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Becoming part of Pilgrim School was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

In the year that I’ve been here I’ve been able to succeed in ways I never thought I could. Everyone here is always willing to help you if you need it and the teachers always make sure that you understand everything.

Learning at Pilgrim is unique since your learning style is considered as necessary part of your learning, something that surprisingly few other schools do.

But Pilgrim isn’t just a place to help you succeed as a person. Before I came here I couldn’t talk with others my own age, but since becoming part of the Pilgrim family I’ve been able to make friends.

The Pilgrim School is an amazing place and I wish I could have been here sooner. Pilgrim will forever be a place connected with warm and joyful memories in my heart.

B.H.

 

Describe Prilgrim in 5 words?

Amazing, Great, Helpful, Outstanding, Good.

 

How did you feel when you first arrived and how do you feel now?

First = Nervous

Now = Grateful

 

How have you changed since being at Pilgrim?

Becoming more confident.

 

What has been most helpful for you at Pilgrim?

Toilet and staff.

 

What are your plans after Pilgrim?

I am going to complete an apprenticeship with my father.

 

What would you say/advice would you give to a new pupil about to start Pilgrim?

Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

What will you remember the most about Pilgrim?

English Teacher

 

Best bit about Pilgrim

Little family

 

Worst bit about Pilgrim.

Can’t make a cup of tea

Funniest moment at Pilgrim.

Chris’s Clothing trends and Steve’s jokes

 

From M.J

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Describe Prilgrim in 5 words?

A community of accepting individuals.

 

How did you feel when you first arrived and how do you feel now?

When I first arrived I felt very nervous as I didn’t know anyone but now I’ll be sad to leave.

 

How have you changed since being at Pilgrim?

Since being at Pilgrim I have become more confident and have started doing more outside of school.

 

What has been most helpful for you at Pilgrim?

The support and encouragement that staff and students give each other. Especially in the build up to GCSE’s and post 16 options.

 

What are your plans after Pilgrim?

After Pilgrim I shall be attending LCA sixth form to do my A levels and hopefully progress to university afterwards. 

 

What would you say/advice would you give to a new pupil about to start Pilgrim?

Try and get involved with other students, they may not talk to you at first in fear of annoying/ upsetting you – make the first move.

 

What will you remember the most about Pilgrim?

Steve’s awful jokes about his soap addition and personal trainer.

 

Best bit about Pilgrim

Small class sizes, supportive staff and pupils.

 

Worst bit about Pilgrim.

Taxi journey! Lack of quiet space because the schools so small.

Funniest moment at Pilgrim.

When a bottle of ink exploded all over Jackie. G in the art room when I was creating my GCSE final piece.

 

From L.K

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Amazing. Wonderful. Different. Home. Safe.

These 5 words describe how Pilgrim is. All of them show that Pilgrim really is different and wonderful. My first day here was overwhelming, stressful and confusing. I forgot how school worked but Pilgrim was new. Everyone helped me and was happy to meet me, even though I was crying and wanted my own invisible blanket to eat me away. I felt upside down and lost, but when I met the teachers to, I felt safe and knew that they were there to help me. Pilgrim changed me like no other school ever could, and that’s a great thing because now I have gained memories of work, but I have also gained confidence in myself with not being afraid. The teachers are proud of me and inside I am crying because this school, it’s brought me a long way in a short time, they filled me with hope, they gave me a bit of life back. No, they gave me a full purpose of life back and I will forever hold that memory with me and even if I cry rivers. I don’t care, Pilgrim is a brilliant school, I’m so glad I joined. I don’t want to leave…

It’s not all sad though because I have had the best moments at Pilgrim too: on my first or second day, I worked with Chris in maths and I got upset, but he made me smile again! Then there was the time in science when Steve kept calling me melody, which made me laugh and in all honesty, I didn’t mind. English was a calm lesson and I even spoke to the students at times, which I never thought I would do, but I did. Break time was nice too because I could sit and relax and do my own thing, and occasionally have a talk with Chris, Emily or Lizzie. They were the best moments, but I definitely won’t forget when I left at lunch time and came back in the next day and Chris told me he called me Hermione, like from Harry Potter! It’s probably payback from when I called him a moron on camera, but it relaxed me because it reminded me of an oxymoron in English and made me smile to. Sorry!

I know that the day I have to leave, ill cry. It’s because I’m leaving, or feels like I’m leaving a part of me behind. I don’t want to be forgotten, but new beginnings have to happen and it’s okay. I won’t forget any of you, I promise not to, but I thank Pilgrim School for everything they have done for me. I would give them all a hug, because I simply can’t say thank you enough. I hope I’m marked in those halls, don’t be afraid either, it will be alright.

 

 

From HH 

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Describe Prilgrim in 5 words?

Enjoyment.

 

How did you feel when you first arrived and how do you feel now?

Fist = Strange

Second =Really happy

 

How have you changed since being at Pilgrim?

Feel more comfortable being around people.

 

What has been most helpful for you at Pilgrim?

The support.

 

What are your plans after Pilgrim?

I am going to college and then onto work.

 

What would you say/advice would you give to a new pupil about to start Pilgrim?

Be nice to other people around you.

 

What will you remember the most about Pilgrim?

Steve’s jokes

 

Best bit about Pilgrim

People being nice to each other.

 

Worst bit about Pilgrim.

Leaving the school

 

 

From G.T

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Describe Prilgrim in 5 words?

Supportive, Caring, Crazy and Family-like.

 

How did you feel when you first arrived and how do you feel now?

When I first joined I was a wreck and really shy and quiet. Now I’m a really obnoxiously loud person who doesn’t care what people think about me.

 

How have you changed since being at Pilgrim?

I’ve become a really positive person who is now emotionally stable with good friends. I can be a bit sassy/savage if needed as well. In short words I’ve come out of my shell more.

 

What are your plans after Pilgrim?

I am going to college to do hairdressing.

 

What would you say/advice would you give to a new pupil about to start Pilgrim?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong but remember to stay sassy kweeeeens xoxo.

 

What will you remember the most about Pilgrim?

The family like feel and doing the cha cha slide with Abi and Beth

 

Worst bit about Pilgrim.

Leaving L and the taxi organisation

 

Funniest moment at Pilgrim.

All of the banter between everyone.

 

 

From B.N 

A Y11 Pupil

I went to Pilgrim School in Sleaford for 6 months after having missed 2 years of school due to family circumstances and a few issues. I have achieved so much in this short period of time, things that I never thought I would.

The staff are all really supportive and will help you to achieve anything you want. I wouldn’t have got where I am now without them! They were always really understanding when I went through rough patches and they got me through it and kept me going no matter how hard it was… they got me through it.

I have taken my GCSEs in English, Maths and General Studies alongside Functional Skills in Maths and English. In addition to these I have also completed some AQA’s in a variety of topics.

The school has such a calm atmosphere and the pupils all feel very comfortable there and all get on.  There is no bullying and everyone understands each other.

I am so grateful that I was given this amazing opportunity and the best decision I ever made was to go to Pilgrim and I wish I could do it all again… I will really miss the people there.

 

A letter to new students from a year 11 leaver

To new students,

I started The Pilgrim School one year ago. When I started here I was very shy, got told I will not get any GCSEs from my old school and didn't know what to do.

Now having stuck to what they have said I am graded Cs in all my GCSEs, have made loads of great friends that I can trust and talk to which have been through similar things to me and to top it up I am really confident now and proud to be me.

When everyone said time would go fast, I did not believe them one bit but now it is my last day I wonder where the time has gone.

I am glad I stuck staying with the Pilgrim School as without the Pilgrim School I don?t think I would have a place in Boston College and be on my way to getting in the navy.

Thanks for everything.

 

"Thanks for all of the help you gave me it is very much appreciated"

A Y11 Pupil

 

"Thank you for all of your help, and understanding and support. I have had a wonderful year and will miss you all."

A Y11 Pupil

 

"Thank you for all your help and support over the past year and a bit"

A Y11 Pupil

 

"Thank you to all the staff for all their help with education support for my son. He seems to have a lot more confidence and I hope will get his GCSEs. Thanks again"

Parents of a Y11 Pupil

 

"As you know we started from a situation where my daughter could not cope with any sort of formal learning environment. Initial attendance at both the Thursday morning home sessions and at Mablethorpe was somewhat sporadic. The constant level of support and the occasional "push" eventually overcame her reservations. I think the balance of home study and group work was a major benefit to her and helped overcome some of her confidence issues and has set her on the right road for attending college in September. Your ability to be flexible in terms of study hours and transport arrangements also contributed greatly. I found the regular reviews and discussions most helpful.

I have the greatest admiration for your staff, you all demonstrated a strong commitment to my daughter and her well being without which she would not have achieved what she has. You all have passion for the education and the improvement of young people that is sadly not noticed by many. I hope you are able to continue the good work for years to come. If there anything I can ever do to help the school please get in touch."

Parent of a Y11 Pupil

 

"My wife and I would like to say a very big thank you for the difference and confidence you have made and given to my son. Words cannot express how much it is appreciated by us. Thank you again."

Parents of a Y11 Pupil

 
 

Describe Prilgrim in 5 words?

Supportive, Caring, Crazy and Family-like.

 

How did you feel when you first arrived and how do you feel now?

When I first joined I was a wreck and really shy and quiet. Now I’m a really obnoxiously loud person who doesn’t care what people think about me.

 

How have you changed since being at Pilgrim?

I’ve become a really positive person who is now emotionally stable with good friends. I can be a bit sassy/savage if needed as well. In short words I’ve come out of my shell more.

 

What are your plans after Pilgrim?

I am going to college to do hairdressing.

 

What would you say/advice would you give to a new pupil about to start Pilgrim?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong but remember to stay sassy kweeeeens xoxo.

 

What will you remember the most about Pilgrim?

The family like feel and doing the cha cha slide with Abi and Beth

 

Worst bit about Pilgrim.

Leaving L and the taxi organisation

 

Funniest moment at Pilgrim.

All of the banter between everyone.

 

From B.N

 
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. 


Parent Messages:

Dear all,

I would like to take the opportunity of thanking everybody at the Pilgrim School in Lincoln for their care, support and expertise in furthering AH's education.

As soon as A. joined Pilgrim, I felt like the sun had come out, in that we felt immediately supported both emotionally and educationally. She has blossomed in confidence and I know how hard you must have worked to help to keep her on an even keel.

My heartfelt thanks for your commitment and expertise and a special mention to HS (RSO) for being an extraordinary guide and mentor,

As ever with thanks,

 SK