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Meet The Governors

Jodie McNally 

I have been part of the Governing Board since 2013 as a parent governor and have taken on the role of Chair over the past few years.  I have two children that have/are attending St John's.  My day job is working as a senior leader for a national charity supporting young people from low income backgrounds.  I hope to use my skills and experience to support the whole school community to achieve our future aspirations and improve the outcomes for all children in the school.

Gareth Thomas

I'm Gareth Thomas, the vicar for St John's church and a foundation governor for our school. It is a real pleasure to support our school both through my role as governor and as pastor, to care for both the staff and the children, as well as leading assemblies and services for them when we are able. My daughter did really well at St John's with both her academic and emotional needs being met by the school and it is great to see the school going from strength to strength.

Sarah Rubin

I am the Headteacher governor for St. John’s CE Primary School.  I have been the Headteacher for 12 years now and thoroughly enjoy the role.  It is a privilege to work alongside colleagues, governors, parents, pupils and parish members and to see the school continue to thrive.  My background is in education, having secured a Bachelor of Education at Chester College, affiliated to Liverpool University, over twenty years ago. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher and absolutely love my role and the variety of work that I get to do.


Paul Brighouse

I'm a co-opted Governor and been involved with the Governing Body for over 10 years, going back to when my children went to the school.

I'm an Outdoor Instructor, specialising in working with children with disabilities especially around outdoor learning.

Reverend Pamela Manley

I joined the governing body in September 2019 as a Foundation Governor.   I am an Ordained Local Minister at St John's Pendlebury Church and have been involved with the school since 2013 when I helped to set up and run an after school club Jesus and Me (JAM Club), and also helped with assemblies.   I look forward to giving whatever support I can as a governor.

Caroline Knight

I am a Staff Governor and I have worked at St John's for many years.   As a Staff Governor, I am a representative member of staff that brings a viewpoint to Governors’ meetings during discussions and agreements regarding school.  I support the school in constant reviews and improvements. I welcome staff and parent comments, questions or any enquiries to pass on to our Chair of Governors for reflection and review.  This could be during the day in person, over the phone or via email. I am a Learning Mentor at school and enjoy my pastoral role, supporting our families and children in any way I can.  Watching the school grow to be the best it can be as a joint effort between staff, governors, families and our pupils is a rewarding role I hold close to my heart.

Gemma Handley 

I'm Gemma, one of the parent governors at St Johns. I joined the governors in July 2019 as I could see all the fantastic work and initiatives the school continue to invest effort into and I wanted to see where I could help.  Both my children attend St Johns, with the eldest just finishing year 6.

Mike Graney

Mike joined as a co-opted Governor in 2019 and has two daughters at the school, in years 3 and 4.  Mike works in insight and analysis for Parkrun, a charity that organises free 5k and 2k walking and running events, and believes in the importance of being physically active in the children's development.

Alaina Taylor

I am Alaina, a parent governor at St Johns.  I am new to the role as governor however I have over ten years experience as a primary school teacher in Trafford. I have a good understanding of the important role that governors have in making decisions to assist the running of schools.  I hope to bring my skills, experience and knowledge of the curriculum to assist in any way I can to help drive standards forward at St Johns.