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Nairobi
British curriculum
Ages 1 to 13

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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 1 to 13
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Shilling195,000
to: Shilling1,935,000
Address: Magadi Rd Nairobi Kenya
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Number of students

363

Number of nationalities represented in the school

34

Most common nationality

British.

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes - Lower School and Early Years

Native English speaking teachers

Yes.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Banda does not have a designated ESL department but welcome children whose first language is not English. Banda can advise on ESL teachers who could support the learning of these pupils as an extra programme either within or outside school hours. Most of the younger children benefit from full immersion in English in the classroom.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Kiswahili.

Use of technology in the classroom

The Banda is at the forefront of E-Learning in Kenya. All pupils in Years 7 and 8 are given iPads, which further enhances the wide use of technology in the classroom. Classrooms are equipped with smart boards, data projectors and Apple TV. This is in addition to two modern ICT Suites and the bank of iPads for use by other year groups in the classroom.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes - The Banda School's Virtual Learning Environment allows students to study and learn online access learning resources and interact with teachers and fellow pupils. It is available on-campus as well as off-campus and contains material prepared by the teachers, from Pegasus Early Years through to Upper School.

Uniform required

Yes.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

Common Entrance Exams

Results in these examinations

2020’s Year 8s gained 95% A* - C grades in their final Common Entrance Exams, with all gaining entry to their first choice Secondary School.

School bus service available

Yes.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Department with 6 full-time staff.

Learning support offered

Our support team consisting of five full-time teachers and one part-time qualified teacher offering a range of experience in Special Educational Needs both one to one lessons and in-class support for children with learning difficulties.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our progressive department nurtures creativity and techniques to achieve academically in one of the best schools in Kenya.

School start time

8:15

School finish time

3:45

Supervised care before/after school

Yes.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Fundi Club, Community Work, Presentation Skills and Public Speaking, Young Environmentalists, Wildlife Conservation, Mindfulness and Well Being, Mindfulness and Earth Art, The Kenyan Culture Club, CCP Report and Global Links, African Activists, Waste Monitors and Food Consumption.

School provided lunches

Yes.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes - as much as possible.

Sports activities included

Sports include Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Swimming, Netball, Rounders, Athletics, Sailing, Squash and Cross-Country. A wide range of extra-curricular activities is available including instrumental and voice lessons, Modern Dance, Ballet, LAMDA, extra tennis, squash, swimming and cross-country.

Sports facilities at the school

Several pitches for rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders and netball. Astro-turf hockey pitch which can also be used as netball and tennis courts. 25-metre swimming pool with diving boards and two glass-backed squash courts.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Banda School is a British curriculum preparatory school.
The aims of Banda School are:
–To provide a broad and balanced educational experience that will ensure the development of the whole child.
–To encourage an ambition to excel – in all areas of school life.
–To create a nurturing environment so that each child feels safe to face new challenges.
–To develop enquiring minds, self-confidence and a range of skills to enable pupils to become independent learners.
–To promote acceptance of all, thereby preparing pupils for their future as global citizens.

Teaching approach of the school

As a British Curriculum School, our teaching is entirely in line with modern British Prep Schools in the UK.
-In Pegasus Early Years we have successfully implemented the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals, which are designed to help children acquire and develop fundamental learning skills.
-In Key Stage 1 and 2, we adhere closely to the National Curriculum guidelines, adapting the syllabi where necessary to ensure that it is relevant to the children in the environment in which they live.
-At the start of Year 6, we begin to study the 13+ Common Entrance Syllabus in all academic subjects, preparing our children for the transition to their nominated Secondary Schools, whether they be in Kenya, South Africa, the UK or elsewhere.

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