Connect: Issue #12 out now!

The latest issue of Connect, the Mulberry Schools Trust newsletter, is out now!

On the cover of issue #12 we bring you exciting news about the Mulberry Theatre Company who will be taking their latest production to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Mulberry Arts is a programme of outstanding arts education delivered across the Mulberry Schools Trust. Visit www.mulberryarts.org for more information.

Our Mulberry STEM Academy continues to ignite our students’ passion for all things STEM…read about their thrilling Greenpower F24+ race at Hethel in Norfolk on page 3.

As always, each Mulberry school brings something fresh and different to the table and this issue is no exception! Highlights of their work can be found within pages 4-11.

We hope you find this latest collection of news stories inspiring and engaging, as we do.

Happy reading!

Women of the Future Ambassadors

Students across the Trust were honoured to attend the Women of the Future Ambassadors Reception in collaboration with Aviva and TSB bank. The event was filled with a vast range of ambassadors from a mix of different career backgrounds. Mulberry students had the unique opportunity to network with women in banking, law, finance, music and even government minister Baroness Goldie. They also took part in a CV surgery where they were able to get professional advice on how to improve their CVs to fit the career path they wanted to pursue. Students were blown away by the encouragement from each inspirational speaker and we are extremely grateful to Pinky Lilani for inviting us




Step into Dance

On May 8th 2022, Mulberry School for Girls hosted the annual Tower Hamlets Step Around Town event, organised alongside the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance programme.

Year 10 GCSE Dance students have been completing the programme since September 2021 and the show was an excellent opportunity for them to share their creative work. The school became host to four other local schools who had also participated in the programme; the evening performance was a spectacle of all the students’ dedication and hard work over the past academic year.

Performances ranged from contemporary to hip-hop and afrobeats styles and students were thrilled to be able to mix together again after the last show was cancelled.

Mulberry students said the show was “a really great chance to show off all our work and see what everyone else has done”. We hope to take the performance to the Step LIVE Festival in July 2022 at Cadogen Hall and look forward to continuing to host Step Around Town in the future. 

Connect: Issue #11 out now!

The latest issue of Connect, the Mulberry Schools Trust newsletter, is out now!

Issue #11 features an update on our Inspirational Societies – 69 exceptional and high quality trips, visits and events have taken place since Autumn 2021…with a trip to Athens planned in September 2022!

In February, we held a lavish ceremony for the first cohort of STEM scholars who graduated from the Mulberry STEM Academy. The students heard from representatives from Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd, as well as a very special guest on the day! Follow the link at the end of the article to read more about the day’s event and to watch the video highlights.

The work of the Mulberry Schools Trust extends beyond our schools and you can read more about this on pages 2-3.  

As always, each Mulberry school brings something fresh and different to the table and this issue is no exception! Highlights of the Spring term across all our schools can be found within pages 4-11.

We hope you find this latest collection of news stories inspiring and engaging, as we do.

Happy reading!



Mulberry STEM Academy – Cohort 1 graduate in style!

On Friday 25th February, the first cohort of Mulberry STEM Academy scholars attended a special graduation ceremony to recognise and mark their participation in the STEM programme.

The Mulberry STEM Academy is a Saturday/holiday provision that provides a place of learning, inspiration and innovation for young people. It was set up in Autumn 2020 by the Mulberry Schools Trust in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd – two high performing organisations in their respective fields of education and motorsports.

The graduation ceremony was held at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch where students were joined by parents, Headteachers from across our schools, Trustees and speakers to celebrate the students’ achievements. A special and very popular guest had arrived earlier in the day to take centre stage – the recently launched, spectacular Mercedes W13 car.

The Trust were very pleased to welcome Paul Mills, Chief People Officer who gave a moving speech and Russell Braithwaite, Chief Financial Officer at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd who presented the students with their graduation certificates. Another special visitor also made an appearance on the day which was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Sir Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time F1 World Champion, sent a heartfelt video message congratulating the students on their achievements and he wished them the best for the future.

During the event, all students were presented with a special gift and a graduation certificate. A small group of students also received ‘PRIDE’ awards for best exemplifying Passion, Respect, Innovation, Determination and Excellence during their time on the programme. These important values are shared by both  Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and the Mulberry Schools Trust and the awards were a great way to draw the ceremony to a close.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed some delicious food and took the opportunity to browse some amazing STEM displays showcasing science, computer science and maths at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch.

Everyone had a fantastic afternoon and our proud STEM scholars definitely had a day to remember!

A very big thank you to Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd for partnering with the Mulberry Schools Trust to give our young people such amazing opportunities.

Watch the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd video below providing highlights of the day’s events!


Sixth Form News

A group of six Year 12 Economics students triumphed over five other schools to win a place in the final of the Sheriff’s Challenge, a public speaking competition for London schools. For the past six weeks they have been working on a presentation about the City of London: their task was to establish whether the role of the City should go beyond creating wealth and jobs. They were well supported by a mentor from the City livery company of accountants, but all of the creative energy in the final presentation was their own. While many of the other schools approached the challenge by standing in a line and reading their lines off prompt cards, the Mulberry team scripted their presentation into a play, using their brilliant knowledge of economics to explain how important the City is to the UK economy, while also talking about the starkness of the contrast between the wealth of the City and the poverty in Tower Hamlets. The girls won because of their knowledge, their hard work in rehearsing and their passion as young Muslim women who do not see role models in the City. All four judges agreed that they were rightful winners. They will compete against three other schools in the final, which will be held at the Old Bailey. My view, as their teacher, is that they have a great chance of winning!