On June 1st 2009, Village Community Schools opened Global Pathways School right in the heart of the village of Chettipalayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The school’s current principal is Mr Jim Brickell. Jim has 26 years of experience as an International educator. Including positions at schools in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, India, Hong Kong and Colombia.
The school started with kindergarten and standard one classes, and has since progressed to include 252 students from lower kindergarten to standard 8.
Global Pathways provides mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, as well as a nutritious, cooked meal for children during the middle of the day. The language of instruction is English and the curriculum covers core subjects including: Math, English, Tamil, Social Studies, Science as well as Music, Visual Arts, and Physical Education (including Dance, Yoga, and Karate.) The curriculum combines activity-based learning with an inquiry approach based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
The classrooms are well equipped with a variety of material ensuring that each child has the opportunity to progress at their own pace. This is particularly important for those children with special needs and who require additional, individual support. Assessment and evaluation is an ongoing and carefully documented process used to ensure progress in learning. It is hoped that this school in Chettipalayam will become a model of excellence in education.
At present there are 32 full time teachers and 5 co-curricula teachers. These teachers receive ongoing Professional Development.
Global Pathways is aligned with Jacob’s House, an organization which has recently opened in Chettipalayam and provides a home for elderly people who have no family support. Our two organizations have formed a special relationship that links the young community with the older community through weekly volunteer service activities.