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.

 

Celebrating Success

Evie Toombes Story

Evie Toombes was taught in the home. She suffers from Spina Bifida and has a number of associated illnesses including gastric problems. Evie left us in the summer of 2017 having completed her GCSEs with us. She was recently nominated to receive a ‘WellChild’ award and got to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the awards’ ceremony. She presented them with a book she has written that helps educate on hidden disability. A character in the book is a nod to the support offered to her by our member of staff noted in the story below. Evie spends part of her time educating young people about hidden disabilities and lives by the motto ‘Find a way, not an excuse’. What an inspiration!!

Evie Toombes with Duke & Duchess of Sussex

 

Evie Explains...

When I first joined he Pilgrim Hospital  school I was in and out of hospital frequently, attempting to juggle numerous subjects with little help and support from my main stream school. A decline in health left me falling behind (especially in maths) and with little motivation to continue when my school was unable to offer sufficient resources to get me back on track. 

My first few lessons with Paul, an enthusiastic and engaging teacher helped reintroduce me to finding my subjects fun and built my confidence to manage schoolwork efficiently when in hospital or away from home. 

A day I'll never forget is when my teacher Paul, who I'd merely met twice before travelled to my hospital to teach me. My mum gave Paul the all clear to come, not knowing the distressing morning I'd had with my health and treatments earlier that day. I proceeded to lock myself in the bathroom, feeling overwhelmed by so many things going wrong and not wanting to do maths for 2 hours. Paul spent 2 hours talking to me through the toilet door, not about school or homework but just helping me to realise there is no pressure, some teachers do really care and that the hospital school is about more than working from a textbook. 

I went on to sit and pass my GCSE maths paper a year early just 2months later thanks to the ongoing support, help and teaching at Pilgrim Hospital school. It not only gave me confidence but also the tools to manage schoolwork when poorly, knowing it's okay to take a break and that with the right support so many things are possible.

 

Latest News

Stay Safe Info: Sexting YouTube short clip from the LSCB

  1. Sexting – YouTube short clip from the LSCB

Dan Hawbrook has produced his third short YouTube clip, this time focusing on Sexting. This clip gives parents and professionals the information they need on this subject and signposts onto other useful sources of information. 

This and other clips are on the LSCB YouTube channel and can be accessed via this link

Andy Payne
Stay Safe Partnership Co-ordinator

Postponed!!!!! Extended Support - Pilgrim Holiday Club

**Postponed**

Following the success of our first ever holiday club last year, we are very pleased to inform you of a further opportunity for our pupils.

Dates and further info will be provided on a letter home.

In partnership with YMCA Lincolnshire, we will be offering 2 days over October half term:

 

Celebrating Success - News of Past Pupils

It has been fantastic to hear from some staff that have bumped into past pupils recently and/or have been informed about what some of them are now doing.  It has been great to hear of some completing courses and others working.  In all cases pupils have indicated that they have fond memories of their time at the Pilgrim School and offer thanks to the support that was offered to them. 

Go Ape Trip

On Thursday the 11th of October the school embarked on a trip to Go Ape; an activity centre in the Sherwood Pines. All three bases joined together for a day full of adrenaline and excitement. Both the pupils and staff spent the morning mastering the wobbly obstacles and tricky crossings which stretched from tree to tree, the morning was rounded off with everyone soaring through the tree tops on an exhilarating zip line. 

Pilgrim Go Ape!!

Pupils and staff are really looking forward to their GO APE trip! Pupils will have the opportunity to gain confidence as individuals whilst working with each other as a team to navigate and negotiate various challenges whilst suspended at various heights off the ground depending on confidence.

Zip wire, rope bridges and suspended scramble nets, rope monkey bars and more more more.....


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