The Office of Education Standards has released six inspection reports so far this year, with most schools receiving ‘satisfactory’ or ‘good’ grades, apart from Calvary Baptist Christian Academy, which was deemed to be ‘weak’.
The other schools inspected were Red Bay Primary School (satisfactory), East End Primary School (satisfactory), Cayman International School (good), Sprogs Garden Play School (good), and Shining Stars Childcare and Education Centre (satisfactory).
The government inspectors found “serious weaknesses in students’ attainment in all core subjects and progress in science” at Calvary Baptist, which is located on Walkers Road in George Town. According to the report, “The quality of teaching, self-evaluation and improvement planning were also weak.”
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Inspectors judged that attainment in English, mathematics and science for Calvary Baptist’s elementary and high school students was weak. They also found that students’ progress in mathematics in the school’s kindergarten was weak, as was the quality of teaching as teachers were failing to check the kindergarten students’ understanding of the material or to intervene when the youngsters had misconceptions about what they were being taught.
Calvary Baptist is a private K-12 Christian school that opened in 2017 with 29 students. For 2020, the school has grown to 76 students out of a capacity of 86. Its curriculum is taught using a series of workbooks and texts called Packets of Accelerated Christian Education, known as PACEs.
The Office of Education Standards inspectors gave weak scores to the quality of teaching, self-evaluation and improvement planning. However, the inspectors rated the school ‘good’ both in students’ behaviour for learning and communicating with parents.
The report noted that the school had five teachers and nine support staff, but that some teaching staff did not hold “suitable educational qualifications”. Inspectors said the schools’ principal, Chadwick S. Martin, since taking up the role in July 2019, had “effectively established a safe school environment where student behaviour was good as were links with parents”.
Martin told the Cayman Compass in an email, “For next year, we are excited to add a science room, library, and introduce a new curriculum. We are confident that these changes, coupled with other proposed upgrades, will serve to meet the expectations of the framework provided by the Ministry of Education and will ensure the success of our fledging school as we move into our fourth year of operation.”
The inspectors made five recommendations on raising attainment in the core subjects of English, maths, and science, as well as improving teaching, curriculum, self-evaluation, support and guidance for students.
“There are suggestions that came [out] of the inspection that we have already implemented, such as a better tracking system, a more robust teacher review and training, and a more challenging honour roll,” Martin said. Inspectors said they will return in six months to check the school’s progress.