The Mulberry Schools Trust aims to ensure outstanding achievement for all. We will support the very highest ambitions of the young people who attend any school belonging to the Mulberry Schools Trust because we believe this enables them to lead successful, happy and fulfilled lives, making a contribution to their own community and to wider British society. Mulberry students will be proud of their identity, which includes fundamental British values as well as a rich and diverse cultural and religious heritage from England, Bangladesh, Somalia, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Morocco, Egypt, Europe and Russia.
Every student will be given an education that has three key aims:
- To engender high levels of academic and technical ambition with knowledge of how to learn and how to communicate one’s learning with strong understanding, through high quality, confident writing and speaking. Pupils will learn the intellectual skills and technical language for the subjects they study so that they can perform at the highest level. Pupils will be taught how to be independent learners and how to work together to support each other in successful learning;
- To provide rich personal development (character education) that includes a strong moral, spiritual and social foundation, to foster a highly developed imagination and creativity. Pupils will be taught to think critically and analytically, to be enquiring, thoughtful and questioning and to be open-minded with a strong understanding of the world around them. Pupils will be supported to develop confidence, resilience and security in their abilities and identity and to extend their talents. Pupils will be helped to develop their ‘voice’ and will be provided with a variety of platforms from which they can develop their skills in public speaking and ensure they are confident in making their voices heard in constructive, powerful ways;
- To enable the development of pupils’ high aspirations and self-determination through opportunities for leadership, engagement with higher education and the professional workplace and experience of different cultures. Pupils will become global ambassadors – for the school, their community and for British society – able to encounter challenge, to negotiate solutions and to make peace and prosperity a realistic prospect for all those with whom they live and work. Pupils will actively work for positive social change.
The Trust carefully constructs its education, weaving together these three components in different ways to suit each school and its community. So much of an outstanding school experience is dependant on leaders’ understanding of context and how best to adapt their education toolbox to individual children and young people, their families and their communities. Schools are intricately connected to the places in which they are situated; dynamics within the local community affect what comes into schools on a daily basis – equally, good schools are a source of sustained, regenerative place-based change. Therefore, an understanding of community sits at the heart of all that we do, informing the way that each school works.