Badminton Champions!

Congratulations to our winning badminton squad. Both the girls’ and boys teams recently won the Premier League 4 Sport Regional Competitions beating teams from Teeside, Durham, Sunderland, Sheffield and Hull.

Marden students Callum, Libby, Kyle, Jasmine, Ben and Joel (not pictured) were all part of the winning teams at this regional badminton event.

The players proved to be excellent ambassadors for the school as their attitude, sense of responsibility and level of commitment was acknowledged by others during the competitions.
Well played!

Fundraising Goes a Long Way!

Massive congratulations are due to Year 9 student Jenny Hurnell who has been fundraising for several weeks now for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This Saturday, the 24th of June, Jenny will walk 25 miles of Hadrian’s Wall from Hexham to Brampton in aid of the charity, of which she has raised a huge £572.64 from a non-uniform day and a ‘Name the teddy bear’ competition.

Mrs Proud poses with Jenny after revealing the ‘Name the teddy bear’ winner.

The teddy bear was named Otto and the lucky winner was Year 9 student Olivia-Mae Uren-Patterson.

Thanks to all who donated, and well done Jenny, we wish her good luck on her walk!

Printmaking at its Finest!

Mrs Noble was really impressed with her Year 8s yesterday as they served up a printmaking masterclass in Fine Art. The Art rooms were a hive of activity, with printmaking and sketchbook work in full swing! Well done Year 8 for a superb approach to your studies!

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Year 7 Parents Evening Bookings

The Year 7 Parents Evening Bookings are now available through our parent portal. The Parents Evening takes place on the 29th June 2017, from 4pm until 6:30pm. The booking system will close at 12pm on that day.

Instructions on how to make these bookings are here, and a direct link to the Parent Portal is here.

If you are unable to log in, then your username may have changed to your email address through our last Parent Portal upgrade. If you find you can’t log in with your original username or your email address, please email and we will assist you with logging on.

Year 7 reports are due to come home with students this afternoon (22nd June 2017).

Work of the Week

Hannah, Anna, Beth, Jack, Mia, Ben, Fin, Laura, Lauren and Andrew

“I recently asked all Curriculum Leaders to send me a piece of work from their subject area which reflected the high standard of work that Marden High students achieve.
There was a great response from staff eager to show off the fantastic work that goes on in their classrooms, and that work is now displayed in the corridor outside my office for all to see.
What has also been most impressive is the students’ ability to explain to me what they have been learning, and the thinking strategies they have used to produce their work.
Some excellent resourcefulness, resilience and reasoning used here. Congratulations to all!”
– Mr M Snape, Headteacher

Year 9s Get Wise to WISDOM!

Three of our Year 9 students – Hannah Yeoman, Kate Edwardson and Emma Jardine, attended the W.I.S.D.O.M. event and had an inspiring evening to say the least. Although not an in-school event, the impact this has had on their drive to pursue their knowledge of Maths will ultimately impact on their success at GCSE and their future careers.

Hannah Yeoman –  

“It was an inspiring experience that allowed me to think about my future. From the experience at WISDOM I now want to continue Maths after school. The talks by the women at the university were amazing ! I realised how many opportunities I could have if  continue Maths after high school. There are so many jobs which I never would have thought involved Maths. The lecture by a lady who helped predict what would happen during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease really made me consider how important women are to Maths and Science. WISDOM is definitely something  that I would want to do again as it was one of the most inspiring and amazing things I have done. It was definitely worth it


Kate Edwardson-

“The whole experience was engaging and provoked my thoughts and ideas – How could I affect the world for the better by using Maths? We met inspirational women who are a huge part of space discovery, and preventing diseases (that had the risk of killing thousands of lives), which made me think about how many doors Maths can open and how positively these women have impacted our world. This event has also inspired me to take Maths further, and explore what I can do to my full potential.”


Emma Jardine –

“It was different to what I expected in a good way. There was useful information about what life is like as a Maths Student in University and talks from people who have a career in Maths. It made me realise that there are so many different things you can do in the future if you take Maths further than GCSE.”

Barcelona Football Tournament – May 2017

Barcelona Football Festival is an international youth football tournament for boys, held in Salou and Cambrils area in the south of Barcelona. A high quality tournament designed to provide unforgettable days of football and fun – on and off the field. Our Year 8 student Peter Whitehouse took part and wrote about his experiences:



Barcelona Tournament May 2017

We fundraised for a year so that Whitley Bay Sporting club U13 Blues could join in with one amazing tournament; the Barcelona Football Festival 2017.

We arrived in the Whitley Bay team bus and immediately looked at the perfectly cut grass of the academy of Salou. We turned up overheated and needed twenty 2 litre bottles each day, whereas our rivals (The Indonesia National Team) had their under armour on in 28 degrees; it must have been chilly for them!

Our first clash was the Indonesian team but unfortunately we had the disadvantage of being a year younger so every tackle they won. Our next match was a French team that we beat with a comfortable win of 4-0. Barca had brought some of their own physios down and they’d set up a tent for free massages down the back of your legs. Very welcome!

We all then looked at Iceland who we were due to play next and thought back to the Euros when Iceland managed to beat England. We got out onto the pitch and got into our huddle as always and our captain suggested we stay strong. With some aggressive tackling, we got shown two yellow cards before smashing the ball for a goal; 1-0. Two minutes after second half it was 2-0 and we were winning every 50/50. We won the stamina race as well scoring another after a wild free kick that went out of the ground. With the result of 3-0 it was clear that at least one English team can beat Iceland.

Next day we turned up for the quarter finals. We were warming up passing the ball around when we saw a band of drummers wearing neon yellow and they were drumming for the home team. We passed the ball around the back four to tire the other team out until our left back saw me running up the wing. I was through, on-side and one on one with the goalkeeper until their defender took a lunge at my ankle and took me off my feet. At first I thought the ref hadn’t given anything but he gave us a free kick. Our free kick went wide and we got back into formation, then our goal came from a straight kick from our goalkeeper and I took a touch and drilled it across the ground to our striker’s feet. 1-0!

At half time the drums were drumming an anxious beat as they knew we were the better team at 1-0. Their tactic was to take it to penalties at full time. They scored with a few minutes left and we thought they’d achieved their aim; but an amazing goal from our striker straight from kick off muted those drums that had been going for the full 40 minutes. 2-1.

Indonesia won and we came in 4th place in the Under 14s tournament. It was the best experience of my life – Barcelona Football Festival!

Peter Whitehouse, June 2017