Meet the SLT

Steve Barnes - Headteacher

I have spent over 20 years working in education. After studying history at the University of York and a PGCE at the University of Nottingham I spent 8 years working as a history teacher and then head of history in mainstream schools in Medway and Lincolnshire. My experience was further broadened as I spent 5 years working for the School Improvement Service in Lincolnshire. During this time I spent some time in every secondary school in the county. I served on two DfE working groups on history teaching and assessment and contributed to the writing of the National Strategies Assessment for Learning materials. During this time I also published  articles on history teaching and a book on teaching history to gifted and talented pupils. Since leaving the school improvement service I have completed an MSc in Educational Leadership (with distinction)  from Leicester University and served as an assistant head in a mainstream school and an assistant headteacher and now headteacher in hospital education.

I am proud to be the headteacher of the Pilgrim School because all this experience has taught me these two simple truths: 

A young person's history is not their destiny;

High academic expectations and high levels of care are not mutually exclusive aspects of education but reinforcing principles that allow pupils to flourish. 

These are the core principles of our school.

Lorraine Kirsopp - Deputy Head

I began my career as a music teacher in secondary mainstream and was an assistant headteacher before moving into special education. I became interested in mental health having spent some time working with the charity ‘Victim Support’. This led to studying for a degree in psychology and I am now passionate about how the worlds of mental health therapy and education merge. As deputy headteacher, I am responsible for the curriculum and tracking pupil progress across the school. I enjoy teaching English and Psychology and consider it a privilege to work alongside committed professionals and fantastic young people.

Helen Garrett - Business Manager

I started my career in the Royal Air Force and completed 22 years’ service. I left in 2007 and gained employment in a Primary School in Boston as a Finance and Personnel Officer. In 2009 I applied for the position of School Business Manager at The Pilgrim School. My role is varied and includes managing the school’s finances, HR issues, Premises, Health & Safety and Exams Officer. I thoroughly enjoy my position at the school. We have a strong team commitment and pride ourselves in always putting the pupils needs first.

Bev Lee - Pastoral Manager

Prior to my time at Pilgrim, I spent 14 years working in both the private and voluntary sectors - each role involved supporting vulnerable groups, promoting self-advocacy and improving their life chances. 

I have a strong interest in mental health and how it impacts young people in particular, so when the role of reintegration and support officer came up in 2012 I was delighted to join the team. 

Sine coming on board, I have completed an MA in trauma Studies at the Unversity of Nottingham, focusing primarily on resilience and post-traumatic growth in an educational environment. This has reinforced my commitment to the welfare and support of the pupils in our care. 

More recently (September 2017) I have joined the SLT as Pastoral Manager. I see this role as an opportunity to ensure that all Pilgrim pupils dvelop aspiration, receive support and grow to their full potential. I am excited to work with a passionate and ddicated team, all striving to give pupils a chance to shine. 

So many pupils describe Pilgrim as a family and I feel my job is akin to helping them successfully fly the nest. 

Latest News

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/