A VMG is a vertical mentor group which includes students from Year 7 through to Year 10; there is a 17 minute session every day. VMGs each have a country and together, all VMGs form 4 continents; Africa, Asia, North America and South America. Once a week there is an assembly, which are attended by all continents which focus on key elements of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Careers Education.
There are a variety of activities per week, with a focus on literacy, numeracy, Pledges, SMSC, attendance and topical issues.
Each VMG have had the opportunity to elect representatives which feedback to the Student Voice meetings every half term on key issues addressed by the student population.
Students are assigned to VMGs randomly. 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.
Year 11 students are allocated groups in Europe based on individual needs to support development in English and Maths as well as Pledges, SMSC, attendance and topical issues. Once a week Europe attends assembly, which focus on key elements of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Careers Education as well as preparation for exams.