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

School Activities: PGL - Caythorpe Centre Trip

To round off a very successful year for all of our pupils and building on the success of last years trip, a PGL trip has been offered out to our pupils and will take place on Friday 14th July at the Caythorpe Centre. Eight of our pupils have felt resilient enough to participate in this day trip supported by a range of our staff. 

 

Celebrating Success: Pilgrim Prom 2017

A good time was had by all at The School Prom. It was such a pleasure to see our young people joining in with such happiness. I will remember B.N's dancing for some time! The alternative awards went down well with the pupils and I think this is becoming more successful every year we do it. The popcorn and candy floss machines were a huge hit too. I fully appreciate these things just don’t happen by themselves:

Some other images from the evening may be viewed in our gallery section soon.

 

Celebrating Success: The Lincolnshire Show

Celebrating Success:

A big thank you to M.P. in theLouth base for coordinating the trip to the Lincolnshire show. We appreciate all the hard work coordinating this has been. It was definitely worth it. The sun shone and a good time was had by all. The pupils had a fantastic time sampling local produce, watching sheep shearing and taking part in various activities available at the show including a sumo-wrestling match between J. (of Lincoln base) and N. (of Boston base).

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Exam Period

The official GCSE exams’ period started last week and will gain momentum very quickly.

Our pupils have and continue to work to the best of their ability to access their exams and achieve the best results that they can manage.  They have been putting in additional revision sessions and will continue to do so throughout the examination period.  

Our thanks go out to all our teaching, support and admin staff for continuing to go the extra mile to ensure our pupils engagement at this particularly stressful time.