News & Events

NEWS - Summer Term 2018

Clubs and Activities Programme
Summer 2018

The 'Out Of School Hours' Clubs and Activities Programme (OSHL) has been updated for the Summer Term 2018...

OSHL Programme


Spring Term 2018

High Borrans Trip
March 2018

Over 90 year 5 pupils from Marden Bridge took advantage of a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits organised by High Borrans Activity Centre, near Lake Windermere.

Pupils took part in activities such as hiking, canoeing, caving, ghyll scrambling, orienteering and rock climbing. The staff at High Borrans were really impressed with the determination resilience and mature attitude displayed by these year 5 Marden Bridge pupils...


Mr Turner

School Garden
28 March 2018

Marden Bridge has received a grant of almost £30,000 from Cramlington based pharmaceutical company MSD to create a school garden from derelict land at the back of the school.

The garden will not only help students better understand science, the environment, climate change and sustainability, it will also create an opportunity for staff and students to engage in the future running of the garden scheme for the benefit of the school and the local community...

Read more (coming soon)

North Tyneside Writing Competition Winners
28th March 2018

Congratulations to Abigail Eckersley, Y5 and Indie Hegarty, Y6 who competed against over 2000 entrants and received their certificates at the Langdale Centre on Wednesday 28th March.

Well done!

Mrs Dixon

Race For The Line
21 March 2018


Our Year 7's had a great time racing their cars in our 'Race For The Line' day with our friends from RAF Boulmer.

Our 'rocket cars' were created as part of The Bloodhound Project which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with a 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt!

Video Gallery

World Book Day 2018
13th March 2018

World Book Day 2018

Once again, staff and pupils at Marden Bridge went to town for World Book Day 2018

Postponement due to last week's atrocious weather didn't put anyone off and a wide array of fantastic costumes were on show.

View the gallery for just a small selection...


Normality Returns!
5th March 2018

back to normal

Marden Bridge Middle School has returned to a normal timetable and activities after the disruption caused by last week's weather.

Apologies to everyone concerned for the inconvenience the school's closure caused.

Mr Newport

Premier League Primary Stars Competition
9th February 2017

After becoming North Tyneside Champions, Marden Bridge Year 6 football team have now won the finals of the Primary Stars Competition, organised by Newcastle United Foundation, against teams from Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland.

Photos show Finlay, Logan, Dylan, George, Jamie, Connor, Max and Matty, with Mr Cullen & Mr Phillips

All Primary Stars finalists

All the finalists

MBMS year 6 football team with Rafa Benitez

With Rafa Benitez

The finalists were all photographed with the 'real' Premier League trophy and also received a surprise visit from Newcastle United boss, Rafa Benitez.

"The boys have really gelled together well this year, they play hard for each other and there is a real team spirit amongst them. I am really pleased that their hard work has paid off."   Mr Cullen, Head of PE at MBMS

Marden Bridge Middle School will now represent Newcastle United at the national tournament, which takes place at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on 23rd May 2018. They will take on teams from Brighton & Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea and Leicester City.

Good luck lads!

More on NUF

Mr Newport

SATs Presentation
1st February 2017

Many thanks to everyone who attended the KS2 SAT information evening in school on 1st February. For those who could not attend, the slides from the presentation are now available to view...

SAT Presentation

Mrs Fairman

Clubs and Activities Programme
Spring 2018

The 'Out Of School Hours' Clubs and Activities Programme (OSHL) has been updated for the Spring Term 2018 and now includes SATs booster sessions for both Maths and English...

OSHL Programme

PSHE Survey
Closing date: 12 February 2018

The Department for Education have launched a “call for evidence” inviting views from parents, teachers and young people to help shape the way that relationships and sex education (SRE) guidance is updated along with the role of PSHE generally.

Please take the time to complete the survey if you can. This updated guidance will be taught to YOUR children. Have a say in how it is shaped.

This call for evidence closes at 11.59pm on 12 February 2018. The results of the call for evidence and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK in spring 2018.

DfE Survey

Mrs Jackson

Year 5 “Title Fight” Reading Challenge
January to Easter 2018

The Title Fight Reading Challenge is a competition between the different houses in Year 5. The winners will be the house to have read the most by Easter!

Teachers will check their Title Fight reading log every week and will also keep a track of how much each child has been reading individually.

The winners (and the prize!) will be announced the week before the Easter holidays.

Keep on reading !

Mrs Voisey

Parents' Evening System
Year 8 - 6th February 2018

MBMS has introduced a new, easy to use online appointment booking system for parents' evenings which allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child's teachers.

Year 8 parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and appointments can be made from Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

Further information about parent consultation evenings and a guide to using the new system can be found by following the links below...

View the Letter   View the Guide   PES Sign-in page

MBMS Admin

French Vocabulary Practice for Year 5
January 2018

French flag link

Do you need help with learning your French pronunciation?

Then look no further! To help you practise your pronunciation and develop your memory why not try watching these fun videos...

French Videos

Mrs Wade

Happy New Year!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Spring Term 2018

Please remember, the first day back after the Christmas and New Year break is:

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Have a Happy Holiday!



NEWS - Autumn Term 2017

Young Mathematicians Award
November 2017

Four of our Year 6 pupils were invited to form a team and take part in the first round of the national Young Mathematician's Award on Wednesday 8th November.

Maya Cowey, Josie Rogers, Noah Thompson and Finn Patterson were selected to represent Marden Bridge.

Our team worked collaboratively on a problem involving paving given areas with certain sizes. Pupils were required to show more than just mathematical skills; they were expected to show team work, strong communication and resilience in the face of difficult tasks.

We were delighted to receive the news that our team had performed so strongly that they had qualified for the second round (this was only open to around half the schools that entered). Our second round was held on Wednesday 29th November and pupils worked through a problem around spiralling patterns of numbers to reach conclusions and discover solutions.

We are currently waiting to hear if we have qualified for the third round. Watch this space for an update!

Mr Gow

Year 6 Parents' Evening Event
5th December 2017, 3pm - 7:30pm

Year 6 parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 5th December 2017 and appointments can be made from Tuesday 21st October.

MBMS has introduced a new, easy to use online appointment booking system for parents' evenings which allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child's teachers.

Further information about parent consultation evenings and a guide to using the new system can be found by following the links below...

View the Letter   View the Guide   PES Sign-in page

MBMS Admin

Y7 Castle Keep trip
November 2017

Year 7 visited Newcastle Keep to find out about castle architecture and defences.

They also took part in a workshop about knights and weapons and had the chance to handle replica weapons and try on the armour that a knight would have worn. It is extremely heavy.

Mrs Bentley

Children in Need 2017
17th November 2017

Marden Bridge is proud to be supporting Children in need in 2017.

We have a non-uniform day, cake sales and we're very excited about our second drop-down Rollercoaster Challenge!

Much more info will be posted here and in the House section after the event.

Follow this link for more information and a taster of last year's... Rollercoaster Challenge

We love Hockey!
9th Novemberr 2017

What a fantastic evening of hockey!

Well done to all 4 of our year 6 teams. It’s lovely to see so many pupils from both schools enjoying playing sport.

Thank you to Bede Academy!

Mrs Newport

State of the Area Event 2017
13 October 2017

The State of the Area event is a borough wide conference involving senior managers, practitioners and young people showcasing the achievements of our children and young people from the previous year and planning for priorities in the future year.

The theme of this year’s event was “Our Future” and was led by young people including the Young Mayor and Young Cabinet.

Students from MBMS represented the voices of children in North Tyneside and the school, and were chosen to attend through their involvement with Barnardo’s The BASE. The workshops they attended covered issues relating to:

  • Inclusive communities – Creating wider opportunities for young people to get involved
  • Safe Communities – Working together to keep people safe
  • Clean communities – A cleaner, more sustainable future for all our residents
  • Healthy Communities – Ensuring we are informed and healthier

The feedback we received from wider professionals and workshops leader about the students from MBMS was incredibly positive describing them as “outstanding” and “a credit to their school, The BASE and themselves".

Well done to all involved!

Mr Turner

School Gateway
From September 2017

We have recently introduced a new system in order to improve home/school communication and facilitate online payments for trips, clubs and events.

School Gateway can be accessed at anytime via the App or the website and we encourage you to activate your account.

Activating your School Gateway account iss quick and easy to do. All you need are the email address and mobile telephone number that school holds on record for you.

If you have a smartphone, please download the School Gateway App from your app store (Android and IOS). There are a number of advantages to using the App over website: it saves the school money when we need to get in touch and, in time, other services may also become available through the App. We highly recommend it!

Please follow the links for further information or to download the School Gateway App.

School Letter   SG Website

App Store logo Google Play logo

Visit to Metro Radio Studios
Thursday 28 September 2017

Four lucky pupils visited The Metro Radio Studios on Thursday 28th September. They picked up an award on behalf of the school because of the fantastic fundraising we do with the North East Children's Cancer Run - working to combat childhood cancer.

Our school managed to raise over £2200 for this worthy cause.

Huge congratulations and thanks to all pupils and families involved.

Mr Cullen

Open Evening
Monday 18 September 2017

Mr John Newport

A warm welcome awaits at our Open Evening, which takes place on Monday 18 September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Please come along and see our pupils and staff in action, taking part in a wide range of classroom and practical activities.

I look forward to meeting you and hope that the evening will help you with the important decision regarding your preferred school for you child in September 2018.

I am happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further help.

Read the Letter

Mr J Newport





Summer Art Challenge
Summer 2017

All students will be taking part in a summer art project that will help them in their studies and is a fun and exciting way to have a go at different types of art.

Year 5-6 Art Challenge

Year 5-6

Year 6-7 Art Challenge

Year 6-7

Year 7-8 Art Challenge

Year 7-8

Year 5 students will be creating Shoe box artist bedrooms, Year 6 Students will be remaking a famous piece of art and Year 7 students will be creating a creative selfie.

Students have been introduced to the project in their art lessons and will have the summer to complete their work.

Instructions sheets have been sent by email and can also be accessed via the images above.

Mrs Cooper

La Fête de la Révolution
Friday 14th July 2017

French Flag

Our anual Y5 French Day celebrations will take place on Friday 14th July - La Fête de la Révolution. Come to school wearing “Bleu, Blanc, Rouge” (no football strips, please!)

Croissants available for break!

Mrs Faure

Robin Hood Rehearsals
July 2017

Final rehearsal for the Robin Hood Dancers.....we are looking forward to the performance next Wednesday, 12th July and Thursday, 13th July.

Get your tickets now!

Mrs Newport

County Athletics
Gateshead Stadium, 24 June 2017

Huge congratulations to those pupils who represented North Tyneside in the County Athletics at Gateshead Stadium, Saturday 24th June.

An amazing effort from all!!

Mrs Newport

House Captain Elections
June 2017

Things are hotting up in the House Captain elections here at MBMS!

Today is the day when candidates begin to put forward their manifestos and voting begins. Good luck to everyone who has had the courage to put themselves forward for these important roles!

All the results will be published next week and much more information will be available in the 'House' section of the website...

House News

Football Success!
19 June 2017

Fantastic win by the year 8 football team for the last game of the season. Marden Bridge 5-Valley Gardens 0.

Well done boys!

Mrs Newport

Rounders Success!
April 2017

Well done to the Year 8 girls rounders team, we had a successful night at John Spence on Monday 19th June.

Played three games and won them all!

Well done girls!

Mrs Newport

Y4-MBMS Transition
19 June 2017

As part of our Year 4 to year 5 transition, Year 8 and 2 Year 5 pupils went back to visit their first schools to speak to the Year 4s. They talked about what it is like to be at Marden Bridge and answered questions.

Well done and thank you to all pupils who took part.

They did a fantastic job, making us very proud!

Mrs Glendinning

RAF - Fun with Flight
15 June 2017

The RAF education roadshow team visited Marden Bridge to show year 8 all the Fun with Flight that can be had!

The team showcased how drones are used by the RAF, the work of Henri Coandă in affecting how flight is controlled using beach balls, tried out some VR headsets and even brought a fully functioning jet engine into the canteen!

Thanks to the RAF education team for a great presentation - more information can be found on careers with the RAF here: RAF Careers

Mr Instone

Year 8 High School Transition Event
14 June 2017

On Wednesday 14th June our year 8 pupils welcomed teachers from Monkseaton High School and Whitley Bay High School who hosted an afternoon of mathematical activities around the theme of “My Ideal High School”.

A range of tasks involving 2D shapes, area, perimeter, solving equations, the order of operations, straight line and quadratic graphs, coordinates, fractions, decimals and percentages helped pupils to develop a floor plan of their ideal school.

Pupils also had the chance to ask any questions of the high school teachers. Pupils asked about what their maths lessons at high school might look like, while some were reassured to find out that they weren’t going to get lost in their new school on their first day!

The staff from our partner high schools were pleased at the engagement and positive attitude displayed through the afternoon and are looking forward to welcoming their new pupils in September.

Mr Gow

MBMS Mock General Election - RESULT
8th June 2017

Marden Bridge held its very own Mock General Election!

After the great success of this event back in 2015, KS3 pupils again had the opportunity to go to the ballot box and vote for their party of choice.

The result was an overwhelming victory for the Labour Party - select the image for more...

Mrs Wright

General Election
8th June 2017

Marden Bridge Middle School will be open as usual on election day. The school site and polling station (within the sports centre) will operate as separate entities on this day. We have a comprehensive risk assessment in place that has been quality assured by colleagues within the council.

There will however be no clubs in operation before or after school with the exception of breakfast club from 8.00am. All children will therefore be leaving the site at 3.35pm.

Mr Newport

Maths Masterclass
May 2017

10 of our year 6 students took part in a maths Masterclass at Whitley Bay High School alongside our partner Middle Schools...

They had to work in teams and compete against each other to see who would be first to crack the padlock code and open the box.

Fibonacci numbers, squares, primes, factors and cubes all added up to a great afternoon!

Mrs Sharpe

Tyne & Wear Fire Service visit
16th May 2017

Today Year 5 were visited by the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service. All year 5 classes were given the opportunity to discuss and learn about fire safety. Some information was new, some was a reminder... all of it was incredibly important.

Here are our top tips from today's visit:

  • Don't charge phones overnight
  • Don't charge or keep phones under your pillow
  • Don't leave anything switched on if it is not being used
  • Check cookers are switched off
  • Check smoke alarms every month
  • Make sure you have a fire safety plan for your house
  • Don't overload sockets
  • Switch televisions off at the switch, not just using the remote

Do you need a free safety check and smoke alarm installation? Use this link for further information...

TW Fire website

Mrs Glendinning

Non-uniform Day
16th March 2017

Friday 12th May is a non-uniform day.

For a donation of £1 - in aid of school funds - students (and staff) may wear casual clothes...


*Normal rules regarding make-up and jewellery still apply

Mr Newport

Dance Festival 2017
16th March 2017

Once again our dancers did us proud at the annual North Tyneside Dance festival held at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay in March. We now have a video of the MBMS dancers in action on the night...

Well done to everyone involved!

Video Gallery

Mrs Newport

MBMS Mock General Election
8th June 2017

On June 8th, Marden Bridge will be holding its very own Mock General Election!

After the great success of this event back in 2015, KS3 pupils will again have the opportunity to go to the ballot box and vote for their party of choice.

Organised by Mrs Wright, a team of Y7 and 8 pupils will oversee the roles of returning officers, and polling clerks.

Mrs Wright

Alex gets the call!
April 2017

Alex, a pupil in Year 7 has done incredibly well in winning a place on the British national Kick boxing Team. Alex trains regularly and his hard work has paid off.

He will travel with he British Squad to the World Championships in Italy in October.

He takes our best wishes with him. Well done!

Mr Newport

SATS Timetable Change
April-May 2017

There will be a change to the school timetable commencing Monday 3 April and will run until Friday 12 May.

This change is in order to assist our Year 6 pupils in preparation for their National Tests which take place on 8 - 11 May 2017...



NEWS - Spring 2017

Woodhorn Museum Trip
28 March 2017

As part of their painting project, 7SW spent a day at Woodhorn Museum exploring the work of the Pitmen painters.

They had opportunity to work with local artist Narbi Price and used drawings and photographs of the site to inspire their own work.

They will be using what they have learned to create their own art work in school.


Mrs Cooper

Writing Competition Winners
March 2017

Congratulations to our wonderful writers who, against stiff competition (2000 entries), were all winners in the North Tyneside Writing Competition.

The photo shows Joel Bell, Amelia Cunningham, Megan Brownrigg, Finn Patterson, Lucas Hogarth and Rosa Hall with their certificates.


Mrs Dixon

Red Nose Day 2017
24 March 2017

We had a wonderful afternoon of fundraising for Red Nose Day... Including, by demand,

Splat the Teacher is now available in the Video Gallery

Children's Cancer Run 2017
21 May 2017

Marden Bridge Middle School is very proud to be taking part in this year's Children's Cancer Run on May 21st 2017 at Gosforth Park.

In 2016, over 100 pupils represented the school in this event and managed to raise more than £1700, a fantastic achievement, but Mr Cullen has set the school a challenge to exceed this in 2017!

You can register for the run by visiting the NECCR website  Don't forget to sign up for the Marden Bridge Team before the end of March...

Project M
March-April 2017

Cutting Edge Science @ MBMS!  Our brightest scientists in years 7 and 8 worked with Dr Julia Parker, and A-Level students from Whitley Bay High School, on PROJECT M which uses X-rays to look at the structure of different materials, a technique known as X-ray crystallography at Diamond Light Source

There is a short movie of the day in our NEW  Video Gallery

More details and results from Project M will be published in the Science pages in April.

Special thanks to Dr Parker and the team.

Mr Instone

Y5 PTA Disco
7 March 2017

Y5 had a great time at the Disco organised by Marden Bridge PTA on Tuesday.

Take a look at the photo booth slideshow in our NEW  Video Gallery

Big thanks to the PTA!

Debating Skills
March 2017

Year 7 are currently learning formal debating skills in their Life Studies. The motion being discussed is, "This house believes that school uniform should be made compulsory in all UK schools".

*Uniform is already compulsory at MBMS! View our updated Uniform page

Mrs Wright

World Book Day 2017
March 2017

Students and staff pulled out the stops for World Book Day, coming to school dressed as their favourite literary character.

Take a look at the fabulous costumes in a slideshow in our NEW  Video Gallery

(Apologies to anyone I missed with the camera.)

Thanks to all who took part!

Year 6 Netball
06 March 2017

I am super proud of the year 6 netball team who played in the NT under 11 netball tournament at Blue Flames on Monday 6th.

We played four games, won three, reached the semi finals then in a very close game lost 2-1 to Valley Gardens.

Well played, everyone - can't win 'em all!

Mrs Newport

In2Hockey Tournament
02 March 2017

Our year 6 hockey team took part in the North Tyneside In2Hockey Tournament on Thursday 2nd March at the Parks Sports center.

We played 5 matches. Won three, drew one and lost one.

Well played, everyone!

Mrs Newport

GGA Hockey
01 March 2017

Our Year 8 Hockey Team came 3rd in the Girls Games Association Hockey tournament at the Parks on Wednesday 1st of March

Well done!

Mrs Newport

Bake Off 2017
13 & 16 February 2017

It was cakes galore this week at Marden Bridge as we held our annual Bake Off competition in aid of  Guide Dogs There were loads of stunning entries - and they tasted great, too!

Winners of this year's Bake Off and the amount we raised will be announced in Assembly after half term.

Well done everyone!!

Mr Newport

Skipping Festival
16 February 2017

Well done to the year 5 skipping team who came second in the North Tyneside skipping festival at the Parks on Thursday 16th March.

Mrs Faure & Mrs Newport

Trad Skills - Falconry
February 2017

Last week, a falconer came into school bringing 4 amazing birds of prey with him!

Year 5 were treated to a fabulous session handling and flying these wonderful creatures.

Pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 were invited along to a more hands-on session after school to meet the birds up close, as part of the Traditional Skills series

Mrs Wright

Sport News
13 February 2017

Wonderful year 6 hockey match against Kings Priory on Monday 13th February at home.

We played with lots of determination, enthusiasm and tackled brilliantly.

Well done!!

Mrs Newport

SATs Presentation
24 January 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended last night's KS2 SATs presentation in school. For those who could not attend the slides from the presentation are now available to view...

SATs Presentation

Mrs Fairman

Ipsos MORI Student Survey
23 January 2017

Ipsos Mori image

On January 23rd, Year 7 students took part in an important survey, run by IPSOS MORI, which collects data on smoking, drinking and drug use amongst young people. Schools across Britain are selected and the confidential and anonymous data is used by the NHS and the UK Sata Service, for the UK's most important research studies.

Mrs Wright

Sport News - Cross Country
17th January 2017

Well done to Dillon, Rhys and Kirsty who represented North Tyneside in the Tyne and Wear Cross Country Event on Tuesday 17th. An excellent effort by all three...

Mrs Newport

Tyne and Wear Champions!
Monday 16th January 2017

Massive congratulations to our Y7 and Y8 indoor athletics teams. On Monday 16th January they represented Marden Bridge at the Tyne and Wear School Games

Year 8 boys won and are now the Tyne and Wear Champions!

Tyne Wear Sport web link

The whole school is very proud!

Mrs Newport

The Base
January 2017

Staff from Barnardo’s  The BASE  and a representative from  Whitley Bay Big Local  held an assembly where they talked about getting more involved with some of the activities/forums they are offering to young people.

If you would like to get involved, please view the further information...

Read More

Mr Turner

Celebrating success!
January 2017

Congratulations to Alicia, Rhys, Laura and Joel. After competing at the recent Sportshall Athletics Competition they have been selected to represent North Tyneside in the Tyne and Wear Sportshall Athletics Final. This will take place on Saturday 28th January at Temple Park in South Shields.

All at MBMS are very proud and we wish all four of them good luck!

Mrs Newport

Workshops with Kidscape
12 January 2017

January 12th saw a visit from Kidscape, the UK's premier anti-bullying charity.

Danny, their representative, presented an informative workshop during Life Studies, to some of our Y6,7 and 8 classes. In addition, he ran a twilight session for parents, answering FAQs and addressing potential concerns.

Mrs Wright

Sport News
January 2017

Y8 Netball

Great team spirit shown by the year 8 netball team on Monday 9th January whilst playing against John Spence and Seaton Burn. Well done!!


And well done, also, to the year 6 athletics team who reached the finals of the North Tyneside Indoor Athletics finals on Thursday 5th January, held at Marden Bridge Middle School. We came 4th overall. Congratularions to all the year 6 team!

Mrs Newport

Twilight Parent Information session
12th January 2017

We are delighted to be able to offer a twilight parent information session on preventing and dealing with bullying.

This information session will take place from 4:30pm until 5:15pm on Thursday 12 January 2017 in Room 4 at school, and will be delivered by Kidscape, a specialist bullying charity. If you would like to attend, please register...


500 Words 2017
From January 2017

It's time to get creative!

Why not enter this year's 500 words competition on BBC Radio 2?

It’s very simple. Just write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online...

More Info

Email Problems
12-15 December 2016

Due to technical issues with a server at North Tyneside Council, some emails did not reach our inbox in the last week of the Autumn term. This issue has now been resolved.

However, if you have emailed us recently and have had no response, please get in touch again at and be assured that we will deal with your query as quickly as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

News - Autumn/Winter 2016

Merry Christmas!
December 2016 - January 2017

Elf Yourself video link
Mrs Glendinning et al as Elves!


We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

We will re-open for students on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Christmas Charity Appeal
December 2016

MBMS will be supporting The Bay Foodbank this Christmas.

A number of schools in North Tyneside have decided to contribute together under the name 'We, North Tyneside', inspired by the film  I, Daniel Blake

33% of pupils in North Tyneside live in poverty and this is our chance to make a difference to some local families this Christmas. Not all of these families have unemployed parents. In fact, more and more working parents are struggling to make ends meet.

Food items, toiletries and Christmas treats (selection boxes etc) are all welcome (follow the link to the Bay website below for more information). We hope that all staff and children who can will donate an item, ready to be collected and taken to the food bank.

There is a Facebook group, 'We, North Tyneside' if you are interested in following their progress and sharing the idea with your friends and family.

All the items we can gather will be collected from school on FRIDAY 9th December. If you have any donation, however small, please make sure it's with us in time.

I think we can make a massive contribution and give a lot of families a little help this Christmas time.

Mrs Glendinning

Thanks for your support

The Bay Foodbank

Scholastic Book Fair
2-9 December 2016

Thank you to everyone for supporting our 'Scholastic Book Fair'. We sold lots of books which means that we now have about £200 to spend on resources for our school.

Well done everyone!

Mrs Dixon

Junior Bake-Off
November 2016

jj portrait

MBMS Year 8 student JJ recently took part in the BBC's Junior Bake-off on CBBC! Thousands applied, but only 40 made it through to the famous tent for the most intense baking competition yet.

Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes host while top chef, Allegra McEvedy and Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain have the tough job of finding Britain’s best young baker.

In heat 7, bakers Mia, Jamie, J.J and Maisie were asked to make an identical batch of prune and carrot cupcakes topped with beautifully uniform piped frosting for the Technical Challenge and then 12 Biscuits for the Showstopper...   Great work, JJ!

Miss Brown

Arts Award
November 2016

We are delighted to be able to offer a new and exciting opportunity for students at Marden Bridge Middle School to develop their engagement in the arts and earn a nationally recognised qualification.

The Arts Award is a programme that encourages participation, enjoyment and learning in The Arts. It covers a wide range of art forms and provides an opportunity to develop new skills, learn more about different art forms, artists and art organisations, as well as being able to share what has been learned with others.

More information will be available soon or you can contact  Mrs Newport  or  Mrs Cooper  for more details...

Arts Award

Children in Need 2016 - UPDATE
Friday 18 November 2016

On Friday 18 November we we supported ‘BBC Children in Need’.

Our non-uniform day raised a total of £496. This, together with a very generous donation of £150 from Kier during the Rollercoaster Challenge made a grand total of £646!

Well done everybody!

Paper Rollercoasters Challenge
Friday 18 November 2016

Friday was a busy and very exciting day here at MBMS, with Children in Need AND Paper Rollercoaster building!

Find out who won our inaugural Drop-Down Challenge...

House NEWS

Cross Country Competition
Friday 18th November 2016

Well done to the year 7/8 cross country team who competed at Churchill playing fields on 18th November in the NT cross country competition.

Mrs Newport

Indoor Athletics
15 November 2016

Well done to the Marden Bridge year 7 indoor athletics team who competed on Tuesday in the NT Indoor Athletics competition. Watch this space for the results!!

Mrs Newport

New MBMS House System
Monday 14 November 2016

Beginning today, 14 November 2016, we are re-establishing a house system at Marden Bridge Middle School.

The Marden Bridge school badge has a rich history behind it, and our new House system has been created with this in mind. Follow the link for more...

MBMS Houses

Children in Need 2016
Friday 18 November 2016

On Friday 18 November pupils will have the opportunity to support ‘Children in Need’ by attending school wearing casual clothes.

Each child taking part is asked to make a donation of £1 and there will be a host of events on the day. More information to follow...

Hockey News
November 2016

Come along to Sunday morning hockey at Marden bridge...

26 Marden bridge pupils turned up to play hockey this Sunday morning. The pupils had a great time learning new skills and playing matches.

10-11 every Sunday!

Years 5-8... all abilities welcome!  Mrs Newport

October 2016

To celebrate Divali, y5 pupils were invited to a lunchtime chalk fest to create traditional Hindu Rangoli patterns in the yard.

Happy Divali, everyone!

Mrs Wright

"Trad Skills"
October 2016

As the inaugural session of our newest after school club, "Marden Bridge Trad Skills", the 5 week archery course began this week, training 18 pupils in how to shoot safely. Instructed by the "north East Archers", all pupils were hitting the targets with a resounding 'thunk' within minutes!

We are looking forward to demonstrating our new skill for a whole school assembly on 7th November...

Mrs Wright

Hockey News
September 2016

We had great turn out for hockey club this week in the glorious sunshine.

We have North Shields Hockey club supporting our sessions after school. If pupils are interested in pursuing hockey further, we train on a Tuesday evening here at Marden Bridge, 7pm-8pm for years 5,6,7 and 8. Everyone is very welcome!

Mrs Newport

Recycling Team
September 2016

7AW's new Recycling Team have been appointed and trained ready to undertake this year's recycling for the whole of Marden Bridge.

Last year's outgoing team, managed by Josh Horton of 8KB, inducted the new team, awarding them these lovely new green sashes as they 'graduated'! The team recycle a huge volume of material every year, making collections every Tuesday morning.

Mrs Wright

Open Evening
20 September 2016

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Our Open Evening will take place in the school dining hall on Tuesday 20th September 2016.

Come along and see what Marden Bridge has to offer

Netball Club
September 2016

Our morning Netball Club for years 5 and 6 started today, Thursday 15th September, and all of these pupils were ready to start playing at 8.05am!

There is still time to join so come along on Thursday mornings in the sports hall at 8am.

Mrs Newport

September 2016

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As usual, at the beginning of the new school year there are many letters and communications sent home from school.

We understand that some of these communications may be missed for whatever reason and to help keep you fully informed, we try to publish as many as we can on the website.

They can be found in 'Communications' from the main menu...



News Archive
Spring/Summer 2016


Good Luck Year 8 2016
July 2016

I had a lot of fun filming the staff for this video! We all wish our Year 8 students the very best of luck as they move on to high school...

Click the photo to view in high quality or View on YouTube

Can't Stop the Feelin'!

Holiday Shakespeare
20 August 2016

Stuck for something to do in the holidays? How about a unique theatre experience at Alnwick Castle: an amazing backdrop for a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth...

Mrs Dixon


School Rewards
July 2016

Pupils have chosen their rewards from merits they have accumulated from all their hard work over recent months and it's now time to claim them...


NUT Strike Action
Tuesday 5th July 2016

Strike action by the National Union of Teachers on Tuesday 5th July is set to cause major disruption to our school and to some events due to take place at the same time.

Please view the information contained in the correspondence that has been sent to all parents and carers...


Athletics News
Saturday 25th June 2016

Huge congratulations to Cissie Robson, Freya Grice, Courtney Maddon Davis, Rhys Barber, Harley Cairns and Marcel Crick who represented North Tyneside at the County Athletics Meet at Hexham on Saturday 25th June 2016.

Mrs Newport

The Queen's Birthday Celebration
Friday 10th June 2016

We had a lot of fun on Friday 10 June creating a huge '90' as part of our celebration day in honour of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Use the image to view on Vimeo, or...

View on YouTube

Mini Lit Quiz
Friday 10th June 2016

Twenty six teams from Tyne and Wear and Northumberland took part in this year’s Mini Lit Quiz held at Chantry Middle school on Friday 10th June.

This Quiz was modelled on the Kids Lit Quiz (UK) with both individual and team prizes, but has five rounds instead of ten and its own unique style. Each round of ten questions follows a particular literary theme but, unlike the KLQ, there is also a Pictionary round featuring picture clues and between round elimination competitions for cash prizes.

There was stiff competition from the other schools but Marden Bridge A team achieved 1st place and Team C came a close second.

Well done to all the teams for taking part and to Mrs Inverarity from Chantry Middle School for organising the whole event.

Our next key event will be the regional KidsLitQuiz KLQ, normally held at Gosforth in the Autumn Term.

Year 6 Magistrates Visit
June 2016

We have been lucky enough to have a team of Magistrates from North Shields to visit Year 6 over 4 days in June, to run legal activities including a mock trial as an exciting finale.

The court case re-enacted was a cyber-bullying case, in which a teenager was the victim of malicious text messages. Pupils had to take the parts of the accused, the witnesses, the victim, as well as the prosecution and defence lawyers, the legal advisers, ushers, court reporters and artists and, most importantly, the Magistrates themselves!

Year 6 pupils did extremely well acting their roles as well as making decisions about crime and punishment, and agreed that the case raised lots of interesting issues.

Well done Year 6!   Mrs Wright

Competition Time!
Closing date: 31st July 2016

Your school needs you!  Win £5,000 of National Book Tokens - enough to buy hundreds of books for the school library. To sweeten the deal, you'll also get £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself!

Enter here

Year 7 Drama Workshop
Wednesday 25th May 2016

Drama Workshop

The 1623 Shakepeare Company arrived today to entertain Year 7 with an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet called 'Star Crossed Love'.

The pupils were enthralled by the performance and some pupils from each class were able to take part in a drama workshop afterwards. Pupils were clearly buzzing about the experience as conversations were still ongoing at lunchtime.

Thanks to Whitley Bay High School for sharing this experience with us as part of their Literature Festival Week.

Children's Cancer Run
Sunday 15th May 2016

Over 100 pupils, parents and staff joined Team MBMS to take part in this year's Children's Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday 15th May 2016. Look out for the photos gallery - coming soon!

Please remember to visit Mr Cullen's fundraising page if you would like to make a donation...

Fundraising Page

Ofsted Report
10 May 2016

Marden Bridge Middle School was inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday 19th April and Wednesday 20th April 2016.

We can now publish the official Ofsted report in full. A copy will be sent to all parents and carers in due course.

Ofsted Report

NT Dance Festival 2016
16th March 2016

Marden Bridge dancers, together with a group of Marden Bridge drummers, took to the stage at the North Tyneside Dance Festival in spectacular fashion and the video of our performers is now available.

Click the image or go to the gallery page...


Children's Cancer Run
Sunday 15th May 2016

Marden Bridge is proud to be taking part in this year's Children's Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday 15th May 2016.

Please visit the NECCR website for more information and visit Mr Cullen's fundraising page if you would like to make a donation...

NECCR website   Fundraising Page

Winmarleigh Hall Residential 2016
Wednesday 29th June - Friday 1st July

We're very excited about the up-coming Winmarleigh Hall residential at the end of June.

If your child is lucky enough to be going on this trip we have published the presentation shown at the meeting in school on 17th March with all the information you need...

Presentation   2015 Gallery

CBBC Junior Bake Off
Closing date - Midnight Sunday 8th May 2016

CBBC is looking for junior bakers aged between 9-12 years across the country to take part in the brand new Junior Bake Off.

Interested? Then you better hurry! Applications close at midnight on Sunday 8th May.

Check the website for much more information...

CBBC Junior Bake Off

Author Event: Cathy Cassidy
25 April 2016

A group of very excited Year 7 girls attended an author event by the renowned girls' author, Cathy Cassidy. She described her writing process and thoughts and explained the positive benefits of daydreaming: a multi national writing career!

Cathy read from her latest novel and provided a fascinating insight into the mind of an author.  For writing tips, a writing blog and competitions, please visit her website...

Cathy Cassidy website

Thanks to Churchill Community College and North Tyneside libraries for hosting this event.

Ofsted Inspection Dates
19-20 April 2016

Marden Bridge Middle School was inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday 19th April and Wednesday 20th April 2016.

The results of the inspection will be announced in due course.

Use the following link to view a letter and a guide for parents from Ofsted...

Ofsted documentation

Life Studies debates
April 2016

Year 8 recently completed the second of their termly Life Studies debates, in which the motion was, "This house supports the death penalty."

The debate was designed as a climax to their studies on "Law and Justice", in which they have looked at the balance needed between punishment and rehabilitation, as well as a look at rights and responsibilities, human rights, gang culture, radicalisation, and a look at the work of Youth Offending Teams.

Click the image to see 8CC in action, providing a lively and at times passionate debate!

Well done, Year 8. The last debate before you leave in July will be on school uniform. I am looking forward to it already!   Mrs Wright

KS2 French
Summer Term 2016

Do you need help with learning your new topic nouns in French?

Look no further! We have produced some videos to help you practise your pronunciation and develop your memory...

French dept.

Summer OSHL Programme
Summer Term 2016

We have lots of out-of-school-hours activities and clubs at Marden Bridge and we encourage all our pupils to gat involved.

The OSHL programme for the summer term, 2016 is now available...

View pdf

NT Dance Festival 2016
16th March 2016

Marden Bridge dancers, together with a group of Marden Bridge drummers, took to the stage at the North Tyneside Dance Festival in spectacular fashion...


Sport Relief 2016
18th-20th March 2016

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We will be fund-raising for this year's Sport Relief campaign with a volleyball competition and a class tug-o'-war competition!

Friday 18th March will be a non-uniform day; students are encouraged to come to school in their PE kit or other sports clothing for a £1 donation.

Photos of the Tug-Of-War competition are now available...  Gallery

Charlotte is County Champion!
Northumberland Schools Indoor Championships at Gateshead, Wednesday 16th March 2016

Year 8 pupil Charlotte Richardson raced at the Northumberland Schools Indoor Championships at Gateshead on Wednesday 16th March and broke the Championship Record in the heats.

She stormed to victory in the final - wearing her Marden Bridge colours with pride, breaking her own Championship Record set in her heat and crowning her County Champion!

Go Charlotte!

Key Stage 2 Assessments (SATs) 2016
Monday 9th May - Thursday 12th May 2016

With the SATs for Y6 rapidly approaching, we have published a guide and a concise explanation of the process to help you to prepare your child for the tests...

SATs Guide

Charlotte in Glasgow
Scottish National Indoor Athletics Championships, Sunday 6th March 2016

On Sunday 6th March year 8 student Charlotte Richardson attended the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the Scottish National indoor athletics Championships.

After an injury plagued winter, Charlotte's main goal this time around was simply to be able to compete pain free.

After comfortably winning her heat, Charlotte was runner-up in her semi-final only missing out on the final by one hundredth of a second. She finished 9th overall in a National Championship but more importantly ran without pain and will look forward to the summer.

World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March 2016

Thursday 3rd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, both staff and students dressed-up as their favourite literary character!

This was a fund-raising event in aid of the school library and pupils were encouraged to bring their favourite book to share with others.

Photos are now available in our galleries section...


The Great MBMS Bake Off!
Friday 26th February 2016

The first Great Marden Bridge Bake Off, in aid of Tiny Lives, Special Care Babies, was a runaway success. With a huge volume of fantastically high quality entries judging was extremely difficult but we eventually decided on class 'Star Bakers', year-group winners and our overall winner...

A great non-uniform day was had by all and we raised a whopping £702 for Tiny Lives!

View the gallery

Charlotte Returns!
Sunday 31st January

Year 8 student Charlotte Richardson returns to form after injury.

At the North Eastern indoor athletics Championships at Gateshead on Sunday 31st January, Marden Bridge pupil Charlotte Richardson made her competitive return to track after an injury ravaged winter...

Read more

BBC 500 Words Competition
Closing date - 25th February 2016 @ 7pm

We are encouraging our pupils to enter BBC Radio 2's 500 words competition which is open for entries from the18th January 2016 to 7pm on the 25th February 2016. There is loads of information and inspiration on the official website.

Why not get involved?!

BBC 500 Words

Quantum Theatre Visit
Friday 29th January 2016

The maths department are pleased to announce that on Friday 29th January, we will be receiving a visit from the Quantum Theatre Company. They will be performing "The Miscalculation of Cap'n Half-Inch", a maths-based play on the subject of fractions and decimals; "...a swashbuckling tale of hidden treasure and mathematical conundrums based on the new maths curriculum."

The group have been touring the North-East since December 2015 and staff and pupils alike at Marden Bridge, are eagerly awaiting their visit...

Read More

We are now on Twitter
Spring 2016 @MardenBridge

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Since December 2015 we have been using Twitter to keep you up to date. You can follow us - @MardenBridge or view our feed from the menu on this page or at the foot of our home page.

We have strict rules on the use of our Twitter account which can be viewed here...

Twitter AUP

Clubs and Activities
Spring 2016

The new 'Out of School Hours' clubs and activities programme is now available...


Welcome Back!
5th January 2016

Happy New Year!

The first day of term for students is Tuesday 5th January. Welcome to the Spring Term (!)



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