Potterhouse School was established in the year 2002. The establishment of an International school in Runda was propelled by an underlying Christian philosophy of life- A philosophy having its root and reason in God, as revealed in Scripture. Today, the school attracts pupils from different nationalities and backgrounds providing a rich diversity of culture and experience.

As the demand for quality education in Kenya continues to grow Potterhouse is responding to this need and ensuring an all round quality Education for its pupils.  It is an education that addresses their academic, spiritual and social needs as they grow, preparing them for life in a fast and changing world.

The Biblical view that a child is valuable to God drove the founders of the school to set up a school that puts the child at the center. They believe that parents must also be directly involved in the education of their children so that a partnership between school and home will result in the moulding of  learners to bring  out the very best that God intended for them.

Potterhouse today exists to prepare children for their God given destiny.
The school has a kindergarten, primary and secondary following the British National Curriculum preparing students for the IGCSE examinations.

At Potterhouse, we follow an adapted form of the British National Curriculum. This means that throughout the Primary 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 a course in Physical Education although this is not an examined subject.

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

Our students have the option to study two languages in addition to English.  These are French and Kiswahili.

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

In the primary 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 9 to mark the transition to Secondary School for Year 10 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 Potterhouse we follow a northern hemisphere academic year, from September to July, while the Kenyan system runs from January to December.

Most students who join Potterhouse from the Kenyan system do so after their KCPE.  Students joining us after KCPE would typically enter Year 9 depending on their KCPE total marks.  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 results in that particular key stage. 
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. 



Local Kenyan System



UK bands





Stage 1


Standard    1

Year   1


Standard    2

Year   2 (End of Key stage Exams)


Standard    3

Year   3

Stage 2


Standard    4

Year   4


Standard    5

Year   5


Standard    6

Year   6 (End of Key stage Exams)


Standard    7

Year   7

Stage 3


Standard    8  (KCPE Exams)

Year   8  


Form          1


Year   9 (End of Key stage Exams)


Form          2

Year   10

Stage 4


Form          3

Year   11  (IGCSE Exams)

The following subjects are available at IGCSE level at Potterhouse:

·  Art & Design
·  Biology
·  Business Studies
·  Chemistry
·  Computer Studies
·  English Language
·  English Literature
·  French
·  Geography
·  History
·  Kiswahili
·  Mathematics
·  Music
·  Physical Education
·  Physics


The Kumon method of studying Math was developed in Japan in the 1950s by a Math teacher and parent, Toru Kumon. He began producing study materials to help his own son, Takeshi, who was struggling with elementary school Math. As Takeshi’s ability improved, the father was persuaded to allow other local children to use the worksheets and so the Kumon organization was born

Since then the Kumon Institute of Education has grown into a network of centres worldwide, with more than 4 million students across the globe studying with the Kumon method. In South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia there are over 20,000 Kumon Math and English students studying in over 300 centers.

Our Philosophy
Toru Kumon believed that nothing was more important than education, but he saw that teachers were under tremendous constraints. Today we recognize that the pressure on teachers and pupils is greater than ever, so Kumon Math and English’s programs are designed to supplement school education.

More than fifty years after the inception of the Kumon Method, we still stand firm by the educational principles outlined below

  • Children have enormous and often untapped potential to excel
  • Strong skills in English and Math are key to academic achievement
  • Education must focus on the long-term needs of each individual child

How Kumon Math and English can help you to help your pupils
Parents who have children studying on Kumon Math and English’s programmes have confidence in our educational method and believe that Kumon Math and English study can enhance their child’s development. They have this confidence because they realize that we share common values and aims with their child’s school and can play an important complementary role.

The belief that we can make a contribution stems from the fact that Kumon Math and English is not in any way intended to be a replacement for school, but rather is designed to complement and help enrich each child’s education. Kumon Math and English’s focus is on mastering core subjects and providing important learning skills that your pupils will need for success across the broad school curriculum.

Kumon Math and English can benefit children who:

  • - Have low self-confidence and do not participate in the classroom
  • - Are lacking basic skills and are falling behind
  • - Do not enjoy reading
  • - Are doing well but want to be challenged further
  • - Need to be stretched if they are to remain interested and reach their potential
  • - Have short attention spans
  • - Are able students but needing discipline to “knuckle down”
  • - Lack focus and a positive attitude to learning
  • - Have special learning needs
  • - Enjoy Math and/and or English study and would like extension work
  • - Have anxiety related to schoolwork and exams
  • - Lack self-esteem

How Kumon Math and English complements school

Kumon Math and English’s long-term aim is to enable children to cope comfortably with their studies throughout school so they can realize their potential.

The school curriculum ensures that topics taught in the classroom are presented at a fixed rate, with much material covered during the year. We realize that this puts pressure on teachers to find a balance between progressing through the curriculum and ensuring that their pupils are working at a pace and level that is suitable for each one of them.

Kumon Math and English can play a vital role because they complement, but works quite differently from school. The programmes are tailored to each individual child, are linear in nature, working as a series of building blocks. Only once the child “masters” a topic can they move on to the next one. Every child receives as much practice as they need to become proficient in each learning focus.

In Kumon Math children become fluent in arithmetic and basic algebra (amongst other skills). Calculators are not used at all. The English programme covers phonics, reading, comprehension and developing vocabulary. Students studying Kumon Math and English develop these strong core skills

  • Our Credo

    We believe our first responsibility is to the children. We must strive to provide for them an environment that promotes the discovery and application of knowledge

  • Our Mission

    To teach, train and transform through educational expertise and Christ-like example, moulding and inspiring children to a life of excellence and impact.

  • Our Vision

    To see children who have a love for knowledge and learning, growing in godliness and equipped to serve their society.


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