Local Advisory Board (LAB) members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the school. These responsibilities are discharged by the LAB members in accordance with its constitution, any Cumbria Education Trust Policies and advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Ofsted.

View the Trust Board membership here:

The Caldew Lea Primary School LAB is crucial to helping the school to raise standards.

Some of the roles of the LAB are to:

  • provide the information required by the Trust and not to withhold any information which the Trust reasonably requires;
  • refer certain decisions to the Trust for approval as set out in the Scheme of Delegation;
  • report to the Trust Board Directors on the outcomes and progress within a one-week period of each meeting;
  • act in accordance with the LAB Protocols.

If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Leanne Coats (Clerk to the LAB): or telephone: 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Ian Newstead – Chair of Local Advisory Board

Ian has recently retired having spent over 40 years in education.  An experienced senior teacher, assistant Head teacher and SENCO he has worked in schools across Cumbria.

He was a specialist Teacher of SEN and Behaviour for the Local Authority and more recently worked as a Senior Education consultant advising Primary and Secondary schools on whole school protocols and strategic management.  He is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes and opportunities for all school pupils.

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 a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Dr Andrew Johnson – Lead Director

Andrew Johnson was until January 2018 the Executive Director of |Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council. Previously he was a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools. He is a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in schools and colleges and has gained extensive senior management experience, including as a director of education with a variety of organisations.

Andrew has worked as leader of education for a large national charity, been a special school headteacher and held senior leadership posts across education and voluntary sectors. His responsibilities include improving science, ICT, literacy and numeracy outcomes in schools, colleges and teacher-education programmes. Andrew holds a Doctorate in education focussing on Special Educational Needs policy and its impact on children and young people.

He currently works as a part-time Director of Educational Projects for Northumberland County Council and works as an educational consultant.

Ayesha Weston – Headteacher

Ms Weston has been privileged enough to work in education for twenty years in a variety of quite unique roles. Originally from north of the border, Carlisle has been her adopted home city for over 13 years.

She took up her first leadership role in an alternative provision setting, as leader of the primary phase in a local Pupil Referral Unit; Ms Weston has a long held passion and personal drive to improve the life chances of the most socially and economically disadvantaged children in society. Following this, her first Headship, in contrast, was as Head of a small ‘outstanding’ Church of England Primary Academy, where she spent five years.

Ms Weston joined CET in September 2019 as Headteacher of Caldew Lea Primary School. Caldew Lea already had a special place in her heart, as it is not only her local school but also the school in which she completed my teacher training nearly twenty years ago.She says  “The children of Caldew Lea are a constant inspiration and really are the most fantastic children you could wish to work with. We are currently on a rapid improvement journey towards ‘good’, made possible by the support provided by being part of Cumbria Education Trust”. Ms Weston is proud to be a part of a strong, cohesive organisation which truly puts children first.

Sarah Scott – Staff LAB member

Sarah has worked at Caldew Lea School since September 2017. She works as the Engagement and Wellbeing Officer and also the Deputy Safeguarding Lead at Caldew Lea. Sarah is based in the Inclusion room and her role covers attendance, attending meetings regarding families in the school and work 1:1 and in groups with the children.

Sarah’s previous history includes working as an advocate to give children a voice. She also worked for Children’s services for 7 years as a Family Worker and Education Welfare Officer.

Sarah believes in inclusion and ensuring that all children get the best possible outcomes and that  children are at the centre of everything.

Sharon Polmear – LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Carole Kellett – Parent LAB member

Carole has 6 children, 3 are currently at CLPS. Carole has a good relationship with the school and other parents, and has spent ten years as a parent to children at the school. Carole has local knowledge of the area and is an active member of the PTA.

Angela Harris – LAB member

Angela Harris, LAB member will actively support and promote the school through being enthusiastic and committed.  She will support the head teacher and staff in ensuring the school continually strives to provide the best education possible for all its pupils.

Angela’s areas of specialism are finance, business management, compliance, consistency, human resources, and performance reviews.

The skills and experience Angela can bring to the LAB are problem solving, team player, target setting, performance management, staff development, leadership, administration and people management.

Angela’s career history consists of working in the retail and leisure industry for over 20 years and for the past 15 years she has managed business both small and large across Cumbria.

Her three children attend Caldew Lea School and they live in the local community.  Angela looks forward to the journey the school is heading and the part she can play in moving it forward.

Grace Thomas – Parent LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Grace Ryder – LAB member

Steven Garbett – LAB member

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Steven’s career working in education which started at one of Europe’s largest catholic schools in Hove, next door to Brighton, where he spent the first twenty-five years of his life.

Steven moved to Carlisle in October 2012 and firmly believes it is one of the best things he ever did.

Working for nine years within three local secondary schools, Steven is an experienced cover supervisor with over 5000 lessons under his belt. More recently, Steven took up the role of Cover Manager at Caldew School in Dalston – just as the COVID pandemic began.
Steven, who is also a Year seven form tutor, is passionate about pastoral care within schools and believes that every child, no matter their background or circumstances, should be entitled to a good education, life chances, and the opportunity, at every point, to increase their cultural capital.

Steven aspires to take on a Head of Year or DSL role.

In his spare time, Steven enjoys reading, spending time in the Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales, and cooking.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

Jenney Robinson – 13/09/21

Julie Crosby –  15/10/21

Local Advisory Board


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