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Mr John Howe

After graduating from the University of York St John with a degree in history, my career took me into writing where I was to forge a successful and award-winning career in journalism. Across the North East, I worked for all the major regional newspapers from The Journal to The Evening Chronicle, rising to the position of News Editor. At the same time, volunteering in various schools in Sunderland allowed me to experience the world of teaching and this prompted me to change careers, starting with the Graduate Teacher Programme direct route into Highfield Community Primary School in Sunderland. After graduating from the University of Sunderland, I started my NQT year at St Paul's CE Primary in Ryhope. While there I eventually became part of the senior leadership team, literacy, PE co-ordinator and KS2 leader. At the same time, I developed a role as a writing moderator for the local authority. In September 2014, I joined Seaburn Dene Primary School as Deputy Headteacher. Outside of school, I coach rugby in Sunderland, have two children and still enjoy writing - whenever possible.

Senior Management Team

Mr John Howe - Headteacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead/RE Lead

Mr George Smith - Deputy Headteacher/ Wider Curriculum Lead/ Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/ MFL Lead/Y3 Teacher

Mrs Deborah Wilson-  Manager of the Foundation Stage Unit and Y1/ Science Lead/ Early Reading Lead/ Reception Teacher

Mrs Abbie Houston - English Lead/ Music Lead/ Y6 Teacher.

Mrs Rachel Golding  -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator/ Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead/ Y2 Teacher

Mr James Ashton - Maths Lead/ PE Lead/ Y5 Teacher

Teaching Staff

Miss Annie Flanagan - Computing Lead/Nursery Teacher

Mrs Vicky Tough - Art and DT Lead/ Y1 Teacher

Mr Richard Good - History and Geography Lead/ Y4 Teacher


Teaching Assistants

Mrs Elaine Berston 

Mrs Sonia Boydell 

Miss Adie O'Brien 

Mrs Marie Brown

Mrs Vicky Brown 

Mrs Lindsay Gibbins 

Miss Shannon Henderson 

Mrs Lynda Smith - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Office Staff

Mrs Lynne Halliday-School Business Manager

Mrs Sheena Baker - School Systems Manager (including admissions)

Site Supervisor

Mr Ian Turnbull