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, Mrs Joanna Dickson, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org – they will be delighted to hear from you.
To view the latest Parent Handbook please use this link Parents Handbook 2013-14
- OUR TEAM
- THE SCHOOL DAY
- BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL
- PROGRESS SWIM
- PILGRIMS PARENTS
At Pilgrims School the staff work together as a team to provide an outstanding level of care and education for your child. Our qualified Nursery Assistants and Nursery Nurses 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!
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.
|8:00am – 8:30am||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|8:30am – 8:45am||Morning and short day session begins|
|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.
|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|
|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|
Full details about the school life at Pilgrims is available in our parent handbook
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 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 2013/14 academic year will run on the following dates:
|Autumn half-term||Monday 21 to Friday 25 October|
|Christmas||Monday 16 to Friday 20 December|
|Spring half-term||Monday 17 to Friday 21 February|
|Easter||Monday 31 March to Thursday 11 April|
|Summer half-term||Tuesday 27 May to Friday 30 May|
|Summer||Monday 14 July to Friday 8 August|
Whichever method you choose, ordering from the Pilgrims School Shop could not be simpler. Orders can be placed in person at the main school reception, by email to email@example.com or using our online order form.
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:
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 autumn term 2014 and how to book can be obtained by using the links below.
2 Nursery Nurses - One Year Fixed Term
Little Pilgrims have an exciting opportunity for two passionate and experienced Nursery Nurses to join their outstanding OFSTED-rated nursery setting for a fixed term of one year. Our ideal candidates will role-model exemplary child-care practice; have previously worked across all ages ranges (3 months – 3 years) and have excellent communication skills. If you are passionate about working with children we would like to hear from you.
Salary: £14,076 to £17,005
Two positions available: Hours: 8am – 4 pm/10am – 6 pm (rotating weekly) or hours: 8am – 5pm
Closing date: Monday, 21st 2014 Interview date: Monday 28th July, 2014
The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
To apply for this position, please download the application form and return it to Mrs B Smith, Little Pilgrims’ Manager, 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!
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 2013-14
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.
Chair of Governors
- Mrs S Clark (Trustee)
- Mrs S Allen (Co-opted)
- Miss T Beddoes (Trustee)
- Mrs M Blythman (Staff Elected)
- Mrs R Castell (Trustee)
- Mr D Dixon (Trustee)
- Prof K Jacques (Trustee)
- Mr R O’Quinn (Trustee)
- Clir D Sawyer (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.