The Mulberry family of schools has its base in the area of Tower Hamlets, providing for those communities that are disadvantaged, whilst living adjacent to the wealth and affluence of the City and adjacent to housing amongst the most expensive in the country. In spite of this disadvantage, which is high in relation to London and England – Mulberry’s index sits in the uppermost quintile for socio-economic disadvantage according to Raiseonline – our school is ambitious for its pupils and their families.
Mulberry’s catchment area on the fringe of The City of London
In the past decade, Mulberry School for Girls has completed a complete re-build and refurbishment of its buildings to improve facilities for learning and for families. Academic standards have also improved significantly. Successive inspections have endorsed the quality of our achievements.
2013 an outstanding school - exceptional leadership
2010 an outstanding school - head teacher’s visionary practice
2007 a good school - outstanding leadership
2002 a very good school
“Students’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual development is exceptional. Mulberry girls are highly ambitious, confident and principled. Students are very aware of their rights and responsibilities as young women growing up in twenty-first century Britain.”
Ofsted section 5 report 2013
Mulberry students perform exceptionally well academically in response to the Mulberry curriculum, known as Mulbacc, which is traditional and academic. Mulberry’s average GCSE grade in summer 2015 was B-, a grade shared by only four other schools in the DfE’s list of similar schools in the Performance Tables for 2015. However, the proportion of Mulberry students attracting the pupil premium grant is twice that of the other three highest performing schools. The level of disadvantage experienced by Mulberry students is no barrier to competing with the very best schools in the country. Students achieve significantly above expectation at GCSE and nine out of ten girls go on to university degree courses at some of the top universities in the country.
In 2015, Mulberry School for Girls was ranked in the third percentile of schools nationally for value-added in pupils’ best 8 GCSEs. More than half of all pupils achieved the EBacc award, significantly above the national average and especially high for students entitled to the pupil premium, always seven or eight out of ten girls. The Minister of State for Schools has written again to congratulate Mulberry for being in the top 100 non-selective schools in the country with regard to pupils’ performance in the EBacc curriculum and with regard to the progress of pupils KS2 – 4 in their best 8 GCSEs.
For all these reasons, Mulberry School for Girls was given the status of Teaching School and in 2011, the headteacher was designated a National Leader in Education. Mulberry School for Girls is a member of the Mayor of London’s Gold Club. These awards reflect the national profile of our school and acknowledge the significant amount of school to school support that Mulberry has provided to help build capacity system-wide. In 2015, the First Lady of the United States of America chose the school to launch her campaign ‘Let Girls Learn’. This was recognition of the work that has been done by the school to ensure that disadvantage is no longer a barrier to success.
In recognition of this work, several high profile visits took place at Mulberry.
Michelle Obama 2015, HRH Duchess of Cornwall 2013, Former Prime Minister Nick Clegg 2012 and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan,2009