A Vertical Mentor Group at Outwood Academy Ripon includes students from Year 7 through to Year 11. There is a 20 minute session every day. VMGs each have a country and belong to one of the continents. Continents attend an assembly once a week on their allocated day.
All VMGs are led by a Vertical Mentor and follow a programme every week. The aim is not only to develop literacy and numeracy skills but to work together with a feeling of community through activities such as raising money for charity, VMG competitions and debating current affairs.
Year 7 students are allocated a buddy from year 8 who help to guide them through their first few weeks at Outwood Academy Ripon. This develops a great sense of camaraderie which we are extremely proud of.