Cayman Prep & High School has earned another ‘Good’ rating from inspectors, earning mostly ‘Excellent’ marks in individual categories.
The private school improved in multiple areas from its last inspection and was rated particularly strong at the older grade levels.
According to the Office of Education Standards report, “Cayman Prep and High School had made significant improvements since the last inspection. The whole school continued to perform at a good level overall, and the secondary and post-16 provision were operating at an excellent level in many aspects of their work.”
Cayman Prep was also rated 'Good' in March 2019.
Inspectors grade schools on a 4-point scale, 'Weak', 'Satisfactory', 'Good' and 'Excellent'. The expected standard of quality is 'Good'.
Inspectors assessed Cayman Prep according to 4 age groups -- Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary -- rating each one in 18 individual areas.
Out of the 72 areas, Cayman Prep received 39 'Excellent' ratings and 33 'Good' ratings.
In Secondary and Post-Secondary, the school received 29 'Excellent' ratings and 7 'Good' ratings.
At the Early Years and Primary levels, inspectors found 'Attainment' and 'Progress' in English, Mathematics and Science to be 'Good' across the board.
At the Secondary and Post-Secondary levels, inspectors found 'Attainment' and 'Progress' in those 3 subjects to be 'Excellent' across the board -- except in 'Progress' in Mathematics in Secondary, which was 'Good'.
According to the report, "Leadership across the school was now excellent. The Principals for primary and secondary provided visionary leadership. They had transformed many aspects of the work of the school by working effectively with strong senior and middle leaders."
The Director of the school is Debra McLaughlin. The Primary Principal is Robin Davies and Secondary Principal is Karl Murphy.
Cayman Prep has 1,007 students and has two separate campuses for primary and secondary students. Taken together, Cayman Prep is the largest private school in the Cayman Islands and the second-largest school overall (next to John Gray High School).
Noting that the school's efforts to gain accreditation from the Council of British International Schools were "understandably delayed by Covid-19 restrictions", inspectors advised that Cayman Prep complete that accreditation process.
They also recommended that school governors continue plans to restructure the school's Board, and to "devise short- and long-term strategic plans for the whole school and the campuses so that these can support the ambitions of school leaders to deliver a world class education".
Because the school was rated 'Good', it will not be inspected again until the next cycle beings in 2023.