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

Mental health Splatter Days!

The mental health splatter days have gone very well indeed. Pupils and staff alike were inspired by the stories of courage, determination and resilience that were told by BLESMA and Amy Winehouse survivors. A big thank you to NB for organising this.

World Book day!

Staff and students at all three bases celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th March.

There was a quiz and some funny shenanigans with book jackets as students selected book titles that reflected something about their personality.

This photograph demonstrates how this was done in the ASD centre. Fabulous!

Thank you to all staff who encouraged participation. There will be some photographs on display around school soon.

 

Comic Relief

Well done to the Lincoln base who raised £39 from a cake sale for Comic Relief. They also had a joke competition and our pupil DT won best joke, and our staff member SLwon worst joke. Big thanks to JD for organising this.

Pilgrim Sweatshirts!

Sweatshirts

The new Pilgrim sweatshirts have gone down a storm and been more popular than we could have imagined. It’s great that so many of our pupils (and indeed staff!) want to identify with our school community in this way. The pop up shop is open again until 10th April and orders can be made by following this link: 

https://shop.leavershoodies.com/the-pilgrim-school-2019

A huge thank you to S.

 Purple sweatshirt with Pilgrim Logo

 

Football - Lincoln City Football Club Day

Six pupils from Lincoln and Amber Hill bases visited Lincoln City Football Club to play football on the afternoon of 6th March 2019.  They played with other pupils from YPLP in an 11 aside match.  All the pupils really got stuck in to the game and demonstrated some real skills.