Strathmore School

Strathmore School is a private, independent, boys’ day school located in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore was started as Kenya’s first multiracial Sixth Form college in March 1961. In 1977 the first Form One students were admitted, and in 1987 the first Standard One pupils. Today, there are around 630 students in the school with a significant number of them receiving financial aid.

History

Strathmore began as a Sixth Form College offering a full range of Arts and Science subjects. The first Form Five students enrolled in March, 1961, and sat the Higher School Certificate Examination in November 1962.

Accountancy studies were added to the College Curriculum in January, 1966, when the first students

Strathmore School, formerly Strathmore College, the predecessor of Strathmore University

Strathmore School, formerly Strathmore College, the predecessor of Strathmore University

registered to prepare for the Association of Certified Accountants examinations. The first Form One students enrolled in January, 1977; during the years 1977-1980 the Secondary School was expanded to include Forms One to Four.

The College is managed by Study Centres of Kenya. The land and buildings of the College are held in Trust by Strathmore Registered Trustees which is incorporated as a charitable Trust under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance.

With the starting of the Primary School, the Trustees have organized Strathmore College into two levels: ‘Strathmore College School of Accountancy’ for post-secondary studies and ‘Strathmore School’ for primary and secondary Studies.

Goals of Strathmore School

The principal goal of the School is to develop the conscience and train the minds of its students so that they may usefully serve society. Above all, the School emphasizes academic excellence and moral integrity. The School brings together students of unusual promise and experienced teachers to form a community which is conducive to learning.

Through daily close contact with the students, in the class-room, in extra-curricular activities and on the sports fields, the School staff, by example and precept, strives to teach the essence of goodness, honesty, responsibility, tolerance, hard work, humility and sincerity. The School aims to provide an education based on Christian principles.

Academic Work

Students are prepared for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E.) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.) national examinations at the end of primary and secondary courses respectively. The School is well-equipped to meet all the modern requirements of a balanced education. It has regularly ranked among the top ten schools in the country in public examinations, and has consistently placed a high percentage of its students in institutions of higher education. A system of Continual Assessment Testing in all subjects allows staff and parents to keep a close eye on each boy’s academic progress. Parents are sent a total of six reports during the year, at mid-term and the end of each term.

Counseling and Guidance

When a student first enrolls he is assigned a Tutor whose job is to supervise the student’s general

Strathmore School graduating seniors

Strathmore School graduating seniors

performance and stimulate wider interests outside what is done in the classroom. The Tutor speaks with the student regularly, is available to him should problems arise, and meets regularly with the student’s parents to discuss his overall progress, and to see how he can best be challenged to develop his potential to the fullest. Older students are allowed to choose as their tutor that teacher who they feel can best help them.
The spiritual guidance at the School is entrusted to the Prelature of Opus Dei. There is a Chaplain who is readily available to anyone who wishes to talk with him.

Meeting Parents

The School believes strongly in the value of association with parents, particularly at a personal level where staff and parents can work together for the benefit of each boy. This cooperation is primarily fostered through regular meetings of a Tutor with the boy’s parents.
The School also organizes regular Parents Meetings, usually by classes, to discuss important topics of general interest related to the education and upbringing of secondary school age boys.

The Team System

A boy’s life in the School involves continual integration and cooperation with other boys. Great emphasis is placed on a boy learning to work together with others. The boys in each class select their own Captains, who in turn choose teams within each class. Teams compete against other teams of their class and Section in sports, study points and overall behaviour and sportsmanship. Team Captains meet regularly with their class Teacher to discuss ways of improving overall class progress. All boys are given specific duties and jobs through which they are expected to con¬tribute to the well-being and running of their class and the whole School.

Sports and Activities

All boys are expected to play Sports at least two afternoons a week throughout the school year. Classes are divided into teams which compete against each other in such games as athletics, football, volley-ball, basketball and rugby. Students are encouraged to participate in School teams in competition against other schools. Membership of School teams involves regular extra practice in the evening after classes.
Boys are encouraged to develop and pursue their interests by joining various co-curricular activities.