What does ‘inclusion’ mean at Footsteps?

Footsteps is a mainstream school with an inclusive policy. This means that we welcome all children, regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We strive to maintain the recommended proportion of student population with SEND in order for our school to be a true representation of our society in Cayman, whilst ensuring that the working environment is well-balanced and beneficial to all.

​At Footsteps, all our staff are part of the inclusion team, providing learning opportunities that are responsive and differentiated to meet the learning and social-emotional needs of all children with all abilities. This results in confident, assured children who are prepared for a future in which they will be full, participating members of society and their local communities.

We care about the happiness and wellbeing of all of our children first and foremost, and we aim to develop happy, relaxed and confident students who boast a growth mindset. When everyone is included, everyone benefits. Tolerance, empathy and leadership skills are employed and practised daily, creating comradery amongst all of our students.

​We hold high expectations of all our students, believing that every child can progress and will achieve. We measure success not only on standardised assessments but also on personal academic targets, character development and social development.

​Above all, Footsteps aims to create an educational environment where students’ unique characteristics are valued, successes are celebrated and every one of our students feels joy every day in coming to school and learning.

Inclusion and Admissions

Students with recognised special educational needs and disabilities will be invited into school for an informal assessment and a short trial. If a place is available, parents will receive a letter of acceptance and will be asked to confirm the place by paying a security deposit. Footsteps is an inclusive school – we strive to maintain the recommended proportion of student population with SEND in order for our school to be a true representation of society, and for the working environment to be balanced, manageable and beneficial to all. We aim to support all children’s individual differences with our in-house teaching and support staff, however, if we deem it necessary for a child to work with a 1:1 learning assistant, parents will be responsible for additional costs involved and should be involved in the collaborative appointment of a suitable member of staff.

​Footsteps was proudly awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2022.

Testimonials & Awards

Some testimonials below from our lovely Footsteps parents!

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