Marden Wins Writing Award!

As a regular supporter of Young Writers, Marden High School has been awarded 5-star school status. Following an exciting year of writing success and competition wins, we have been granted this exclusive honour by Young

Look out for more exciting competitions throughout the year! Congratulations to all our aspiring young writers who have contributed to this incredible success.

Summer Reading Competition

This half term the English Department are running an exciting Reading Competition that could win you your dream reading list for this summer!

Please submit all entries to Miss Laing by Monday 2nd July 2018.

Stuck for your next reading book? There are carefully curated reading lists for all year groups on the walls of the LRC and English corridor, as well as additional reading suggestions for individual subject areas. Look out for the ‘Marden Reads’ posters around school!

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Save Our Libraries!

Thanks to all students who made cards in the LRC this week in support of Cullercoats Library.


All North Tyneside Libraries are facing cuts and closures due to council cuts and Marden High students have been showing their appreciation of books and reading by sending handmade cards to the library with messages inside of why they love to read.


Miss Seal took a total of 76 cards away with her on Friday and they are currently on display in Brown’s Salthouse in Cullercoats.

They will eventually be displayed either in the library or other local businesses so keep your eyes peeled!

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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