Mulberry Schools Trust launches innovative new STEM provision in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd

  • Lewis  Toto
  • – Inspirational programme in science, technology, engineering and maths
  • – Providing the foundations for a lasting commitment between the two partners
  • – Virtual launch took place with Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and 150 Mulberry students today

On Thursday 5th November, the Mulberry Schools Trust announced an innovative new partnership with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and the launch of the Mulberry STEM Academy – a Saturday/holiday provision that will provide a place of learning, inspiration and innovation for young people. It will be a powerful supplementary provision for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and, working together with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd, it will offer a world-class programme of vocational training, specialised study and masterclasses for students aged 7-18 within the Mulberry family of schools and beyond.

To celebrate this significant occasion and to coincide with the partnership launch, Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd has arranged for Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff to join students from Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, Mulberry School for Girls and Mulberry UTC in a broadcast from the team’s headquarters in Brackley, Northamptonshire.


The provision will run on Saturdays during term time and school holidays for local young people who have talent, passion and aptitude in STEM, computing, physical science and design. It will offer a comprehensive and integrated curriculum, focusing on the long-term development, strength and needs of each student. Our students are bright, have a passion for STEM fields and will benefit from non-traditional teaching methods, such as industry specific and project-based learning to supplement and enhance the more mainstream teaching they receive in their classrooms and laboratories. Whilst schools within the Mulberry Schools Trust achieve well and currently have progress well above the national average in many areas, we recognise that our students do not routinely enter degree courses and apprenticeships in STEM compared to other science related pathways.

Toto Wolff, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd commented:

“We are very proud today to announce our new partnership with the Mulberry Schools Trust and to continue our journey towards making a positive contribution to the future engineers and scientists of the next generation. This is a deeply important project for us and the result of a great deal of thought into how best we might make a lasting contribution to promoting diversity and inclusion within our industry. I know myself and all our team are passionate about the success of this programme and we look forward to welcoming the first attendees of the Mulberry STEM Academy and exploring how we can best support their learning journey.

Providing practical workplace experience and access to opportunities will be key to breaking down the barriers these students face when aspiring to their future careers and we are proud to be part of a project which will set them on a path to strengthening the STEM capabilities of our industry in years to come. The Mulberry Schools Trust is a hugely impressive organisation that shares our core values and we are honoured to be working with them. If the passion, enthusiasm, respect and excellence that I witnessed today during our virtual event with students from the Mulberry Schools today is anything to go by, this is going to be a very exciting, rewarding and successful venture.”

Lewis Hamilton continued:

“I was honoured to join the virtual event today to launch the new STEM Academy and to see the enthusiasm, intelligence and commitment of the Mulberry students for myself. It’s so important that, as a sport, we do all that we can to ensure we are as inclusive as possible. Increasing young people’s access to STEM and, ultimately, paving the way to careers in our industry is a brilliant way to do this. Creating a sport that is more representative of society is something very personal and important to me, and this partnership shows a real commitment from Mercedes to build a legacy that goes beyond motorsport.

The STEM Academy is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference and I’m proud to work alongside my team, in partnership with the Mulberry Schools Trust, to open doors for these students which might otherwise have been closed, and to give them the opportunity to excel. Providing young people from diverse and often disadvantaged backgrounds with the confidence and resources to implement change in their own lives is one of the strongest tools that we have to build a fairer and more equal future. I’m looking forward to seeing how the students progress and, judging by the questions I received today, I have every faith we will see some of them fulfilling their dreams of working in motorsport in the future!”

Click here to view the full press release.

Global Girl Leading

Mulberry School for Girls is working with the amazing WOW – Women of the World Festival, to put together a virtual celebration for International Day of the Girl on Friday, 9th October. This will be an exciting celebration to which will involve schools from across the country and world – including Singapore, Malaysia and Israel.

Cropped Global Girl Leading



MST Special Report: COVID-19

For the past fortnight, we have had to adjust to new ways of working in the Mulberry Schools Trust.


Read our Special Report providing you with news about three projects we set up, each designed to fulfil a different need in our school system right now in this period of national crisis. It shines a light on what Mulberry staff have been doing to respond – with the help of our trustees and the many ‘Friends of Mulberry’ who have generously supported us over time.


We hope you find the report informative and inspiring.

Click here to read the Special Report


5th Annual Education Lecture

We were delighted to welcome Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, to deliver our 5th Annual Education Lecture to an audience of students, parents and ‘Friends of Mulberry’, including our very good friend Dame Julia Cleverdon. The event took place at the prestigious Royal Society of Arts in John Adam Street, central London.


Two accomplished students demonstrated outstanding wit and professionalism as they welcomed Dame Donna to the proceedings. They were exemplary leaders and were a great role models for our audience of young people.


Full of wisdom and insight throughout the evening, Dame Donna reflected on her approaches to nursing, as well as giving her thoughts on the solutions, the role of young people today and blue-sky thinking about the future.


The night also included the awarding of our Sixth Form scholarships – 30 students from across the Mulberry Schools Trust received a scholarship package worth over £450 and many others received runners-up awards including Netbooks or Daunt book membership. It is just one of the many ways the Trust supports its students, enhances their studies and motivates them to succeed!


Dame Donna gave such a timely address, as no one expected that as the next few weeks unfolded, the COVID-19 pandemic would take hold and change our way of lives for the foreseeable future.


“Whether you’re at the bedside or walking the wards…your leadership journey starts from school…it’s about respect for people!”

Dame Donna Kinnair




Latest newsletters now available!

The latest newsletters published by the Mulberry Schools Trust are now available. Issue #4 of Connect is packed with a round-up of news from all schools in the Mulberry family and our Community newsletter provides an update on our partnership work with families and the local community.

Access both publications below.

Mulberry students are going places……

Post-16 students leaving schools in the Mulberry Schools Trust are moving on to the next stage in their lives having secured strong destinations across the piece.

A feature of this year’s destinations has been the wide variety of universities and apprenticeships that students are taking up in some of the UK’s best institutions including Cambridge and Oxford, Imperial College, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Bristol and York. The subjects they will be studying are also varied and include Accounting, Architecture, Biomedical Science, Computer Science, Dentistry, Drama, Engineering, English, Film and Television, Fine Art, Games Design, Geography, Law, Maths, Medicine, Midwifery, Neuroscience, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physics and Psychology.

Congratulations to the Trust’s ‘Class of 2019’. We are proud of your achievements and wish you all the best in this next phase of your lives.

Read more about our students achievements in our Post-16 Destinations 2019 brochure.