World Book Day 2017


The English department with Year 7 during the World Book Day awards assembly.

The 20th anniversary of World Book Day took place on Thursday, and Marden were active participants as usual. Staff, Year 7 and Year 8 students were invited to dress as a literary character for the day. There was also a lunchtime quiz and Key Stage 3 students took part in literary activities and writing competitions with the English department all day.

In total, £200.30 was raised for BOOK AID. Well done to everyone who took part.

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More Writing Success

We have more success to celebrate at Marden, as Year 8 student and Creative Writing Club regular Jenny Hurnell entered the Sunderland Literature & Creative Writing Festival and came 2nd in the Short Story Award in the Under 17s category.


“I went to the awards ceremony…and was amazed that I came 2nd. There were 170 people that entered in the under category!” said Jenny.

A remarkable achievement. Well done Jenny!


Creative Writers Get Published!

Creative writing comp winners

Six aspiring writers, now in Year 8 and 9, entered the Young Writers Spine Chillers Competition in Spring 2016 as part of Creative Writing Club. Their task was to write a chilling ‘mini-saga’ in 100 words or less.

Joelle Esquejo, Jenny Brooks, Jess Beales, Jess Wallace, Jenny Hurnell and Kate Edwardson are all competition finalists and their stories have been published in the Young Writers Spine Chillers – County Durham & Tyne and Wear Anthology. Well done girls!

There is a copy of the book in the LRC should you want to read these scary stories in print.

NTLT Star Awards 2015

There have already been almost 200 fantastic nominations for the 2015 NTLT Star Awards from 22 schools – but more are needed! The closing date for nominations is growing closer and in particular we are looking for nominations for the Green, Inclusion, Leadership and Local Hero awards (please see examples below). Please help us find the young stars of North Tyneside and give them the recognition they deserve. The deadline for nominations is Friday 27th March. You can nominate a star quickly and easily online at

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