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,

In 2015, Bridge pupils achieved a 63% pass rate in the KCPE compared to the national pass rate of 49% (44% in public schools). The 2016 results told a similar story, with Bridge pupils scoring over 10% more than the national average.

KCPE results by gender

We are proud of our student results and we are working to improve our schools so even more students pass these important national exams.

The longer pupils had been in a Bridge school, the better they performed in the KCPE exams. Pupils who attended Bridge for 4 years, scored an average of 74% compared to the national average.

  • 5+ years at Bridge: Average Score of 293 and Pass Rate of 74.4%
  • 4+ years at Bridge: Average Score of 286 and Pass Rate of 74%
  • 3+ years at Bridge: Average Score of 274 and Pass Rate of 66.4%
  • 2+ years at Bridge: Average Score of 261 and Pass Rate of 58.3%

*Data from the 2016 KCPE Exams

In Kenya, pupils need to score 250 marks to be eligible for admission into secondary school.

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.

Namakwekwe Graduation

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.