Pastoral Support

Meeting the pastoral needs of our pupils is crucial if they are going to access education. At point of entry all pupils are assigned both a Case Manager (teacher) who oversees the academic aspects of school life, and a Reintegration and Support Officer (RSO) who supports the pupils’ pastoral needs. The RSO will normally be the point of contact for families and will liaise closely with health and other professionals where necessary. There is a strong team approach with both Case Manager and RSO working collectively to balance academic and pastoral needs.

RSOs generally visit pupils at home once a referral has been accepted with the aim of gathering more detailed information about the pupil, finding out what has prompted a referral to The Pilgrim School, providing information about The Pilgrim School and to answer any questions. They will then arrange a visit to base (if appropriate) and support pupils to make a transition into the school. If a pupil is taught in the home, an RSO will provide pastoral support that will vary depending on the level of need.

Pastoral support at Pilgrim has many guises. Pupils may be offered ‘time to talk’ (a chance to share and offload - not counselling), Resilient Me (a bespoke intervention focusing on resilience and growth factors), individual support plans, transition support, advocacy and always a listening ear. Wherever possible, there will be an RSO on hand in each base. There are currently three in Lincoln and Sleaford, two in Boston and one in Louth. As far as possible, all the team are aware of all pupils needs to ensure continuity of support.

In addition, RSOs attend regular review meetings (or TAC/CIN/CP meetings if applicable), make referrals for targeted support, liaise with health professionals and support with reintegration to a mainstream setting when appropriate.

Our team of dedicated and experienced professionals are committed to ensuring pupils reach their full potential and overcome their individual barriers to success. They are equally motivated to continue their own professional development and attend regular training sessions and courses to enable them to support pupils to their best ability.

As a school we place great value on the work and values of the RSO team and appreciate the work they do in building relationships with pupils and families in order to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The school is proud of our joint focus on academic and pastoral growth and continually strives to identify and meet need across both areas. Pupil voice plays a large part in our development; we believe that if a pupil is listened to and valued, they will achieve.

 

 

Working Towards the Wellbeing Mark

The Pilgrim School is currently working towards achieving a special quality mark for mental health and wellbeing.  As part of this process we will be working with staff, pupils and parents about how they feel mental health and emotional wellbeing are thought of and supported across the school community.  This process will allow us to make judgements about how well we do this and help us to think about and plan what we can do to improve so that we are offering the best possible support in every aspect of the school community.

Wellbeing Award Letter

Latest News

Dogs For Good - Family Dog Service for Parents and Carers of Autistic Children aged 3-16

Kate Easton - Training Department Support Officer @ Dogs For Good

I am writing from the Family Dog service at the assistance dog charity Dogs for Good. This service is for parents and carers who have a child with autism between the ages of 3 and 16, who are either looking at getting a dog or who want to train their own pet dog to help their child. The service consists of 3 workshops followed by unlimited email and phone aftercare.


 

London Trip - Educational Visit

An educational trip to London was organised and offered out to all pupils in base. It was an overwhelming success with pupils and staff indicating that they really enjoyed it and that they got a lot out of it. This has involved 40 of our pupils some of whom have never been to the capital. It had been an enormous undertaking and a huge thanks goes to CN and BL and everyone who pulled together to make it happen. It was simply brilliant to observe our young people meeting, travelling, sharing experiences etc. showing true resiliance and demonstrating how far they have come from their individual starting points with us.

Celebrating Success - News about past pupils!

A pupil MG, who attended the Louth group, has been in touch to pass on her thanks to the school as she has just been offered a place at Bristol University to study Criminology.

HB from the Lincoln base has been offered a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Music Production.

EB formerly of the Boston base is now a Case Support worker.

Well done everyone. News about past pupils is always the best news!

News about past pupils:

A pupil, CS, who attended the Lincoln base has been voted apprentice of the year at Lincoln College.

JJ from the Louth base is actively engaging in his placement.

KK, also from the Louth base, is successfully accessing his CLIP placement.

AS from the Sleaford base has successfully completed a work placement as part of her college course and this has led to her being offered a part time job.

Kinema in The Woods School Trip - Ralph Breaks The Internet

We had a very successful cinema trip with over 70 pupils and staff in attendance.  Pupils and staff were treated to a showing of 'Ralph breaks the Internet', the sequel to 'Wreck It Ralph'.  Everyone, of all ages, really enjoyed the film, even though some of the oldies did not understand what half of it was about!  The pupils were amazing and represented themselves and the school perfectly. 

Kinema in the Woods outside view