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.

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

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!

Work of the Week!

Work of the Week for this week is now live on our website. You can access by clicking the Work of the Week button on the right-hand sidebar of our homepage. Please be aware that this link is for logged in users only.

Well done to all the students who continue to work hard from home, and well done to those who’s work was specially selected this week!


Dear Parent/Carer,

 At this difficult time when your children are being asked to access learning at home, we realise that most of this learning is done online, and that some families may not have access to the technology.

Smartphones are great for many simple tasks but they can make other tasks difficult or impossible in some cases. 

North Tyneside Council is looking at different ways to try to support families to ensure that every child can access online home learning easily. If you believe your family would benefit from additional support in this area please click the link below and complete this short form.

All information gathered is solely for the purpose of getting support to these families and will not be shared beyond North Tyneside Council

The deadline for this is 5pm on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Sport Relief at Marden


Marden High School is rising to the challenge of Sport Relief and have put together a series of events over the week. We would love you to encourage our students in raising money for this great charity, and have set up a JUST GIVING page so that parents, carers and extended members of our community can donate!

Row-a-thon: On Thursday we will undertake 12 hours of rowing from 7am to 7pm, students and teachers will keep the rowing machines going by taking a 10 minute slot throughout the day!

Walk-a-thon: Between Monday 9th and Friday 13th March, we are collectively walking 603 miles (970 km), the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats. We need to do 2425 laps of the school field!!

Sports Quiz: Hosted by the PTA, this takes place on Thursday 12th March at 6:30pm. Come along and put in a team for the great Marden High Sports Quiz, and be there to cheer the rowers home as they finish the 12 hour session!

Guess the weight of the fruit bowl and Guess what is in the locker are two other events happening in our LRC throughout the week.

In addition, students are invited to wear their PE kit to school on Thursday, for Sport Relief, for no additional contribution.


PTA Sports Quiz

The PTA are hosting a sports themed quiz next Thursday, from 6:30 until 8:00pm. During that time we will also be wrapping up our 12 hour Sport Relief Row-a-thon! Get along to show your support and have a fun night, with costumes, prizes, snacks and smoothies!