Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to all of your questions
WHAT CURRICULUM DO WE OFFER?
DO THE CHILDREN AUTOMATICALLY TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY AFTER YEAR SIX?
HOW DOES THE SCHOOL DEAL WITH THE DISCIPLINE ISSUES?
DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE BOOKS TO THE STUDENTS?
DO WE PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORT?
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT PREMIER ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS?
Premier Academy is located in a very convenient place within Nairobi and is well connected through highway. To support our excellent Academics and cocurricular activities, we are well equipped with;
- Ultra-modern computer labs – 6 labs
- High Tech science laboratories and equipment – 9 labs
- Cricket, Hockey and Football playgrounds, a Basketball court
- Swimming pools – 3 pools
- Very well equipped School Libraries for students
- Computerised resource center for online research for Students
- School Canteen services
- Ample parking space for parents and visitors
- Spacious classrooms with comfortable furniture for students
- Disabled friendly compound and buildings with modern washroom facilities
- Engagement of top external service providers for additional activities for children
WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DO YOU OFFER?
IS THE BNC COMPATIBLE WITH THE KENYA NATIONAL CURRICULUM?
WHAT ARE OUR OFFICIAL WORKING HOURS?
DOES PREMIER ACADEMY CATER FOR SCHOOL LUNCH? IS IT A NUT FREE ALLERGEN SCHOOL?
HOW DO YOU SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH POST-SECONDARY PLANS?
The school has a dedicated department that offers College Counselling and Career Advising. Although a majority of Premier Academy students go on to traditional 3- or -year Bachelor’s degree programmes, the school also offers support to students exploring alternative paths, such as gap years, entrepreneurship, entering the armed forces, to name a few.
WHAT SUPPORT DO STUDENTS RECEIVE IN SELECTING IGCSE, AS AND A-LEVEL SUBJECTS?
DO STUDENTS RECEIVE SUPPORT IN FINDING INTERNSHIP, VOLUNTEER, OR WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES?
WHO ARE SCHOOL COUNSELLORS?
School Counsellors have unique qualifications and skills to address students’ challenges right from PlayGroup to Year 13. They work closely with school staff and other agencies. All Counsellors work within a registered professional body and recognized code of ethics such as the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), American Psychological Association (APA), American School Counsellors Association (ASCA), International School Counsellor Association (ISCA), Kenya Psychological Association (KPSYA) and/or Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association (KCPA).
HOW CAN SCHOOL COUNSELLORS HELP?
Counsellors usually provide short-term counselling, up to six (6) sessions. The length of the sessions may vary depending on the issues being addressed. With younger children the sessions may involve play materials. What is discussed during the sessions is confidential, moreover the child/client is informed by the Counsellor that he/she may consult with other professionals or agencies if they feel the child/client is at risk or is in danger.
In certain instances, the School Counsellor, with the parent’s/client’s knowledge and consent, may refer the child/client to other agencies or professionals (external support) for in depth and further support.
HOW DOES MY SON / DAUGHTER SEE THE SCHOOL COUNSELLOR?
Counselling is a voluntary process. Your child may seek the School Counsellor independently, or a teacher/ parent may recommend it.
WHAT ISSUES CAN SCHOOL COUNSELLORS HELP WITH?
There are a variety of challenges the School Counsellor can offer support in, for example, peer pressure, friendships, teasing and bullying, exam and academic pressure, family pressure, family relations; separation and divorce, change and transition, illness; terminal illnesses, loss and grief of a loved one, body image, study habits and so on. Young people have to cope with adolescence and the hormonal and physical changes that accompany it.
Providing support to the child helps them learn how to deal with the various challenges, they feel better equipped and learn healthy ways of coping at home and at school.
HOW CAN A PARENT/CAREGIVER SUPPORT THE COUNSELLING PROCESS?
Counselling is a normal and useful activity geared towards providing emotional, social and psychological support to your child. Showing interest when they want to talk without pushing or forcing them to talk about it. If they wish not to discuss the issue, give it time by creating a conducive environment for conversation. Counselling is a process, it takes time and the child/client must make a conscious effort to make the necessary changes they need.
Counselling can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of one’s life, your child may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness. On the other hand, counselling has been shown to have benefits for individuals who go through it. Therapy can lead to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, significant reductions in feelings of distress and improved self-esteem; but there is no guarantee that it will work since one has to make a conscious effort to make the changes they need for counselling to be effective. Counselling is a personal exploration and may lead to major changes in life perspective and decision. Together the parent, the child and the School Counsellor will work to achieve the best possible results from him or her.
One of our ethical and legal obligations involves informing students of the purposes, goals, techniques and rules of procedure under which they may receive counseling. Disclosure includes informed consent and clarification of the limits of confidentiality.
Another requirement of School Counsellors is keeping information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student. Serious and foreseeable harm is different for each minor in schools and is determined by students’ developmental and chronological age, the setting, parental rights and the nature of the harm. School Counsellors consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.
Therefore, in the event of a medical, psychiatric or psychological emergency (i.e. suicidality or signs of self-injury), the school counsellor together with the school nurse will contact a family member or relevant persons in order to facilitate the helping process and provide adequate support to the student.