About Us

We’re a special needs school with a difference.


We are a registered LSEN Preparatory School, GDE Reg: 700400348, and can accommodate a maximum of 59 pupils ranging in age from 4 years turning 5 years to 18 years of age. We do not work in Grades as our pupils' levels differ in each subject. We have separate premises for our Junior and Senior phase. Our children have varied “labels” that have been attached to them by outside sources.

 


The staff at our school are very passionate about giving all our children opportunities to be able to contribute to society in their own unique way. We believe that a child is able and valuable with much to offer to the world.


Our children have been rejected by both government and private schools because of their labels. Currently our pupil ‘labels’ are cerebral palsy. hearing impaired, aspergers, autistic, down syndrome,  burn victim, near drowning victim, speech impediments, visually impaired, learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder and epileptic etc.


Every child has weekly oxygen therapy in our mild hyperbaric oxygen chamber as well as weekly hydrotherapy in our heated indoor hydrotherapy pool with a qualified biokineticist.
 


 


We take time to work out who they are and what their method of learning is.
 

Support

The children who attend Footprints School include children with special educational needs as well as physical challenges including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Dyspraxia, Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, behavioral problems, global development delays, visually and hearing impaired, burn victims and near drowning victims. 

 

With the assistance of our dedicated teachers, staff and therapists, the children are nurtured alongside the parents and are given the ability to reach their full potential despite their disadvantages. 

 

 

The cost of one child a Footprints School for 2023 per annum is R 154 800.00 (R 12 900.00 per month). We are looking for sponsorship for one or more children, allowing them to reach their full potential and integrate into society. 

 

The following is included in the school fees, weekly hyperbaric oxygen therapy, weekly hydrotherapy as well as access to our new computer room which has been sponsored by MTN for our children to do their perceptual work.

 

Because we are a registered Public Benefit Organization all donations financial or otherwise are tax deductible under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.

 

We have a comprehensive wish list as follows:

 

- Sponsorship of school fees or donations towards bursaries
- Donations towards our Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
- Kickboards and pool noodles
- Donations towards our Indoor Heated Hydrotherapy Pool
- Vehicle to transport children
- Painting of our Junior and Senior phase buildings
- Upgrading of our kitchens in the Junior and Senior phases : used weekly for cooking during hospitality classes
- Food processor for our hospitality classes
- Handheld electric mixer for our hospitality classes
- Washing machine to be used in life skills
- Outdoor lunch area for out teenagers
- Soccer goalposts for our garden
- Shelving for the Footprints Charity shop

 

 

There are very few registered schools that cater for children with special educational needs in Johannesburg, and very few parents can afford this specialized education, however, this is an urgent need that should be addressed. 

 

These children have the ability and potential to integrate into mainstream society if they are given the opportunity to reach their highest potential. 

 

We invite you to visit our school and see first-hand the incredible results we are achieving with these special children. 
 

Vision and Objectives

Vision: To ensure that all children have the right to special education across South Africa and to normalize society throughout the country through advocacy and educational programs.


Objectives


- Promote and provide for educational needs of children with disabilities throughout South Africa
- Use its facilities and resources to assist the disabled community.
- Work in collaboration with other organizations for the advancement of people with disabilities.
- Partner with other centers and organizations throughout South Africa

 


In order to achieve these objectives, we will run programs in support of children with disabilities and be actively involved in mobilizing the minds and bodies of children. 


A dynamic advocacy focus promotes a unique and practical celebration of the education of people with disabilities. 


There is a great need within the field of disability, not only for assistive devices, equipment and treatment programs but also for community education, understanding of disability and the normalization of society through the inclusion of people with disabilities. 


We believe that we don’t merely give an education; we aid improved independence, we don’t just provide hearing aids – we open up a hearing world; we don’t simply supply computers – we create a canvas on which children can express their feelings. Our goal is to breathe hope into the lives of children with disabilities and their families as we find ways of improving independence, socialization, education and integration into their communities. 


The Footprints Education program aims to change the life of one disabled child at a time in a significant way.

 


Footprints School currently runs on an Inclusive Education Program for children with disabilities and therefore has the experience and resources to include all children in need across South Africa. 

What we offer

We cater for learners between the ages of 4 turning 5 to 18 years. Class sizes are small to cater for individual needs, maximum 10 pupils per class. Termly an Individual Development Plan (I.D.P.) is revised for each child. An I.D.P. promotes the unique growth of academic, social and emotional skills designed specifically for your child. The I.D.P. process is a vehicle to establish communication between parents and school personnel as equal partners, to make joint, informed decisions regarding the childrens’ needs, appropriate goals and services needed to support the children, to help them achieve their potential.
 


Junior Phase - 4 turning 5 to 10 year olds

 

The key focus is on perceptual skills, literacy, numeracy and life orientation.


There is a strong emphasis on empowering every child, making every child a reader. This approach continues throughout the school. Therapeutic support consists of pull-out individual therapy and an integrated approach into the classroom, to assess whether skills learned in therapy are transferred to another environment.


Within this phase there are four classes grouped according to age & ability levels. Class size varies from six to ten learners.

 

 

Intermediate Phase - ± 11 to 14 year olds

 

There are two streams available within the intermediate phase:


Life Orientation Stream


For those learners who require additional time to acquire Literacy and Numeracy skills and the skills for independence.
The curriculum consists of promoting skills from which the learner will benefit for life. The aim of this stream is the promotion of independence and supported work placement. Compulsory core subjects include literacy, mathematical literacy, cookery for independent living, computers, social etiquette, career preparation and work experience.


Academic Stream


Focuses on Theme based teaching which covers: History, Geography, Natural Science and all the regular subjects. The teachers offer a differentiated approach thus catering for each child’s ability. There is one class in this phase. Class size is a maximum ten learners.


Senior Phase - ± 14 to 18 year olds

 

There are two streams available within the senior phase:

 

Life Orientation Stream

 

The curriculum consists of promoting skills from which the learner will benefit for life. The aim of this stream is the promotion of independence and supported work placement. Compulsory core subjects include literacy, mathematical literacy, cookery for independent living, computers, social etiquette, career preparation and work experience.
This is a skills-based stream with a less academic or theoretical component.

 

Academic Stream

 

Focuses on Theme based teaching which covers: History, Geography, Natural Science and all the regular subjects. The teachers offer a differentiated approach thus catering for each child’s ability. There is one class in this phase. Class size is a maximum of ten learners.
 

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