A VMG is a vertical mentor group which includes students from year 7 through to year 11; there is a 15 minute session every day. VMGs each have a country and together, all VMGs form 5 continents; Africa, Asia, Americas, Australasia and Europe. 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. These activities and the feedback from student voice is recorded on the VMG website.
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 randomly, however, they will be mixed with students who they have been to primary school with. We do not match students with their friends as this does not support the ethos of everyone working together to buddy up in VMGs. It also becomes tricky to meet everyone’s needs and therefore a random approach is taken. In VMGs students will be supported by older students who have had similar experiences and can be a mentor to help and support them.