Vertical Mentoring Groups

Update: Temporary Change to the Tutor Group Structure:

From the start of the Autumn term 2020, the academy will be implementing a horizontal tutor group structure. This is where all tutor groups will be made up of students from the same year group. This is a temporary change to meet the government guidance in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. To meet this guidance we have introduced year group bubbles where the introduction of a horizontal tutoring system is the only way to preserve the positive impact tutor time has, and the pastoral support that it offers the young people in our care. We are confident that this change of approach, whilst being required due to government guidance, will effect positive change for the students and Academy.

A VMG is a vertical mentor group which includes students from Year 7 through to Year 13; there is a 20 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 is an assembly, which are attended by all continents which focus on key elements of the Learning Model, topical issues or national days.

All VMGs have a teacher which leads and lead learners throughout the week.

There are a variety of activities per week, with a focus on literacy, numeracy, Pledges, SMSC, attendance and topical issues.

Each VMG has elected representatives which feedback to the Student Voice meetings every half term on key issues addressed by the student population.

Year 7

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.