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.

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:

GCSE Update

Since I wrote this morning, we have now heard the Government’s announcement to use Centre Assessment Grades for this year’s A levels and GCSEs. On Thursday, therefore, students will receive their Centre Assessed Grades, as I outlined in this morning’s statement, but will not receive any grade generated by OFQUAL’s algorithm.
We welcome this as the swiftest and most effective means of remedying the current situation around exam grading, without overburdening school leaders as they prepare for September re-opening.
This change brings England’s student’s in line with those under devolved governments in the rest of the UK, ensuring that England’s students are not disadvantaged by a disparity in results. It also ensures that going forward, the detrimental impact of the adjustments made by Ofqual’s algorithm on students, especially the most disadvantaged, is mitigated.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.
M. 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!