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

Awards Evening 'Amazing'

The Awards Evening was absolutely amazing.  Pupils, parents, staff, Governors and LA representatives celebrated the success of our pupils both pastorally and academically.  Very touching, personal stories, were shared by pupils, that outlined challenges, worries, concerns etc. that with the right environment and individualised support had lead onto personal success. Many a tear shed but with lots of laughter too! 

Pilgrim Staff 'Reach Out to Share Good Practice about Mental Health'

BL and HS jointly presented to Minster Teaching Alliance about mental health. They originally were expecting around 30 people but ended up delivering to two cohorts of around 50 each. We have heard lots of positive things about this and it has already generated interest in more delivery and training as part of the Minster teaching alliance. Congratulations this week therefore goes to BL and HS for their success on their first outing into new territory and we look forward to hearing more successes as Pilgrim spreads the word about mental health in the future.

Awards Evening

Staff and pupils are gearing up for another fantastic 'Awards Evening' on 19th October at the Sleaford Rugby Club, when the Pilgrim family celebrate the pastoral and academic success of our young people that have worked so hard throughout the year/s to overcome personal challenges to ultimately succeed.

It is our way to acknowledge and support pupils with their transition from Keystage 4 onto Post 16 provision.  Our thoughts, best wishes and support for the child does not simply stop with doing exams, we support, encourage and reassure pupils and their families to make appropriate choices for Post 16 that will ensure the best future prospects and life chances as they can.

Educate Against Hate

Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Here you will find Q&A and resources to help you protect your child

http://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

Celebrating Success:

This summer the school achieved the best  GCSE and BTEC outcomes for our year 11's than we ever have before. Even with new, more demanding GCSE specs in English and Maths, our pupils did brilliantly.  The results are even more impressive against a background that sees more and more complex young people joining our school. Congratulations to the entire school community for these achievements. It is team work that makes the magic happen within our young people.