Perfectly Pilgrim – The Values of the Pilgrim School

Vision & Values Brochure


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

Mental health Splatter Days!

The mental health splatter days have gone very well indeed. Pupils and staff alike were inspired by the stories of courage, determination and resilience that were told by BLESMA and Amy Winehouse survivors. A big thank you to NB for organising this.

World Book day!

Staff and students at all three bases celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th March.

There was a quiz and some funny shenanigans with book jackets as students selected book titles that reflected something about their personality.

This photograph demonstrates how this was done in the ASD centre. Fabulous!

Thank you to all staff who encouraged participation. There will be some photographs on display around school soon.

 

Comic Relief

Well done to the Lincoln base who raised £39 from a cake sale for Comic Relief. They also had a joke competition and our pupil DT won best joke, and our staff member SLwon worst joke. Big thanks to JD for organising this.

Pilgrim Sweatshirts!

Sweatshirts

The new Pilgrim sweatshirts have gone down a storm and been more popular than we could have imagined. It’s great that so many of our pupils (and indeed staff!) want to identify with our school community in this way. The pop up shop is open again until 10th April and orders can be made by following this link: 

https://shop.leavershoodies.com/the-pilgrim-school-2019

A huge thank you to S.

 Purple sweatshirt with Pilgrim Logo

 

Football - Lincoln City Football Club Day

Six pupils from Lincoln and Amber Hill bases visited Lincoln City Football Club to play football on the afternoon of 6th March 2019.  They played with other pupils from YPLP in an 11 aside match.  All the pupils really got stuck in to the game and demonstrated some real skills.