Cayman Learning Centre in George Town has been rated ‘Weak’ by the Office of Education Standards.
A ‘Weak’ rating means the quality is not at an acceptable level for Cayman schools. “Schools will be expected to take urgent measures to improve the quality of any aspect of their performance or practice that is judged at this level,” according to the inspection report.
Registered as a school since August 2019, Cayman Learning Centre has 10 full-time students — all with special education needs — as well as 45 students in its afterschool programme. Cayman Learning Centre opened as a home tutoring centre in 2006, “providing remediation support to students in literacy, numeracy and behaviour modification,” according to the report.
The 10 full-time students range in age from 10 to 14 years old and are in Years 5-9.
The school has 4 teachers and 3 support staff. The school is located in Pasadora Place, and the director and owner is Carrie Patraulea.
The school was rated ‘Weak’ in a number of areas, including students’ attainment and progress, learning and assessment, curriculum and leadership.
The school was found to be ‘Satisfactory’ in terms of students’ behaviour, teaching quality, and health and safety.
Inspectors highlighted as positives the well-qualified teachers and small class sizes.
Inspectors rate schools in individual categories, using a scale of Weak/Satisfactory/Good/Excellent. The overall grade is determined according to the individual scores.
This was Cayman Learning Centre’s first inspection.
Because the school was rated as ‘Weak’, inspectors will conduct a follow-through inspection in about 6 months. The school will continue to be inspected on a regular basis until all areas are judged to be at least ‘Satisfactory’.
An interview with … Peter Carpenter, Director, Office of Education Standards (1 of 2)