FAO: 2020 Leavers!

Well done again to the 2020 leavers on your excellent GCSE grades.
Please be aware that if you wish to resit an exam, in the Autumn term, at Marden you need to notify Ms Lively at s.lively@mardenhigh.net by the 17th September for all subjects, apart from English and Maths where the deadline is the 3rd October.

Year 11: Science Exams, September Update

Notice for parents and carers regarding upcoming practice science exams.

Important Information on Face Coverings

No doubt you will have heard that the government have published updated guidance on the use of face coverings in schools, following the World Health Organisation’s advice  that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others.”

In addition to the implementation of a system of control, the details of which can be found in our COVID Risk Assessment, schools now have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances, for example, where there is no possibility of maintaining social distancing. 

The layout of our school estate makes it particularly difficult to maintain social distancing when staff and pupils are moving around the premises, and therefore we will require students and staff to wear face coverings whilst moving around the school. 

It will not be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and where they could inhibit learning.

It is vital that face coverings are worn correctly and so we are providing clear instructions on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings. 

Parents and carers are encouraged to visit the September 2020 Back to School information on our website with their children to remind them of some of the other changes we have put in place. The government also has information and practical guidance to help parents and carers plan for their children’s return to school at gov.uk/backtoschool. This includes latest updates to the guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.  
M. Snape

September 2020: Back to School

Our homepage now includes a SEPTEMBER 2020: BACK TO SCHOOL button in the top right corner.

By clicking it you will find important links about returning to school in September. This includes the ‘Back to School Protocol’ below and a video message from Mr Snape. It is very important that you are familiar with all of the information here.

Keep checking this page regularly for any changes or additions and we look forward to seeing you in September!


Video message from Mr Snape:

Cashless System for School Meals

School Meals: A new cashless system

As part of our work to make school catering Covid-Secure, from the start of the new term in September, our school will operate a cashless system for payment of school meals. This system will ensure all our students are able to pay for school meals safely without the risks associated with handling cash. Cash will no longer be taken to pay for school meals, but our new cashless system will offer you and your child a range of ways to pay onsite or online.

Online for September

To ensure our catering services are ready for the reopening of schools in September we’ll need to enrol all students onto this new cashless system. To give you the ability to pay online, if required. We’ll be creating accounts with ParentPay. This online payment system is quick and easy to set up. It’ll keep you informed about your child’s purchases, the balance on their account, and when to top-up.

Free school meals students

Our new cashless system is designed to work the same for all students regardless of free school meal entitlement. Students who are entitled to free school meals will not be highlighted at the till. All student accounts are accessed at the tills using exactly the same manner regardless of their entitlement.


What data will we hold?

If you choose to pay through ParentPay, they will hold details of your email address and your child’s name, year group and class. The system will also record if a student is eligible for free school meals. All your data will be handled according to the General Data Protection Regulations and North Tyneside Council’s rigorous standards for data handling.

Next Steps

You will receive a ParentPay activation letter in the next couple of weeks. Please follow the instructions and activate your account before the 1st September. Both the school and the council appreciate your cooperation on this matter to ensure the continuation of staff and student safety.

For further information please go to: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/131/school-meals

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Congratulations to all our Year 11 students who received their GCSE grades today. It was great to see everybody in school this morning as students and staff celebrated all of their hard work.

There was a lovely positive atmosphere and the sense of trust and confidence that the students had in their teachers and their judgements was clear to see. It has been a privilege to have all of the Class of 2020 with us over the past 5 years, and we are very pleased to have been able to see them enjoying the grades they have worked so hard for, and are so well deserved. We are all very proud of them and what they have achieved.

We wish all our students all the best for their next steps in education or apprenticeship, and we look forward to seeing them all again at our celebration event, hopefully at some point in the Autumn term.

Mr Snape

This week our students will receive their GCSE results, and thankfully these will be in the form of Centre Assessed Grades. One of the most impressive features of Marden High School is the way that the learning and progress of every single student across every subject is tracked. The process is then subject to regular review by department heads and senior staff to ensure the basis of assessment is robust and is of the highest possible degree of accuracy. One of the major roles of the Governing Body is to monitor this process and challenge the school where we feel teaching and learning falls below the high standards we have set ourselves. As parents and students I think it is really important that you can have considerable confidence in the grades you have been awarded. I am sure the staff will be more than happy to talk through the results with students should anyone wish to do so.   

Fr. A. Hughes