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

Our nice new MPV delivered today.

We have taken deliver y of our first ever Pilgrim Minibus.  It looks rather smart and will expand our opportunities to transport our pupils for additional enrichment opportunites and D of E excursions etc.

Pilgrim Minibus

Celebrating Success

Following last week’s article about Duke of Edinburgh, We are pleased to share the news that DA and SB have been invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the Dof E celebrations in May.

On 22nd March staff and pupils at the Sleaford base walked a mile for Sports relief. They also held a cake sale at break and participated in a mile of pennies (needless to say it wasn’t quite a mile!!). Total raised came to £67.50. Many thanks to JD for organising this and to those staff who baked cakes to sell.

 The career’s fair held in Lincoln on Monday 19th March was a big success. The workshops on CV writing and interview techniques etc were particularly well received by our pupils.

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.