News & Events

NEWS - Autumn Term 2019/20

Year 6 Information Evening
30 September 2019

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Year 6 Information Evening on Monday. For anyone who couldn't make it on the night, a copy of the presentation is available here for you to view.

If you need any further information about year 6, please contact the school.

SATs Presentation

Mr Newport

Y5 Coffee Morning
September 2019

Last week, we held our annual Year 5 coffee morning. It was a fantastic morning where parents went into one of their child's lessons to see them working with their class.

Through donations towards tea/ coffee and cake, a huge £117.00 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support...

A huge thank you to all who contributed!

Mrs Voisey

Changes to Term Dates in 2020
Summer Term 2020

There have been some late alterations to dates during our Summer Term 2020. Please follow the link below to view the changes...

Term Dates 2019-20

New School Lunch Menu
Autumn Term 2019

Our new 3 week Lunch Menu is now available to view...

3 Week Menu 2019-20

Clubs and Activities Programme
Autumn Term 2019

The 'Out Of School Hours' Clubs and Activities Programme (OSHL) has been updated for the Autumn Term 2019...

OSHL Programme

MBMS Open Evening 2019
16 September 2019

Our open Evening will take place on Monday 16 September from 6pm to 8pm.

I look forward to welcoming you to Marden Bridge Middle School.

Mr Newport

from 5 September 2019

MBMS has a new telephone number which should be used to contact the main office from 5 September 2019.

Please call us on: 
0191 349 9538

MBMS Admin



NEWS - Summer Term 2018/19

A final word from Mr Newport
19 July 2019

John Newport

As we come to the end of the school year, I look back with great pride at what the pupils have achieved this year - both inside and outside of the classroom. Our pupils have worked tirelessly in lessons and have really developed and matured.

I have also been really pleased with the relationships I have witnessed being built this year; pupils taking time to get to know each other, talking positively about their likes and achievements and supporting each other whenever necessary in times of need.

I wish you all a happy summer break and look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Mr Newport

Careers News
Wednesday 26 June

This year, the whole of Year 7 took part in the North Tyneside Industry Spark competition. We entered four teams across four industry sectors and won in two of them!

On Wednesday 26th June, the six winners from the Engineering team went to visit Fagus Grecon in Blaydon. Fagus Grecon’s product portfolio ranges from spark detection and extinguishment systems via press protection systems to optical and x-ray scanners. The Fagus business unit is foremost in the manufacturing and development of shoe lasts. We didn’t even know what shoe lasts were before this visit!

We travelled by mini bus with Mrs Jackson and had refreshments on arrival, we then saw different pieces of machinery and equipment and had a play about with some things. The highlight (in the factory at least!) was seeing a massive water tank filled and the pressure with which the water came out in order to put our imagined spark/fire out.

The absolute highlight of the trip was our visit to a nearby Italian restaurant for lunch. Mr Hamill and some of his staff came along and we talked about engineering, along with other future career possibilities.

It was a really, really great opportunity and if Year 7 get the opportunity to take part in Industry Spark next year we would thoroughly recommend it.

Fagus Grecon

Alex, Luke, Thomas, Joseph, Kiran & Adam

Summer Holiday Sports Camp
Summer Holiday 2019

Trampolinining and Multi-Sports

Join us for the Summer Sports Camps at Marden Bridge Sports Centre taking place throughout the Summer Break!

Daily Sessions are available from 10am - 3pm each day.


Please follow the link below to book and pay online...

Bounce Tumble UK

Sean Dixon -

Bay Foodbank Appeal
Deadline: 1st July 2019

The Bay Foodbank

Marden Bridge is once again organising a collection for The Bay Foodbank before the summer holiday.

The 6 week holiday can be a difficult time for lots of people and we are encouraging the children here at Marden Bridge to help if they can. If everyone brought in one item we would have 500+ items to donate.

All donations are very welcome, however small, and the deadline for donations is Monday 1st July 2019.


Here is a list of ideal things to donate:

  • Tinned/Packet Potatoes
  • Long Life Milk
  • Rice Pudding
  • Custard (Tin or Packet)
  • Savoury Snacks (Crisps etc)
  • Sweet Snacks (Chocolate etc)
  • Hotdogs
  • Meatballs
  • Biscuits
  • Jam/Spread
  • Tinned Fish (Tuna etc)
  • Tinned Meat (Spam etc)
  • Tinned Meat in Gravy/Chilli/Curry/Stew
  • Coffee
  • Pies
  • Tinned Vegetables (Sweetcorn, Peas etc)
  • Tinned Pasta (Spaghetti/Hoops/Macaroni etc)
  • Tinned Fruit (Peaches etc)
  • Tea Bags
  • Soup
  • Baby Food (Tins/Jars/Packet)


Thank you for your support.

The Bay Foodbank

Mrs Jackson

MBMS Scholastic Book Club
Order until June 9 2019!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scholastic Book Club at Marden Bridge.

This is an exciting opportunity for pupils and parents to to choose high quality books, many at discounted prices and earn free books for the school. Orders and payments are made online and the books are delivered, free of charge to school.

We currently have a Book Club order running until June 9th 2019. Interested? Please follow the link below to browse the fantastic range of books - and help the school earn FREE BOOKS!

Scholastic Book Club

Mrs Byren

May Half Term Sports Camp
28 -30 May 2019

Trampolinining and Multi-Sports

Join us for the May Half Term Sports Camp at Marden Bridge Sports Centre, taking place from Tuesday 28 May to Thursday 30 May.

Daily Sessions and 1 hour slots are available from 10am - 3pm each day.


Please follow the link below to contact the Sports Centre directly or click the image to download an application form...

Sports Centre

Sean Dixon -

North Tyneside Dance Festival
April 2019

Marden Bridge once again excelled at the annual North Tyneside Dance Festival which took place at the Whitley Bay Playhouse in April.

Check out their fantastic performance in our  Video Gallery

Mrs Newport

School closed - Staff Training
Thursday 2 May 2019 2019

School is closed for pupils on Thursday 2 May 2019 for staff training and local elections.


Walking Football
Marden Bridge Sports Centre - Monday Evenings

Would you like to take part in our Walking Football on Monday evenings on the Astro?

£5 per person per week.

For more information and to book your place please follow the link below or email



Spring Term 2018/19

Title Fight Reading Competition
Spring 2019

The results of this term's Title Fight Reading Competition have been counted and verified.

Overall, since January, the children at MBMS have read a huge 2215 books!

The winning houses have been rewarded with a pizza party.

The winners are as follows:

  • Year 5 - Cullercoats (262 books)
  • Year 6 - Cullercoats (248 books)
  • Year 7 - Whitley (139 books)
  • Year 8 - Whitley (226 books)

The final round of the Title Fight Competition will be starting up again after the Easter Holidays and will run up until the end of the last half term.

Follow our reading suggestions below and get reading!

Reading Suggestions

Mrs Voisey

Industry Spark Day
11 March 2019

On Monday the 11th of March, all of Year 7 took part in an Industry Spark session to give us some experience in some different sectors of working life.

The four sectors we looked at were manufacturing, engineering, digital, and health and life sciences.

We were split into teams, depending on the sector we were working in, and given a company in that sector to look at. Each company had its problems; our aim over the day was to come up with a business plan to solve the problem the company faced. Some companies don't have enough staff, some struggle to get young people involved. There were lots of different problems which prompted a lot of thought, discussion and, obviously, problem solving.

Industry Spark

This day was not only a great experience, but a competition. The competition element got us more excited and involved in the event. There was one winning team from each sector. Our team won the manufacturing sector. It felt great to know that the day’s hard work had paid off. We are through to the next round and are excited to share our thoughts with the community and we hope that our ideas will help and inspire others.

Overall, it was a brilliant day and we all learnt something new. Thanks to Industry Spark and all the staff from First who came in to help us with it. It was a brilliant insight into the working world.

On Tuesday 2nd April we go to the final at TyneMet. We have been doing some preparatory work with Mrs Jackson and feel ready to take on the challenge.

Watch this space after Tuesday for an update.

Finn, Year 7

Easter Sports Camp
9th - 11th & 16th - 18th April 2019

Weekend activities in the Easter break.

Activities are suitable for ages 6 to 15 and will include trampoline and multisports - led by qualified coaches.

For more information and to book your place please follow the link below or visit the Sports centre website

Come along and join the fun - 10am to 3pm each day!



Sean Dixon -

Title Fight Reading Competition
Spring / Summer 2019

Last term, the children in Marden Bridge read an incredible 2221 books as part of their 'Title Fight' inter-house reading competition! This term, the competition has been re-launched and the children are reading lots of books...

As a reminder, the children each have a 'Title Fight' reading log where they will need to log each time they read and have it signed by an apropriate adult. This will be checked on a weekly basis by their English teacher.

Follow our reading suggestions below and get reading!

Reading Suggestions

Mrs Voisey

Year 8 Parents' Events
Year 8 - 29th & 31st January 2019

Year 8 parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st January 2019.

Our online appointment booking system for parents' evenings allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child's teachers. The system is available now and will close for bookings at midday on Monday 28th January.

A guide to using the system and a link to the sign-in page can be found by following the links below...

View the Guide   PES Sign-in page

MBMS Admin

Welcome to Spring Term 2019
From 8th January 2019

First day of the new Spring Term is Tuesday 8th January 2019



Autumn Term 2018/19

Merry Christmas!
December 2018

Merry Christmas!
See you on the 8th January 2019...

From all at Marden Bridge

Parents' Evening System
Year 7 - 17th January 2019

Year 7 parent consultations will take place on Thursday 17th January 2019.

Our online appointment booking system for parents' evenings allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child's teachers. Appointments can be made from Wednesday 2nd January to Wednesday 16th January.

A guide to using the system and a link to the sign-in page can be found by following the links below...

View the Guide   PES Sign-in page

MBMS Admin

Scholastic Book Fair
3rd - 10th December 2018

Our Scholastic School Book fair will be running from Monday 3rd to 10th December 2018 at lunch and break times in the school hall. The fair highlights hundreds of the best books, there is a fun competition to enter and you can help us earn free books for the school!

The Book Fair will be open on the Y6 Parents Evenings on the Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th and any parents attending are welcome to pop along.

Mrs Dixon

KS3 Samba Band
30th November 2018

13 pupils from KS3 recently led the annual St Nicholas Parade on Friday 30th November.

The pupils had worked with Susie Jones from NTMEH to perform a specially composed samba as they led the procession through the streets. Many members of the public commented on how well the group performed.

Well done everyone!

Mr Griffiths

Parents' Evening System
Year 6 - 4th and 6th December 2018

Our online appointment booking system for parents' evenings allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child's teachers.

Year 6 parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December 2018 and appointments can be made from Tuesday 20th November to Monday 3rd December 2018.

A guide to using the system and a link to the sign-in page can be found by following the links below... please book now.

View the Guide   PES Sign-in page

MBMS Admin

Children in Need 2018
Friday 16 November 2018

Friday is Children in Need day and here at Marden Bridge we will once again be supporting this fantastic event.

It's a non-uniform day for all - for a suggested donation of £1 and we will be taking part in various fundraising events icluding a cake sale and a school-wide Tug O' War competition!

Do Your Thing!  Please visit Children in Need

New Sports Centre Website
MBSC October 2018

The brand new website for Marden Bridge Sports Centre is now available to view:

While part of Marden Bridge Middle School during school terms, the Sports Centre is open to the public after school, at weekends and during school holidays.

The new website aims to keep visitors up to date with information, pricing and special events and also make it easy for you to get in touch.

Please visit MBSC


Please join now!

Easyfundraising is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site. It's simple to use and it's free.

Join easyfundraising and you can collect free donations for Marden Bridge every time you buy something online. It won't cost you a penny extra so please help us to raise funds.

To find out more please visit

Mr Newport

Social Media @MBMS
October 2018

We've been using social media here at MBMS for some time now on both Twitter and, more recently with Mrs Cooper's Art page on instagram.

Now you can view them both directly in our website by selecting the 'Social Feeds' link in the menu.

Of course, you can still follow us on Twitter and Instagram, too!

Twitter   Instagram


September 2018

Make Your Mark

Democracy in Action!

Key Stage 3 are this week taking part in the biggest youth consultation in Europe.

Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity for young people aged 11-18 to influence Members of the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons. The ballot decides what the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for 2019.

At Marden Bridge Middle, we look for every opportunity to allow our pupils to have their voice heard, whether it be voting for school council representatives, taking part in student voice activities or national campaigns like this one.

Knowing how valuable their voices are is something we remind pupils of regularly.

@UKYP   #makeyourmark

Mrs Jackson

North Tyneside Young Carers
September 2018

Last week, we invited Steph Durkin back to talk to us about the work that is done at North Tyneside Carers’ Centre

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre is a charity that’s been around since 1994 providing support to young people who care for a family member because that person has an illness, disability, mental health issues and/or substance misuse issues, and therefore can’t manage alone.

Steph and the team are happy to hear from anyone who wants further information.

Read More  Young Carers website

Mrs Jackson

Great North Run 2018
9th September 2018

This weekend saw a number of our students taking part in one of the biggest events in the North East - the Great North Run. The students took part in the junior run on Saturday whilst Mr McGregor took part in the adult event on Sunday and still made it to work on Monday!

Some students chose to take part for fun; others raised money for a variety of charities including St Oswald’s Hospice.

We are so proud of their efforts and loved seeing the medals!

Mrs Jackson


Summer Term 2018

Stride Out to the Lighthouse
1st September 2018

Date for your diary! Saturday 1st September 2018.

The Mayor has nominated the Young Carers Project as the charity that will benefit from The North Tyneside Council 10k stride to the lighthouse. It’s a free family event. Please come along, have a fun day out and show your support to North Tyneside Young Carers.


Mrs Jackson

OSHL Suspended
9 - 20 July 2018

Our OSHL timetable will be suspended for the last two weeks of term due to the number of trips and activities taking place both in and out of school at this time.

There will be no school clubs running from Monday 9th July until the end of term on 20 July.

Mr Newport

Foodbank Donation
5th July 2018

Jackie from The BAY Foodbank came in this morning to collect our donation.

A huge  Thank You!  to all parents, pupils and staff for your generous support.

Mrs Jackson / Mrs Walker

School Diversity Week
2 - 6 July 2018

This week, Marden Bridge are celebrating School Diversity week. There will be assemblies around the theme of diversity and rainbow ribbons will be on sale from Monday.

As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining tens of thousands of pupils and teachers taking part in School Diversity Week 2018 to educate around lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in schools.

Growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 50% self harm and 96% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life-long impact on young people’s attainment and wellbeing. Alongside our anti bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain and educate all our students on the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.

Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a legal obligation to promote understanding about LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice. Ofsted will assess our approach to educating our young people about LGBT+ issues and combating bullying. Involvement with School Diversity Week has been commended by Ofsted as an indication that a school is fulfilling these responsibilities.

School Diversity Week 2018, organised by the charity Just Like Us was launched with the support of the Department for Education and the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, and is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. It is an annual event, with over 250,000 pupils and teachers taking part last year.

Mrs Jackson

Bay Foodbank Appeal
June - 4 July 2018

The Bay Foodbank

Marden Bridge is organising a collection for The Bay Foodbank before the summer holiday.

The 6 week holiday can be a difficult time for lots of people and we are encouraging the children here at Marden Bridge to help if they can. If everyone brought in one item we would have 500+ items to donate.

All donations are very welcome, however small, and the deadline for donations is Wednesday 4th July.


Here is a list of ideal things to donate:

  • Tinned/Packet Potatoes
  • Long Life Milk*
  • Rice Pudding
  • Custard (Tin or Packet)
  • Savoury Snacks (Crisps etc)*
  • Sweet Snacks (Chocolate etc)*
  • Hotdogs
  • Meatballs
  • Biscuits
  • Jam/Spread*
  • Tinned Fish (Tuna etc)
  • Tinned Meat (Spam etc)*
  • Tinned Meat in Gravy/Chilli/Curry/Stew
  • Coffee
  • Pies
  • Tinned Vegetables (Sweetcorn, Peas etc)
  • Tinned Pasta (Spaghetti/Hoops/Macaroni etc)
  • Tinned Fruit (Peaches etc)
  • Tea Bags
  • Soup
  • Baby Food (Tins/Jars/Packet)

*denotes food that they are very low on at the moment.


Thank you for your support.

The Bay Foodbank

Mrs Jackson

Parkrun Takeover!
1st July 2018

Marden Bridge will be taking over the Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun on Sunday 1st July.

Everyone is welcome! Meet at 08:50 am at the Rendezvous Café, Duke's Walk, Northern Promenade, Whitley Bay NE26 1TP

Run, walk, jog or volunteer... come and join the fun!


Mrs Newport

PTA Summer Fayre
23 June 2018

The PTA Summer Fayre will take place at Marden Bridge Middle school on Saturday 23 June 2018.

There will be a host of stalls, fun activities and entertainment - including 'Marden's Got Talent!' - as well as the chance to win Ted! (pictured).

Come along and join the fun from 10am!


Mr Newport

WORD - Issue 1
21 May 2018

The very first issue of our new website, 'WORD' is now available.

WORD is made up entirely of exclusive content from MBMS students. Take a look at Issue 1...


Miss Chapman

Young Carers
Student Report - May 2018

Year 7 students Freya and Eva write about a recent assembly:

This morning, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Walker arranged for Steph from North Tyneside Young Carers’ Centre to come and talk to Key Stage 3 about what young carers are and what they do.

Not many people know what they go through in their everyday life. The organisation is trying to spread the news about young carers. Everyday young carers have to do more than the average child while going unpaid and sometimes receiving little or no help. North Tyneside Young Carers can provide practical and emotional support to young carers around their caring role. They can offer them breaks and an activities service to allow them to experience different opportunities and achieve their dreams.

The presentation was very informative because it showed how much someone can do without others realising. It may be that one of your friends isn’t able to do everything you can do because they are helping out a lot at home. Anyone could find themselves in the role of a young carer.

If you are a young carer and you think you would benefit from some support, or you’re not sure but would like to chat to someone. PLEASE DO. There are lots of adults in school you can talk to including Mrs Jackson and Mrs Walker. You can also ring North Tyneside Young Carers on 0191 6432298 or take a look at their website.

NT Young Carers website

Freya & Eva, Y7

Plastic Free Whitley Bay
Student Report - 2 May 2018

Jared in Year 7 writes to tell us about this morning’s assembly:

This morning, Emma Jo from Plastic Free Whitley Bay came to speak to us about the plastic crisis around the World. Emma is part of “Surfers Against Sewage” and has recently moved to Whitley Bay where she has started up Plastic Free Whitley Bay.

The presentation was really powerful as it showed the impact of single-use plastics on the world, wildlife and focused on the local impact as well. I think my peers and I are now even more aware of the devastating impact our rubbish is having and are going to make a real effort to join the resistance against single-use plastic.

I hope you will join us in supporting this organisation by avoiding unnecessary plastic use, such as plastic straws, and be able to enjoy our amazing beaches into the future!

SAS website    Plastic Free    @sascampaigns

Jared, Y7

Summer Production 2018 - Bugsy Malone
11-12 July 2018

Bugsy Malone logo

Performances of this year's Summer production, Bugsy Malone, will take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th of July at 6pm...

More (Coming soon)

Leavers Hoodies 2018
Summer 2018

As a memento of leaving Marden Bridge this summer, our Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to purchase a special Year 8 hoodie.

The names of all pupils who have attended Marden Bridge in Year 8 will be printed on the back of the Hoodie along with 2018, the year they departed from their Middle School. Order by Tuesday 22 May...

Order Form

Mr Newport

NT Schools Dance Festival 2018
Spring 2018

Our dancers were spectacular in the North Tyneside Schools Dance Festival last term!

The video of their performance is now available in our new video player...

Video Player

Mrs Newport

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

[An archive of older news articles is stored off-line]


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