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Published 27th July 2010, 1:22pm

Parents living in the George Town Primary School catchment area are being offered the opportunity to enrol children in reception class for the new school year for the first time in nearly two decades. As part of a pilot programme, through which the Ministry of Education is exploring the possibility of reintroducing reception classes to all government primary schools, George Town Primary will offer these classes to students who are at least 4 years of age on 1 September 2010 but who fall below the age for school entry. Under current policy, students who turn 5 on or before 31 January 2011 are eligible for entry to Year 1 this September. Reception classes will cater to students who fall below that age, but are already 4 years old. Currently, the only government schools that offer reception are small schools in outlying districts: North Side Primary School, East End Primary School, and Creek Infant School and West End Primary School in Cayman Brac. The return of reception classes to George Town Primary School is the fulfilment of a long-held dream for Principal Marie Martin. Ms. Martin commented: "Reception classes ensure that children get a good start in school and this is essential if they are to achieve their full potential." In order to qualify for entry to George Town Primary School's Reception classes, children must live within the catchment area for the school. This is defined as: the areas south of Government House to Memorial Avenue continuing north along walkers Road to Maple Road and east along Smith Road to the Crewe Road airport junction; north onto Airport Road, through the new junction in Industrial Park to include all areas north and east past the Owen Roberts Airport to the North Sound Barcadere. If this pilot is successful, the Ministry is determined to move ahead with the reintroduction of reception classes in other schools. "Developing the human capital of our country is not just about working with adults," said Hon. Rolston Anglin, Minister for Education, Training and Employment. "Building a culture of success starts with the smallest members of our society." Parents or guardians living in the George Town Primary School catchment area can contact the school at 949-2689 or the Department of Education Services, 130 Thomas Russell Way, at 945-1199 for registration forms and more information. The deadline for registration of students is 20 August 2010. Parents who register their children after this date cannot be guaranteed a space in this pilot programme.