Our Staff

Tracy Crowder

I have been Headteacher at Monkseaton High School since September 2013 following 18 months as Head of school.  Before these roles I worked as a Deputy and also an Assistant Headteacher within two very different schools. My own education has continued even up to recent years when I gained my National Professional Qualification for Headteacher (NPQH) and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to teaching I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a PGCE before starting my career in the South of England before returning home to the North in 2007. During this time I have taught a range of subjects to students from year 7 to year 14 and have always been excited and amazed by the experiences working with young people can bring.  No two days are ever the same in my role and I relish the challenge each new day brings. I feel very privileged to work with such amazing young people and staff and really do believe we have the best job in the world!

Jo Suddes
Deputy Headteacher

I was delighted to join this school in June 2018 as Deputy Headteacher. Having worked directly with the school in my previous role I saw first- hand the excellent teaching and support that is offered to students in this school. I am proud to now be part of the fantastic team of staff and students at the school working together to ensure excellence for all.

My previous roles mean I have extensive experience of school improvement across primary and secondary education. I am passionate about teaching and learning and ensuring staff have the best possible professional development opportunities so that we provide high quality learning experience for our students. I take great pleasure working with young people and to see them reach their potential.

Gary Thompson

Assistant Headteacher

This is my first year as Assistant Headteacher which has brought about new challenges and opportunities which I have relished. I started my teaching career at Monkseaton High School 8 years ago after completing my PGCE at Sheffield University. Since then I have worked as Second in Department for Business/ICT as well as a Pastoral Raising Achievement Leader.

I feel privileged to be able to work with young people and help shape their futures. I believe wholeheartedly in inclusive education and I am committed to ensuring that each and every individual under my care should receive a positive and rewarding experience. There is nothing finer than the knowledge that you have ‘made a difference’ and helped a student realize their potential.

Kathryn Furness

Assistant Headteacher

I am extremely passionate about providing a high-level of professional development for our staff in order to ensure that the teaching and learning our students experience every day is of the highest standard. I have extensive experience of delivering CPD, both in this school and others in the North East, through my role as a Specialist Leader of Education, which enables me to work with staff and students to improve provision.

My first experience of Monkseaton High School was as a 13-year-old when I arrived into Year 9 to begin my high school career. Although that is now a dim and distant memory, the community atmosphere that I loved as a student is still strongly evident today. I returned to the school during the final year of my Film Studies degree to work as a website designer. I was extremely lucky to be able to undertake my teaching qualification in English and Media at the school in 2004 and my role has continued to develop ever since.

As Assistant Headteacher and staff governor, I continue to be delighted with the progress made by all of our students and was overwhelmed with pride when we received our outstanding grading from Ofsted. I am really looking forward to seeing what the next chapter in the Monkseaton High School story has in store.

Kerry Davison-Kerr

Assistant Headteacher

I have been part of Monkseaton High School Leadership Team for a number of years in a supportive capacity but was Appointed Assistant Head for Pastoral and Guidance in April of 2018. I started at Monkseaton High School in 2006 as a PE Teacher and School Sport Coordinator. Prior to that I worked in two other local secondary schools. Since starting I have undertaken a number of roles including Head of Department, Head of Year and continue to be a School Governor

I am lucky to say I am in a career where I feel I can make a difference and love the challenge that teaching gives me. I believe that every child has something to achieve and strive to ensure that at Monkseaton they get the chance to do this. I want students at our school to feel safe and that they can be who they want to be without fear. I love getting to our students and seeing them ‘smile’ and ‘be the best version of themselves.

Simon Peel
School Business Manager

I have been School Business Manager at Monkseaton High School since 2015 and recently became part of the Leadership Team to support the Head Teacher in all non-teaching aspects of the school. In my current role I am responsible for the strategic leadership and management of financial and budgetary functions and also lead the management of the school site and support staff.

I started at Monkseaton High School in 2006 as an IT apprentice supporting students and staff whilst studying with the Open University. The past 13 years the school has supported me through many roles in IT, Facilities and Business Management where I have developed my role and now hold a Certificate in School Business Management. I feel very lucky to have such supportive colleagues and I am excited to see what the future brings for us.