Learning gains in Kenya

Our pupils have excelled for five consecutive years in the government national exam—consistently performing above the national average (which includes elite private schools).

Pupils sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) when they finish primary school. All pupils have to take this exam. The exam is out of 500 marks. Historically 250 was the pass mark and represented the national average. Following Government policy changes that aims to see 100% of children transition to secondary school there is no pass or fail; instead the KCPE mark determines the type of secondary school a child will have access to.

The independent government exam enables the performance of our pupils to be compared with those in neighbouring schools and in schools across Kenya. The results speak for themselves.

Over five years (2015–19) our pupils significantly outperformed the nationwide average:

  • In 2015, Bridge pupils passed the national exam at a higher rate than their peers, 60% vs. 49%
  • In 2016, over 50 pupils who attended Bridge received admissions to elite national schools after excelling in the KCPE
  • In 2017, Bridge outperformed the national average by 10 percentage points
  • In 2018, Bridge pupils exceeded the national average by 14 marks with over 1,000 children scoring above 300 marks
  • In 2019, Bridge pupils again exceeded the traditional national average by 16 marks with 1,050 children scoring at least 300 marks

Additional analysis from 2019 reveals that pupils who attended Bridge for five years or more receive the equivalent of two extra days of learning in a week. Those attending Bridge for five years or more achieved an average mark of 281, a difference of 0.41 standard deviations, and two additional years of learning.

The results show a clear correlation between years of attendance at Bridge and academic excellence. Those attending Bridge for five years or more achieved an average mark of 281 compared to a historical national average of 250.

Analysis of the 2019 results also revealed that Bridge schools have eliminated the boy/girl achievement gap in their schools with a one point differential. In a country where girls access to education is traditionally low, the government has focused on redressing this balance. The number of Bridge girls passing the KCPE has increased by over 22% in the last five years. 

In 2018, girls who had attended our schools for over five years were our highest performing cohort, averaging 281 marks.

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