Welcome to Footsteps, Cayman's first boutique private school. Following the UK National Curriculum, we offer small class sizes and flexible grouping. We integrate outdoor learning into our curriculum, making the most of Cayman's natural beauty and landscape whilst encouraging exploration, investigation and independence.
Your child’s education and happiness is our priority and our bespoke curriculum ensures the interests and learning styles of all of our students are taken into account.
The Office of Education Standards (OES) inspection report in December 2020 graded our curriculum as 'Excellent,' noting the rich, broad, balanced and relevant content with a focus on Caymanian culture. Continuity and progression of the curriculum throughout the school, as well as strong cross curricular links, were also mentioned as strengths in the report. Our high-quality outdoor learning was recognised as a very valuable element to our curriculum, with the report noting, 'visits to the local beaches allowed students to make deep and meaningful connections to the world and gave them an understanding of how learners fit within it.'
At Footsteps we follow the UK National Curriculum 2014, ensuring all students will be best prepared for their transition to high school (whether staying in Cayman or moving overseas) with an additional focus on the Cayman Islands and the wider world. Incorporating regular beach and outdoor-learning days into our timetable is what sets us apart from all other primary schools on island. Using a variety of hands-on teaching and learning styles means we can really engage our students in their learning.
At Footsteps, we have created a bespoke, relevant curriculum with an emphasis on learning through investigation and using our local natural environment. We have small class sizes as research shows that this is a key element of effective teaching and learning. We aim to individualise learning as far as possible, offering regular extension and depth-of-learning opportunities as well as learning support. Wherever possible, we choose to offer push-in support, rather than pull-out, meaning children get the support they need within their classroom setting.
We aim to build a student body filled with happy, inspired children who aim high, have a growth mindset, share a love of learning and appreciate diversity in all its forms. Our students come from a true cross section of Cayman’s society. They include part and fully-funded Caymanian scholarship students, students from Cayman and the rest of the world. They boast a huge range of abilities and talents and some have SEND. Most importantly, they are friends.
The Facility and Resources
Our fantastic newly-renovated building is on Eastern Avenue, a convenient central George Town location. The new premises are perfectly suited to being a boutique school, with plenty of well-appointed internal space, a private car-park and various outside areas including a planting garden and a large outdoor play area.
The building consists of approximately 11,000 square feet of internal space and 3500 square feet of outside space, all purposefully allocated and renovated to create an inspiring learning environment filled with top-quality and up-to-date resources. Our aesthetic vision for Footsteps School is fresh, bright and filled with natural materials reflecting our beautiful island home.
At Footsteps, we also make use of many of the wonderful facilities available to us throughout the island. Swimming lessons take place at the Lions Pool; tennis, rugby and squash lessons take place at their respective sport clubs and we make the most of any workshops being offered, island wide. Nature learning happens at various beaches and farms, the Botanic Park, and the National Trust. It takes a village to raise a child and we are very lucky to have so many specialist resources on island that can enhance our teaching and learning.
"Footsteps School is strong academically, but also has a broad, exciting and vibrant curriculum - full of science, sport, drama, language and much more. I appreciate the consistent feedback and warmth I get from the teachers."
"Thanks to the team at Footsteps - I can happily say both my kids have finally grasped Math!!"
"I don't think we could've got through the end of year exams this year without the help of our Footsteps tutor! The revision sessions were so well prepared and took all the stress out of the experience - for me!"
"The difference at the end of this academic year has been noted. My son has made a significant improvement in English and thoroughly enjoys coming to tutoring. In fact coming to see you is one of his favorite after school activities.
"My children love going to Footsteps School and feel safe and happy there. I would therefore not hesitate to
recommend it to any other parent."