Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice

Voice is a central aspect of the Mulberry Schools Trust ethos. We are committed to ensuring our students’ have the opportunity to express their views and to the development of our students as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Mulberry students have the chance to take their rightful place on the public stage by representing the Trust as speakers at an exciting range of prestigious institutions including Southbank Centre and the National Theatre. These partnerships provide our students with access to amazing opportunities, and in turn these institutions are enriched by our students’ youthful innovation and diversity.

“It is such a joy for me to visit this phenomenal school. For all of the brilliant, bold and beautiful young women here – I can’t wait to see all that you will achieve in the future.”
Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States of America

“The trouble with Mulberry students is that there can only be one Prime Minister at a time.”
Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre

Global Education

Global Education

The Mulberry Schools Trust‘s innovative Global Education programmes celebrates diversity and promotes social justice.

We are proud to be the lead in the UK for the UNA-USA’s worldwide network and our Global Classrooms London Model United Nations is the largest programme of its kind for state-funded schools in the UK.

At our professional conferences, students play the role of ambassadors in simulations of UN committees, developing co-operation, leadership, public speaking skills and confident global citizenship. Our students have a real desire to make a positive difference in the world and by providing opportunities for political engagement, we give them the tools to make it happen!


Out of Hours Learning

Out of Hours Learning

At the Mulberry Schools Trust we believe that opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are vital to students’ success and wellbeing.

We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities which support students in nurturing their confidence, creativity, leadership and love of learning. These include:

  • Arts clubs
  • Fitness clubs
  • Clubs tailored for students with Special Educational Needs
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award

“From taking part in clubs, I have gained independence and teamwork skills and overcome my fears.”
Year 9 Student

Women’s Education Office

Women’s Education Office

The Women’s Education Office encourages students of all genders to think critically about gender inequality and its personal, national and global impacts; to lead a creative and empowered response to gender inequality; and to work together in a partnership of equals as the leaders of tomorrow. Empowering young people to be leaders and advocates is at the heart of our ethos and we support students in establishing their own feminist societies.

Trust students also have the opportunity to lead and attend conferences on gender equality with many run by the trust, which welcome secondary schools from across the UK. Further enrichment opportunities are opened up through long-standing partnerships with organisations leading innovative work in this area, including the WOW Festival, Women of the Future and Magic Me.

The Trust is proud to support Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn campaign, which was launched in the UK at our flagship school in 2015. The Women’s Education Office leads on our pioneering Girl Leading initiative, a residential programme developed in support of Let Girls Learn which offers girls an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

Arts Education

Arts Education

We believe that having the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts helps to build young people who become confident, creative, curious and capable citizens, playing an active and positive role in our society.

The arts has the power to broaden horizons and transform lives. We believe every student has a fundamental right to access these opportunities. Every student within the trust is encouraged to engage with the arts throughout their time at one of our schools and after they leave.

As well as being embedded within school life, we celebrate and elevate the arts by participating in high profile projects such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the English National Opera’s OperaSquad programme and staging a Community Opera.

Mulberry has developed close relationships with a wide number of internationally renowned artists such as David Lan, Fin Kennedy and Phyllida Lloyd and is fortunate to count prestigious arts organisations as its partners, including:

  • National Theatre
  • BFI
  • Southbank Centre 
  • Donmar Warehouse 
  • ENO

Collaborations with artists such as these allows us to ensure that the arts opportunities offered to Mulberry students are both of the highest quality and reflect the realities of the creative industries at large.

To further support the Arts Education provision, the Mulberry Schools Trust owns and manages two fully equipped theatre spaces designed by leading theatre consultants Theatreplan and Charcoalblue. These provide professional performance spaces not only for students but also for the benefit and engagement of the wider community.


Mulberry students have performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 5 occasions over the past decade, becoming the first state school to be awarded a Fringe First award. Most recently, in 2018 we created Cry God for Harry, England and St George, a play inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry V, which was performed both in Edinburgh and the West End.


In 2018/19, all three schools in Mulberry Schools Trust worked with the English National Opera as part of their OperaSquad programme. Mulberry students took part in numerous opportunities to experience opera, learn performance skills, and work with professional musicians over the course of the year.


Rightful Place Theatre Company
Established in 2014, Rightful Place Theatre (RPT) provides a creative space for minority ethnic women in Tower Hamlets. The all-female intergenerational group is led and driven by Mulberry Alumni, staff, parents and adult learners. The company aims to continue providing more opportunities for women in the local community to develop and showcase new work. Mano’s premiered in 2018 and was the company’s third production.

Introducing Mulberry College of Arts and Enrichment

Mulberry College of Arts

Mulberry College of Arts is led by an Associate Headteacher of Mulberry School for Girls and has a small team that includes the Director of Arts, Technical Director, the Director of Community Learning, Extended Learning and Women’s Education Co-ordinator, Director of Global Learning and Mulberry College of Arts Administrator. It provides many extended learning and enrichment opportunities to our students, which include:
  • Global Classrooms Model United Nations programme
  • Competitive sports
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Outdoor education
  • Public speaking and debate
  • The Women’s Education Programme
  • An Arts Education Programme
  • A theatre company and alumni theatre company
  • A dance company
  • A choir, band and orchestra

The team leads the arts and enrichment strategy of the Trust and ensures full involvement in our Trust schools, monitoring impact on students’ achievement and outcomes.