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.

Introduction

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.

Supporting

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.

Aspiring

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.

Achieving

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.

   
   

 

 

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An Inspector Calls Trip - Message from Head of English & Humanities

It was a great trip; the performance was excellent and certainly gave us all food for thought; we got to see the beautiful York Minster from the outside and our pupils were an absolute delight – a credit to The Pilgrim School.

End of Term Trip to Mablethorpe for Louth Pupils

Nine go to Mablethorpe

On Thursday 19th July 2018, staff and pupils from Louth base went on an end of term trip to Mablethorpe.  The day started with a visit to the Seal Sanctuary where the staff and pupils enjoyed an informative walk around the grounds and learnt about the various animals at the sanctuary.  Whilst there we spotted a couple of unusual monkeys.

Two staff looking through like Cheeky Monkeys

 

Past Pupils Success!

We have been informed that two of our past pupils are doing very well in their Post 16 education.

One has just completed her AS levels and achieved A,A,B.

The second pupil that has left us a time ago, has now been accepted onto a Masters in Criminology.

We wish them well, and look forward to hearing more positive stories of past pupils.

 

Fantastic Start to the New Academic Year for all at Pilgrim!

The new academic year has started positively across all the Pilgrim bases with staff and pupils enjoying re-acclimatisation and settling activities aimed at reassuring, re-connecting relationships and forming initial connections and bonds for pupils new to the school.

Amber Hill base opened it's doors for the 1st time to pupils merging from our previous Boston and Sleaford bases.  Pupils and staff have had a fantastic day that has been helped greatly by the work staff put in to 'Get to know you sessions' prior to the summer, when pupils visited each others bases and took part in team building activities. Fantastic work folks!!!

1 one way - summer offer on CallConnect

CallConnect has a seasonal treat for young people throughout this summer's school holidays. The service is offering passengers aged 18 and under special £1 bus tickets for one-way journeys on pre-booked CallConnect services across the county from Saturday 21 July to Monday 3 September.

http://www.lincsbus.info/