Our Staff


Tracy Crowder
Executive Headteacher

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!

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.