Footsteps shifts gears, will reopen as school

Emma Kendall, left, and Bryony Platt are the directors of Footsteps School.

Footsteps, one of several learning centres on Cayman that have applied for status as education centres, in order to provide full-time instruction for students, has received approval as a private primary school. It will begin operation as a school serving students aged 4-11 in September at a new location in Crown Plaza on Eastern Avenue.

Director Emma Kendall said she plans to begin the year with 20-25 students, but expects to eventually have enrolment of 75. And while the learning centre, which opened in 2014, primarily catered to special needs students, the new school will have a different composition.

“We want to open up to all students,” said Kendall, who runs the school with her co-director Bryony Platt. “We’ve been told we need to have 10-13% of the student population with some kind of learning disability. We are determined to be an inclusive school.”

She said class sizes will be limited to 12 students.

The school will offer full and part-time scholarships for qualifying Caymanian children. Parents of eligible Caymanian students are invited to attend a scholarship assessment day from 9am to noon on 15 July.

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