The Mulberry STEM Academy is a Saturday/holiday provision that provides a place of learning, inspiration and innovation for young people. It was set up in Autumn 2020 by the Mulberry Schools Trust (MST) in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd – two high performing organisations in their respective fields of education and motorsports.
The powerful supplementary provision provides a specialised track for children and young people aged 7 to 18 who have talent, passion and aptitude in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education.
THE MULBERRY STEM ACADEMY IS A PLACE WHERE:
The UK’s future inventors, designers, analysts, technicians and entrepreneurs can further develop their talent, passion and aptitude for STEM and stretch their academic and technical capabilities
Specialised study includes a wide range of experiences of the world of work and technical practice, including mentoring, networking, access to experts’ workshops, webinars and work experience
In June 2020, Mercedes-Benz announced it will use its championship-winning Formula One team to make a global statement of its commitment to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.
During the 2020 season, the iconic ‘Silver Arrows’ will race in an all-black base livery to demonstrate commitment to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion throughout the world.
The team are committed to building a credible programme that will offer greater opportunities for people from minority ethnic backgrounds to work in the motorsport industry, and to accompanying talent from education through to the opportunity to pursue careers in the sport.
The Mulberry STEM Academy will give students access to inspirational role models, imaginative teaching and rich extra-curricular experiences over a five-year period. Built on core values of high performance, team spirit and the continual desire for new challenges, the partnership between the Mulberry Schools Trust and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix will provide the foundations on which a lasting commitment can be built. Whether it be through technical prowess on the race track or through innovative teaching and pastoral practices in the classroom, the partners are unafraid to step where the challenge is high, and will work together to change the picture, transform lives and develop a pipeline of talent from the Trust’s East London catchment area.
“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start in building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to start a dialogue about how they can implement change.”
“Furthering the unique legacy of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport is not just about silverware, we are proud to be leading the way in many areas within the industry. We want to be at the forefront of change and use our global motorsport platform to be a case study for a more sustainable and diverse future.”
The Mulberry Schools Trust is a flourishing collaboration of schools and partners with a focus on delivering high quality provision for local families in Tower Hamlets and East London. It has provided outstanding education in East London for over 50 years. The Trust currently comprises our founding school Mulberry School for Girls, Mulberry UTC, Mulberry Academy Shoreditch and Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College. In September 2022, the Trust welcomed its first primary school – Mulberry Wood Wharf Primary. It is currently working with the Local Authority and the Department for Education to build a new school in Wapping – Mulberry Academy London Dock. The Trust believes in the power of local partnerships with families, other schools and the communities that it serves.
Attainment and progress of schools within the Mulberry Schools Trust is significantly above the national average at GCSE and A Level.
The Trust takes great pride in its extensive network of partners, covering all key areas: education, business, community and culture including the University of Cambridge, British Film Institute, Bank of America, the National Theatre, the London Stock Exchange Group, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barts Health NHS Trust, the Donmar Warehouse, the English National Opera, Model United Nations, the Women of the World Festival and many others. Each of its partnerships contribute to and enrich the curriculum offer for students and form an integral part of the Trust’s unique and inspiring learning environment. These strong collaborative partnerships provide students with exceptional opportunities which support and enhance their learning including practical activities, trips, motivational speakers, school visits and mentoring.
Jane Farrell, Chair of the Mulberry Schools Trust
“We are delighted that Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd is partnering with us on this exciting new venture. This partnership will provide access to world class innovation and performance that match the ambitions of our students and the communities that they live in. It’s our job to ensure that we create opportunities that encourage the development of the skills and confidence that will lead to fantastic employment opportunities in specialised industries that too often miss out on the talents of our truly diverse and brilliant students. I would like to thank Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix for seeing their potential and creating a true partnership of learning and opportunity.”
Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust and Headteacher of Mulberry School for Girls
“The first-class learning experiences our students will receive through this deeply thoughtful partnership between Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and the Trust will deliver a pipeline of talent into science and engineering industries over the next few years. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our work and we do all we can to provide young people in our schools with the opportunities they deserve at university and in industry. We must move the dial much quicker than we have in the UK to meet our students’ aspirations and fulfil their potential. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix recognises this and I am glad to work with such like-minded partners as Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and all their colleagues in our efforts to really shift structural inequality for good, starting early in young people’s lives through education and workplace experience.”
Imagination, innovation and invention combined with aspiration, agility and ambition are the characteristics developed within our learners, so they leave us determined to make their mark in the industry and bring wider benefits to society – economically and socially.
The Mulberry STEM Academy will run on Saturdays during term time and school holidays. It will offer a comprehensive and integrated curriculum, focusing on the long-term development, strength and needs of each student.
For more information about the Mulberry STEM Academy download our prospectus here.