Marden Has Been Hired!

10 students from year 9 and 10 who are studying French attended Newcastle University yesterday for an opportunity to be a European Apprentice.

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Led by Europe Direct and Routes into Languages the students took part in a series of activities which were marked and judged by language ambassadors from the University. They had to answer a letter of complaint and respond to a positive review on various products, translate a series of phrases connected to marketing and advertising and work in a team using a variety of resources. This was all leading to the creation of an animated advert for hairspray and a fast food restaurant where they wrote and recorded the voice over as well as animated the presentation.
Marden High School achieved first and second place! Running second for most of the day they upped their game and beat the other schools. Year 10 as Team Grenoble came first and were able to say “Vous êtes viré” (You’re fired) to the other teams. Year 9 (the only year 9 team) as Team Nice came a very close second.
Well done to all those involved!

Official Opening Ceremony

We have celebrated our Official Opening with a ceremony in the school, including performances by Drama and Music students, tours of the new building and our GCSE Art exhibition.

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Mayor Norma Redfearn unveiled a plaque and said a few words along with headteacher Mr Snape, and our Head Boy Monty Douglass and Head Girl Nieve Allott. Former Marden alumni and presenter of Look North Carol Malia was also a guest speaker.

Many thanks to all who attended.

Marden’s Got Talent!

Our annual summer talent show, Marden’s Got Talent, took place last night, with some fantastic and varied acts on show, all raising money for Clic Sargent, a children’s cancer charity.

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It was a great evening of entertainment, with Year 7 Liv Surrey voted the winner by judges for her magic act. Second place went to Olivia Peterson who performed a stunning version of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis, and 3rd place went to the Marden Ukulele Club, who sang and performed Elvis Presley’s ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’.

Hosted by our fantastic comperes, Martha Topping and Alice Crossland, well done to all the students and staff who took part and made it a memorable occasion.

Marden’s Got Talons

As part of a Science Super Learning Day, we we were visited on Tuesday morning by staff from Kielder Birds of Prey centre who taught Year 7 about different types of birds of prey.








In the afternoon they built rockets and helicopters which they tested, and learnt more about flight.


Business Visitor works with Year 10

Business Studies students have been trying to work out which element of the marketing mix is the most important for local personal training and fitness entrepreneur David Fairlamb.

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The Y10 students have been experiencing what it will be like to complete a controlled assessment as part of their GCSE qualification.  In the Autumn term the students will be completing the controlled assessment for real and it will count for 25% of their final GCSE.  Going through a dry run gives the students an opportunity to experience the process and to know what to expect in advance, ensuring they are as prepared as possible.

The chosen task for the controlled assessment was to research a small local business and evaluate its marketing mix.  This has involved students researching in textbooks and the internet and culminated in a visit from David on Wednesday 5th July.

As David explained, it is really important to ensure that a business gets its marketing mix right.  To maximise sales, businesses have to sell a product (good or service) that is appealing to the target market, in the right place and at a price potential customers are willing to pay.  Competition in the fitness industry is fierce and promotion and advertising has to be both informative and persuasive to potential clients.

David is a local entrepreneur who runs a personal training business.  He is very interested in fitness. You may have seen his beach boot-camps on Longsands beach which are attended by 50 to 80 people each week.

The students made a market map for David Fairlamb which Will Ross introduced. They asked him a series of questions that they have devised about running his business being an entrepreneur and his marketing mix.

He was really grateful for the marketing map and we will be sending him some completed reports.

FAO: Class of 2017

To all recent Year 11 leavers: Yearbooks are still available to collect from reception for those who have paid for one. You will be able to visit the school between 3:15pm and 4:15pm on Thursday evening to collect them and have them signed if you wish. Staff will also be available to sign them at your Awards assembly next year. Thank you.

School of the Year!

Year 10s are presented with the trophy for NUFC Foundation’s ‘School of the Year’

Since October, a group of Year 10 students have been taking part in an ASDAN Five-A-Side Football programme run by NUFC Foundation, an independent charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club, the Premier League, Sport Relief and backed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

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The Enterprise Academy teaches 11 to 19 year-olds the basic principles of business and self-employment using Newcastle United as a real life case study. The programme helps students understand jobs, professions and career options and delivers programmes that are innovative and fun.

After successfully working with Marden in delivering the course, project coordinator Gavin Ferry and his team invited us to the annual celebration event held at St. James’ Park, attended by 14 schools and over 250 participants.

The Foundation chose Marden High as their School of the Year, and the Year 10s were presented with a trophy, a plaque and photographed with the SkyBet Championship trophy won by Newcastle United last season.

It was a great effort for the students to attend the event on their day off from school, and credit must go to them for their consistent hard work throughout the year that has seen them worthy winners of this prestigious award! Well done Marden High!

Parent / Carer Chromebook Scheme 2017

The online portal is now open for parents / carers who wish to purchase a Chromebook to help their child with homework. To access the scheme, go to and enter your email address, a username of MardenHigh01 and a password of Welcome01. You can then choose the device and payment terms. All devices, regardless of payment term, come with 3 years accidental damage insurance and warranty. More information about the scheme is on the leaflet below.

Please note that the ordering deadline is 6th August 2017.

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Year 10 Mock Interviews

On Tuesday the 4th of July we hosted a morning of mock interviews for the Year 10 cohort. Over the past few weeks in PSCHE Year 10 have been writing a letter of application for a job of their choice.

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It is important to develop the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the application and interview process. We welcomed local employers and parents to ask a range of general and job specific questions to the pupils whilst also providing them with feedback.

Well done Year 10!