The reception of Marden High School will be open daily, Monday – Friday, 9am – 12noon with the exception of Thursday 31 July and Friday 1 August when it will be closed.
School recommences for Yr 7 & 11 students on Tuesday 2 September and for Yrs 8, 9 &10 on Wednesday 3 September.
Looking back at 2013-14, I am proud to say that we’ve lived up to our Carpe Diem school motto. We’ve certainly seized the day and made the most of the exciting opportunities which have come our way.
Look at what we’ve achieved: record breaking GCSE results, great OFSTED report and the increasing support of prospective parents. Remarkably, we’ve admitted 60 students by mid term transfer since September so the good word about us is definitely getting round. It’s great to know that parents and carers from all over North Tyneside and south Northumberland are seeing us as their first choice of secondary school, even though they don’t live in our immediate locality.
And to top it all, it is thrilling to know that we have secured government funding for an entirely new school building. So in September 2016 we will open the doors to a brand new Marden High School, containing far superior opportunities for academic study and fully integrated provision for technology, sport and the arts so that the extracurricular life of the school will flourish even more.
All of these good things are happening in the midst of a local authority review of school provision. I don’t envy the weight of responsibility carried by North Tyneside Council. The decisions it makes will determine the education of our young people for decades to come. However, I will say that in my discussions with the council, I have stressed our strong desire for a Marden sixth form. With the increase in the school leaving age, the main point of educational transition will shift from 16 to 18. This is massively significant and we at Marden want to keep our brilliant students for a couple of years longer so that we can make sure that they get the best possible start to university or the world of work.
So keep an eye on our website for news about our campaign to bring sixth form education to Marden.
Finally, I must thank all friends of Marden High School for their great support. Your feedback has been inspiring and invaluable. May I wish you all a happy, bright and enjoyable summer.
Local blues musician Johnny Dickinson visited Marden on Wednesday for a full day of workshops with students and to play a private gig for staff and students at lunchtime; here are some edited highlights.
Mr Prytherch’s team came up with a Mexican sharing platter on Friday.
Last week’s Kitchen Takeover was a great success, with students teaming up with members of staff and coming up with their own unique spin on school dinners in the Cafe. Here’s some photographic highlights of the week.
Miss Findlow demonstrating her best method for flipping pancakes.
Laurie (Yr9) whisks the pancake batter.
Team Findlow went for a traditional theme with a Full English breakfast on Tuesday.
Matthew (Yr9) chops peppers for the salsa.
The meringue and summer fruit coulis was a big hit following Friday’s ambitious Mexican themed main course.
Marden High were well represented at Saturday’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival in Tynemouth, meeting at Priory Primary School yard before the parade.
In a World Cup themed celebration, Marden represented the Ivory Coast, adorned in orange as the Samba Band, led by Mr. Evans, paraded down Front Street.
There was also some stunning artwork on show from Mr. Prytherch and Miss Purrett’s team of artists, who designed posters and decorated t-shirts for the parade, which included Tynemouth’s mayor Norma Redfearn. For more photos and videos check our Twitter accounts.
We are delighted to announce that the acclaimed blues and folk guitarist, Johnny Dickinson, will be visiting Marden High on Wednesday 16th July.
Join up now!
If you are taking part in the Charity fashion show on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th July the workshops will be non-uniform. All donations for the show go to Cash For Kids.
There will also be a whole school non-uniform on the last day of term, Friday 18th July, to raise money for the charity, £1 for tickets and for the non-uniform day.
You might know from press reports that the above named public service trade unions are planning a one day strike next Thursday.
Despite making every effort to arrange to open as usual, we regret to inform you that Marden High School will be closed to pupils for one day on Thursday 10 July 2014.