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.

Paul Squire - Lead Practitioner for Teaching & Learning

I have previously worked as a primary teacher in Warwickshire and Lincolnshire mainstream schools before joining the Pilgrim School in 2003 as a teaching and learning coordinator. I am now the Lead Practitioner of Learning and am primarily based in the Boston site. My role is to ensure the school continually strives to improve in its aspirations and standards of learning and teaching and to ensure that all pupils have access to education in a supportive environment through excellent teaching. My philosophy is that students should be taught to learn, given opportunities to work autonomously and as part of team. These skills will encourage the young students to become life long learners. I work alongside a team of dedicated staff to ensure a holistic approach in meeting the emotional and academic needs of our pupils.

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.

Deb Bunn - Pastoral Manager

From as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I can remember as a 4 year old holding a school in the garage. I was always the teacher and my friends the long suffering pupils.
I still have the register that I used then!
After teaching for 32 years , there is nothing I would change, It has been my “dream job”. The privilege of working with so many lovely young people and so many talented and committed colleagues is something I relish every day. 
My experience as a teacher began in a large Northamptonshire Comprehensive school, and subsequently I have worked as a class teacher in a primary school and then as a specialist teacher in Emotional and behavioural support. My tendency has always been to the pastoral aspects of education so my current post as Pastoral manager is a very enthralling and well matched job for me. My wish is to support and encourage each young person to be as skilled and resourceful as they can, to be able to make a positive contribution to their community and to lead a full life.

Latest News

School Activities: PGL - Caythorpe Centre Trip

To round off a very successful year for all of our pupils and building on the success of last years trip, a PGL trip has been offered out to our pupils and will take place on Friday 14th July at the Caythorpe Centre. Eight of our pupils have felt resilient enough to participate in this day trip supported by a range of our staff. 

 

Celebrating Success: Pilgrim Prom 2017

A good time was had by all at The School Prom. It was such a pleasure to see our young people joining in with such happiness. I will remember B.N's dancing for some time! The alternative awards went down well with the pupils and I think this is becoming more successful every year we do it. The popcorn and candy floss machines were a huge hit too. I fully appreciate these things just don’t happen by themselves:

Some other images from the evening may be viewed in our gallery section soon.

 

Celebrating Success: The Lincolnshire Show

Celebrating Success:

A big thank you to M.P. in theLouth base for coordinating the trip to the Lincolnshire show. We appreciate all the hard work coordinating this has been. It was definitely worth it. The sun shone and a good time was had by all. The pupils had a fantastic time sampling local produce, watching sheep shearing and taking part in various activities available at the show including a sumo-wrestling match between J. (of Lincoln base) and N. (of Boston base).

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Exam Period

The official GCSE exams’ period started last week and will gain momentum very quickly.

Our pupils have and continue to work to the best of their ability to access their exams and achieve the best results that they can manage.  They have been putting in additional revision sessions and will continue to do so throughout the examination period.  

Our thanks go out to all our teaching, support and admin staff for continuing to go the extra mile to ensure our pupils engagement at this particularly stressful time.