A VMG is a vertical mentor group which includes students from year 7 through to year 11; there is a 20 minute session every day. VMGs each have a country and together, all VMGs form five continents; Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Australasia. Once a week there are assemblies, which are attended by all continents which focus on key elements of the Learning Model and topical issues.
All VMGs have a teacher which leads and an associate mentor, this could be a member of support staff.
There are a variety of activities per week which include: numeracy challenges; technical accuracy in writing; word of the week and the accuracy of spelling challenge.
Attendance and punctuality are also discussed regularly with students and stickers are placed into their planners indicating their level of attendance.
Each VMG has elected representatives which feedback to the Summit meetings every half term on key issues addressed by the student population.
Students are assigned to VMGs as part of the transition process in collaboration with the primary school. We do not guarantee to match students with their friends as this does not support the ethos of everyone working together to buddy up in VMGs. In VMGs students will be supported by older students who have had similar experiences and can be a mentor to help and support them.