Pupil Voice and Leadership

We pride ourselves on our provision for pupil voice. Many of our programmes target confidence and leadership, to ensure that in later life our students are prepared, resilient and adaptable. Below, you can read about some of our voice and leadership opportunities given to students.

Mulberry Youth Conference

Our award-winning annual conference brings Sixth Form students together from a range of backgrounds to explore issues of common concern, including equality, social justice and cultural identity, showing that young people have the power to make a difference in their communities and on the world stage. It was launched in 2002 by a group of students concerned about growing divisions around the world following the September 11th attacks. The conference has since gained a reputation for its challenging discussion and powerful speakers.

On February 24th we were pleased to be hosting our 20th Youth Conference. The conference was entirely planned by a dedicated team of Year 12 students who met regularly, to plan and organise the event. The meetings enabled students to develop their knowledge and ideas and to pinpoint the most pressing intersectional inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic. This work has shaped this year’s theme of ‘Reimaging Equalities in a Post-Pandemic World’. Our speakers included: Mandu Reid: Leader of the Women’s Equality Party; Justin Audibert: new artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre; David Neita: the People’s Poet and more. The conference brought together more than 240 Sixth Form students to explore issues of common concern, showing that young people have the power to make a difference in their communities and on the world stage.

This year on February 24th we will welcome speakers and schools who will come together from across the UK to consider the means of becoming active in their communities. Students are given the opportunity to take the floor to share their points of view on the topics raised and also have the chance to engage with one another in student-led discussion groups and workshops provided by inspirational activists and artists. Our world vitally needs their youthful leadership, creativity, and compassion

Read more information on our dedicated website below.

School Council

Our school council is the main body of Pupil Voice. They carry out reports and surveys and feed back to senior staff on particular topics. In 2023, the school council is focusing on the following:

  • How environmentally friendly is our school and how can we improve?
  • How can we be more inclusive and ensure our diverse groups of school peers feel celebrated?
  • What is the best way to discuss mental health and improve it?
  • How can we ensure that our voices are heard?

Prefect Leadership

The Junior (Year 10) and Senior (Sixth Form) prefect teams are the key leadership roles that students play. Their roles are vital to the welcoming of guests (hospitality duties); representing the school at events (ambassadorial duties) and contributing to the way that they school is ran (voice duties).

They play a key role in the leadership journey of students at Mulberry.

For any queries about student voice and leadership, or if you would like to work with us to create more opportunities for students to have their voices heard, please contact Ayesha Begum below.

Ayesha Begum
Women’s Education Officer
Email: abegum3@mulberryschoolstrust.org