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.

   
   

 

 

Latest News

Duke of Edinburgh - The start of a new Expedition for our Pupils.

The school is now registered for a licence to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  The DofE Manager will be DA and a pilot will be run at the Sleaford Base initially with approx. 4 – 5 of our current Y10 and below pupils.  Sessions will happen every week starting after Christmas to prepare them for their expedition.  If the pilot is successful we will roll out the award to other interested bases/pupils.

Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day

 A Christmas Elf Dressed up for Jumper Day

Hi Everybody,

Today at Sleaford it was Christmas Jumper Day!!! Pupils and staff wore the jazziest, brightest, over the top jumpers I have ever seen and everybody got into the Christmas spirit in a big way. Donations for the Save The Children fund were greatly received. There were games lined up and prizes galore and everybody had such fun. Even the candidates for RSO interviews arrived looking very festive! We all had a fantastic day. 

Thanks everyone, from your cheeky Christmas DR  Elf

 Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Logo

 

London Trip December 2017

On Wednesday 13th December this year, 16 students and 8 staff took a train to London. We walked two miles through London taking in the iconic sites along the river; the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard. We walked over Waterloo Bridge to Covent Garden and down Drury Lane and Museum Street to The British Museum where we saw the Mummies of Ancient Egypt. We had lunch at the museum and then we went by taxis via Buckingham Palace to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to see a performance of the musical Wicked. We then jumped into more taxis to go back to Kings Cross Station, where we managed to fit in seeing the Harry Potter Platform 9 and three quarters before catching the train back to Lincolnshire. It was a full and tiring yet incredibly worthwhile day in terms of broadening horizons,  having new experiences, learning new skills, being sociable, building resilience and having fun!

All the best

JO

Btec Animal Care - Handling Day

 MillipedeHedgehogBearded Dragon

                                                                                                  

 On the 5th December, we had visitors of various reptile and small animal species. The animals included: a hedgehog, a millipede, a frog, tarantulas, a scorpion and a snake. An interesting thing I found out was that if you stroke a hedgehog, the spikes don’t prick you and it feels like a rough rug. Also the bearded dragon’s chin turns black when it starts to become angry. When I held the millipede, it tickled my hands and it wrapped its self around them.

By IL

Children In Need - Varied Activities & Pudsey Coin Fill

On Thursday 16th November,  our member of staff JD hosted a Children In Need Fundraiser morning in her Tutor Time. Students from Sleaford base took part in juggling, hoola hooping and covering Pudsey Bear in loose change that the students brought in. A big Thank You to a pupil BJ for bringing in a huge carrier bag full of 2p and 1p coins!

On Friday 17th students came to school in various costumes including two Pudsey Bears, One Pokemon character, a number of onesies and lots of spotty items.

Everyone had lots of fun and a number of staff from Sleaford base also got involved.