Our results in Kenya

Bridge pupils are excelling according to national exam results.

In Kenya, pupils sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) when they finish primary school. All pupils have to take this exam and they need to pass to be able to continue their education at secondary school. The KCPE provides an external measurement of our pupils’ academic progress, and the opportunity to compare Bridge results with neighbouring schools.

What do the results show?

Bridge has proven over consecutive years that our pupils are outperforming their peers,

Over three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Bridge Pupils have significantly outperformed the nationwide average. In 2017, Bridge pupils exceeded their peers nationwide by over 10%. This outperformance is even more impressive since the nationwide average includes pupils attending elite private schools as well as those in government schools.

In Kenya, the government designates 250 marks (out of 500) as a pass mark although those that score above 200 can be eligible for secondary school. An incredible 86% of Bridge pupils scored over the 200 marks making them potentially eligible for a secondary school. This compares to just 76% nationwide.

The longer pupils had been in a Bridge school, the better they performed in the KCPE exams.

In a country where girls access to education is traditionally low, the Government has focussed on redressing the balance. Since 2015, the number of Bridge girls passing their KCPE has increased by over 20% and in 2017 girls who had attended a Bridge school for over five years were our highest performing cohort, averaging 287 marks.

KCPE results by gender

* 2016 KCPE results

We are proud of our student results and we are working to improve our schools so even more students pass these important national exams and go on to have a bright future.

Juliann Kimani, a teacher at Bridge Academy, Muthua said, “I teach children from low-income communities and there is no gratification higher than seeing these children’s lives change.”

To constantly understand how much our pupils are learning, we use the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and Early Grade Math Assessment (EGMA). These exams test reading and mathematics fluency and comprehension on both a concrete and conceptual level. These foundational skills are critical for the learning potential of every child.

In 2014, in Kenya:

  • Independently administered exams showed that for reading in early grades, the gains from attending Bridge are equivalent to 64 more days of learning in a single school year.
  • Independently administered exams showed that for mathematics, the gains from attending Bridge are equivalent to 26 more days of learning in a single school year.

Bridge Teacher, Alice said: “I am proud to be part of this winning team.”

The success that Bridge pupils are having over consecutive years demonstrates that our approach is working and delivering impressive learning gains. The implications it could have for children in developing countries, if scaled, are amazing and potentially revolutionary.