School’s turnaround impresses inspectors

Marden High students celebrate their outstanding OFSTED judgement.
Marden High students celebrate their outstanding OFSTED judgement.

Staff and pupils are celebrating a remarkable turnaround at a North Shields school.

Two years ago Marden High School was judged ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted inspectors.

But in the latest inspection – which took place before Christmas – the school has been rated as ‘good with outstanding features’, with the leadership and behaviour being awarded the best possible ratings.

In their report, inspectors said: “Good and often outstanding teaching ensures that students from all starting points make rapid progress and achieve well.

“The most able students achieve highly, with attainment at A* to A grade significantly above the national average.”

Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “If you read the report you can tell that the inspectors were amazed by the surge in standards at Marden.

“They also said that the school is well placed to improve even further which is a fantastic judgement to receive.

“It’s been a true team effort but I must give special mention to our brilliant students who received the highest possible accolades.”

The full report is available at

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Well done to everyone at Marden High School, I’m extremely proud.

“This Ofsted success is absolutely superb and I’m sending my heartfelt congratulations to Mr Morris and his staff, the governors and of course the pupils and parents who have all worked incredibly hard to achieve such an excellent report.

“I know everyone at the school is committed to continued improvement.”