At the heart of Mulberry School for Girls’ ethos is the belief that every young person deserves the opportunity to develop as a fully rounded individual, with the skill and qualities they need to lead fulfilled lives.

Through access to extra-curricular activities, students are able to develop confidence, creativity, leadership skills and a life-long love of learning which benefits both their academic achievement and provides them with valuable life experience. By providing access to the best possible opportunities, Mulberry has consistently proven that socio-economic disadvantage need not prevent students from achieving academic success and flourishing as individuals.

We are proud to offer one of the most extensive Extended Learning programmes in the country. Our outstanding enrichment programme is comprised of four strands: Global Education, Out of Hours Learning, Pupil Voice and Women’s Education.

Mulberry’s pioneering work in the arts provides a platform for young British, Muslim women to have their voices heard. The school’s arts education programme is well-known in London and we count the National Theatre, the British Film Institute, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court Theatre and Southbank Centre amongst our valued partners.

For more information visit the following pages and read our case studies below to learn more about the Provision for Extended Learning at our school.

For further information about our Provision for Extended Learning, please contact:

Mr Ollie Creed
Enriched Learning Coordinator
Email: ocreed@mulberryschoolstrust.org

Case Studies – Provision for Extended Learning 

Confidence, Creativity and Leadership and learning for Young Women

Introduction

At Mulberry we believe that opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are vital to students’ attainment, confidence and success. We are proud to offer one of the most extensive Out of Hours Learning programmes in the country and offer over fifty extra-curricular activities each week, ranging from the arts to athletics.

In addition to teaching students new skills, such as first aid, debate and creative techniques, participation in Out of Hours Learning programmes enriches students’ wellbeing and supports them in pursuing their personal aspirations. Through Out of Hours Learning, students are able to learn new skills they can carry with them throughout their lives. These skills and qualifications can strengthen their CVs, making them more valuable to further education providers and employers. Through our activities students also learn vital leadership skills such as confident communication, team-work, commitment and responsibility.

Out of Hours Learning programmes increase student attainment; we offer a wide range of revision and intervention classes to ensure that all students have every opportunity for academic success. But even non-academic programmes help students to develop qualities that contribute to academic achievement, such as self-discipline, confidence, creative thinking and positive attitude to learning.

Ethos/Core Provision

  • Development of confidence for life, student leadership capacities.
  • Support delivery of the national curriculum requirements for Citizenship.
  • Provide opportunity for students to take part in new learning experiences that would not
    otherwise be available to them.
  • Increase student attainment through:
    • Targeted revision and intervention, activities;
    • Development of transferable skills and attitudes such as independence and self
      discipline.
  • Raise student aspiration, self confidence and skills in relation to higher education and career
    choices.
  • Engage students in activities which promote cohesion at the school, community, national
    and global level.
  • To promote the development of leadership by young women.

Student outcomes

The programme has been hugely successful in engaging students and teachers in global issues and developing skills in leadership, debate, public speaking, research, negotiation, diplomacy and conflict resolution. Student leadership is at the heart of the programme; the committees are student led and delegates can take on increasing responsibility, eventually rising to the role of Secretary General.

Universities are impressed with our students’ leadership and participation in this programme and many former students are now involved in Model UN societies at LSE, SOAS, Queen Mary and York. These students return to support our programme which provides excellent role modelling in terms of progression and aspiration.

Model UN is the vehicle not only to teach students about becoming global citizens, but also acts as powerful tool for community cohesion for London’s young citizens. In Mulberry’s 2010 Ofsted report, the Model UN programme was highlighted as Outstanding.