UK’s prestigious Durham School launches academy in Nairobi

Durham School
A blueprint of Durham School. [Photo NMG]

England’s prestigious group of schools, Durham School has launched its academy in Nairobi.

Admission at Durham School will start next year in January. It will offer the British curriculum with admissions from nursery school.

“We look forward to welcoming a diverse community of children with a range of cultural, and educational backgrounds, languages, talents and abilities to our brand new school in January 2021,” said Sue Small, Headteacher-elect of the school located in the leafy suburb of Gigiri in a statement.

Durham School offering day and boarding learning is 600 years old. Parents seeking to have their kids admitted here will have to part with over Ksh500,000 per term.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Mariott, an alumnus and student of History at Durham University welcomed the opening of the school in Kenya.

In a statement, she said that “I am delighted Durham will be opening a school in Nairobi in January 2021.Education links are a key part of the UK and Kenya’s relationship, and it’s fantastic to see Durham School being the first British school to open a branch in East Africa.”

Its launch continues to offer competitive learning in international schools in Kenya which are a preserve for the wealthy and expatriates.

Durham entered the Kenyan market following its successful launch in Doha, Qatar last year in September. Durham School for Girls in this Arab county has an enrolment of 560 students in less than a year since its opening.

Durham’s presence joins the ranks Potterhouse School, Braeburn, Rosslyn Academy, Sabis, Kenton, German School and St Andrews Turi which are the most reputable international schools in Kenya.

Over the recent years, multinationals and foreign governments working in Kenya as well as UN agencies in the country have created a thriving environment for internationals schools.