Show Racism the Red Card

Thanks to all who contributed to our “Wear Red Day” on Friday for the charity Show Racism the Red Card.

Students prepared for the day by attending assemblies delivered by cabinet members, and they learnt more about the issues of racism and discrimination in specially planned PD lessons.

Marden’s Got Talent 2018!

Tuesday evening saw our regular summer talent show festival, Marden’s Got Talent!

This was a superb event with a great variety of acts. Congratulations to Tilly (Year 8) who won the competition singing an original version of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’.

Well done to all who took part!

Prayer Space at Marden

This week we have been fortunate to have prayer spaces in the RE department. Prayer spaces is an opportunity for our students to explore their emotions and feelings, asking ‘big questions’, experiencing peace and stillness or thinking about self image.

There were a variety of activities set up, each one with a different focus. Our students prayers were collected on a ‘prayer wall’ and the amazing empathy, thoughtfulness and maturity once again shone through.

Whether students approached this with religious beliefs or as an atheist (or anywhere in between or beyond!) there is no doubt that this has been an valuable and memorable experience.

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World Book Day 2018

After the snow interrupted our original plan for World Book Day, it took place a week later, and there were plenty of activities on offer for Year 7.

As well as dressing up as literary characters for the day, there were creative writing workshops, a lunchtime quiz and prizes for the most effective participants and the most creative thinkers.

£123.14 was raised throughout the day and will be donated to Book Aid.

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Grease is the Word!

Well done to everyone, on stage and behind the scenes, who were involved with our two productions of ‘Grease’ this week. Our students once again proved what a talented bunch they are with a stunning and dramatic musical performance. Thanks to all who attended! Here are a selection of photographs from both evenings.

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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.