School Life

At Pilgrims School we aim to establish a mutual trust and understanding between school and home. We understand the diverse needs of family life and to support this, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year. There’s breakfast club in the morning, tea club in the afternoon and, for children who want to take up a new hobby or polish up their existing skills, there are numerous after school clubs. If your child has a particular passion for music, we offer specialist music tuition and if they want to be the next big sensation at Wimbledon, the local tennis club coaches are here to help.

Our parents association, Pilgrims Parents, also plays a huge part in the life of Pilgrims School. If you would like to join them, please contact the Chair, Mr Jason Mowe, via email on – they will be delighted to hear from you.

To view the latest Parent Handbook please use this link Parents Handbook 2015-16




At Pilgrims School the staff work together as a team to provide an outstanding level of care and education for your child. Our qualified Early Years Practitioners within our Early Years team look after the little ones from 3 months through to 5 years with training being provided for them by our in-school NVQ Assessor. As well as our inspirational teaching staff who make lessons fun, we have a team of support staff who look after everything from finance to food!

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Little Pilgrims and Nursery are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Children arrive and are collected depending on times and sessions booked. Lunch is served from 12 noon. Routines are displayed on the notice-boards in each room.

Little Pilgrims Nursery
8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am Morning and short day session begins
Mid-morning Snack Snack
12:00 noon Morning session ends Morning session ends
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch (full day children only) Lunch (full day children only)
1:00pm Afternoon session begins Afternoon session begins
3:30pm End of short day
4:00pm Tea time Tea time
5:00pm Afternoon session ends Afternoon session ends
6:00pm Full day session ends Full day session ends


The core school day runs from 8.45am – 3.30pm. Children can be dropped off in class from 8.30am. Breakfast club (Larks) is available in the dining room from 8.00am. Session can be booked in advance or as required. After school clubs (Owls and Extra Curricular) are available from 3.30pm – 6.00pm.

Main School
8:00am Larks in the dining room
8:00am – 8:45am Park gate open
8:25am – 8:45am Gate into the main playground unlocked
8:45am Registration in class
Mid-morning Snack
12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch
3:00pm – 4:00pm Park gate open
3:30pm End of School day & Owls commence
from 3:30pm Extra curricular clubs start
5:30pm Clubs end
6:00pm Owls close

Full details about the school life at Pilgrims is available in our Parents Handbook 2015-16



Our breakfast club is called Larks and is available each morning throughout the school term. Mrs Luxemburg and her team welcome the children into the school dining room from 8:00am for breakfast. Children in Years 1 and 2 make their own way down to their classroom from 8:30am. Children in Reception are walked down to their classroom in time for registration at 8:45am.

Our after school tea club, Owls, runs in two sessions. The first session is from 3:30pm until 5:00pm and includes a snack and drink. The second session runs from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Parents can choose to book either Owls 1 or Owls 2 or both. During this time the children can choose to take part in a selection of activities and games both indoors and outdoors. This is also a chance for them to relax or catch up with friends in different year groups.

How to Book:

Sessions can be booked in advance either in writing or via the forms available at main reception. However, if you let us know by lunchtime you can book Owls for the same day. Simply inform the staff on main reception in person or telephone us on 01234 369555 and we will inform the Owls staff to expect your child.

Only sessions which are used will be charged for. These charges will be added, in arrears, to your termly bill.  Larks costs £5.40 per session (includes breakfast), Owls 1 costs £6.70 per session (includes a sandwich tea) and Owls 2 costs £4.10 per session.


Our after school clubs run each day from 3.30pm. Clubs range from ballet, gymnastics, cookery, gardening and swimming to drama, tennis, tag rugby and football. Further details can be found in our Little Book of Extras (link below) or by contacting the school’s main office.


Holiday Club is available for children from Reception through to Year 2. They operate for approximately 11 weeks per year, covering half-terms, Christmas, Easter and summer. Each week is themed and the children choose from a wide variety of activities from arts and crafts, swimming and cooking. The children can bring their bike or scooter (as long as they have their cycle helmet) so they can enjoy the outdoors.

Holiday Clubs for the 2015/16 academic year will run on the following dates:

Autumn half-term Monday 19 to Friday 23 October
Christmas Monday 14 to Wednesday 23 December
Spring half-term Monday 15 to Friday 19 February
Easter Monday 21 March to Friday 1 April, excluding the Bank Holidays on Friday 25 and Monday 28 March
Summer half-term Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June
Summer Monday 11 July to Friday 12 August



Pilgrims School uniform can be purchased via our chosen supplier No Limitz, 25 Shuttleworth Road, Bedford MK41 0HS (Tel:  01234 350720).  Please use the link below to access their website for online ordering.



Meals are prepared freshly each day in the school kitchen. Mrs Bhogal, our Catering Manager, works closely with parents to ensure healthy, nutritional options are available to the children. Menus are changed weekly, on a three-weekly cycle. Sample menus are available to download by using the link below:

Autumn term menu (2015)



Progress Swim sessions are available to children who do not attend Pilgrims School. Small classes are taught by our qualified swimming instructors in the school’s swimming pool, led by Claire Edwards who is the school’s swimming teacher.

Further details on session timings for the spring term 2016 and how to book can be obtained by using the links below.

Spring term 2016 information

Spring term 2016 booking form




Due to an increase in demand for spaces, Little Pilgrims is looking to recruit both full time and part time Early Years practitioners and two Learning Support Assistants.

If you are passionate about working with young children, are highly professional and enjoy working as part of a team then we would love to hear from you.

Competitive salary dependent upon the applicant’s qualifications and the position applied for.

Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 27 November and interviews will be held on Wednesday 2 December.


Available positions Hours Days Job Descriptions & Person Specifications
Temporary Early Years Practitioner Level 3
(NVQ Level 3 essential) (until August 2016)
8am to 4pm and 10am to 6pm rotating shift pattern Monday to Friday Annually EY Practitioner Level 3 Job Description

EY Practitioner Level 3 Person Spec

Temporary Early Years Practitioner (until Aug 2016 ) 8am to 4pm and 10am to 6pm rotating shift pattern Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


EY Practitioner Job Description

EY Practitioner Person Spec

Temporary Early Year Support Practitioner Breakfast and Tea
(until August 2016)
8am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm Monday to Friday


EY Support Practitioner Breakfast Job Description

EY Support Practitioner Tea Job Description

EY Support Practitioner Person Spec

Learning Support Assistant 3 hours each morning Monday to Friday, term time only EY LSA job description

EY LSA person spec

Supply Early Years Practitioners (experienced and unexperienced) to join our supply bank Various Various EY Practitioner Job Description

EY Practitioner Person Spec

To view the equal opportunities form please click here

To apply for these positions, please download the Application Form and return to Pilgrims Pre Prep, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QZ


Pilgrims School opened in January 2000 and shortly afterwards Pilgrims Parents was set up. We’re a bunch of friendly mums, dads and school representatives who meet monthly to help organise events and small projects which raise money for the school. We have a constitution that guides us and, in particular, it states our three main aims as follows:


  • To encourage and develop strong, effective relationships amongst the parents and school community.
  • To support the school in the advancement of the educational experience of pupils through engaging in activities or providing facilities/equipment.
  • And to enjoy ourselves in the process!


As well as events, we take responsibility for appointing class reps, managing class lists, disseminating information to parents and organising rotas for help at events big and small (from concerts to cake sales). We also design and print a Year Book for all the Year Two children to keep as a memento of all their time at Pilgrims. We run the second-hand uniform sales which are a valued resource for parents (both buying and selling).

We get together monthly and have a friendly laid back approach to meetings. Children are always welcome and with the help of our agenda, we keep to an hour and a half with plenty of tea, coffee and cakes along the way. Meetings always take place at 9am in the Dining Room at school and we try to vary the days of the week to give as many parents as possible an opportunity to attend. If you’re keen to get stuck in on the committee, please get in touch and come along to our next monthly meeting. Or if your time is limited but you’d like to help out occasionally, just drop your details into the red post-box in reception and we’ll be in touch when we need an extra hand. Looking forward to meeting you!

Mr Jason Mowe
Chair, Pilgrims Parents

To view our Constitution, please use this link Pilgrims Parents Constitution

To view the latest Parent Handbook please use this link Parents Handbook 2015-16


The school is managed by a committee which consists of directors who are trustees of the Harpur Trust and co-opted members. All members of the school committee, which includes staff and parent elected representatives, can be contacted via the school office.

Message from the Chair of Governors.

As the Chair of Governors at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School, I look forward to visiting the school and meeting with both pupils and staff on a regular basis. I am very fortunate in having a highly supportive committee of Governors, including some very experienced educationalists and both parent and staff representatives. It is important for us to understand how the school operates at every level and we do this partly through our involvement on several sub-committees, from Finance & Premises and Health & Safety through to Marketing. Luckily for us, our visits to the school often coincide with lunchtime when we have the opportunity to sit with the children and hear what they are up to! I and my colleagues are always contactable via the school.

Sue Clark
Chair of Governors

  • Mrs S Clark (Trustee)
  • Mr H Patel (Co-opted)
  • Miss T Beddoes (Trustee)
  • Mrs M Blythman (Staff Elected)
  • Mrs R Castell (Trustee)
  • Mr D Dixon (Trustee)
  • Mr N Harris (Parent Elected)
  • Mrs J Dickson (Co-opted)
  • Mrs R Wellington (Trustee)


Our policies for each part of the school are overarching. A small selection is available below, however if there are any policies you wish to view that are not shown here, our entire school policy folder is always available to parents at the main school reception.

Admissions Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy

Curriculum Policy

English as an Additional Language

Health & Safety Policy

Inclusion Statement

Safeguarding Children Policy

Safer Recruitment Policy

SEN Policy

Parental Complaints Policy


All independent schools are inspected by both the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Ofsted. However, they apply different frameworks and have different criteria for judging school quality that are suited to the different types of schools they inspect.

Here is a letter from our Chair of Governors about our recent Inspection Report.

It is with great pleasure that I write to give you the Inspection Report from our recent Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which was carried out over a 4 day period from the 16th to 19th of June, 2015.

The ISI inspects schools in membership of the Association of the Independent Schools Council. They report to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. Inspection is for the benefit of the pupils in the schools, and is intended to help schools to recognise and build on their strengths and to remedy any weaknesses. Integrated Inspections encompass the educational and welfare provision of the whole school, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the school’s compliance with regulatory requirements.

ISI reports do not provide a single overarching judgement but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work. The descriptors used are ‘excellent’ ‘good’ ‘sound’ or ‘unsatisfactory’, and where achievement is exceptional, that term may be used for the top grade.

‘Exceptional’ is only used for example where there is evidence of a high level of participation in Public and/or National Curriculum Examinations and therefore is not relevant for a pre-prep such as Pilgrims. For Early Years, the reports use the same terminology as Ofsted reports: ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’.

Please do read the whole report which is attached for your reference, but in summary our school is graded as follows:

Main Findings:

  1. ‘The quality of the pupil’s achievements, including in the EYFS, is excellent. Standards are extremely high and progress is excellent for all pupils throughout the school’.
  2. ‘The personal development of pupils is of a high standard, as a result of their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the equally strong pastoral care they receive’.
  3.  ‘The pupils’ highly positive attitudes to learning greatly support their achievements’.
  4. ‘The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.’
  5. ‘Governance leadership and management are excellent’.


  1. The quality of the pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent.
  2. The contribution of teaching is excellent.


  1. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent.
  2. The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent
  3. The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety is excellent.


  1. The quality of Governance is excellent.
  2. The quality of leadership and management including links with parents, carers and guardians is excellent.


  1. The early years provision is outstanding.
  2. Provision for children’s well-being is outstanding.
  3. Leadership and management of early years provision are outstanding.
  4. The quality and standards of the early years provision are outstanding.

It hardly needs saying that the whole school is absolutely delighted with these outcomes. It is very rewarding to have this external verification for the excellent practice at Pilgrims.

Sue Clark, Chair of Governors

View latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report

View latest Ofsted report