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Visiting Parents Learn That Academy Is Proud To Offer Continuous Education From 3-11 Years

Teatime in Early Years! Visitors to Pilgrim Academy  Open Day - Sabina Gath, Macie Hewitt, Carly Stevenson and Catherine Milligan - with Academy Principal Andy Clark.


Parents looking for their child’s first school took a tour of Pilgrim Academy in Immingham, the town’s largest Primary school, which also offers Nursery care. 

The Academy, which is part of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, currently has 277 children from the ages of 3-11 years and, in January 2020, it was rated ‘Good’ in all categories by Ofsted inspectors. The school is currently looking into offering before and after school provision.

Presenting to prospective parents, Andy Clark, Principal of the Academy, said he was delighted to be able to welcome them into school for the first time in 18 months.

“Some of you may have children here already but still have not been able to come indoors because of COVID restrictions, so I am very pleased to see you in here this afternoon. To those of you who are visiting us for the first time I would like to say a big welcome and show you around some of our fantastic facilities, some of which are brand new,” he said.

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust’s continued investment in the Academy has led to major improvements at Pilgrim in recent years. The latest additions include a fabulous Sensory Room, a Woodland Classroom, a colourful new library and an outdoor woodland area.

Mr Clark told parents that whilst the Academy prioritised reading, writing and spelling, it also embraced a much wider curriculum, which prepares children for secondary school.

Student Leaders were on hand to chat with parents about the school and groups were able to tour the entire site to see everything it offers for young children.

Mr Clark said: “At Pilgrim we are so pleased to be able to offer Nursery care for families because it allows us to offer continuous education right through to the age of 11. We offer a flexible 15-hour pattern for nursery children across the week and we also offer 30-hour provision. Nursery and Reception work very closely together and our children are at the forefront of everything we do.”

On the throne! Lucas Collins (3) tries out the new throne-style chair in the brand new library at Pilgrim Academy with mum Elisha Collins (left) by his side and current Year 6 pupil Sophie Chapman to the right.

Pilgrim Academy Year 2 pupils put the finishing touches to their ‘grand design’  to show to visitors at the Open Day. Pictured are Jack Lambert, Aysa Ibrahim and Finlay Mountain (all age 6) with Year 2 Teacher Mel Portlock (left) and Year 1 Teacher Leanne Kapka (right).

Trying out the brand new Woodland Classroom for size are visitors Mason-Jae Everett and Lucas Collins with current Year 6 pupils, Sophie Chapman (left) and Sisi Ivanova (right).

Sisters Maisie (2) and Evie-May Sykes (5) enjoy reading a book in the new library at Pilgrim Academy.

Cooking in the outdoor kitchen at Pilgrim Academy are Carly Stevenson (3), Macie Hewitt (2) and Year 6 pupil Nikolay Yovev, with Early Years Leader Julia Somerscales and Teaching Assistant Emma King.

Andy Clark, Pilgrim Academy Principal, delivers one of three presentations to prospective parents throughout the Open Day.