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Registration for government schools

Notice Board 28/03/2017

The registration for students enrolling in, or transferring to, Government schools for the 2017/2018 school year will open on Monday 3rd April, 2017 and close on Friday 30th June, 2017. Registration for Government Reception is open for qualifying children aged 4 Years 0 months before 1st September 2017. That means a child born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 is eligible for reception, and that he/she must have already turned 4 prior to 1st September, 2017.

The Government schools that have reception classes are Sir John A Cumber Primary School; George Town Primary School; Prospect Primary School; Savannah Primary School; Bodden Town Primary School; North Side Primary School and East End Primary School on Grand Cayman and West End Primary School and Creek Primary School on Cayman Brac.

Registration for Year 1 in Government schools is open for qualifying children aged 5 years 0 months before 1st September 2017. That means a child born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 is eligible for Year 1, and that he/she must have already turned 5 prior to 1st September, 2017.

Registration for older students transferring internally, re-entering or entering for the first time into the Government school system should be completed by 23rd June, 2017 deadline in order for the child to be eligible to attend school at the start of the school year.

Registration will take place at the Department of Education Services (GCM) and the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre (CB/LC).  Parents may pick up registration forms at government schools, the Department of Education Services, at 130 Thomas Russell Way, George Town; the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre on, Cayman Brac or download from our website at (www.des.edu.ky).


When the form has been completed, it must be returned to the Department of Education Services or the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre, with a copy of the following documents attached:

  • The child’s birth certificate
  • The child’s immunization card (In the case of non-compliance with immunization due to health or religious reasons, the parent must complete a DES immunization exempt form.
  • Documentation of child’s immigration residency category ( Non-Caymanian students i.e. birth certificate, passport, status letter/certificate, RS 101 form, copy of parents government contract
  • (Mandatory Residency Verification) Proof of address must be demonstrated by any two (2) of the following documents listed (See published guidelines for school registration,, transfers & Homeschool)

Residence is determined by a person’s physical presence as a resident within a designated geographic boundary of the school catchment with the intent to remain. The address/residence of a student for school purposes depends upon a factual determination of the care, custody and control of the student.

  • Proof in the form of a utility bill (CUC or Water), notarized lease or notarized “Parent Affidavit Form” accompanied by a utility bill, CUC, Water, Cable, Telephone, Driver’s License or Voter ID in the parents name or landlord name if renting or if more than one family shares a living space and there is only one owner/lease holder.

The last school year’s report (if the child is being admitted from another school including private schools local and overseas). In the case of admission to John Gray High School or Clifton Hunter High School a transcript from the last High School attended should be included.

The Department of Education Services Registration staff will check the documentation and determine the designated catchment area for the school assignment. Following approval by the Senior School Improvement Officer, the school secretary will make an appointment for a medical examination with the Public Health Nurse. Parents can arrange for an examination from a private doctor (Request approved HSA list). The medical examination must be completed before a child is enrolled.

Remember enroll as soon as possible to ensure that your qualifying child has a place at your local school in September. CHILDREN REGISTERING AFTER 30th JUNE, 2017, CANNOT BE GUARANTEED SPACE at their catchment school. Parents will receive notification from the school of their child’s placement for September.

Entry to Government Schools

Priority for admission to Government schools is assigned as follows:

Reception Program: 4 years by September 1st.

  1. Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate
  2. Non-Caymanian children with proof established by birth or marriage to a Caymanian (Caymanian parent must be residing on island, space permitting once the above has been placed.

Primary – Secondary: 5 years by September 1st and above

  1. Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate
  2. Dependents of Caymanians
  3. Dependents of contracted government employees (Space permitting following the close of registration)
  4. Dependents of permanent residents (Space permitting following the close of registration as per DES/MEEGA approved quota 2015/16)

Class sizes are capped for Reception and Year 1 at 24 students and 28 for all other year groups. Where maximum class sizes are exceeded within the school, spaces will be offered for qualifying students at the nearest school with available space. Spaces for categories 3 and 4 above will be reviewed following the 23rd June closure of registration.

Payment of Fees:

All non-Caymanian students under approved categories must pay school fees at the following rates:

Year 1-6                CI$250.00 per term or CI$750.00 per year

Year 7-9                CI$300.00 per term or CI$900.00 per year

Year 10-12            CI$400.00 per term or CI$1,200.00 per year

Payment sites are as follows:

  • Cayman Brac/ Little Cayman residents: Cayman Brac Teachers Centre, Cayman Brac
  • Grand Cayman residents: First Floor, Government Administration Building, Treasury Counter.


The Catchment Area for government primary schools:


WEST BAY PRIMARY                North of Government House to Spanish Bay Reef to include all of West Bay.

GEORGE TOWN PRIMARY      South of Government House to Memorial Avenue, North along Walkers Road to Maple Road and East along Smith Road to Crewe Road airport junction. North on Airport Road, through the new Junction in Industrial Park to include all areas North and East past the airport to North Sound

RED BAY PRIMARY                    Area on south side of memorial Avenue, along Walkers Road to Maple Road and South side of Smith Road, both sides of Crewe Road bordered by Owen Robert Drive to the North and South Sound to the South Sound Boarder on the east side of Victory Avenue.

PROSPECT PRIMARY                All areas from Prospect Drive eastward to west side of Spotts-Newlands Road and west side of Chime Street on the BP/East/West Arterial (to include all of Prospect Park, Patrick’s Island, Ocean Club, Mariners Cove, Cascades Drive.

SAVANNAH PRIMARY             The East side of Spotts-Newlands Road to Beach Bay Road in Pedro including greater Pedro area.

BODDEN TOWN PRIMARY      East of Beach Bay Road up to Breakers including Northward.

NORTH SIDE PRIMARY             All of Frank Sound to Old Man Bay west to Cayman Kai

EAST END PRIMARY                 East of the Frank Sound junction to include all of East End to Colliers.



WEST END PRIMARY                 West end of Cayman Brac to Faith Hospital on north side of the island and correspondingly across the island to the south coast


JUNIOR SCHOOL                       All areas east of Faith Hospital to the Eastern end of Cayman Brac

LITTLE CAYMAN EDUCATION SERVICE             All areas of Little Cayman


 The Catchment Area for government Secondary Schools:


JOHN GRAY HIGH SCHOOL      all areas West Side of Spotts-Newlands Road & west side of Chime street By- Pass East/West Arterial

CLINTON HUNTER HIGH SCHOOL      All areas East Side of Spotts-Newlands Road & East side of Chime Street By-Pass East/West Arterial

LAYMAN SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL           all areas of Cayman Brac & Little Cayman

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