WELCOME TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

Upon joining Secondary school, students are guided carefully in consultation with parents, on which subjects to choose in order to reap maximum benefit from education. During the Ninth Year, choices are made for IGCSE subjects. With many children finding the amount of work involved in these subjects greater than in the past, it is important to make a wise selection of subjects.

 

The new Science Laboratories are spacious and are equipped with the best science equipment. Similarly, the computing centre ensures that each student realizes the importance of information Technology and gives them an opportunity to utilize it to their own advantage. Courses range from introductory work in the First Year to project work in year Thirteen, and from word processing to Information Handling. Premier Academy today has one of the most modern and better equipped computer laboratories in the country.

 

By the time our boys and girls reach the sixth form we hope to have effectively balanced the benefits of a broad education with the demands of increasing specialization. For some students, the Sixth Form becomes a time for total concentration. Helping children to think and organize their studies for themselves is an important priority for successful studies in the Sixth form and beyond. The Secondary Library plays a vital role in this. The Library has generously proportioned study carrels and an informal area where pupils can read the latest journals magazines and newspapers. It is staffed by professionally qualified librarians who give guidance on the way to use books and the library itself and work closely with teachers in striving to ensure that the library fulfils its role as the intellectual heart of the school.

 

The success of the school’s approach is reflected by the very high percentage of passes obtained in IGCSE and GCE examination each year and the high proportion of top grades. Three quarters of our Sixth Form students go on to take academic degrees, with a great majority of the remainder obtaining professional qualification by direct entry into their chosen careers.

We promote a holistic approach to education through academic, extracurricular and pastoral programmes which take into consideration the diverse cultural backgrounds of the students. The secondary school admits 12 year olds in year 7 and 17 year olds in ‘A’ level.

ACADEMICS

We follow an adapted British National Curriculum with the following objectives.

To stimulate and challenge every student.

To encourage curiosity and independent learning.

To promote critical thinking

To develop listening, speaking, literacy and numeracy skills

To utilise ICT in research and report writing.

To prepare students for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

To promote positive attitudes towards others and the environment.

A variety of Cambridge and Edexcel International subjects are offered at IGCSE, AS and A levels. Mathematics, English language and Literature are compulsory subjects at IGCSE. Other subjects offered are Biology, Chemistry, Fine Art, Geography, Applied ICT, History, Psychology, French, Spanish and P.E.S.

Our students are provided with opportunities to learn at their own pace through the Student Centred Approach and differentiation.

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A laboratory session in progress

Our teaching staff are experienced and dedicated to providing remedial lessons.

Educational trips afford students opportunities to appreciate what they learn in class and apply it to the world around them.

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Year 13 students analysing biodiversity at the coral reef

EXTRA CURRIUCULAR ACTIVITIES

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities to broaden and enrich the learning experiences offered through the formal curriculum.

  • Clubs which include President’s Award (PA), Model United Nations (MUN), Environmental, Chess, and Premier Outreach club (POC), First AID, Peer mentors, Cookery and Press Club.
  • Trips such as Rock Climbing, Year group overnight camping to promote interpersonal relationships.
  • Indoor and outdoor games including Chess, Badminton, Table tennis and Squash.
  • Inter-school competitions in games, sports and debate.
  • Inter-house activities including Spelling Bee, Essay writing, Elocution, Music and Drama contests.
  • Charity projects such as provision of water in drought stricken areas in Machakos and Kajiado counties.

Our Chess, Hockey and Cricket teams have excelled in the inter school tournaments. We were awarded a certificate of recognition by His Excellency the President for being a leading participant in the President’s Award Scheme, with over 50 students receiving the Gold award annually.

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PASTORAL MATTERS

Our holistic education inculcates Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). We provide:

  • A PSHE curriculum through pastoral lessons.
  • Pastoral trips for Year 7, 10 and 12 students to prepare them for transition.
  • Talks by professionals
  • Year group assemblies with student led activities.
  • A counselling program coordinated by the school counsellor.

EXAMS

Formative and summative assessments are used to evaluate the progress of the learners.
Our students excel in IGCSE examinations with most of the candidates attaining A*-B grades.

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EXAMINATION BOARDS

At Premier Academy, we follow the British National Curriculum, with additions that acknowledge the context within which our learners live and the opportunities available to them. We follow the Cambridge international Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel international boards.

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At O level the following subjects are offered following the CIE board:

Art and Design, English, Mathematics, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, Music, Drama, French,
Spanish, Literature in English, History, Geography,
Global Perspectives, Business Studies, Accounting and
Information Communications and Technology (ICT).
Core and extended curricula are available in many subjects
for students of differing abilities.

We offer the following Edexcel Board subjects at O level:
Psychology, Economics, Physical education, and Sports.
Edexcel’s International Advanced Level is an international alternative to Edexcel’s Ofqual-regulated A level qualifications. This new suite of qualifications, regulated by Pearson, has been written to the highest standard, with the global learner in mind.
The International AS qualifications contain half the content of an International Advanced Level. Learners can either study AS as a stand-alone qualification or as a stage on the way to completing an Advanced Level. This gives them the opportunity to study a broader range of subjects at AS before deciding which subjects to take forward to A level.

Subjects include:
Accounting, Biology, Business studies, Chemistry, Economics, Law and Mathematics.

We follow the Cambridge International examinations board in the following subjects:

Art, English language, History, Geography and Information and communications technology (ICT).

The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects, as well as independent learning and constructive thinking skills which are valued by universities and employers.

FACILITIES

    • Six fully equipped Science laboratories.
    • Internet access throughout the campus.
    • Mounted overhead projectors in Lecture theatres, Audio visual rooms and the science laboratories.
    • A well-stocked library.
    • Two ICT laboratories.
    • Swimming pool with spacious changing rooms for boys and girls.
    • Canteen facilities for snacks and hot lunch.
    • Cricket, hockey and soccer fields.
    • A fully equipped music room.
    • Well-equipped Art rooms.
    • Basketball, Lawn Tennis and Badminton courts


The school orchestra in action


Students fully engaged during a lesson in the ICT laboratory

SUBJECTS

SIXTH FORM (A- LEVELS)
Business Studies Humanities Sciences Social Sciences Languages
Accounting Geography Biology Law French
Economics History Chemistry Psychology Spanish
Art & Design Physics  English Language & Literature
Mathematics
Further Maths
Applied ICT
P.E. & Sports
IGCSE (O- LEVELS)
Business Studies Humanities Sciences Social Sciences Languages Creative & Performing Arts
Accounting Geography Biology Law French Art & Design
Economics History Chemistry  Psychology Spanish Music
Global Perspectives Physics  English Language / Literature Drama
Mathematics
Further Maths
Applied ICT
P.E. & Sports

CAREERS

Careers guidance is provided through:

  • A fully fledged careers department with staff to whom all students have access.
  • A wide range of guidance and reference materials.
  • Career talks by professionals in various fields.
  • Work experience placements.

Our students join reputed local and overseas universities like Cambridge, LSE, Warwick, Cardiff, Bristol, Nairobi and Strathmore.

Our alumni cover a range of professions including; Doctors, Accountants, Engineers, Lawyers, Economists and Journalists whose success in their careers confirms the quality of the education we provide and the skills we help them lay a strong foundation in.

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