Visit from Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

We were delighted to welcome Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, who has represented Streatham in South London in parliament since 2019, to Mulberry School for Girls. She talked about her experience in politics, her journey into parliament, and how it has been as an MP during the pandemic. She inspired Year 10 students to take a leading role and contributed to Black History Month by encouraging us to think about intersectionality in our activism

Life-changing work experience at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix HQ

On Tuesday 10th August, Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd released a video on social media capturing the life-changing work experience opportunity attended by our amazing #MulberrySTEM Academy students in July.

The Year 12 students from Mulberry School for Girls and Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, completed a week long residential placement at the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd in Brackley.

The students were selected following a rigorous interview process and all had an interest in studying engineering at university. During the week they were immersed in working life, from 9.00am-5.00pm, in full team uniform. They worked across five different departments including aerodynamics, test and develop, as well as design.

They also had the opportunity to professionally network with employees and senior staff.

This was a phenomenal and once in a lifetime opportunity and we are very grateful to MGP for making this happen.

All the students had such an incredible time and we are so grateful for the beautiful memory.

Mulberry students enjoy Q&A with Sir Lewis Hamilton

Students from Mulberry School for Girls and Mulberry Academy Shoreditch welcomed the opportunity to ask the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, Sir Lewis Hamilton, a question during a virtual Q&A session. 

The YouTube video was released across social media platforms by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team during the same week Sir Lewis conducted a round of interviews to promote diversity in motorsport and to share the findings of a report by the Hamilton Commission, an organisation he set up to improve the representation of Black people in UK motorsport. In one interview, Sir Lewis said that helping motorsport become more diverse will be “the most valuable” thing he has achieved in his career.

“I look back at my young self and wish it was different and I want to be a part of that change. If I can change that, it would be the most valuable thing for me.”

Sir Lewis Hamilton

In November 2020, the Mulberry Schools Trust and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd launched the Mulberry STEM Academy – a powerful and innovative supplementary provision for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education that provides a place of learning, inspiration and innovation for young people.

Mulberry School for Girls attend Inspirational Societies programme launch

On Monday 28th June, Mulberry Academy Shoreditch launched its Inspirational Societies programme on behalf of the Mulberry Schools Trust.

The inaugural roll out included the following Societies and subject areas: History, Science, Economics, English, the Arts, Social Sciences and International Politics. Each Society will offer students in Year 8 and Year 9 access to an exciting suite of outstanding and aspirational programmes. They will bring instant benefits to students’ personal development, employment prospects as well as boosting their social lives.

The launch, hosted by Executive Principal, Mrs Ruth Holden, was a wonderful occasion for students from Mulberry Academy Shoreditch and Mulberry School for Girls. They were all presented with a personal Societies badge, which they wore proudly on their blazers.

Built on high quality opportunities, students will experience and engage with Russell Group universities, whilst being fully immersed in a range of subjects and enrichment activities that will enhance their learning. Students from the schools in the Mulberry family will gain an interest in different aspects of the curriculum and develop a taste of university life. The aim is for all of the Societies to have an international trip over the next 18 months. The students will also participate in high profile visits, as well as embark on exciting trips across the country. 

Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust was the guest speaker on the day and other invited guests included representatives from Queen Mary University of London, Kings College London, SOAS and Mulberry Academy Shoreditch’s Chair of Governors, David Gracie.

“I am thrilled to launch our exciting Inspirational Societies programme on behalf of the Trust. Everyone involved is excited by the positive impact it will have on students’ lives across the Mulberry family, particularly my team at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, who have worked so hard to ensure we deliver an outstanding and engaging offer for all.”

Mrs Ruth Holden, Executive Principal

We look forward to the new academic year and the full roll out of the Inspirational Societies programmes across the Mulberry Schools Trust

Taking Action: Anti-Racism

The work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion continues to be at the heart of the culture of Mulberry School for Girls. 

During the summer term we focused on the lived experience of Black British people. Student voice formed a central part of our discussions during a series of student and staff conferences aimed at creating a whole community dialogue. 

We were privileged to host David Neita, the lawyer and human rights campaigner, who chaired our five conferences. 

A range of student and staff groups will continue to will work alongside each other to create robust action plans that advance equality for all. 

Mulberry celebrates Somali Heritage Week

Tower Hamlets is home to a vibrant Somali community. Somalia and Somaliland have a rich heritage of musical, literary, dramatic, performance, dance and visual arts. 

During the 14th – 18th of June, more than 700 students celebrated the diversity of this rich culture. They attended 20 additional enrichment opportunities, including lectures by academics, food tasting, historical archiving, poetry, film, and creative activities led by Numbi Arts and the new Somali Museum UK. 

Mulberry alumni Layla Ishmail chaired four lectures featuring Dr Peter Chonka (Kings College London); Professor Kaltun Fadal and Professor Kavita Datta (Queen Mary University of London); Professor Anya Ahmed (Manchester Metropolitan University), Mary Harper, (BBC journalist and author) and a panel of 6 outstanding and successful Somali women. They all spoke on a range of fascinating and powerful themes.