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Mulberry Academy Shoreditch
Gosset Street
Bethnal Green

E2 6NW

Coordinates51°31′39″N 0°04′11″W / 51.52739°N 0.06959°W / 51.52739; -0.06959Coordinates: 51°31′39″N 0°04′11″W / 51.52739°N 0.06959°W / 51.52739; -0.06959
Department for Education URN137789 Tables
Executive PrincipalMrs Ruth Holden
Age11 to 18

Mulberry Academy Shoreditch is a co-educational academy for students aged between 11–18 in Bethnal Green, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, East London.

It has previously been called the Green Spring Academy Shoreditch, Bethnal Green Academy, Bethnal Green Technology College, Bethnal Green High School, Daneford School, and Daniel Street School.


Mulberry Academy Shoreditch originated as Mansford Secondary School, which was founded in 1896, and Daniel Street School, founded in 1900. In the 1940s, the Kray twins attended Daniel Street. In 1959, the two schools merged to create Daneford School (a portmanteau of Daniel and Mansford), a secondary modern on Gosset Street. In 1965, Daneford acquired new buildings designed by London County Council, and became a single-sex school for boys. It acquired comprehensive status in 1973.[1][2][3]

Main entrance of Mulberry Academy Shoreditch.

From the late 1970s, the area of East London around Daneford started experiencing increasing racial tensions, and Bangladeshi students at Daneford experienced racist attacks. The Campaign Against Racism in Schools (CARS) was set up at Daneford, and teachers took part in demonstrations campaigning for the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) to adopt an anti-racist policy.[3][4] In 1982, The Daneford Trust was founded at the school, a charity that facilitates youth overseas exchanges.[5]

In 1997, Daneford School became Bethnal Green High School when it became co-educational and started accepting female students.[6] Shortly after, its name changed again to Bethnal Green Technology College.[7] In 2005, the school went into special measures as a result of an Ofsted inspection. The headteacher resigned and was replaced by an interim headteacher, Keith Holt.[8] Mark Keary was appointed headteacher in June 2006 and in 2007 the school came out of special measures.[9] Keary was praised by Charles, Prince of Wales in a 2008 visit for the use of teachers from the Teach First scheme in the school.[10]

In 2010, the school benefitted from a £17 million refurbishment with money from the Building Schools for the Future scheme.[11] Controversially, in July 2011 the governors of the school voted to adopt academy status. The decision was said to split the local Labour Party group on Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.[12][13] The school became Bethnal Green Academy in January 2012 and a sixth form was opened in September that year. Bethnal Green Academy was rated 'Outstanding' in an Ofsted inspection in December 2012.[14]

In December 2014, a female pupil at the school, Sharmeena Begum, left the UK to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In February 2015, three more female pupils known as the Bethnal Green trio - Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, and Kadiza Sultana - left via Turkey to join ISIL.[15] Five further female pupils at the school were subject to a travel ban and were made wards of court to prevent them leaving the country.[16][17] Counter-extremism officers from the Department for Education investigated the school.[18]

In order to shake off the negative associations, the school was renamed Green Spring Academy Shoreditch in 2015.[19] At the request of the AQA and Pearson exam boards, an independent investigation was launched into allegations of exam-fixing at the school. Its conclusion led to several staff, including the headteacher Mark Keary, being suspended in February 2017. Several teachers left following the disciplinary process.[20][21] Keary launched an Employment Tribunal claim in response, arguing wrongful dismissal and disability discrimination. In 2019, he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Teaching Regulation Agency.[22]

In September 2018, the school was transferred to the control of the Mulberry Schools Trust and renamed Mulberry Academy Shoreditch.[22]



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  2. ^ Stevens, Anthony (Winter 2016). "Teaching at Daneford School, 1972 – 1991" (PDF). East London History Society Newsletter. Vol. 4, no. 6. pp. 11–17. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Model, Daneford School, 1964". Layers of London. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ Hannan, Andrew (1987). "Racism, Politics and the Curriculum". British Journal of Sociology of Education. 8 (2): 119–133. doi:10.1080/0142569870080202. JSTOR 1392732.
  5. ^ "How The Daneford Trust Began". The Daneford Trust. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Bethnal Green Academy". New English Review. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ "School League Tables 1997". The Independent. 18 November 1997. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Local Authority Action Plan for Bethnal Green Technology College" (PDF). Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  9. ^ Topping, Alexandra (30 October 2007). "The secret weapon against special measures". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  10. ^ "A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales about Teach First, Bethnal Green Technology College, London". Prince of Wales. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ Sam-Daliri, Nadia (24 November 2010). "Bethnal Green Technology College celebrates £17m revamp". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. ^ Frankcom, James (8 July 2011). "BGTC College Governors Vote for Academy Status". East London News. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  13. ^ Robbins, Glyn (8 July 2011). "State school becoming 'Bethnal Green academy' is insult to democracy". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  14. ^ "School report - Bethnal Green Academy". Ofsted. December 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  15. ^ Miller, Frederica (27 February 2019). "What we know about the other Bethnal Green school girls who fled London to join ISIS with Shamima Begum". My London. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  16. ^ Bowcott, Owen (27 March 2015). "Travel ban for five east London girls over fears they will join Isis in Syria". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  17. ^ Shackle, Shamira (6 October 2016). "The London girls lost to Isis: what became of the "jihadi brides"". New Statesman. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Now Bethnal Green Academy to be investigated by counter-extremism officers". Schools Improvement. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  19. ^ Shackle, Shamira (27 February 2019). "Bethnal Green: Unease and fear in Shamima Begum's London district". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  20. ^ Marc, Ashdown (10 February 2017). "Bethnal Green head Mark Keary suspended over exam fix claims". BBC News. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  21. ^ Ashdown, Marc (10 March 2017). "Green Spring Academy: Intimidation and exam-fixing claims". BBC News. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  22. ^ a b Allen-Kinross, Pippa (15 December 2019). "Head of Green Spring cleared of exam malpractice after dismissal". Schools Week. Retrieved 16 July 2020.

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