Tower Hamlets Council, the Mulberry Schools Trust and the Department for Education, today announced plans for a pioneering new mixed secondary school in Wapping, the first new secondary school to be commissioned for the borough in almost twenty years.
The Mulberry Academy London Dock, will be a non-selective, state funded, mixed school for 11–18 year olds located in the London Dock development. It will open in September 2022 and join the great family of schools offering excellent education for the children of Tower Hamlets.
The school will be housed in a flagship building that deals with the effects of pollution through pioneering ‘passivhaus’ innovation. Passivhaus is the leading international design standard guaranteeing low energy performance and exceptional internal air quality. The architectural design will create considerable green space with extensive facilities for sports and leisure, which will be open for community use.
It will be situated moments away from Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Katharine Docks and the City.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “I welcome the new London Dock Secondary School. I’m pleased that this new pioneering school delivered by the Mulberry Schools Trust will be setting up its home in the heart of Tower Hamlets. We look forward to working in partnership to ensure the best start in life for its pupils.”
Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO, Mulberry Schools Trust said: “It is a privilege to lead the creation of a new school for Wapping with Tower Hamlets Council. Together with local people, we want Mulberry Academy London Dock to be a beacon school in Wapping – an opportunity it has missed for too long. We will do our best to serve this ambition to deliver a school of which we will all be proud.”
The Department for Education’s and council’s decision to secure the ‘outstanding’ Mulberry Schools Trust to sponsor the new school ensures that young people will receive the high-quality education they deserve. The trust brings a wealth of employer and arts partners and a ‘teaching school’, which trains teachers and school leaders within its family of schools as well as contributing to the national education system.
The vision is to create another outstanding school in Tower Hamlets for local people, helping students progress ontouniversity and high quality degree apprenticeships. Intellectual and personal development is of central importance, as well as a focus on global citizenship and enriched opportunities for extracurricular activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme and Model UN.
Tower Hamlets Council and the Mulberry Schools Trust will work very closely together, leading the design and construction of the building and the delivery of curriculum, leadership and governance. When it opens, the new school will have a local governing body of professionals and community partners.