Mulberry became a designated Specialist Arts College in September 2006, recognising the schools excellence in the Performing Arts and our commitment to developing the confidence and the capacity for personal expression of all our pupils.
By promoting creativity across our curriculum we help students engage fully in their learning and develop their skills in all aspects of communication: oral, written and technological. Through a variety of initiatives pupils are also encouraged to extend their ability to apply critical thinking skills, equipping them for the challenges of a fast changing world.
We have outstanding facilities including fully resourced Music rooms, a Music technology suite, Drama and performing spaces with full blackout, light and sound facilities, specialist Art facilities and a professional standard Dance studio. In addition we have fully equipped Media and Film facilities and a fully resourced suite of English rooms.
All pupils in year 10 are able to choose from a wide range of Arts options at GCSE level and are also able to specialise in arts subjects at post 16 levels. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own interests in chosen arts fields including the technical and business side of media, the arts and publishing.
The Mulberry & Bigland Green Centre, adjacent to the school, also houses a 150 seat theatre space which is in development as a professional small scale commercial venue. In addition to enabling in- house performances of professional quality and providing access to the work of touring companies, it also provides the opportunity for students to apprentice in areas of the arts industry such as technical theatre and event management.
Mulberry offers a wide variety of activities as part of our extensive out of school hours provision which includes clubs for drama, art, media, debate, journalism and public speaking. This also includes Saturday school and holiday activities.
Mulberry aims to signpost pathways and entry into arts careers via the production strands of Mulberry Theatre Company, Mulberry Films, Radio Mulberry and Mulberry Dance Company. These initiatives provide opportunities for students to gain skills, connection and experience at industry level through working to professional remits alongside a range of artists – in – residence and arts organisations. Current and recent partnerships include; Barbican, BBC, Bird’s Eye View Film Festival British Film Institute, Donmar Warehouse, Fiona Lloyd- Davies and Studio 9 Films, National Theatre, Postcode Films, Royal Court, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Southbank Centre. The School Specialism department also enjoys a flourishing partnership with Goldsmiths University and students from their Ambassadors programme regularly support in arts lessons, sharing expertise and signposting pathways into arts courses at university.
Our specialist arts status reflects our belief in using arts to increase confidence and self esteem in all pupils and to raise achievement in all areas of school life. We have no doubt that young people with access to an excellent arts education will be better equipped to extend their creative thinking, enabling them to face and lead in the challenges of a fast changing world.
Mulberry is privileged to be able to work with some of the best artists and arts organisations in the creative sector. We welcome approaches from individuals and organisations who would like to explore ways in which we may be able to collaborate or would like to view our facilities.