Perfectly Pilgrim – The Values of the Pilgrim School


The importance of values within school organisations


A vision gives a sense of direction; the compass by which we navigate the school. 
The values of a school are what are used when you can’t see out of the ship. It is what you use when there is uncertainty in decision making. 
We are a disparate organisation. Individuals in this organisation have high levels of discretion. Therefore, values help us act in a similar way. It is the glue which binds the school together.


Sergiovanni describes in Strengthening the Heartbeat how to make vision and values useful. He argues that that for values to be effective, more than "mother and apple pie" statements, they require commitment and a signing up to them. In the best schools they draw up a charter of commitment – a statements of things they will commit to. The values outlined below were committed to by the school on an INSET day on 24th October 2014.


• Confidentiality
• Trust 
• Integrity
• Unconditional Positive Regard 
• Personal Responsibility 
• Academic Achievement 
• Autonomy 
• Resilience


Confidentiality:

This means that as professionals we understand our boundaries. The staff enjoy good working relationships with both pupils and each other. To help maintain these when deciding upon whether to share professional information staff need to answer these two questions: does the person I am sharing with need to know this information, and do I need permission to share this information?


Trust:

This is a key component of relationships and ways of working. To work effectively as a school we all need to be sure that we can trust each other to do the right thing (an element of competence) and the second relates to how we treat each other where there is vulnerability.


Integrity:

This is bound to trust but poses the key question of whether we do the right thing when nobody is watching you? Do we keep to our values and commitments when the only accountability might be from ourselves?


Unconditional Positive Regard:

As a school we believe in Carl Roger’s principle of self-actualization. We believe that all people have a natural tendency to create a good life for themselves. This is done through positive relationships, especially those which regard all humans as having worth and separates their actions and behaviours away from their value.


Personal Responsibility:

Staff and pupils do not work within an accountability culture. This means that we do not work to high standards because we are accountable to others, instead we work to high academic and professional standards because all members of the school community accept personal responsibility. Teachers are professionally responsible for the standards in their classroom; pupils accept responsibility for their learning and Reintegration and Support Officers accept responsibility for the pastoral care of their students. The standards we have are our own.


Academic Achievement:

We are a school. As a school we place a premium upon academic achievement. Pupils in the school will start with different prior levels of attainment, different needs and have different lengths of stay but we expect all pupils to make at least good progress in the time they have here. Doing well at school does not just help pupils for the future it makes them feel better and heal faster too.


Autonomy:

Staff and pupils in the school work in disparate circumstances. They will have high levels of autonomy and individual working.
Resilience: This is the most important value we have because it binds the other values together. We want our pupils to have a successful future and happy lives. To do this as a school we systematically and systemically build pupil resilience. This means we are mindful of planning for their “I am, I Have and I can needs”. A powerful resilience factor in itself is a successful school experience. Pupils with 5 A*-C grades are less likely to suffer from mental health and self harm than those without them. 

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.

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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.