Our School

At Mulberry Park Educate Together Primary we like to work collaboratively with families and the community around us to ensure our children have the best experience possible.

Why we are special

Educate Together schools are different to many other primary schools.  Here are just some of the ways we stand out…..


At Educate Together schools, we do not have a school uniform.  The children are free to wear whatever they wish.  All we ask is that the children do not come to school in their best clothes or fancy dress, as they may get ruined.  We have a wide range of activities on offer, some of which may be messy! We are also an all-weather school, meaning we go outside every day, even in heavy rain.  It is therefore important that children are dressed appropriately.

Being able to wear their own clothes means that children are able to express their individuality;  what you are wearing doesn’t make you a better learner. The children are taught about respecting and celebrating each other’s individuality and so we have never had any incidents of bullying linked to clothing.  Equally, wearing a uniform doesn’t mean that you behave better or show more respect.  We have also found that this has a positive impact on the relationships between staff and pupils because staff are not having discussions with the children about breaches of a uniform code.

First Names

All the adults at an Educate Together school are called by their first names by the pupils, staff, parents and visitors.  This again is linked to recognising a person’s individuality and eliminates any perceived hierarchy around the use of titles.  We have found that it removes some barriers for adults by being able to talk to staff as equals.  It also supports our youngest pupils with transition, as adults are referred to by their first names in many Early Years settings.

For further information about our school please visit the links below.

Educate Together Academy Trust (ETAT) is an equality-based Trust where we live by the mottos ‘no child an outsider’ and ‘learn together to live together’. Our schools celebrate diversity, individuality and respects each child’s identity and that of their family equally. We are an Academy Trust of Rights Respecting Schools, and this education is embedded in all interactions and explicitly taught. This supports and underpins our unique ethical Learn Together curriculum that is taught throughout the school.

At ETAT we have always fought racism and promoted equality, equity, and inclusivity through education, both within our schools and the communities they serve. We are very proud of our richly diverse school community and as a Trust, we do not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination.

The Trust continues to educate itself to ensure that future generations understand, appreciate, and celebrate our diversity, differences, achievements, and histories.

Mulberry Park Educate Together strives to promote equality and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We feel it is important to make links available that address and reflect the ongoing events across the world and to support you in discussions you may be having with your children.

Below are resources that are aimed at supporting parents to hold conversations with your children and answer some of the difficult questions. It is important to stress that the resources shared below are not intended to be a home learning activity for your child to do alone. In school, we will discuss events in a supportive way, led by the children’s questions. If you have any questions, please e-mail your child’s class teacher via the year group page.



https://yoopies.co.uk/c/press-releases/blacklivesmatter – A parents guide to Black Lives Matter

How the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children from discrimination

  • Article 2 (Non-discrimination): Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.
  • Article 4 (Protection of rights): Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. When countries ratify the Convention, they agree to review their laws relating to children. This involves assessing their social services, legal, health and educational systems, as well as levels of funding for these services. Governments are then obliged to take all necessary steps to ensure that the minimum standards set by the Convention in these areas are being met. They must help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential.
  • Article 8 (Preservation of identity): Children have the right to an identity – an official record of who they are. Governments should respect children’s right to a name, a nationality and family ties.
  • Article 14 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion): Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
  • Article 19 (Protection from all forms of violence): Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect
  • Article 22 (Refugee children): Children have the right to special protection and help if they are refugees (if they have been forced to leave their home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.
  • Article 23 (Children with disabilities): Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.
  • Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures.
  • Article 30 (Children of minorities/indigenous groups): Minority or indigenous children have the right to learn about and practice their own culture, language and religion.
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Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.

As a school we aim for all children to achieve 100% attendance, unless illness or an unavoidable cause prevents them from attending school. Children with 100% attendance are likely to reach their full potential in education and go on to college and university. Therefore, it is really important that your child attends school every day.

If your child has 1 day off a fortnight, this adds up to one and a half years of absence during their school life. It is proven that this often limits what they can achieve when they are 16. Please only keep your child at home if they are really unwell. If you are not sure, bring your child/ren to school and let the class teacher know.

Click here for our attendance policy.


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We provide wrap around care provision for children aged 4 -11 who attend Mulberry Park Educate Together Primary.

Our club provides term time only before and after school care and is situated in the school hall, within our school building.


The club, which is run by school staff, provides a choice of stimulating activities which the children can help to plan. There are a range of fun indoor and outdoor play resources for the children to enjoy, and they are also plenty of opportunities to relax.

Our Breakfast club hours are 07.45 or  8.00 am – 8.50 am

Our Afterschool club hours are 3.15 pm – 5.15 pm


Our Breakfast club session costs  £4.50 if starting at 8 am or  £5.00 if starting at  07.45 am. Breakfast is included in both of these prices.

Our Afterschool club runs until either 4.15pm or 5.15pm.  If booking from 3.10 – 4.15 pm the cost is £5.50.  If booking from 3.10 – 5.15pm the cost is £8.00.  Both of these prices include a snack.


Dates for the Breakfast and Afterschool club are released termly.  Bookings are made in advance  through Arbor. Once a booking is made refunds or cancellations can not be offered.  Spaces are limited and are booked on a first come first served basis.


We make meals and snacks a social time during which children sit and eat together. We plan meals so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. As a NUT FREE school all meals/snacks are nut free. Dietary requirements will be catered for.

Afterschool club timetable 2023 – 2024

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In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This funding included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for missed learning. For more information visit the DfE website.

School allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis with the school receiving £80 for each pupil.

Mulberry Park Covid Catch-up Spending Report 2020 – 2021

New funding streams can be found elsewhere on the website, such as under Pupil Premium or Sports Premium as this specific grant has now ended.

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Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

To give all children the opportunity to engage in various activities after school we offer free enrichment clubs. These change on a termly basis depending on the children’s suggestions and what staff wish to run.  

Mulberry park Educate Together primary Enrichment Clubs

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As an Educate Together school:

* We value all children and the unique contribution that they offer to the school.

* We believe that all children learn best when they feel safe and are happy in school.

* We believe that respect underpins all of our relationships within school and with the outside world.

* We ensure that all pupils achieve their fullest potential and are fully prepared for the next stage of learning and life

Our 4 core principles…

Equity Based

Through being equitable in our work, all children and staff will have equal access to their rights and, regardless of background, all will be equally respected.

Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.


All of our children have the right to a holistic world class education.  All of our work aims to ensure that every child can make progress and achieve well in every aspect of their education.

Article 4: Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights.


Children are at the heart of every decision and activity. Their voices are actively sought and listened to.  They play a lead role in shaping their education.

Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.


We aim to be central to the community we serve.  As such, we look for opportunities to give voice to and work in partnership with all stakeholders of our school.

Article 12: Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

“No child an outsider”

Educate Together affirms that:

1)   Children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds have a right to an education that respects their individual identity whilst exploring the different values and traditions of the world in which they live.

2)   Parents are entitled to participate actively in decisions that affect the education of their children.

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Article 24:

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.

Educate Together Academy Trust actively promotes the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for all of our children.

Lunchtime is a core part of our school day promoting our school ethos and encouraging interaction and independence, whereby adults and children sit down to eat together. We encourage all children to try a range of different foods and staff will support children with this.

Children are able to have a mixture of school meals and packed lunches. School meals are cooked on site and are currently free for all children in Reception, Year One and Year Two and cost £2.40 for children in Key Stage 2.

Food and Drink Mulberry park Educate Together Primary



Term 2 Menu 23/24

Term 2  Allergen Information Sheet 23/24

If you chose to send your child to school with a packed lunch, please ensure it is a healthy, NUT FREE packed lunch following our

Packed lunch charter.

Click here for a visual version of the packed lunch charter.

Milk:   All children under 5 are entitled to free milk. Once children have reached the age of 5 parents are welcome to   purchase milk for their child – do so by clicking this link: https://www.coolmilk.com

Fruit:   Under the school fruit and vegetable scheme, infant children are entitled to a free piece of fruit each day. Key Stage 2 children are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit to eat during the morning break.

Water:   All children have access to fresh water throughout the day and school provides cups for this. However, we also encourage  children to bring a named waterbottle to school each day.


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As an Academy, Mulberry Park Educate Together is governed by the Educate Together Academy Trust Board, comprised of highly skilled professionals volunteering to ensure our schools are well run.

Information about the Educate Together Academy Trust governance structure can be found on our website here, along with our Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and audited accounts.

For more information about the Trust Board please contact us on 0117 3790119.


Mulberry Educate Together has a Local Governing Board (LGB) comprised of staff, parents, local residents and co-opted governors, generously giving up their time and expertise to help develop and shape the school for the community it works within. The Board also acts as a line of communication between the school and the Trust Board.

The members of our Local Governing Board (LGB) are:

Anand Aggarwal: Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors  and Health and Safety lead

Rebecca Baldwin-Cantello: Co-opted Governor, Children in Care & SEND lead

Oscar De Mello: Parent Governor

Nina Haigh: Community Governor & Pupil Premium lead

Tim Lewis: Co-opted Governor and Safeguarding lead

Charlie Long: Co-opted Governor & Mental Well-being lead

Candy Madath: Non-teaching staff Governor

Sarah Phillips: Headteacher

Natasha Sealy: Staff Governor


  • Parent governor
  • Community governor

If you would like further information please contact us on 01225 696444 or, alternatively, please email the clerk on: clerk@mulberryparket.org.uk

Should you wish to contact Anand, as chair of the LGB, please email on anand.aggarwal@mulberryparket.org.uk.

Governor Attendance 2022-23

Declarations of conflicts of interest 2022-23

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Article 23:

A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to provide support to disabled children and their families.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is: Laura Binns, Deputy Head

Laura can be contacted via email at senco@mulberryparket.org.uk or by phoning our main office: 01225 696444

Our SEND governor is: Rebecca Baldwin

SEND and Inclusion at Mulberry Park

For an overview of our vision, ethos and values in relation to Inclusion, please see our SEND and inclusion policy.

For a detailed report on how we implement our SEND and Inclusion policy on a day to day basis, please see our SEND information report MPET

If you have a specific question, please use the contents page at the start of the report to ensure quick access to the information you need.

Our Accessibility plan and Equality objectives (for full Equality policy see policies page) can be found here:

Equality Objectives

MPET Accessibilty plan Sep 2021

What do our Parents/Carers of pupils with SEN at MPET say about our SEN provision?

85% of parents/carers with a child who has SEND agree (71% strongly agree) that the school gives them the support they need to succeed. Ofsted parent view December 2022

“Staff show kindness and patience in offering the children the attention they need and the parents the support necessary to help them understand how to help their children.” Parent, April 2022

“You are inclusive, forward thinking, reasonably diverse, innovative and thorough. I am so happy my child attends MP and so grateful they are treated with respect and valued as an individual. I think you are all doing a great job and have created a happy and inclusive culture.” Parent, April 2022

“Staff are calm and helpful.” Parent, April 2022

“Staff recognise that the child isn’t ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’ and that they have potential, skills and a good heart. Staff are good at directing and trying to help with problems.” Parent, April 2022

Resources and support for Parents and Carers of children with SEND

7Cs Progress Tracker

SEND code of practice

Identification and assessment procedures Educate Together

B&NES SEN Local offer

B&NES SEND Partnership Advice 

B&NES SEND Partnership Service

Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation Parent Guide

Happy Maps (Parent support for children’s mental health) 

Ages and Stages Parent Guide (Speech and Language) 

‘Listen up!’ – a practical guide for parents of children aged 0-5 (Speech and Language resources)

‘Listen up!’ – a practical guide for parents of children aged 5-11 (Speech and Language resources)

Specialist Autism Support Service 

Mental Health and Wellbeing – information for parents and carers BANEs

Example One Page Profile and Provision Map Blank 2022

Example SEN support Learning plan and review 2324

Dietician advice – fussy eating in children

Family Fund

Family Fund help families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. If eligible, you can apply for a grant. For more information visit https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

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We are delighted to announce that we were rated ‘GOOD’ at our first inspection, in December 2022.

Please click here to visit our Ofsted page.

Please click here to visit Parent View.

As a new school, prior to opening we underwent an Ofsted pre-registration visit, the report for which can be viewed here.


Currently due to the age of our children and size of our school we have no published national data for KS1 or KS2. The data below tells you how well our children did against national data for the last academic year (2018/19).


Children in Reception should achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) against the Early Years framework. GLD is defined as children working at expected, or exceeding, the Early Learning Goal (ELG) in the following key areas: Literacy, Maths, Physical development, Communication & language and Personal, Social & emotional development.

National GLD 2019: 71.8%

Mulberry Park GLD 2019: 66.7%*

*Please note this data is based on 9 children, each child is 11.1%.

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As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. However the technology children use every day can be daunting and you might worry or not know about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Mulberry Park Educate Together Primary Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

Online Safety Webinar for Parents and Carers, 2020

Please be mindful that school has very strict filtering processes and so if your child is searching at school, inappropriate sites will not be accessed. Please check your parental filtering to keep your child safe at home too.

Some key websites and information to help you and your children are:

Please be mindful of the dangers surrounding the video conferencing apps such as WhatsApp, Zoom, FaceTime etc. These are live running apps and can be recorded by the user at the other end. Please take care to ensure that your child is supervised whilst using these to protect them from images and languages that would not normally be accessible in your household. Staff at school will not be using video conferencing apps to ensure all safeguards for children and staff are in place.

Home activity packs

Home Activity Pack – Think U Know

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Article 31:

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Sports premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

Sports Premium Report 21 22

Sports Premium Report 22 23

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Article 26:

Governments must provide extra money for the children of families in need.

What is Pupil Premium (PP) funding?

Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to help support disadvantaged children in order to raise their attainment and to help close the gap in attainment between these pupils and their peers. It is allocated to schools for every pupil who has been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

It is for schools to decide how Pupil Premium funding is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the pupils within their responsibility.

At Mulberry Park, we are fully committed to ensuring that all children have equal access to the highest quality teaching and learning through an exciting and balanced curriculum and targeted individual or group support based on their needs or abilities.

To find out more about Pupil premium please click here.


Your child may be able to get pupil premium if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with take home pay/net earnings below £7,400
  • Children of parents serving in the armed forces
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit


If you think you are eligible to qualify for Pupil Premium funding please follow the link below and complete the application process:


The money received for PP children is used to address barriers to learning for children which may include:

  • Language access
  • Attendance
  • Literacy attainment
  • Maths attainment
  • Access to enrichment activities

How will we monitor the impact of PP funding?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium funding. The usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. The strategy is reviewed regularly to ensure maximum impact with a full review each academic year.

Our Pupil Premium Statement can be found here:

MPET Pupil Premium strategy statement 22 23

MPET Pupil Premium Strategy 21 22



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Mulberry Park school day


07.45 or 8.00 am Wraparound care – Breakfast club

8.40 am        Activity morning Reception & Key Stage 1, Parents are invited to work with the children in classroom.

8.50 am        Registration – children must be in class by this time.

12 pm             Lunch time

1 pm             Afternoon activities

3.10 pm        End of school day

3.10 – 5.15 pm Wraparound care – Afterschool club

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