Work of the Week

Work of the Week for this week is now live on our website. Once you have logged in, just click the Work of the Week button on our homepage sidebar to see who each of our department’s has selected as the best work this week.

Well done to all students for their excellent work during this half term!

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.

Marden’s Got Talent is Back!


Our annual Summer Term talent show, Marden’s Got Talent, is back! Undeterred by the current school closure, we are still holding MGT, albeit in a very different, socially distant way! Please see the poster for details on how to take part!

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!