Well, it’s happened.
The phone call came at 12.05 on Tuesday and by 16.30 on Thursday it was all over.
The single most intense and dramatic event in the life of a modern school had come and gone.
Now before I go any further, I’m not allowed to tell you the inspectors’ verdict before the publication of the final report in a couple of weeks time. Let’s just say that the staff and I are looking forward to reading it.
I must also say that we were overwhelmed by the massive support from parents and carers we received in person and on Parent View. The inspectors were amazed by the positivity of the responses and I hope that this is fairly represented in their judgements. You can find the Parent View findings very easily on the Internet where you’ll read that 96% would recommend Marden to other parents.
So what was it like to be “ Ofstedded”?
Well, it was an unforgettable experience. Very stressful, of course, because you only have half a day to prepare, but it was exciting too because we’re intensely proud of what we do and here was a chance to show the world how far Marden has come in a very short time. However, my overriding memory will be of how the visit brought our school community together. The students were magnificent. They exemplified their great commitment to the school with tremendous behaviour and a strong desire to show their learning to the inspectors whenever they walked into a classroom.
And as for the staff…
As you probably know, I ‘m not usually short of things to say, but words failed me on a number of occasions last week when I found out about the heroic efforts being made to win Marden a high rating. I strongly suspect that some of us didn’t have a single night’s rest during the process because determination not to let the school down was so strong.
And I have to say that there has to be a national re-think because the pressure on educators has got out of hand. Reluctantly, I support OFSTED because it has been a key factor in raising standards and all professions should be held accountable for their outcomes. But there has to be something wrong with a system which compels young teachers to stay up all night because they feel that nothing less than outstanding lessons every time is acceptable to the powers that be.
Anyway, let’s wait and see what the inspectors say. But here’s my judgement. The OFSTED experience confirmed for me once again that I am honoured to be head of Marden High School because of the phenomenal people inside it.
And if you don’t believe me, give me a ring to arrange a visit to see them at first hand…and half a day’s notice would be fine.
The results of the recent North Tyneside Cross Country tournament at Churchill Playing Fields have revealed that Marden have not one but two winning teams!
Both the Boys and Girls Intermediate teams won their team events following strong runs from our Year 10s and Year 11s – and the best placed of those students will go through to represent the school at County level at Temple Park in South Shields in January. Well done to all the runners!
Due to two terms of office coming to an end on 8 December 2013, the Governing Body of Marden High School has 2 vacancies for Parent Governors, and applications are currently being invited.
Various categories of Governors make up the Governing Body of the school, and whilst they represent different groups of people, they all have equal status and all have something to offer to the successful running of the school.
Governors have wide ranging collective responsibilities and their roles are both challenging and rewarding. Every Governor has something personal to contribute to the decisions which are made and there is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from meeting with other enthusiasts and from helping a school to do the best it can for its students.Being a Parent Governor gives you an opportunity to contribute to the education of all children at Marden High School. Training and support is provided by both the school and by the LA. A term of office for Parent Governors at Marden High School is four years and all parents/guardians of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election.
If you wish to stand as a Parent Governor please complete the attached application form, and return it to Annie Davidson, at the School, before 5pm on Monday 9 December, 2013. Email email@example.com
If you have any queries please telephone Annie Davidson on 0191 2006357.
In the event that we receive more nominations than vacancies, a secret ballot will take place. You should be aware that confirmation of appointment as a governor will be subject to satisfactory clearance checks through the Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). If you require further information regarding this please contact Mrs Davidson on the telephone number/email address above.
During an assembly, Year 11 held up a message for HMS Illustrious, currently delivering aid to the people of the Philippines over the Christmas period, and David Lowery has sent us a letter of thanks back (read below), also outlining some of the important work that they have been doing out there…
Marden alumnus Hayley Anderson, a Class of 2013 A* Art pupil, appeared on ITV’s Daybreak on Tuesday, after getting to the last four in their Christmas Card design competition, and this morning Hayley was announced the winner live on ITV by presenter Gethin Jones
Follow the link here:
Well done Hayley!
Thanks once again to everyone who attended our Awards Evening last week, in which we celebrated the achievements of last year’s Year 11 leavers, who recorded the BEST EVER GCSE results in the history of North Tyneside.
Well done also to our current Year 11s who performed at the ceremony, pictured below.
Here is our full list of winners:
Hi, my name is Caitlin McPartlan; I’m in year 9 and my mum has a neurological condition called Chiari Malformation…
After campaigning to do a fundraiser for nearly a year, finally, it had happened! Marden did a non-uniform day to raise money for the Ann Conroy Trust.
To do this I had to first, go through the people on the school cabinet and explain to them what the Ann Conroy Trust is and how it helps people with Chiari. When I had convinced the Cabinet to support me, the hardest part still wasn’t over. I had to convince the rest of the school to help too. This meant talking in assembly to years 7 & 8 then 9 & 10 and then year 11. This was really hard because public speaking isn’t what I’m best at. I hate speaking in front of people but I knew if I didn’t do it one of the teachers would speak and not do the charity justice.
I had to speak to the year 7 & 8s to try to convince them to support my charity instead of the Year 11 Prom and whatever the Year 10s were doing. However, this was way easier than talking to my year and the older years. I found that difficult because as I said, I’m not very confident in public speaking.
Despite the difficulties faced, we managed to raise £415.57! I am very happy to be able to help a charity that has helped us so much since mum (Gill Crann) was diagnosed in 2010.
Thank you so much for the support in doing this,