Congratulations Class of 2017!

Bringing the curtain down on five years at Marden, last night we celebrated with our Year 11 leavers’ awards evening.

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We enjoyed a great atmosphere and Maurice Duffy, our guest speaker, left us with some truly memorable ideas from his keynote speech.

Thank you to everybody who supported the students with their attendance, and for one final time, congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Here is the full list of award winners:


  The Marden Cup for Academic Achievement Priya Mann
  Academic Progress Jasmine Stephenson
  The Shields Cup for Service Lucy Crossland
  The Ray Lycett Cup for Endeavour Laurie Robson
  The Eleanor Dennison Trophy for Performing Arts Hollyanne Soulsby
  Newcastle College Award for Performance Freya O’Bennett-Brien
  The Rachel Smith Award for Music Ailsa Critten
  Marden High School Sporting Achievement Rachel Foreman
  The Malcolm Denham Cup for Sporting Endeavour Lucas Sutherland
  Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Collett Cup for Leadership Laurie Robson
  North Tyneside EBP Award for Enterprise Georgia Penn
  Art Award Lucy Cox
  The Olly Bilcliffe Memorial Award Alex Atkinson


  MFL Award Daniel Hornby
  Marden High School Media Award Caroline Ambrose Taylor
  English Award Georgia Montgomery
  Maths Award Daniel Ritchie
  Science Award George Grainger
  Furniture Maker Guild Award Kate Ritchie

Year 9 Involved in Tree Planting Ceremony

Some of our Year 9 students were invited to a tree planting ceremony on Wednesday 22 November, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Marden Quarry being opened to the public as a wildlife reserve.

Oscar, Evie, Nicole and Jack all helped our Mayor, Norma Redfearn, with the planting which will ensure sustainability into the future.

Great to see our students involved in looking after the local community.

Well done to those Cabinet members who braved the rain and took part.

Bima Digital Day

GCSE Computer Science students from Year 10 and a select few Year 9 students took part in a Bima Digital Day on the 14th November. Here are a few photos of the event, in which the students had to plan and pitch an innovative new digital design with a STEM theme.

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Shortlisted for the National Competition were: Joel Campbell, Alex Robson, Lewis Aldous, Tom Lea, Reece Maddison, Jamie Roll, Nathan Lough, Jack Gibson, Tyler Scott Lepan, Natalia Potts, Woody Martin and Aaron Hughes.
Well done to all who took part!

PTA Quiz Night

Thanks to everyone who attended our Friday 13th Spooky Quiz night organised by the Parent-Teacher Association. It was a great success and there were some tremendous costumes on show too. Here’s some pictures from the event.

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Activities Week!

On Monday and Tuesday, Marden students enjoyed a variety of exciting activities. As well as trips to Lightwater Valley, there were quizzes, singing competitions, film screenings, sports activities, and as you can see from these pictures, Marden’s Great British Bake Off and a Year 7 and Year 8 trip to the Procter and Gamble offices!

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Marden Has Been Hired!

10 students from year 9 and 10 who are studying French attended Newcastle University yesterday for an opportunity to be a European Apprentice.

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Led by Europe Direct and Routes into Languages the students took part in a series of activities which were marked and judged by language ambassadors from the University. They had to answer a letter of complaint and respond to a positive review on various products, translate a series of phrases connected to marketing and advertising and work in a team using a variety of resources. This was all leading to the creation of an animated advert for hairspray and a fast food restaurant where they wrote and recorded the voice over as well as animated the presentation.
Marden High School achieved first and second place! Running second for most of the day they upped their game and beat the other schools. Year 10 as Team Grenoble came first and were able to say “Vous êtes viré” (You’re fired) to the other teams. Year 9 (the only year 9 team) as Team Nice came a very close second.
Well done to all those involved!

Marden’s Got Talent!

Our annual summer talent show, Marden’s Got Talent, took place last night, with some fantastic and varied acts on show, all raising money for Clic Sargent, a children’s cancer charity.

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It was a great evening of entertainment, with Year 7 Liv Surrey voted the winner by judges for her magic act. Second place went to Olivia Peterson who performed a stunning version of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis, and 3rd place went to the Marden Ukulele Club, who sang and performed Elvis Presley’s ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’.

Hosted by our fantastic comperes, Martha Topping and Alice Crossland, well done to all the students and staff who took part and made it a memorable occasion.