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At Brookhouse, we follow an adapted form of the British National Curriculum. This means that throughout the Preparatory School up to and including Year Eight students study the set national curriculum subjects, including Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Physical Education, Music, a modern Foreign Language and ICT.

In Year Nine pupils undertake a pre-IGCSE year of study, and in Year's Ten and Eleven students follow a two year course leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations.

If a student achieves 5 good C grade passes at this level they can then go on to study for the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-levels) which are considered a gold standard for entry to universities worldwide.

Throughout their schooling, all students also follow courses in Physical Education and Citizenship, although these are not examined subjects.

At Brookhouse we differ from the British National Curriculum in the following ways:

Our students have the option to study two languages in addition to English.  Most commonly, these are French and Kiswahili.  German, Spanish and Chinese are also available.

We teach Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects to IGCSE, whereas in the UK some schools offer a combined science course.

At IGCSE level, we offer a wider range of subjects than some schools in the UK.   For example, at Brookhouse students can choose to study Economics, Business Studies or Accounts if they wish.

The range of subjects on offer at A-level is extensive compared to many British curriculum schools, with traditional options augmented by subject choices like Music, Law, Drama, Psychology, Sociology, Economics and Business Studies..

In the Preparatory section of the school students take tests in English, Mathematics and Science at various stages.  In addition they undertake a major examination at the end of Year 8 to mark the transition to Secondary School for Year 9 at age 13+.  Such testing allows us to monitor pupil standards and to track individual progression in learning.

Parents are sometimes uncertain when comparing the Kenyan KCPE/KCSE system to the British system.  This confusion is not helped by the fact that at Brookhouse we follow a northern hemisphere academic year, from September to July, while the Kenyan system runs from January to December.

Most students who join Brookhouse from the Kenyan system do so either after their KCPE or the KCSE examinations.  Students joining us after KCPE would typically enter Year 9 depending on their KCPE total marks.  After KCSE examinations students can join Year 12 but we typically require an average C+ grade or above.  These students will have missed a term (because our school year begins in September), but our teachers are used to helping students catch up.   Experience has shown that these students can go on to achieve outstanding A-level results.

After KCSE students also have the option of joining the International Foundation Year (IFY) programme as a focused route toward applying for UK university entry.  Details of the course and entry requirements are listed separately on this website.

Also available after KCSE are the BTEC courses in Music and Art, details of which are outlined separately on this website.

The table included below clarifies the crossover from the Kenyan 8-4-4 system to the British system, although this can only be viewed as a rough guide as many individual circumstances affect which class a student may be placed in.


Age Local Kenyan System   Brookhouse UK bands
5+ Pre-unit


Reception Key Stage 1
6+ Standard  1 Year  1
7+ Standard  2 Year  2
8+ Standard  3 Year  3 Key Stage 2
9+ Standard  4 Year  4
10+ Standard  5 Year  5
11+ Standard  6 Year  6
12+ Standard  7 Year  7 Key Stage 3
13+ Standard  8  (KCPE Exams) Year  8   (End of Prep Exams)
14+ Form          1


Year   9
15+ Form          2 Year   10  Key Stage 4
16+ Form          3 Year   11  (IGCSE Exams)
17+ Form          4  (KCSE Exams) Year   12  (AS Exams) Key Stage 5
18+ Year   13  (A-Level Exams) or IFY


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