Pastoral Support

Meeting the pastoral needs of our pupils is crucial if they are going to access education. At point of entry all pupils are assigned both a Case Manager (teacher) who oversees the academic aspects of school life, and a Reintegration and Support Officer (RSO) who supports the pupils’ pastoral needs. The RSO will normally be the point of contact for families and will liaise closely with health and other professionals where necessary. There is a strong team approach with both Case Manager and RSO working collectively to balance academic and pastoral needs.

RSOs generally visit pupils at home once a referral has been accepted with the aim of gathering more detailed information about the pupil, finding out what has prompted a referral to The Pilgrim School, providing information about The Pilgrim School and to answer any questions. They will then arrange a visit to base (if appropriate) and support pupils to make a transition into the school. If a pupil is taught in the home, an RSO will provide pastoral support that will vary depending on the level of need.

Pastoral support at Pilgrim has many guises. Pupils may be offered ‘time to talk’ (a chance to share and offload - not counselling), Resilient Me (a bespoke intervention focusing on resilience and growth factors), individual support plans, transition support, advocacy and always a listening ear. Wherever possible, there will be an RSO on hand in each base. There are currently three in Lincoln and Sleaford, two in Boston and one in Louth. As far as possible, all the team are aware of all pupils needs to ensure continuity of support.

In addition, RSOs attend regular review meetings (or TAC/CIN/CP meetings if applicable), make referrals for targeted support, liaise with health professionals and support with reintegration to a mainstream setting when appropriate.

Our team of dedicated and experienced professionals are committed to ensuring pupils reach their full potential and overcome their individual barriers to success. They are equally motivated to continue their own professional development and attend regular training sessions and courses to enable them to support pupils to their best ability.

As a school we place great value on the work and values of the RSO team and appreciate the work they do in building relationships with pupils and families in order to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The school is proud of our joint focus on academic and pastoral growth and continually strives to identify and meet need across both areas. Pupil voice plays a large part in our development; we believe that if a pupil is listened to and valued, they will achieve.

 

 

Working Towards the Wellbeing Mark

The Pilgrim School is currently working towards achieving a special quality mark for mental health and wellbeing.  As part of this process we will be working with staff, pupils and parents about how they feel mental health and emotional wellbeing are thought of and supported across the school community.  This process will allow us to make judgements about how well we do this and help us to think about and plan what we can do to improve so that we are offering the best possible support in every aspect of the school community.

Wellbeing Award Letter

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.