At Marden we put the learning and progress of students first. Our school motto is Carpe Diem – Seize The Day!

Take a look at this video to see our school in action.

A Farewell Note from the Head

May I take this last opportunity to thank the whole of the Marden High School Community for supporting me in the privilege of leading this amazing school.

Together, we’ve certainly packed in a great deal of activity over the past four years and we’ve seen a lot of changes. I’ve tried to place an unrelenting emphasis on our core purpose of teaching and learning and it has been thrilling to work alongside a great staff team in providing  exciting learning opportunities for our students.

There are countless individuals to thank, but I must mention my deputy, Daniel Jamieson. He has been a crucial factor in the development of Marden and richly deserves his appointment as headteacher of Burnside Community Business College.

However, I am confident that Daniel and I are leaving Marden in more than capable hands.

The governing body has been transformed by our new chair, Anne Welsh, and I know that she will give unstinting and expert support to whoever succeeds me. The inspirational Alison Jackson is poised to take over as acting headteacher until the governors’ quest to find my replacement is complete and she will be ably assisted by Joan Bloomfield as acting deputy.

I am leaving to undertake a new challenge as executive principal of Thorp Academy in Gateshead. It’s a great opportunity for me to start another journey of school improvement before I finally bow out of education.

Obviously, my leaving is tinged with some regret, exacerbated by seeing the diggers arriving to start our new building! Indeed, gaining the funding for a new school might well prove to be the most significant aspect of my tenure. It surely guarantees the future of Marden for another 50 to 100 years. And let’s hope that that future includes a thriving sixth form.

Many thanks for all of the good will messages I have received. I wish Marden well.

And don’t forget to Carpe Diem!

History Detectives Show and Share Event

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Friday 10th July marked the end of our Cullercoats WW1 Memorial project, and our History Detectives have been hosting an all day Show and Share event, presenting projects about their ‘adopted’ soldiers of Cullercoats.

History Detectives

History Detective Hannah presents her research to her peers.

Their many months of planning and research culminated in the presentation of blue plaques for houses on Beverley Terrace, John Street and Eleanor Street where some of the soldiers lived.

Pinboard of plaques

A pinboard showing the position of the plaques placed around Cullercoats.

With the help of the Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, the students have produced presentations about particular soldiers, documenting their lives at the time of the Great War.

Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration Project were on hand to deliver talks throughout the day.

Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration Project were on hand to deliver talks throughout the day.

There were visits from our feeder schools, as well as Mayor Norma Redfearn, and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.

Marden’s Outstanding Mathletes

Yesterday was a successful day for 4 of our year 10 Mathematicians. Accompanied by Miss Hoffman, Laurie Robson, Georgia Montgomery, Olivia Bishop and George Grainger won the 2015 Mathletes competition.


Held at Whitley Bay High School they were able to beat every other team from all North Tyneside schools, including Whitley Bay High, Churchill Community College, St. Thomas Moor, Longbenton Community College and John Spence.

A fantastic achievement by 4 outstanding students.

GCSE Results day Connexions careers advice

Dave Bowie the Connexions Careers Adviser for Marden High School will be at GCSE Results day on the morning of Thursday 20th August 2015. If you need to review your options due to your results, attaining higher or lower results than expected, then please approach him for advice.

Building work begins…


Our building contractors have shared a new, more detailed image of our site and what it will look like in 2016. Meanwhile, diggers have been working fast this week as the groundwork begins towards building our new school.

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To see the build in action, we have a webcam looking out over the site, which refreshes every minute. FOLLOW THE WORK HERE.