Welcome Message From the Headteacher

The governors, staff and I are delighted to introduce you to the work of our school.

The Pilgrim School is a Community Special School (Hospital School). We act on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council to fulfil their duties under Section 19 of the 1996 Education Act.  This means that our school provides education for pupils who are not in their mainstream school because of a decision made by a medical practitioner.

 
We passionately believe that a child’s history is not their destiny; that a person’s current circumstance does not dictate their future. As a school we actively plan for and promote a child’s resilience and post traumatic growth – remembering that success in school is a powerful resilience factor in itself. 


The school prides itself on its ability to personalise learning and support so that pupils make rapid progress, especially in English, Maths and Science (including IT) and in their emotional well – being, as well as a wide range of other subjecs.

 We teach and support pupils so that they are able to make a successful reintegration back into their mainstream school or to their next phase of learning.
As a hospital school we are not a school of choice; parents cannot apply for their child to come here. The decision of need rests with a medical practitioner but referrals are either sent in by a pupil’s school or through the county education out of schools team. 
I hope that you find the website informative and interesting as it begins to describe the complex, but rewarding work the school does.


Steve Barnes, B.A. (Hons), MSc 



The school was last inspected in February 2018. To view the report please follow the hyperlink on the ‘Links’ page. Alternatively, please call the office to request a hard copy. To contact The Pilgrim School, please call 01522 682319 or e-mail enquiries@pilgrim.lincs.sch.uk Please ask to speak to the headteacher - he is the person who deals with queries from parents or other members of the public.

 

A Special Message from the Head Teacher to one and all at Pilgrim this Christmas about our London Trip and how it has encapsulated the spirit of the Pilgrim School.

Hi Everybody

I have spoken to JO and said how much I appreciate what the team has done for the children on the London trip.

I really appreciate and want to thank you for all that you have done, everyone of you, to make this trip possible. JO, for organizing and leading the trip, the staff who accompanied the pupils on ever such a long day, and the people who have helped the pupils develop their resilience so that they thought they could go and for ensuring that the school still functioned.

If Pilgrim stands for anything then it stands for creating a place and giving pupils experiences so that they believe that  they can do more than their history has told them they can; creating places and experiences where pupils thrive. This can only happen where there is a staff team who see their job not as “ticking boxes” but by regularly and habitually going the extra mile.

I appreciate what you do, but much more importantly so do the pupils – even if they do not know how to say it.

 Kind Regards

 Steve Barnes

 Head Teacher

London Trip 2018 Group Shot

 

A Special Message to Staff from the Chair of Governors.

Hi Everyone

We have all known for a long time that The Pilgrim School is a kind school, with compassionate and dedicated staff who give everything to make a difference to the lives of our pupils.  But what can go unrecognised and unappreciated is a phenomenon I call the “Pilgrim Effect” where, when under pressure, you all pull together to produce something really special for our pupils.  This was apparent with the planning and delivery of the London trip.  You are very special people, individually and collectively, and on behalf of the pupils, parents and Governors I want to thank you for everything you do. 

And all this has been going on in the face of Christmas, which we know generates pressures of its own.  I hope you have some energy left to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!

Warmest good wishes.

John Gibson

Chair of Governors

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.


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For making an incredibly positive start to The Pilgrim School.

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Quote of the week..

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will always fall behind you.”