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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.

Right at the end of last term we heard that two of our pupils had been successful in a Lincolnshire short story competition. LS and AS had stories chosen to be displayed on the St Marks area of Lincoln as part of the Medieval celebrations over the summer. Their work was submitted via email and then sent to a designer for professional illustration and presentation. A proud moment indeed for both families and our school. 



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: Thank you to the RSO team for organising the event, to the Sleaford Staff who helped to get the venue ready, for G.G. for being our master of ceremonies and DJ, for our photographer on the evening and for our Chair of Governors J.G. for the warm up quizzes and to the staff for attending. 

B.N. Celebrating by doing a dance solo

Staff and pupils having a Boogie

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



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. 

Description of the Caythorpe Centre:

Caythorpe Court is the perfect adventure centre for primary school groups, large or small, seeking an escape to the country.

Just ten miles north of Grantham, there’s over 65 acres of space for your pupils to enjoy, packed full of adventure activities on land and water.

For some high adrenalin action, your pupils will love a race around the quad bike track. Why not test their head for heights on the giant swing? Whatever the challenge, the experienced instructors at Caythorpe will help each individual reach further and achieve more.



Celebrating Success: The Lincolnshire Show

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).

Pupils in Sumo Suits competing



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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.

 



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Celebrating Success: Fit for Learning

New initiative, Lincoln base:

In recent weeks we have started a new venture in the Lincoln base. This was the idea a learning mentor there. She writes:

Figures show that fewer children walk to school nowadays than a generation ago. After speaking to the majority of pupils at Lincoln – most do not take part in any exercise or get fresh air (including walking) out of school. To combat this each morning we take the pupils out for a walk around Hartsholme’s school field. Since starting it on 20/02/2017 we have had 13 pupils take part with some of the pupils managing every day they are in. The aim is to improve health and wellbeing, raise attainment and promote social interactions amongst pupils. So far the initiative has made positive steps forward.

 Students walking in Lincoln

Despite the expression on these pupil’s face, this has actually been a huge success and there has been a marked difference in mood and readiness to work. Sleaford will be launching something similar soon. Many thanks to Jess for this initiative.



News of past pupils:

News of past pupils: An update on a past pupil remembered with great fondness (KS). He enjoyed enormous success at Pilgrim from a low starting point and returned to give a speech at the awatds evening two years ago. A learning mentor has passed on the latest news about him:

He is working for an Engineering firm based in Darwen in Lancashire.  The firm is called Heritage Painting , and they work on restoration projects involving Steam Engines, Traction Engines, Railway Carriages etc.

He got the job after completing his course with Siemens where he earned 2 Distinctions and a Merit, and was then recommended by one of the sons of Fred Dibnah.



RAF Coningsby Visit

The Pilgrim School visit to RAF Coningsby

A number of pupils and staff visited RAF Coningsby on 10th March 2017 and were given a tour of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, 3(Fighter) Squadron and the Typhoon Engine Bay.  The visit was very informative and provided the pupils with a closer look at military aircraft flown during the Second World War and today.  The pupils enjoyed a close up look at the Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota aircraft which was followed by a tour of the modern Typhoon aircraft and engines.  The school are very grateful to staff at RAF Coningsby for arranging this first class school trip.

Plane in Hanger

 Working example of a Spitfire..Students on Tour

 Students being briefed on various aircraft..

Please click here to view large Group Shot.. in front of the Dakota aircraft in BBMF



Celebrating Success: World book day:

On Thursday 2nd March we celebrated World Book Day. Although pupils don’t tend to dress up as they do in primary schools, pupils were engaged in different activities across the school. In Louth for example, pupils were engaged in finding bits of text all over the building and reading in different areas. This was then recorded using the ipads. We were able to distribute pupils book tokens across and we received posters and books from the ‘World Book Day’ organisers thanks to 'DR' who took the initiative on this to promote reading across the school. Thanks D!



Celebrating Success: Visit by BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It is really pleasing to see that what we do and the good practice that exists in the school is being recognised. We were visited this week by BBC Radio Lincolnshire. They interviewed staff, parents and pupils and left impressed with the work that we do. More details will follow regarding the airing on radio and the ability to listen via BBC Iplayer.

Update: Please follow the link below and go to 1hr 53 minutes into programme to listen to the interview/report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04s5h4d



Celebrating Success: Tesco's 'Bags of help' scheme

Thanks goes out to staff member NB, for securing Pilgrim as a beneficiary to the Tesco’s ‘bags of help’ scheme where shoppers choose to give a token from their shopping purchase to one of three choices of charities. Let’s hope we gain the attention of lots of local shoppers and raise lots of money.

Note from NB...

A few weeks ago I compiled an application to Tesco for funding through their 'bags of help' scheme.  I received an email confirming that we had been successful and that over March and April, customers shopping in Tesco at the stores listed below will be able to vote for which charity/organization will receive one of 3 amounts.  The first place organization will receive £5000, second place £2000 and third place £1000.  Although the good news is that we will definitely receive at least the £1000 we could hopefully receive the £5000.  If you are shopping in any of the stores mentioned below over the next 2 months or so please use your token to support the bid for The Pilgrim School.

Organisation Name - The Pilgrim Hospital School; Project Title - Energize The School

Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on your project. 

BOSTON               PE21 7JD

BOURNE EXPRESS            PE10 9AQ

GRANTHAM EXPRESS     NG31 8RX

HOLBEACH          PE12 7LR

OAKHAM             LE15 6BQ

SLEAFORD           NG34 7BB

SPALDING MATMORE EXP           PE11 2PN

BOURNE              PE10 9LS

GRANTHAM HARROWBY EXP     NG31 9NL

 

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here:

http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/



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Celebrating Success: English Speaking & Listening

The new GCSE specs have created new challenges for everyone nationally. For Pilgrim staff and pupils the challenge has been arguably greater as the bench mark is higher and this creates barriers for pupils with significant obstacles to overcome as it is. The English department has had to make new arrangements for the speaking and listening element of the course. Now all pupils have to be filmed doing their presentation in bases and in the home. In addition to this, the pressure of being filmed has created additional anxiety for pupils.  With support from all staff, the pupils have overcome their worries and concerns. The presentations have been going on this week and will continue until all are complete. Virtually all pupils have completed this successfully so big shout out to those English staff who are managing this and also to one of our Learning Mentors (CR) who has travelled to different bases to do the filming.

Thank you!



Celebrating Success: Career's Fair

Last Wednesday we hosted our annual career’s fair. This is the second time we have run this for pupils and it was evident that the event has developed greatly since last year. We had significantly more visitors for pupils to engage with than before. These included most local colleges as well as Tescos, the Police, Ambulance service our own governor Julie Bembridge about careers in the NHS (thank you Julie), a staff members daughter came in to advise pupils about careers in IT, groups from voluntary organisations, visitors giving information about apprenticeship schemes and more. Pupils seemed to engage more positively this year too which made the event even more worthwhile. It’s a genuine challenge and concern moving our pupils on from the safety of Pilgrim to a post 16 placement and these types of events are crucial in encouraging our pupils to start looking outside of their comfort zone and being brave enough to consider their next steps. A huge thank you to key organisers and everyone who contributed in some way to make the event the success that it was. 



18th January: Career’s Fair, Sleaford

Our Career's Fair takes place in Sleaford this year.  A range of colleges and employers have been invited to offer our pupils the opportunity to discuss and plan for their next steps, Post 16.  It is a valuable opportunity that is open to all our KS4 pupils.  Staff will be rallying around on the day transporting and supporting our young people to engage positively in this event.  Just turning up is a challenge in itself for some, so we wish them luck on the day. A support booklet can be found on our parents page to explain the day and support our pupils.



gcsepod

 

 

Online revision APP and assignments

GCSE Pod is an app that hosts podcasts (short animated files of lesson content and revision sessions. The school has purchased this for the students to use to assist with lesson content and revision. Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up, down load the appropriate podcasts and start revising and consolidating learning now!

What is GCSEPod?

We are the award-winning experts in mobile learning. We provide highly concentrated 3-5 minute bursts of audio-visual, teacher-written learning which can help to reinforce and consolidate key GCSE topics covered in lessons. Everything is explained precisely with all the correct facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams, all mapped to exam specifications

 

Does your child know they have access to GCSEPod?

Ensure your child has activated their GCSEPod account by following these simple instructions:

1. Go to www.gcsepod.com

2. Click login

3. Click New Here? Get Started

4. Ensure they’ve selected they are a pupil

5. Enter their personal details as requested

6. Enter the Pilgrim School

7. Create a username and password

If your child has already activated their account, they simply need to log in with the username and password they’ve created.

For more information please visit www.gcsepod.com/parents

 



Celebrating Success:

As we approach Christmas there are lots of special activities happening for our pupils. On 2nd December the Lincoln pupils took part in a Christmas bake and PJ day. They are also collecting for the NOMAD trust and are planning a treat tp Daisy Maid for the end of term. Plans are underway in Louth and Boston for Christmas jumper and fun days on the last day of term. Last week pupils from Sleaford Resilient Me group had a Christmas themed outing to the Downtown ice rink in Grantham.  They are also having a Christmas dinner on 14th December and a jumper day on 16th.

 Massive Snow Globe at Downtown Ice Rink with pupils inside

Christmas can be a challenging time for young people with mental health problems and especially those on the autistic spectrum. The NAS have recently written an article about supporting autistic young people at what can be a stressful time of year. It is on their website for those who are interested.



Resilient Me Program goes from strength to strength

Resilient Me continues to go from strength to strength with pupils having more
opportunities than ever to access learning experiences beyond the normal
Pilgrim environment. Pupils at Lincoln recently visited the Showroom in Lincoln
to participate in the climbing wall activity.

 The Showroom - Pupil on Climbing Wall



Celebrating Success: Remembrance Day

The school acknowledged the two minute silence on Remembrance Day in different ways across the bases. In addition to this pupils were engaged in producing displays.                      

This one was put together by pupils in Louth:

Louth Base Remembrance Day Display

 

A pupil from our Louth base wrote the following poem:

We Remember the War

Trudging through miles of trenches;

Having to climb barbed wire fences;

Bombs dropped;

People stopped;

Men diving for cover;

Wishing they were their lover;

Ringing ears;

Endless Fears;

Breathing in noxious gasses;

Throat tightens as time passes;

Blistering face;

Deadly embrace;

Distant arc of mortar shells;

Illuminates this living hell;

Silence follows;

No tomorrow;

Changing over no mans lands;

Good men falling on the sand:

Everywhere death;

Last Breath.



Awards Evening 2016

Our annual Awards Evening was held at Sleaford Civic Centre on Thursday 20th October. It was a joy to welcome back so many of our leavers from the summer all looking very dapper in their ‘Sunday best’. We also enjoyed the company of some of our current year 11 pupils having invited them this year for the first time. Pupils received their exam certificates and subject awards were presented along with  special presentations for motivation, participation in our Resilient Me course, attendance, pastoral and the Governor’s and Headteacher Awards. It was a wonderful night and each and everyone of our pupils should be proud of the progress they have made often against very challenging circumstances.

Awards Evening 2016 Group Photo

Extracts from the visitors book completed on the evening.

“Pilgrim always supported me in the best and worst times of my life. Thank you for everything.”

“I am infinitely grateful for the support from Pilgrim, for giving my life so many opened doors that had previously been locked.”

“The progress my brother has made at Pilgrim has been exceptional. The only extra that I could have is that he had been transferred to Pilgrim earlier.”

“As a family we’ve had our ups and downs but I don’t know what we would have done without Pilgrim.”

“We are so proud to be associated with such an inclusive and successful school.”

“The staff at Pilgrim are patient, kind and caring. If only more children in need could get the help that Pilgrim provide.”

“Such wonderful teaching staff. It is a pleasure to be part of the Pilgrim school family.”

 

 



Amy Winehouse Foundation Visits Sleaford Base

The ‘Amy Winehouse Foundation’ is a charity who visit schools for free to education young people about the dangers of drugs. This is the second year that they have visited Pilgrim and last Thursday saw the first of the visits around our bases starting in Sleaford.

                       

This is some snippets taken from pieces of writing completed after the event which will be sent to the charity.

 

I’d like to thank your caring advice, activities and help with the subject of drugs and alcohol. It came onto to very touching subjects but I learnt a lot from them, for my future actions in life. Obviously I can’t promise that I won’t do drugs and consume alcohol, but I will take on your advice and to try to look out for myself when proceeding these actions. Jane and Brian were both equally informative and lovely people honestly. I wouldn’t think of them any less than what they are right now.

 

In the talk I learned that if you mix with the wrong people it is very easy to get involved with drugs and then once you are involved it is very hard to get clean from drugs again. I enjoyed the fact that Brian was able to share his story with us and we were able to talk about it and asked questions if we wanted or needed to, i also enjoyed the fact that there was time to do activities of the topic and look at the drug box. The talk was useful for me because I was able to have a clearer understanding of drugs and what they can make people do and how they can make people feel. Thank you for coming in and sharing your stories and teaching us more about drugs i found it very interesting.

 

Our pupils were amazing and made full use of the opportunity offered. Both Brian and Jane (the presenters) commented on the empathy in the room and the way our pupils showed respect for each other and valued others opinions etc. A very successful morning.



Awards Evening Thursday 20th October 2016

We are looking forward to celebrating both the academic and pastoral achievements of our pupils that we supported through to completion of their yr11 studies with us in 2016.

This event has been a great success in showcasing and celebrating the diverse range of achievements our students have made both academically and on a personal level based on their past and current unique needs.

 



Autism Advice drop in at ASD centre in Sleaford.



Learning Walk for 1:1s



End of Term - Hartsholme Trip

Team talk, pupil buddies, staff buddies, sun cream and off!

Pupils and staff enjoyed a lovely morning trip to Hartsholme Country Park to bring a busy year of hard work to a positive conclusion.  A range of activities were undertaken, including playing on the swings and slides, rounders, football, a picnic break and a long, long, long, long ramble!

Hartsholme End of Term Trip - Happy pupils and staff

The pupils were really enthusiastic and joined in when and where possible. It was lovely to see them take it in turns, politely, and also supporting those pupils less able to participate in activities that were more physically challenging e.g. pupils able to hit the ball in rounders but other pupils volunteering to run for them.  There was a real sense of team and companionship on the day.  To see these young people forming new, and building on recently formed friendships, was amazing.



Tesco support our Garden Revamp at Sleaford base

After a day of building and constructing raised beds, seating, painting and a morning of humping and dumping 30 bags of compost; gardening and laying gravel,  Tesco staff and our Community Liaison Manager have done a great job so far on the revamp of our patio and garden area at our Sleaford base.

Pilgrim pupils staff and Tesco staff on project start day

The area looks amazing and pupils have already started to use it. 

Refreshed patio area with new seating

There are a few tasks still to be done and then the garden and patio area will be complete.

Garden view of grassy area with planters

Tesco staff and our Community Liaison Manager will be back in over the summer to get this done and in early September Tesco will also generously donate parasols for the tables and some outside games for the pupils.

A big thank you to Tesco and especially to our Community Liaison Manager, without whom, this would never have happened.

More news to follow...

 



Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Staff and pupils attended a matinee performance of Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. This was to support their learning of the text in English Literature and it was a great experience for all. We travelled by train from Newark to Kings Cross, then took a bus to Blackfriars. We were able to enjoy a walk along the South Bank, taking in some of London's iconic buildings; the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral.

Pupils outside the Globe Theatre

At the Globe we were delighted to have actors walking through the Yard next to where we were standing and even interacting with us! It was hard to stand for three hours to watch the performance, but it was an exciting production and our students did us proud.



It was Macbrilliant!

Last Friday pupils from the Sleaford base attended Tolethorpe Hall in Stamford to watch a production of Macbeth. They arrived armed with picnics and brollies and a good time was had by all.

Pupils have written their own responses to the event:

For a voluntary production it was very professional, everyone stayed in character. The script is very hard to learn (I’ve tried) but everyone memorised the words perfectly and very audibly. They carried on even during the RAIN!!! The visual effects were amazing but a bit too smoky (you couldn’t see the stage during the meeting between the witches). It was very entertaining. THE SUN WAS BLINDING US!!!!! #FeelingLikeAFilmCritic. It was Macbrilliant.

Overall it was very enjoyable. 10/10 would hallucinate daggers again.”

 Many thanks to staff for organising the event.



Anyone for Tennis!

On Wednesday 6th July, pupils from Resilient Me, Sleaford base took a trip to Heckington Tennis Courts to celebrate Wimbledon. We met up with the Chair of Governors, who had arranged numerous activities for staff and pupils to get involved in. We all had a fun afternoon playing tennis, team building, practising ball skills and socialising…all ending in strawberries and cream…yummy!

Pupils taking it in turns to play tennis

A big Thank You to the Chair of Governors for organising this splendid event.



Vet based work experience, It was the best day ever!

Work experience was great, my first day on the job and I was asked to help in the theatres! I was asked to monitor the heart rate and the level of anaesthetic, as well as calm the animal after it came round. Another member of staff put the cat in the kennels post –op. It was the best day ever and it’s secured my dream of eventually becoming a vet someday. I encourage others to follow their own dreams as you never know where it may lead you.

After all “there is nothing to fear but fear itself”.

Pupil getting ready for theatre



PGL Trip 2016

Staff and pupils recently enjoyed a fun filled, action packed day at PGL Caythorpe.

PGL Group Photo with happy pupils and staff

The trip enabled pupils from each base to come together and socialise as a whole school.

 

Pupils had the opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor and team building activities, including Archery, Giant Swing, High Ropes and Rifles.

 

Students thoroughly enjoyed the experiences, with comments including ‘It was great! The food was sooooo good‘, I really enjoyed the Archery sessions a fair amount, so much so that I have decided to join an archery club myself’. 

 

 

All agreed that without the support of Pilgrim school, taking part in an experience such as this would have not been possible and students were appreciative of the support they continually received in and outside of the classroom.

All in all a great time was had by all!



Prom 2016!!!

On Thursday 23rd June, year 10 and 11 pupils came together to celebrate at The Pilgrim School’s 3rd end of year prom.  The Admiral Rodney, Horncastle played host to the intimate gathering with music provided by The Good Guys disco in what is now becoming Pilgrim tradition.

For many, the prom signifies the end of a long journey and provides an opportunity many of our leavers thought they would miss out on.  It is an absolute pleasure to see these individuals come together to celebrate something so unique.  Each pupil experiences personal lows and highs during their time at Pilgrim and we hope the prom is something they can look back on as a high.

On the evening pupils danced, laughed, ate and said goodbye. Awards were issued, by pupil poll, to winners of categories such as “Most likely to be a millionaire”, “Best Couple” and “Funkiest Hair”.

 Overall, the evening was a great success and one we hope to be lucky enough to repeat in years to come.

Admiral Rodney Prom Venue

Students enjoing themselves



Celebrating Success:

Celebrating  Success:

Last Monday two of our key stage three pupils went with a member of staff to attend the Armed Forces Day in Sleaford. It was particularly encouraging to be invited along with other mainstream schools as this is demonstrating that our school is now being recognised much more widely. The poor trio got soaked in the pouring rain during the flag raising ceremony. However, there was cake to compensate and one pupil said it was ‘dead good’ and he really liked seeing the uniforms and medals.

 

It’s always great to hear that previous pupils are doing well.  Many will remember Katie. C who left in the summer of 2015. She popped in last week to share with us a book in she has written illustrated and published herself. The book is a children's book about mental illness.                    

Pilgrim have a copy of the book kept in reception at the Lincoln base. It’s well worth taking a look. Well done Katie!






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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.

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).