SMSC - Personal, Health, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At The Pilgrim School spiritual, moral, social and cultural development prevails through the pastoral system and general ethos of the school.  Aspects are also taught directly through the tutorial programme and permeates the study of key stage curriculum subjects.

At the bases pupils take part in tutorials for half an hour each morning.  This promotes the development of knowledge and understanding in personal, health, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and includes a study of careers, British Values and aspects of citizenship.  Tutorials provide opportunities for students to gain confidence and expertise in discussing issues, listening to others, working on small group projects and participating in teamwork.  From October 2016 a condensed version of this programme will also be delivered to young people receiving education support in the home.

Personal Health education includes learning around issues such as sex, relationships, mental and physical well- being, drug education, managing stress, keeping safe online and in face to face situations, recognizing exploitation and managing responses to it.  The programme prepares pupils for post 16 study and the world of work. It provides impartial careers guidance on a range of job opportunities and furnishes pupils with skills for writing applications, CVs and preparing for interviews.

Spiritual development fosters a climate and ethos in which young people can flourish, show respect to others and be respected. It encourages pupils to explore a range of values and beliefs which affect peoples’ lives and are of personal importance.  It enables pupils to reflect and learn from reflection while asking universal questions of Why? How? Where?  It encourages pupils to consider concepts of awe, wonder and inspiration in their daily lives in addition to providing opportunities to understand human feelings and emotions and acknowledge the importance of accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals.

Moral development provides a clear behavior code that is expected throughout the school and in the wider community.  It enables pupils to identify and discuss the negative consequences of prejudice and discrimination and explore moral concepts and values such as personal rights, responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity.  It illustrates a way of behaving with fairness, integrity, respect for all people and their welfare.  It encourages pupils to consider steps involved in negotiation, the resolution of conflict and the importance of keeping promises and taking responsibility for their personal actions, environment and codes of behavior.

Social development emphasises the importance of co-operative, leadership and responsibility, It builds a sense of community with common, inclusive values and nurtures the development of personal qualities which are valued in society such as thoughtfulness, honesty, independence and inter-dependence between people, communities and countries.

Cultural development provides opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultural roots, traditions and values and those of others.  It encourages pupils to reflect on literature, drama, music, art, crafts and events from a diverse range of societies and communities and to reflect on their significance.  The school endeavors to develop partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness through theatre, museum, concert and gallery visits and invites guests into school to talk about local community and cultural issues.  Pupils are encouraged to participate in fund-raising events and work with local charity groups.

Latest News

Celebration Day 2019

Tuesday this week saw a day of Celebration across the school bases.  Louth held their own event tailored to their pupils needs whilst Lincoln and Amber Hill pupils came together to celebrate their achievements over the academic year and, of course, the end of term!

Prom 2019

It was amazing to see so many of our Year 11 and Yr10 pupils supported to attend our annual prom event.  It never ceases to amaze us how well equiped and resilient our pupils have become with time spent with us, to be able to attend and relax in a busy formal setting such as Prom!  The pupils looked great!!

RAF Scampton - Red Arrows Trip

On Thursday 27th June 2019 pupils and staff from Lincoln and Amber Hill bases were invited to RAF Scampton to watch the Red Arrows carry out an in-season display practice.  The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot and this made great conditions for viewing the display. 

Lincs Show 2019

Pupils from Lincoln and Amber Hill base attended the Lincolnshire Show last week. They all had great fun taking in the sights, sounds and smells (literally) of the show! The KS3 group from Amber Hill joined up with ASD centre students and enjoyed watching  the Police Dog show and cuddling a few lively ferrets! Others had a wander around the shops and stalls trying out games and sampling some of the delicious food on offer. They had such a great time and were so tired that some fell asleep on the way home. A good day had by all and a big shout out to JD for being the group organiser and herding the flock all day!

Congratulations! Completed Exams!

Congratulations to all Yr11 pupils who completed their end of year exams.

Message from the head teacher:

The general consensus from overheard chat from the pupils is that they have been well prepared and have given the exams a good shot. The pupils can feel proud and validated by what they have done. They have been helped to achieve this by having had strong teaching and strong support.