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 4 continents; Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe. Once a week there is an assembly, which are attended by all continents which focus on key elements of the Learning Model and topical issues.
All VMGs have a Mentor who leads, this could be a member of the 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 schools. We do try to match students with friends however, this cannot be guaranteed. In VMGs students will be supported by older students who have had similar experiences and can be a mentor to help and support them.