Mulberry School for Girls has been a pioneer in women’s education for fifty years. We aim to raise young women’s aspirations, build their confidence and encourage them to make their voices heard. The school provides students with opportunities to engage with and learn from older generations of successful women, and supports them in leading a creative and empowering response to gender issues.
Other Women's Education Projects:
Doctor Who Project
Mulberry School for Girls has been working in partnership with Jools Voce, Theatre Maker and Actor, to address the question: could Doctor Who be female? The TARDIS first appeared outside the school in July 2014, when students considered Doctor Who’s role as a traveller, healer, diplomat, scientist and warrior and asked whether a woman can fulfil these roles. The project has called for more positive female role models to encourage young women to follow their passions in strong female roles in the arts, to create possibilities for themselves in STEM, and to pursue powerful leadership positions. We also took the TARDIS, which was converted into a video-diary room, to the WOW Festival and interviewed festival-goers, asking them if they could travel back in time to meet a woman from history who she would be.
Since opening in September 2014, First Mulberry Guides has built a Unit that is fun, supportive and eager to learn. We have learned about cultural diversity, environmentalism and, most recently, we have been learning about nature and the outdoors through growing vegetables in our school’s community garden. We are currently fundraising for our first residential camp.
Leadership Of Place
The Leadership of Place research project, which we undertook in partnership with the Institute of Education, asked what makes us feel like we belong at school. Building confidence and leadership skills amongst young women is a central part of our school’s ethos, and we wished to create an opportunity for students to evaluate the confidence-building strategies we already have in place, and to suggest new strategies. We also aimed to build the confidence and leadership skills of our research team by developing their research and presentation skills, their ability to organise and lead their peers, and their ability to work collaboratively.