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:

Transition Update: Welcome to Year 7!

We are delighted to share with you this new Transition video, introducing our form tutors for the 2020/21 academic year:

If you are a parent/carer of a Year 7 student next year, you should receive a letter by the end of this week indicating which form class your child will be in next year.

The letter is posted below, and also outlines all transition resources available on our website (including more introductory videos like this one), details about our return to school in September 2020 in line with national guidelines, and contact details if you wish to get in touch with us. This has also been added to our Transition Welcome Pack on the specially dedicated section of our website, along with other letters and important information.

Arriva Travel Scheme

Please see below a letter from Arriva Travel. This scheme is a direct debit scheme which can be stopped or started at any time and can save families up to 25% per year against the cost of a standard ticket. The process is a simple one, simply follow the link on the letter and it contains all the relevant information to go ahead and sign up.

Love of Sport!

As an alternative to Sports Day this year, the PE department has created a menu of challenge activities for you to try.

Here is our ‘Love of Sport’ presentation. The programme is due to take place next week 6th – 10th July and we are inviting you to send in photographs and video clips of you taking part. Results are not important as it is all about having a go and enjoying the challenges at home!

We look forward to seeing your sporting attempts

PEd Department

Transition at Marden

We have revamped the transition section of our website and to help ensure all Year 6 students are ready we have included lots of useful elements such as videos from staff, letters from the school and a new area called Be Awesome Go Big!

This is a nine session programme Year 6 students can enjoy as they prepare for September. Across the coming weeks we’ll highlight a specific session to focus on but the area is now ‘live’ so anyone can log in and take part.

More information will follow about exciting developments within the transition area which we’ll notify you on via the website and social media! For quick access, click the TRANSITION tab on our homepage to take you straight there. We will continue adding to this over the course of the summer term, so look out for all the exciting news and information to get you set for September!

Marden’s Got Talent 2020!

We’re really impressed by all the entries so far for our special ‘At Home’ edition of our annual summer term talent show, Marden’s Got Talent! In fact, so many of you have asked for an extra few days to perfect your Marden’s Got Talent auditions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline to next Friday (12 June 2020).

Please send your video submissions to by 3pm next Friday. All talents from Year 7 – Year 11 welcome!
Thank you to all of the brilliant entries that we have already received. If you have any questions please email Miss Laing or Mrs Cathcart. In the meantime, here’s a little surprise for everyone that our staff have put together. Enjoy!

A Message from Emblematic

I would like to thank you for your continued support in this period of uncertainty. We are currently also taking school orders via email as normal.

After yesterday’s government update, I am pleased to say that we will be offering the following options to parents this summer.

As of tomorrow, we will be changing our website with the following information.

  1. Free delivery on all orders placed until the 1st July.
  2. After that, parents will either pay for delivery to home or use our “Click and Collect” option (starting date to be decided), They will not be able to order with “Delivery to School” as an option.
  3. I have a supply of paper tape measures for new starters (existing student should know the sizing etc….), please email with the number you require and we will get them to you as soon as possible.
  4. We have put measuring videos on our website, which parents can use to purchase the correct size, using measurements they have taken at home.
  5. We currently offer a free returns system, where parents use our website to return items, parents must then make a new order for the correct size (i.e. this is not an exchange service, as garments must be safely stored (Covid-19) before going back into stock)
  6. We are also offering a “Click and collect” option in the future from our Benton shop only (date and times to be decided), but plan to stop this mid-August, so we don’t have the final rush of the summer with long queue’s (that we feel will be unsafe).

We will continue to follow the guidance and decide if/when our shops can re-open and what other changes can be safely made.

I would like to confirm that all our plans are working to time.

Our manufacturers have not missed any delivery dates as yet, so we will have a full stock available all summer and don’t foresee any shortfalls in supply for going back to School in September.

Please can you inform all parents of our proposals and express the need to order early (especially this year) so we can deliver all the correct uniform, with plenty of time available for exchanges.

Thanks for all of your help.

Glen from Emblematic

Changes to home learning from 01/06/20


We are very proud of the way our staff and our students – and their
families – have adapted to home learning. It is a very different way of
working to normal school lessons and students have had to learn to be very
resilient and resourceful in a short space of time.

Feedback from all those involved in the process of home learning has been
positive but not without challenge. For this reason we have evaluated and
reviewed the Marden approach and decided to pare back the number of
subjects per day to two. This will make learning simpler for students and
alleviate some of the feelings of being overwhelmed by multiple subjects to
complete every day. Emails with instructions and resources will still be
sent out by teachers in the morning.

At key stage 3, each subject will have one slot every two weeks, except the
core subjects which will have 3. In Year 10 option subjects will have 2
sessions over a two week cycle and the core will have 4. Each session will
be between 1.5 and 2 hours of learning. The only exceptions to this will
be Personal Development and Physical Education which will focus on mental
health and wellbeing with suggested activities to complete at any time.
These can be found in the daily form time slides.

To give students a chance to catch up on any subjects that may be taking a
little longer, there will be one free slot per week for catch-up or
extension work in any subject.

Students will still be receiving support and feedback from teachers, form
tutors and heads of year and, as we all become more familiar with the range
of technology available to us, we are beginning to make effective use of
Google Classroom, screencasts, demonstration videos and other online
resources to ensure that students have the most accessible and engaging
learning experience possible.

Full details of the revised timetable and daily form time activities can be
found below and will also be shared with pupils.

If students are unable to work online, and if year heads have been
informed, a paper pack of work will be sent out over half term. This will
contain similar activities to the online work being set.

Revised Timetables for Home Learning – effective from 01_06_20

Community School Clothing Scheme

Marden’s Parent-Teacher Association are aware that many parents/carers will be struggling to afford school uniforms, coats, bags etc during this time.

All of which and much more can be found via the Community School Clothing Scheme which is completely free of charge. If you are interested in this service, please contact them as this is by appointment only. Details below:


Our opening times during C-19 crisis

*Please note this is by appointment only. We can not let you in without an appointment unless you are a family support worker. Please do book in advance.*


Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm

Call: 07305 963706

Contactless donation zone towards the rear of the building


Mon to Weds 10am to 2pm

Call: 07305 235838

Contactless donation zone at the back of the shop. Please ring the bell and step 2 metres back, we will pop out with a big thank you.

My direct contact (Freema):
Call: 07913 707573

Please do call or email any of the above for appointments.

For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with distance learning currently taking place. As a result, Netflix have made many of their educational documentaries available on their YouTube channel.

If you do not have access to Netflix, you can now FOLLOW THIS LINK to access their YouTube channel, where they have released many educational documentaries such as Our Planet and their Explained series for free.

If you are a parent or carer, please check the ratings so that you can make informed choices for your children. Enjoy!