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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

An Inspector Calls Trip - Message from Head of English & Humanities

It was a great trip; the performance was excellent and certainly gave us all food for thought; we got to see the beautiful York Minster from the outside and our pupils were an absolute delight – a credit to The Pilgrim School.

End of Term Trip to Mablethorpe for Louth Pupils

Nine go to Mablethorpe

On Thursday 19th July 2018, staff and pupils from Louth base went on an end of term trip to Mablethorpe.  The day started with a visit to the Seal Sanctuary where the staff and pupils enjoyed an informative walk around the grounds and learnt about the various animals at the sanctuary.  Whilst there we spotted a couple of unusual monkeys.

Two staff looking through like Cheeky Monkeys

 

Past Pupils Success!

We have been informed that two of our past pupils are doing very well in their Post 16 education.

One has just completed her AS levels and achieved A,A,B.

The second pupil that has left us a time ago, has now been accepted onto a Masters in Criminology.

We wish them well, and look forward to hearing more positive stories of past pupils.

 

Fantastic Start to the New Academic Year for all at Pilgrim!

The new academic year has started positively across all the Pilgrim bases with staff and pupils enjoying re-acclimatisation and settling activities aimed at reassuring, re-connecting relationships and forming initial connections and bonds for pupils new to the school.

Amber Hill base opened it's doors for the 1st time to pupils merging from our previous Boston and Sleaford bases.  Pupils and staff have had a fantastic day that has been helped greatly by the work staff put in to 'Get to know you sessions' prior to the summer, when pupils visited each others bases and took part in team building activities. Fantastic work folks!!!

1 one way - summer offer on CallConnect

CallConnect has a seasonal treat for young people throughout this summer's school holidays. The service is offering passengers aged 18 and under special £1 bus tickets for one-way journeys on pre-booked CallConnect services across the county from Saturday 21 July to Monday 3 September.

http://www.lincsbus.info/ 

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