Citizenship Award

PC Wilkinson joined us today to celebrate our Citizenship Award. It was very difficult to choose our nominees as we were looking for children who have good attendance, excellent behaviour and a great attitude at all times.

The nominees from Foundation Stage and Key Stage One were: Ruby, Lilly and Lainee.
The nominees from Key Stage Two were: Gabriel, Alex, Alanya and Tom M.

Our lucky winners for our Citizenship Award 2017 were Lilly and Gabriel!

Well done everyone!

How to contact the Governors

Parent Governors are the first port of call for those involved in the school community.  They have been elected by the parents of the school and they will serve on the Governing Board for 4 years.  They can be a good source of information about the school and may be able to offer support and advice if you have particular queries. They are happy for you to approach them directly if you see them in school at the start or end of the day.  Your Parent Governor is:

Mrs Heidi Ralston


The Chair of Governors, Mrs Teresa Lawton can be contacted via the school office.

Please remember it is not the role of parent governors to deal with complaints. These should be discussed with the relevant member of school staff, for example the class teacher, the Headteacher or Deputy Head teacher. The Governing Board is always keen to find out the views of parents and other members of the school community on how the school should be developing in the future.

General Information

General Information

Marsden Primary School, situated in Whitburn, Tyne and Wear.  The school is located in a wonderful location, with a coastal view and a short distance from Whitburn Village and South Shields.

The school has a Nursery class for 52 children on a part-time basis.  The school is organised on a one-form entry basis, with a maximum of 30 children in each class group.  The classes are all mixed ability and have a balance of autumn, spring and summer births within each cohort.

The home is where education begins and we aim to build on this by enriching the children’s experience of living in an atmosphere of happiness, understanding and security.  Children who are 4 years old before 31st August will begin school in the following autumn term.  Those children in our nursery who are starting Marsden Primary School spend a few sessions in their Reception class during the latter part of the summer term.  They also play and work alongside the Reception children in the environment throughout their time at Nursery, becoming familiar with the Reception staff.

An Open event is held in the summer term for the parents of those children starting school in the following September.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet all staff involved with children in our school.  It is vital that parents or a representative attend this session as this seals your child’s journey into our school family.  At this meeting we make time to chat with parents so that we can get a clear picture of each child’s personal needs and discuss health or dietary issues.


Remembrance Day

On Monday 13th of November we celebrated Remembrance Day. Our Year 6 held a special Remembrance Day Assembly to remember those who sacrificed our lives for us.

At lunchtime our fantastic kitchen staff made us a traditional English dinner. Yum!

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A little bit about the job.

What is a governor?

A governor is first and foremost a volunteer. Governors have to be able and willing to devote their time, skills and experience to making sure the school provides an effective, challenging and safe learning environment, high quality teaching and safe school buildings for all our children. This involves ensuring that the school makes effective use of the resources provided by government.

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have a strategic role in setting the direction, monitoring the progress and use of resources and analysing data and outcomes.

Training is available to help governors to understand their role and the national legal, social and educational frameworks within which a school operates.


There is much information provided on the Internet by both the council and the government about the role of governors.

South Tyneside Council provides the following:

Governor Expectations

Governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a high standard of educational achievement.

They act in a strategic manner to help direct the development of the school through the effective management of its resources.

Roles and actions

The governing body is likely to:

  • Develop and review a range of written policies and procedures
  • Set the staffing structure and make decisions on staffing issues
  • Set the school’s budget and monitor expenditure
  • Make sure the national curriculum is implemented
  • Maintain and improve school buildings
  • Contribute to and review the school development (improvement) plan
  • Use a combination of reports, visits, results and other activities and information in monitoring the progress of the school
  • Delegate responsibilities to committees and/or individual governors

Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school’s aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.


Being a governor is a very rewarding voluntary activity. It can be time consuming and in order to be an effective governor it requires objectivity and an open mind to personal learning in order to keep up to date with activities in school and the national agenda.

Citizenship Award

At Marsden Primary School we are very lucky to have lots of good citizens. To celebrate our Citizenship Award, each class nominated one pupil and PC Wilkinson came into school to present our lucky winners with a special prize.

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the nominees were:
Aimee Rose, Dylan, Dakota, Sadie and Daniel.

Our lucky winner was Dylan!

In Key Stage Two the nominees were:
Rosie, Oscar, Evan, Alania and Phoebe.

Our lucky winner was Rosie!

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House Captains for 2017

Our first job this year was the VERY important decision of who would lead our four houses to victory this year.

The Year 6 children all stepped up to the task and wrote some amazing speeches to convince the rest of KS2 to vote for them.

So, we are very proud to announce that are new Captains and Vice Captains are:


Mamma Mia!

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As part of our Mamma Mia topic, Year Four sampled some Italian delicacies – risotto, prosciutto, focaccia, pepperoni and tortellini.  Every child tasted something and the responses  were overwhelmingly positive! Over the next few week, we will be designing our own Italian dishes and, at the end of the unit, we hope to invite parents in to taste our dishes!