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 pilgrimsparents@pilgrims-school.org.uk – they will be delighted to hear from you.

To view the latest Parent Handbook please use this link Parent Handbook 2014-15

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OUR TEAM

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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THE SCHOOL DAY

LITTLE PILGRIMS AND NURSERY

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

MAIN SCHOOL

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 Parent Handbook 2014-15

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL

LARKS & OWLS

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, 2 and 3 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.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

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. Full details about each club timings, costs and how to book can be found by accessing the link below.

HOLIDAY CLUBS

Holiday Club is available for children from Reception through to Year 3. 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 2014/15 academic year will run on the following dates:

Autumn half-term Monday 20 to Friday 24 October
Christmas Monday 15 to Tuesday 23 December
Spring half-term Monday 16 to Friday 20 February
Easter Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April and Monday 13 to 17 April
Summer half-term Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May
Summer Monday 13 July to Friday 7 August

UNIFORM

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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.

http://nolimitzshop.co.uk/schools/pilgrims

MENU

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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:

menu Summer Term 2015

PROGRESS SWIM

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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 summer term 2015 and how to book can be obtained by using the links below.

Autumn term 2015 information

Autumn term 2015 booking form

CAREERS

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Little Pilgrims’ Deputy Manager Maternity cover one year fixed-term contract

Pilgrims school is a happy, caring community with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, where children learn, play and thrive.  We currently require a full time Deputy Manager within Little Pilgrims (children aged between 3 months to 3 years) to cover maternity leave for a minimum of twelve months.   This is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion and drive to join our busy team, sharing our vision for the future.

The successful applicant will hold a Level 4/5 qualification and have excellent knowledge and understanding of the EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements.  They will also role model exemplary child care practice.  If you have experience in managing a team and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you could be just the person we are looking for.

A full job description and person specification are available to download below;

Visits to Little Pilgrims before application are welcome and encouraged.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 17 July and interviews will be held on a mutually convenient date afterwards.

Premises and Facilities Manager

We are looking to recruit an experienced Estates and Facilities Manager to oversee our superb purpose built setting.  The role will be responsible for delivering a professional pro-active facilities management service that supports the needs of our school.  You must be able to demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude and take pride in your role at the school. Standard hours of work will be 10am–4pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year however flexibility will be required to provide cover within the facilities team.

A full job description and person specification are available to download below;

Closing date: 12 noon 17th July 2015 and interviews will be held on 24th July 2015.  Salary range is £26,364- £27,410 (FTE equivalent).

Various Positions

Early Years Level 3 Practitioner in Nursery

Pilgrims is looking to recruit a full time Early Years Level 3 practitioner for a fixed term of 12 months in our Nursery (children aged 3-4 years).

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.

The post is full time, 52 weeks a year, and the Monday to Friday rotation shift pattern is 8am to 4pm and 10am to 6pm.

Application forms should be sent to Mrs Kim Goodwin, EYFS Co-ordinator.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 17 July and interviews will be held on a mutually convenient date afterwards.

Part-Time Catering Assistant

Applications from current employees are invited for the position of part-time Catering Assistant at Pilgrims School.  The hours are 11.45am to 1.45pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.  Please see the job description for further information.

If you wish to be considered for the position please write to Mrs Pam Bhogal, Catering Manager, giving details of any experience.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 17th July and interviews will be held on a mutually convenient date soon after this.

Part-Time Lunchtime Assistant

Pilgrims wishes to appoint a part-time Lunchtime Assistant to start as soon as possible to help with dining room and playground duties.

The hours are 12-1.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.   Please see the job description for further details.

 If you wish to apply for the position please write to Mrs Quince giving details of your experience and why you wish to be considered for the post.

The salary is Point 5 on the Harpur Trust support staff scale.

Part-Time Swimming Teacher

We require enthusiastic and experienced Level 2 swimming teachers to join our after school Progress Swim team which offers tuition to young children.  If you are passionate about teaching and developing younger swimmers then we would like to hear from you.    Lessons are Monday to Thursday, between 3.45pm to 5.30pm depending on day.

Part-Time Breakfast Assistant

Pilgrims wishes to appoint a part-time Breakfast Assistant to start as soon as possible to help with dining room and playground duties.

The hours are 7.50am to 8.50am, Monday to Friday, Term Time only.  Please see the job description for further details.

 If you wish to apply for the position please write to Mrs Quince giving details of your experience and why you wish to be considered for the post.

The salary is Point 5 on the Harpur Trust support staff scale.

Part-Time Tea Assistant

Pilgrims wishes to appoint a part-time Tea Assistant to start as soon as possible to help with distribution of teas to classrooms and supervise the children before the start of their After School club.

The hours are 3.15pm-4.15pm, Monday to Friday, Term Time only.  Please see the job description for further details.

 If you wish to apply for the position please write to Mrs Quince giving details of your experience and why you wish to be considered for the post.

The salary is Point 5 on the Harpur Trust support staff scale.

PILGRIMS PARENTS

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

PParents@pilgrims-school.org.uk

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

To view the latest Parent Handbook please use this link Parent Handbook 2014-15

GOVERNORS

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)
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POLICIES

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