Keep tabs on our live feed of today’s Year 8 Practice News Day on our BBC School Report page…
A change in the school’s data management system in the summer term has meant that we have been without a parent portal. In the interim there has been a trial program of sending pupil reports via school email addresses. However, feedback from parents and carers has suggested that this is not always a user friendly process. Because of this we have brought forward the launch of our new parent portal which we are delighted to announce is now live. This can be accessed by clicking ‘Parents‘ at the top of this web page then ‘Parent Portal‘.
Log in details for this are currently being rolled out year group by year group. I’m sure you will find the portal very informative and much more user friendly than the SERCO system which was in place previously.
The only two log in details parents need from this point on are the parent portal and parent pay. Unfortunately it is not possible to have a single sign on for these two systems. However, we do recommend lastpass. If you install this software on your computer then it will securely remember all of your log in details and passwords for multiple accounts.
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!
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.