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Welcome to Prep School

Jacob Odhiambo
Jacob Odhiambo - Head of Prep School

Welcome to Premier Academy Prep School where we nurture the seeds planted at our Kindergarten section.

The Prep School plays a crucial role in the growth of a child, for it is here that children discover and grow their talents, in and out of class. From the exceptional artists to the roaring musicians to the dashing athletes to the nerdy quiz wizards, the Prep School not only offers the necessary conducive environment for talent to be explored, but also sharpens these talents to the levels of each individual.

At the core of this exciting exploration for students, is the commitment by an affectionate and passionate team of staff members who understand that “humans come first” and at the center of Premier Academy is the acceptance and treatment of any student as a human being.

The Total Education approach where a child is treated as whole and not parts, has seen students excel in academics, sports and extracurricular activities and in pastoral matters of discipline, respect, integrity issues.

We are proud that at the end of six years, our students move on to the secondary section as fulfilled human beings.

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The primary section caters for boys and girls, aged between 5½-l0½ years of age. At present, there are approximately 480 children on roll. We have eighteen classrooms, an ICT Suite, a library, a music room, an art room, a lunch hall, a learning support room, and 2 conference rooms.

The first two years in primary school [Key Stage 1] set the foundation for primary education based on the British National Curriculum. Years 3 to 6 make up Key Stage 2.  At the end of Year 6, the students do the Cambridge International Checkpoint Exam which serves as a benchmark for entry into secondary school.

Teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned by teachers who draw on their expertise, knowledge, and experience to ensure work is relevant and suited to the needs of the children.  The emphasis is on developing skills and teaching them how to improve their own learning while at the same time living harmoniously with others.

We believe extra-curricular activities play a very important role in the all-round development of young people.  We, therefore, offer a variety of activities for our students to join and enjoy during the school day and after school.

There is an expectation of high standards of personal behavior and respect for others which we expect parents to encourage and support. Our expectations are clearly outlined in our Discipline and Homework policies.

The British National Curriculum forms the basis of the education in the Primary School where Years 1 and 2 make up Key Stage 1, and Years 3 to 6 make up Key Stage 2.  At the end of Year 6, the students sit for the Cambridge International Checkpoint Exam which is a recognized benchmark for entry into secondary school.

For each subject in the curriculum, there is a programme of study, outlining the subject, knowledge, and skills that the pupils have to develop at each stage. There are frequent checks and balances on the progress of pupils, which are regularly communicated to their parents.

Throughout the curriculum, we equip our children with the academic, personal and social learning skills needed for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in.  We do this within the happy, structured and nurturing environment of the primary school.

Key Stage 1

Moving from kindergarten to primary school at the tender age of 5½ years can be daunting. However, the warmth of their reception into primary school soon allays their fears; and we are often told how the children hate missing even a day of school.

Key Stage 2

The transition into Year 3 is made at the age of 7½ years when children are independent and ready for the challenges of a more demanding curriculum including learning new languages like French and Spanish.

At the end of Year 6, at the age of 11½ years, our students are equipped with the basic skills ready to face the rigours of High School.

For each subject in the curriculum, there is a programme of study, outlining the subject, knowledge and skills that the pupils have to develop at each stage. There are regular assessments to monitor the progress of pupils, the schedules of which are communicated to their parents.

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Drama and Music

At Premier Prep school, we have a strong tradition of drama and music which develops children’s performance skills. In the school choir, children have great fun learning to work with each other and singing together.

Drama and Music

Class assemblies held every Friday provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents in the form of skits in an exciting atmosphere.

Drama and Music

In addition, a musical and a nativity play are staged every year by children of Year 6 and Year 2 respectively. Recent productions of the musical include Rats, Hansel & Gretel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat and Aladdin.

Drama and Music

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is at the heart of development of every child. We endeavour to provide a safe environment in which all children learn vital life skills that are applicable in school and beyond. Homeroom tutors monitor the development of children and are at hand to discuss children’s progress with parents. All members of the school community encourage children to talk about their concerns.  Every morning, there is a homeroom session of at least 15 minutes set aside to discuss pastoral and current issues within the classrooms. In addition, weekly staff meetings provide a forum for teachers to share information on pastoral care and any other emerging issues. Our multicultural setting provides children with a wide perspective of life based on respect, fairness and love.

CEM Assessments

In partnership with Cambridge University Press and Assessment Centre for Evaluation, Prep School Students sit for CEM InCAS Assessment at the beginning of Year Three and Year Five. The results are used for individualized Education Plans for students to give them the best experience in their education journey.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Exams

Students at Premier Academy sit for the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Exams to mark the end of their Prep School journey. The diagnostic exam gives the students, parents and teachers an opportunity to check the level of skills acquisition in Mathematics, English and Science.


We encourage students to participate in clubs and activities. The clubs are aimed at encouraging hobbies and enhancing life skills. Our clubs are run by teachers who connect with the students through shared interests. Students are exposed to a number of clubs which they choose from.


Prep School holds two assemblies every week. Cluster assemblies on Mondays and Whole school assemblies on Fridays. Assemblies, among other things, give students a platform to showcase their talents and skills through various presentations.

Prep School Band

Students need a “fun” reason to come to school at the beginning of the week. Similarly, midway into the week, they need that extra drive. The Prep School Band does just that! The melodious tunes every Monday and Wednesday is something that students, teachers and parents look forward to every week!

Live Streaming of Events at Prep

Lots of exciting events happen at Prep School. You can always catch us live on our Facebook page!

Modern Foreign Languages

Prep School gives students from Year Four an opportunity to choose between French and Spanish as a subject within the Modern Foreign Languages. Kiswahili is offered as a compulsory subject from Year 1-6. Students also participate in MFL celebrations in a weeklong event scheduled within the academic year.

Sporting Activities

Prep School students are exposed to a number of sporting activities. Ball games, swimming and athletics are some of the activities that students are exposed to.

Every year, students at the Prep School take part in Sports Day, Swimming gala, Triathlon/Aquathlon/Cross-country as annual events.

Students also participate in Interschool nonsporting activities like Spelling Bees, Art Competitions, Science Fairs among others.


At Premier, we believe that learning does not end within the four walls of the classroom. We encourage educational trips as an important component for students’ holistic growth. Students enjoy day and overnight trips each year. The trips offer students opportunities for bonding, fun and learning.

Zippy and Apple Friends Programme

Zippy’s and Apple’s friends’ is a social emotional programme offered at Prep School with Partnership for Children, a UK educational organization. This story-based program encourages students to reflect and come up with solutions to cope with various challenges they face in life through role play activities, group discussions and individual activities.


Prep School has a strong scouting movement. Members are drawn from Year 1 – 6. Scouts members are registered with the Kenya Scouts Association. They participate in various activities and camps within and outside the school.

Other Activities

Children take part in other activities such as inter-house quizzes, scouting, fancy dress competitions and fun learning activities that are done every Friday afternoon.  All these are geared towards proving an extramural fun learning environment that enhances holistic development of the child.

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Prep School Highlights