Students alive with excitement at Day of the Dead celebrations

On Tuesday 1st November, students from Mulberry School for Girls visited the Mexican Embassy to meet Her Excellency Josefá Gonzalez Blanco, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, to learn about Mexico’s most iconic celebration, el Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead.

Our students participated in arts and crafts activities, face painting and had the chance to try some traditional Mexican food during the visit. The students also had the chance to see the Mexican Embassy’s Día de los Muertos altar and visit Mexican artist Paula Rodriguez’ solo art exhibition ‘Spaces Within’. As part of our ongoing work with Her Excellency, students created their own Día de los Muertos altar in Mulberry School for Girls. A video of the altar’s creation, which is narrated by a Year 11 Mulberry School for Girls student has been entered into a competition run by the Mexican Embassy and Southampton University.

BHM celebrations packed with a rich programme of creative activities

During Black History Month, our students celebrated the richness and variety of Black heritage through a packed programme of creative activities.

Year 7 and 8 students explored African visual cultures and the Somali poetic tradition in special sessions with creatives from Numbi Arts. Students engaged in a poetry, print or creative writing workshop and produced absolutely beautiful work. Our historic mulberry tree was clearly an inspiration! Year 7 and 8 hugely enjoyed their workshops with the Mary Seacole Trust, exploring how Mary overcame racism and injustice to become an entrepreneur and medic “whose achievements laid the groundwork for all of us to be leaders in the future”. The fascinating sessions were led by the inspirational Trevor Sterling, Chair of the Mary Seacole Trust, award-winning lawyer and a staunch advocate for racial and social equality.

Throughout October, we showcased a series of acclaimed films in honour of BHM. One highlight was the screening of Black Panther in the Mulberry & Bigland Green Centre on the big screen. Another was the screening of A Wrinkle in Time. Students loved Ava DuVernay’s film re-imagining of the novel, which includes a multi-ethnic cast.

We were thrilled to welcome back our great friend David Neita, barrister, poet and playwright, for a special performance of ‘Uplift’ for all Year 9 students. David’s absorbing play illuminates the significant contributions of the Windrush Generation to Britain and the scandal around their wrongful treatment. Students especially loved the special discussion event afterwards with David and student leaders Emma, Olivia, Khadija, Sumayyah and Rinnad. Each shared their reflections in a wide-ranging and powerful discussion which explored racism and resistance, colourism and the impact of racist beauty norms.

Families bowled over following trip to Lord’s Cricket Ground

The school’s Parent and Community Team arranged a family trip to Lord’s Cricket Ground to watch a women’s England vs India match. A total of 25 children and their parents attended the trip with most experiencing live cricket for the very first time.

It was a unique experience for our families and it was lovely to see them interact with each other and teach one another the rules of the game. The arena was lively and our families engaged with face painting, Henna painting and interactive games before the match. There was a buzz in the crowd and the vibe was electric.

“My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the women’s cricket over the weekend. It was our first time at Lord’s and first watching a proper cricket match – we really enjoyed the experience. Who knew it would be so exciting and nail biting?”


Going Places… Sixth Form Destinations 2021

We are delighted to see so many students from across the Mulberry Schools Trust family head off to some of the best destinations the UK has to offer, in a full range of interesting and fulfilling fields.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College joined the Mulberry Schools Trust and we are thrilled to see the impressive achievements of their students included within the publication.

Going Places 2021 will enable you to discover more about our talented students, 

giving you an insight into where they chose to go and what they chose to study in the next phase of their educational journey. A full list of destinations and courses can be found at the beginning and end of the publication. Some of this year’s highlights include: computer science, business, economics, healthcare and medicine, engineering and the creative industries.

Congratulations to the Mulberry Schools Trust ‘Class of 2021’. We are proud of all they have accomplished and wish this year’s cohort all the best as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Create your Future

On Tuesday 5th October,  10 of our Year 13 students attended an exciting event hosted by UCAS at the Excel Centre London called Create your Future. Our students visited over 50 universities stalls to find out about creative courses and career prospects.

Students took advantage of networking and engaging with the exhibitors, speaking to them about opportunities and a range of career pathways.

Some students commented after the event: 

“The event was very useful, and I learnt a lot I didn’t know before!”

“The trip to the UCAS creative industries exhibition was useful as it helped me gain extensive knowledge on creative subjects in various different universities and widened my interest in the creative industries”. I am looking forward to organising more trips I the future.”


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.