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 November 2013. 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 email@example.com Please ask to speak to the headteacher - he is the person who deals with queries from parents or other members of the public.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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