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

Our nice new MPV delivered today.

We have taken deliver y of our first ever Pilgrim Minibus.  It looks rather smart and will expand our opportunities to transport our pupils for additional enrichment opportunites and D of E excursions etc.

Pilgrim Minibus

Celebrating Success

Following last week’s article about Duke of Edinburgh, We are pleased to share the news that DA and SB have been invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the Dof E celebrations in May.

On 22nd March staff and pupils at the Sleaford base walked a mile for Sports relief. They also held a cake sale at break and participated in a mile of pennies (needless to say it wasn’t quite a mile!!). Total raised came to £67.50. Many thanks to JD for organising this and to those staff who baked cakes to sell.

 The career’s fair held in Lincoln on Monday 19th March was a big success. The workshops on CV writing and interview techniques etc were particularly well received by our pupils.

Celebrating Success - D of E Update

On Wednesday 7th March we had the official ceremony that declared us an official centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mick Hoare who is the East Midlands Operations Officer for Dof E came to the Sleaford base and met with some of the pupils who have embarked on bronze so far and then presented the framed certificate. We were pleased to have governors in attendance in this occasion too.

Celebrating Success - Visit to Bunkers Care Home

Just after half term, two of our year 11 pupils from Lincoln, ET and MH, visited the Bunkers Care Home as part of their Health and Social care course. The pupils sat with around 10 residents and completed craft activities with them. They achieved their objectives for the BTEC course but also were able to use the opportunity to grow their confidence in visiting new places and their communication skills in meeting new people. This is what therapeutic education looks like in practice! We received very positive feedback from the care home who would like to be able to host more of these visits. Many thanks to HS (RSO) for accompanying the girls and to NB for setting up the experience.

BLESMA Charity Workshop

The school has arranged for a visit from the charity BLESMA, the limbless veterans, to deliver free workshops from veterans to inspire and motivate pupils. 

The aim of the workshop is:

  • To inspire pupils with the BLESMA members stories.
  • Understand what it is to overcome adversity and promote how to be resilient.
  • Encourage healthy behaviours.
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem, and make individuals realise that we all go through tough times.
  • Improve interpersonal relationships and skills.