Supporting   Aspiring   Achieving

The basic principle that underpins the work of our school and its associated values is that we are a child centred school. We accept that every pupil is unique and has their own individual set of needs – we work towards identifying and meeting those needs through personalised support so that they can unlock their potential.


Autism is a life long condition but we strongly believe at Pilgrim that, will the right support and mental attitude, it does not need to stop young people being who they want to be. We recognise that pupils need, above all, to learn coping strategies by gradually expanding their comfort zones, and to build positive relationships. This is achieved at Pilgrim via an individual bespoke curriculum that includes social skills learning and training, and work experience. This sits alongside the more traditional school curriculum which allows pupils access to a wide range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications.


At Pilgrim we understand that pupils may not have had positive learning experiences in their previous schools. However, we believe that a person’s history is not their destiny and that with personalised teaching and support, each child is capable of making outstanding progress. Every pupil is assigned a support member of staff before they even join the school. This person will make arrangements to carry out an initial home visit to meet the family and to get to know the pupil .In addition to the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) or Statement of Special Needs, a Pilgrim Needs Analysis and sensory profile will be completed so that staff can make appropriate adjustments in preparation for the start in school. Risk assessments will also be carried out where appropriate; all before pupils engage in our school community in order to give them the best chances of success. A personal designated support member of staff, Reintegration Support Officer (RSO) will introduce the pupil to our school gradually. A special welcome pack will be provided with visual information about the premises and photographs of the staff. Visits to the school will be arranged and timetables can be introduced in an incremental way to build confidence and trust.

The RSO will not be working in the classroom with pupils but will be located on the premises and will remain in contact with the family via telephone to offer on going support and will conduct periodic face to face reviews. In addition to this, RSO’s can offer ‘Time to Talk’ sessions for pupils and sessions with a fully qualified Psychotherapist specialising in teenage anxiety can also be arranged where appropriate.

Within the teaching environment, a Learning Mentor and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant will be with the pupils at all times. This will be a key relationship for pupils and a consistent one as they may interact with different specialist teachers to allow them access to specific courses.


We want all our pupils at Pilgrim to believe in themselves; that they can not only survive but thrive in 21st century society. Our school curriculum has been designed to:

  • Promote positive relationships by encouraging pupils to share ideas and feelings and to be able to respect the ideas and feelings of others.
  • Facilitate independence through  life skills programme.
  • Foster personal growth so that pupils can understand themselves and develop a strong sense of self worth.
  • Encourage transition through engagement in the wider school community and supported work experience.


In addition to the National Curriculum at KS3, we offer a range of accredited courses for pupils in KS4 so that they are equipped, not just with relevant skills, but with recognised qualifications which increase self esteem and have a valued currency in the wider community. These include a wide range of GCSEs: English language; English Literature; Maths; Statistics; Science; History; Geography; Religious Studies; Psychology; French; German; Art and vocational qualifications including BTEC ICT; Music; Child’s Play and Development; Health and Social Care; Business Studies; Travel and Tourism. We recognise that ‘not one size fits all’ and therefore approach curriculum in a flexible way according to need and to ensure all pupils have an equal chance of succeeding.  This is best demonstrated through the following case study:


    Pupil A

Pupil A  joined Pilgrim in year 9 with low self esteem and chronic anxiety having had negative learning and social experiences in mainstream school with issues related to his Statement for ASD with complex needs and Specific Learning difficulties. He began with significant one to one support but quickly made the transition to working alongside other pupils in a small group. He was offered a bespoke package to support his dyslexia which improved his reading abilities and subsequent access to other courses. He engaged in a bespoke Pilgrim course called ‘Resilient Me’ to build his confidence and self esteem and later, with support, was able to access a work experience placement. This led to an interest in animal care and Pilgrim responded by offering a BTEC in Animal Care. Pupil A was unable to complete a GCSE in English but successfully achieved an alternative qualification, Functional Skills Level 1 English, to accompany his success in GCSE Maths and Science and other qualifications. He left Pilgrim at the end of year 11 and secured an Apprenticeship working with animals.




Latest News

Celebrating Success - D of E Update

On Wednesday 7th March we had the official ceremony that declared us an official centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mick Hoare who is the East Midlands Operations Officer for Dof E came to the Sleaford base and met with some of the pupils who have embarked on bronze so far and then presented the framed certificate. We were pleased to have governors in attendance in this occasion too.

Celebrating Success - Visit to Bunkers Care Home

Just after half term, two of our year 11 pupils from Lincoln, ET and MH, visited the Bunkers Care Home as part of their Health and Social care course. The pupils sat with around 10 residents and completed craft activities with them. They achieved their objectives for the BTEC course but also were able to use the opportunity to grow their confidence in visiting new places and their communication skills in meeting new people. This is what therapeutic education looks like in practice! We received very positive feedback from the care home who would like to be able to host more of these visits. Many thanks to HS (RSO) for accompanying the girls and to NB for setting up the experience.

BLESMA Charity Workshop

The school has arranged for a visit from the charity BLESMA, the limbless veterans, to deliver free workshops from veterans to inspire and motivate pupils. 

The aim of the workshop is:

  • To inspire pupils with the BLESMA members stories.
  • Understand what it is to overcome adversity and promote how to be resilient.
  • Encourage healthy behaviours.
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem, and make individuals realise that we all go through tough times.
  • Improve interpersonal relationships and skills.

YMCA & Rotary Club Supported Easter Holiday Club'

We are very pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity for our pupils.

We have been working with the Showroom in Lincoln and the local Rotary clubs to be able to deliver our first ever ‘holiday club.’

This will take place from 3rd - 6th April from 10am until 3:30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to consolidate learning, build resilience and bridge the gap of an extended school holiday. In the first instance, places will be limited to 20 pupils.

Wellbeing Mark

Wellbeing Mark

The Pilgrim School is currently working towards achieving a special quality mark for mental health and wellbeing.  As part of this process we will be working with staff, pupils and parents about how they feel mental health and emotional wellbeing are thought of and supported across the school community.  This process will allow us to make judgements about how well we do this and help us to think about and plan what we can do to improve so that we are offering the best possible support in every aspect of the school community.

Please read full letter via the link from our Pastoral Page.