A VMG is a vertical mentor group which includes students from year 7 through to year 11; students have a a 15 minute session every day with their VMG mentor. Each VMG is named after a country and together, all VMGs form 5 continents; Africa, Asia, Americas, Australasia and Europe. Once a week there is an assembly, which are attended by all continents. The focus of the assembly changes each week, some of themes are:
There are a variety of activities per week which look at topical issues, images and thoughts around the world. There is also the opportunity to vote on quizzes and learn about their teachers.
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.