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Geoff Jones - Chair of Governors
I am a retired Salford Headteacher. I began my teaching career at Wildern High School, Hampshire specialising in History and PE. I moved to Salford to become Head of House at Hope High School. I then spent a year looking at transition between Primary and Secondary education. The enthusiasm shown by the children in primary education encouraged me to move into primary education. This move led to me becoming Headteacher of three schools in Salford – Ascension C of E, North Walkden and Boothstown Methodist.
Being a Welshman, I have a passion for rugby union and coached Tyldesley RUFC, Sandbach RUFC and Cheshire U18 teams. Nowadays, at my age, I am very happy just to watch.
I was really pleased to be asked to be a local authority governor and had no hesitation in choosing St.Andrew’s Methodist school. The school has an excellent reputation and my aim is to continue to make St. Andrew’s a happy, active and caring school.


Rev Darren Garfield - Vice Chair


Lorraine Price
Before retirement, I spent many years in the accounts department of a local photographic and printing company.
I was closely involved with St Andrew’s when my two children went through the school and benefited from the incredible support, teaching and opportunities they were given. Some years after they moved on, I had the privilege of becoming a governor and I really enjoy playing a part in the development of the school.
I love a good book, getting together with friends and family and collecting conkers with my three grandchildren.Picture of Lorraine with the Mayor of Salford at the Long Service Awards. DOWNLOAD


Margaret O'Neill

My name is Margaret O’Neill and I am a foundation governor at St Andrew’s Methodist Primary School. I attend Walkden Methodist Church and I am a managing trustee. I am involved in many aspects of church life, for example, I am the church treasurer. I also work with the young people who attend church.

On a personal level, I am married with two grown up children and two beautiful grandchildren. I was employed in the finance sector for 35 years and have experience in hospitality.

The reason I became a governor at St Andrew’s was to help strengthen links between the school and the church. I am passionate about children’s learning and their experiences. I have gained knowledge from the various areas I have worked or volunteered in and these enable me to support school in many areas of school family life.


Anne Barker

Length of Service: Twenty Years at St Andrew’s.

I began teaching in 1989 at St Stephen and All Martyrs CE Primary School in Bolton. I was there for nine years teaching classes from Reception to Year 3.

In 1998 I moved to Hindley All Saints CE Primary School in Wigan, as deputy headteacher, teaching across the primary age range.

I became headteacher at St Andrew’s Methodist Primary School in 2003. In 2010, I gained the status of Local Leader of Education and supported a school in Manchester for two terms. For six years from 2010, I worked as executive headteacher of St Andrew’s Methodist and North Walkden primary schools. The collaboration between the two schools saw many benefits. In 2016, I returned to St Andrew’s as full time headteacher. It is a pleasure to work with governors who are committed to improving provision and opportunities for the children they serve.

I am a registered SIAMS inspector, which means I carry out inspections of faith schools for the National Society (Church of England and Methodist schools). I thoroughly enjoy this role as I get to magpie lots of wonderful ideas from primary schools across Manchester and beyond.

I have two grown up children, Ben and Jessica and a two year old granddaughter.  In my spare time I love being a granny, walking my dog, gardening, baking and holidays by the seaside!



Graham Jones


Margaret Hughes


Julie Plant
Length of time at St Andrew’s- 3 years.I started my working career as a residential Social worker in Stockport in 1996. I quickly realised that, although I wanted to work with children, I wanted to do this as a teacher. I became a teaching assistant at St Paul’s CE primary in Manchester. I then completed the graduate training programme to become a teacher in 2003. I worked in all year groups from reception to year 6. In 2007 I became KS1 team leader enjoying the challenge of inspiring adults as well as children.

I then moved to Moss Park infant school in Stretford to be a deputy headteacher. In 2016, I completed the headteacher qualification (NPQH).

In 2020, I came to St Andrew’s to start as deputy headteacher and SENDCO. I feel honoured to be part of such a family orientated school, working alongside dynamic forward thinking staff and governors.  I have two grown up children, Nicolle and Isla. Nicolle is a social worker and Isla is a ‘hopeful’ theatre star in the making.  In my spare time, I love crochet and sewing.


Rev Sarah Knebel




Bethany Jones


Mr Graham Morris


Miss Jillian Lynch
I attended St Andrews Methodist Primary School myself as a child, when it was at the very old school site that the church now stands on! I remember the new school being built and Princess Ann coming in a helicopter for the grand opening. You can just see the back of my head in the photo on the wall near the office! I even remember when Mr Halstead first started at the school! My three children attend the school now, although one of them will be leaving soon for High School! I work as a secretary for a small, local firm of solicitors and have been here eleven years now, after working in Manchester City Centre for many years. I still really appreciate being able to walk to work (even eleven years down the line).I don’t get much time for many hobbies really, but I love the simple things like watching films and TV, reading, spending time with family and getting together with friends. It is an absolute pleasure to have been voted one of the parent governors and I hope I can do everybody proud.

The Chair of the Governing Body, Mr Geoff Jones, and the Clerk to the Governors, may be contacted by writing to them at the following address:

St Andrew’s Methodist Primary School
Prescott Street
Little Hulton
M28 0ZA
Tel 0161 790 3194