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.

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

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.