The Secondary School commences with the one-year Pre-IGCSE Year 9, leading into the two years of the IGCSE course during Year’s 10 and 11. Upon successful completion of their IGCSE examinations, pupils progress to take their AS and A-level courses in Year’s 12 and 13, before moving on to universities across the globe.
The range of subjects on offer 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.
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 bridging route toward applying for UK university entry. Details of the
Also available are BTEC courses in various vocational subject areas, details of which are outlined separately on this website.
In Year’s 10 and 11 students follow courses leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations set by the UK examining boards.
Most students take IGCSE examinations in nine subjects: Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, and at least one Science subject are compulsory. We also expect students to take at least one Humanities subject and a Modern Foreign Language. The subject choices within this framework are flexible, and the individual needs of students are taken into account.
Information sheets about each subject offered at IGCSE level at Brookhouse are contained in the IGCSE Choices Booklet.
The following subjects are typically available at IGCSE level at Brookhouse:
Admission to the Sixth Form
A student who is interested in joining the Brookhouse Sixth Form should complete the application form. They should also request an interview, if this is practical. Copies of previous school reports and Mock IGCSE examination or actual examination grades should be submitted.
Entry to the Brookhouse Sixth Form requires the pupil to achieve five good passes in their IGCSE examinations, including Mathematics and English.
Occasionally, students may be admitted with lower grades if they agree to re-take some IGCSE examinations. The key to admission is whether or not the student will benefit from the courses available at the school.
Students who wish to join A-level classes after completing KCSE examinations should have a mock grade of at least a C+ average.
The Secondary School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, clubs
Contact with other international Secondary Schools around Kenya is maintained by means of a full fixture list of inter-school matches in all the major sports at different age levels. Sports team training occurs regularly and is open to anyone who wants to try out for a team.
Students have the opportunity to perform in one of the major Prep School productions each year or one of the smaller performance evening productions. Being part of one of the Prep School choirs, GLEE Club, orchestra or taking peripatetic music lessons also develops musical talents in the Arts. View Art Gallery.
The school offers a wide range of events each year and Brookhouse participates enthusiastically in:
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