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  • Hillcrest Preparatory School (Kenya)
    Hillcrest Road, off Langata Road
    Karen area
    KE
  • Mailing address:
    Hillcrest Preparatory School (Kenya)
    PO Box 24282
    Karen 00502
    Nairobi
    KE
  • T 254 (0)20 883913/4/7 Mobile: 0724 256 173, 0736 256 173
  • E adminprep@hillcrest.ac.ke
  • W www.hillcrest.ac.ke
  • Memberships: COBIS; IAPS;
  • State/Independent: Independent: privately owned (individual/corporation)
  • Lower School Ages: 18 months-6
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: Total: 85 (57% boys, 43% girls)
  • Middle School Ages: 6-13
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Numbers: Total: 165 (57% girls, 43% boys)
  • Senior School Ages: 13-18
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: 300
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: Mainstream with SEN support
  • Boarding: Available
  • Uniform: Yes
  • School Year: September- June; holidays and half-term breaks similar to UK calendar
  • School Hours: Early Years 8.30 to 3.00; Prep 8 to 3.30
  • Fee Currency: Kenyan shillings
  • Fee Details: 2016-2017 Fees. Registration: 5,000. Per term: Play Group: from 66,000 (for 3 mornings a week) to 82,500 Kshs (5 mornings); Nursery 1:from 121,000(3mornings)to 165,000 (5 mornings) to 203,500 (5 full days); Nursery 2: 143,000(3 mornings) to 181,500 (5 mornings) to 220,000 (5 full days); Reception: 236,500; Year 1: 275,000; Year 2: 396,000; Years 3-6: 500,500; Years 7-8: 522,500. Weekly boarding is 275,750 per term; Weekend boarding is 11,850 per term.
  • Fee Extras: Transport: Lower School varies from 32,450 to 46,350. Upper School varies from 54,300 to 100,400 depending on route. School Deposit: 25,000 for lower school and 50,00 for upper; Boarding Deposit: 27,575; Caution deposit: 50,000.
  • Religion: Non-denominational

A-Levels

Common Entrance Exam - The Common Entrance is a qualifying exam usually taken at 11,12 or 13 in the private sector for entry to independent senior schools.

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

National Curriculum for England

BSO (British Schools Overseas inspection programme) - To our great delight and at long last, the UK Department for Education has launched the British Schools Overseas (BSO) programme. School. They've approved seven agencies, all authorised to perform "accreditation against standards similar to independent schools operating in Britain", complete with published inspection reports that are available to parents and show how well individual British schools abroad measure up against British standards. These inspections ensure "schools advertising a 'British character' are upholding the rigour and excellence of [the British] system". According to the UK Dept for Education website, to be recognised by the Department for Education a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website and will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase". We would have expected this to be a fairly ponderous undertaking, taking years to get round to so many British international schools. But since it was launched in 2011, we find ourselves racing to keep pace with these fresh inspections across the globe. A (slightly confusing) (after all, how else would you have known this was an official government site?) set of maps on the following links show the locality of each British school overseas that has been inspected (or will be in the next three years) under the Department's inspection scheme. Individual inspection reports are available to download via the school location pins on these maps: Countries A-I Countries J-Z Pre-BSO Inspections Listed by Country These seven inspection providers have been approved to inspect British schools overseas under the BSO programme (inspection providers in operation and being monitored by Ofsted are marked with an asterix):

Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) - Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a highly reputable membership organization that, in the UK, requires schools to have been inspected by an independent agency (usually ISI, aside from Ofsted reports) as a condition of membership. In the case of schools outside of the UK, member schools are required to have been inspected by a legitimate inspectorate or accreditation organisation (ie ISI, CIS etc) or to have been inspected by a trained inspector (ISI-trained or Ofsted-trained). Although attentive readers will know we are often skeptical of so-called "Ofsted-trained inspectors" (since outside of the UK there is no guarantee the person under contract has any such qualifications) or their reports (which- no matter how expert and well-trained the inspector, other countries are not required by law to keep in the original form, and schools may feel perfectly free to delete unattractive sections or add in glowing bits about themselves), we do believe one can rely on both inspectors and reports in this case (and in the school's less likely inclination to corrupt said reports), because IAPS eyeballs the reports themselves as part of that condition for membership. If the report does not pass muster or no inspection report exists, IAPS conduct their own thorough Diagnostic Review Visit (largely with ISI-trained inspectors), and that report then goes before the IAPS Membership committee for approval. Therefore schools coming out the other side can be said to have been well and properly inspected. IAPS "is also seeking to agree arrangements for regular re-inspections, so that it can ensure accreditation standards are maintained on an on-going basis". This should ensure schools keep their socks up to stay in IAPS' good books.

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) (DfE BSO approved) - Independent Schools Inspectorate - One of six inspection providers that have been approved to inspect under the British Schools Overseas programme. According to the UK Dept of Education website, to be recognised by the Department for Education, "a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website and will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase". A map on this link shows the locality of each British school overseas which has been inspected under the Department's inspection scheme. Individual inspection reports are available to download via the school location pins on the map.

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