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About Us

Our Aims & Ethos

‘Throughout the school pupils benefit from the strong emphasis on valuing the individual child within the context of a school that has a strong family and community ethos.’

- SIS Inspection Report, 2018

Pembroke House is a unique British boarding school in the heart of Kenya. We are a small, multicultural school of around 200 pupils, and cater for boys and girls aged 6 months - 13 years. We have a 90 year history of private education in East Africa, and our focus is on developing well-rounded, happy, independent, polite and confident pupils. Our Head is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and we follow the British Common Entrance curriculum. Our pupils go on to top international schools in the UK, Kenya and elsewhere around the world, with a high percentage achieving scholarships and awards to their next schools. We also have a large Learning Support department, which ensures we recognise specific learning needs early on, and then have the time and expertise to help children develop key skills.

At Pembroke, the welfare, safety, happiness and security of all our children is paramount. The vision is to bring out the best in every child, both in and out of the classroom. Our motivation is to provide a small, family atmosphere and instil our school values of dignity, duty and constancy. We strongly believe that the ‘Pembroke Spirit’ is something to be valued and nurtured.

However, many of these things are intangible and very difficult to capture on a website or in a prospectus. So please don’t take our word for it – come and visit to see for yourself.

Pembroke History

Pembroke House has a long tradition of quality schooling in East Africa, and is now more than 90 years old. It was named after the Cambridge College attended by its founder Headmaster, Harold Turner, who established the school in 1927 and conducted it, from the outset, on the lines of a traditional British preparatory school. This tradition has continued ever since.

Mr Turner purchased the unfinished farmhouse and 100 acres just outside of Gilgil from Captain Alan Gibson, after Gibson’s plan to farm flax failed. The original building now sits at the heart of the school buildings, and the school has understandably undergone a huge number of changes since its inception. Some of the most significant of these have been the improvement of roads, which helped to increase the number of sporting fixtures and develop the sporting prowess for which Pembroke has become renowned; the building of the Christina Chapel by the pupils in the 1950s, with its size determined by all the boys sitting in the proposed space and measuring around them; the introduction of girls to the school in 1988, after it was recognised that this was necessary for its long-term viability; constant additions and improvements to buildings, including the development of a dedicated Science Laboratory, STEAM centre, Music School, Theatre and Cafe, all of which are valuable resources; and the development of the Pre-Prep in recent years, which has proved hugely popular with local parents and contributed significantly to EYFS learning and pupils’ integration into the school from an early age.

The school has been owned by Kenya Educational Trust Limited since 1959. This body, accepted by guarantee without having a share capital, is an independent institution with all income received devoted to the management and improvement of the school. The British Common Entrance requirements are central to the school’s academic aims, standards and expectations.

The school’s motto is ‘Fortuna Favet Fortibus’ which means Fortune Favours the Brave. The emblem is the Martlet bird, which is a mythical, legless creature that represents the ceaseless pursuit of learning. The Martlet’s inability to land is considered symbolic of the constant quest for knowledge, and has led to the little bird being used in the arms of several schools and universities around the world.

Meet the Head

I am very excited to be the Headmistress of Pembroke. My career at Pembroke has spanned over 15years, during which time I have worked in a number of different roles.  I spent many years teaching Geography and being a class teacher in the Junior School, as well as being Housemistress of both Scholes and Mackie Houses along the way. I was then Headmistress for seven years between 2009 and 2016 and during this time it was rewarding to watch the school develop, confidence grow, and the numbers swell from 134 when I began, to 227 as I left.

I have really enjoyed having some time out and the chance to be at home with Robin and offer somewhat more support to my children Jemma, James and Georgina. In hindsight these years could be seen as a sabbatical, and the opportunity to have some ‘time’ and learn in other ways has been a wonderful gift. Being a little older has perhaps added a touch more perspective and hopefully what I might lack in youthfulness is offset by the benefit of extra experience. I am very much enjoying my new tour of duty at school and look forward to all I can add in the coming months and years. The values fundamental to the ethos of Pembroke will always remain the same: courage, good manners, kindness and always trying to do your best. However, the world marches on and there are many challenges to face in our modern-day life, as well as much to embrace in the educational environment of today.

 Mrs Deborah Boyd-Moss

Meet the Council



Chairman of Council
I am currently the Executive Director for the School of Wildlife Conservation, which is part of the African Leadership University. I am a highly motivated individual who is passionate about conservation, and finding new and innovative ways for the natural capital of the planet to be sustained and harnessed in a manner that addresses the economic and social needs of growing human populations. After over 20 successful years spent creating the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, I am now looking for opportunities to apply my experience at a scale that makes a real difference.

Billy Coulson

Vice Chairman of Council / Executive Committee

Graham Kayes

Chair of the Finance Committee / Executive Committee / Safeguarding Lead

Thomas Wright

Chairman of Pembroke House Foundation

Edmund Lovatt


Alexandre Liebeskind

Council Member



Millie Seagon

Marketing Lead & EYFS Lead

Mary Murigah

Health & Safety Lead

Humphrey Nzeyi

Council Member

Winnie Guchu

Council Member


‘Teachers provide good models in the courteous manner in which they interact with pupils and in their insistence on good behaviour at all times. The staff show great understanding and care, and these factors help pupils to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.’

- SIS Inspection Report, 2018

Pembroke has a large team of dedicated professionals who are committed to the quality education and welfare of all our children. We have an excellent pupil to staff ratio of 6:1, which ensures that children receive the support and encouragement they need, across all areas of school life. Staff are drawn from international and local backgrounds, and we always look for staff who can prove their commitment and passion in our very busy boarding school environment. They must also have relevant qualifications and experience, to ensure that we are offering the best to all pupils. Staff undertake ongoing Safeguarding training and professional development throughout the year. Prospective staff must pass rigorous safer recruitment procedures to ensure the safety of our pupils.

In addition to teaching and administrative staff, we also have a large team of dedicated and hard-working support staff. Many of these people have a long history of working at Pembroke, and their value and importance cannot be underestimated.

Meet the Team



Mrs Deborah Boyd-Moss

Headmistress / Next Schools / Geography Teacher

Senior Leadership Team

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Mr Mike Aung

DHM - Operations/Head of Weekends & Trips/Adventure Learning & Maths Teacher/Sport/Head of Fosters

Mr Paul Odera

DHM - Pastoral Care/Head of Kiswahili & Citizenship/Deputy DSL/Sport (Master i/c Rugby)/Assistants Mentor
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Miss Ali Omell

Director of Studies/Head of Geography
Chantal Cillie Trevor

Mrs Chantal Cillie Trevor

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Mrs Evonne Wheeler

Designated Safeguarding Lead/Head of Scholes House/ PSHEE Teacher

Senior Management Team

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Mrs Laelia Surtees

Head of Senior School / Head of Maths / Head of Opies
Catherine Gatheru

Mrs Catherine Gatheru - Therenja

Junior Learning Support Teacher
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Mrs Celina Ritchie

Head of Pre-Prep/Deputy DLS/House Tutor/School Magazine
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Mrs Alison Letcher

Head of Learning Support (Part Time)/PMP Coordinator
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Mr Henry Snow

Senior Tutor/Director of Sport/Weekends & Trips
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Mr John Wright

Head of French & Latin/Head of The Martlet Award & Clubs/ Head of Paid Extras/Sport/Head of Turners
Alice Matthews

Miss Alice Matthews

Assistant Housemistress - Scholes Hse/Science & STEAM Head of Middles/Sport
Alex Standen McDougal

Mrs Alex Standen McDougal

Assistant Housemistress - Mackie Hse/Head of Drama
Purity Wambui

Sister Purity Nyambura

Head Nurse
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Mr Michael Amaru

Human Resource Manager/Health & Safety Administrator
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Mrs Katrina Dingley

Registrar/PA to Head/Marketing & Events/PHF (Sabbatical)

Mrs MJ Nuijten-Coulson

Registrar/PA to Head/Catering & Events/PHF


Ian Adams Head

Mr Ian Adams

Head of STEAM & Digital Learning / Scholarships / Sport
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Mrs Katie Aung

Year 4 Teacher/Sport/LAMDA/Productions
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Ms Hilary Davidson

French, RS, History & Library Teacher/Exeat Weekends/Tuck Shop/ House Tutor
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Mrs Louise Foxton

Year 3 Teacher/Sport/Dinky Safari Rally


Year 1 teacher

Ms Ash Harrold

Year 4 Teacher/House Tutor

Mr Ed Hawkins

English & French Teacher/Sport/Head of Football/Sports Assistant CPD
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Mrs Cathrine Jensen

Head of Art and Design Technology/House Tutor/LAMDA/Productions
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Assistant Housemistress - Scholes Hse/Pre-Prep & PMP Teacher

Ms Kaila Miller

Head of Girls’ Games/House Tutor/Gap Coordinator

ms Sally Ronaldson

Head of English
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Pre Prep Teacher
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Mrs Judy Wairimu

Year 2 Teacher
James Standen McDougal Head

Mr James Standen McDougal

Head of Mackie House / Head of History / Sport
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Mrs Barbara Terry

Learning Support Teacher
Ginny Shambala

mrs Ginny Shambarla

Assistant Housemistress - Scholes Hse/Riding Instructor
Kirsty Rust Head

mrs Kirsty Rust

Cover teacher Year 4
Heather Clarke Head

mrs Heather Clarke

Science and Maths Teacher
Catherine Forsayeth Head

mrs Catherine Forsayeth

Head of TPR / English Teacher / Sport
Carol Ngori Head

mrs Carol Ngori

Swimming Teacher / Assistant House Parent Mackie House
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Mr Victor Juma

Teaching Assistant/Naivasha Bus Run
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Mr Sammy Likoko

Teaching Assistant - Science Lab/Sport/House Tutor - Mackie Hse/Weekends & Trips

ms Sam Stone-Wigg

English Teacher
Tiva Arkle Head

Tiva Herbert-Arkle

Mini Martlet Teacher
Wambura Mitaru Head

mrs Wambura Mitaru

Head of Music / Music Peri Coordinator / Productions
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Woodwork & Art Assistant
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Teaching Assistant/Sport/House Assistant - Mackie Hse
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Mr Peter Maina

Teaching Assistant - Librarian/ Tech Team Coordinator / Sport
Fran Pim-Kaime Head

Ms Fran Pim-Kaime

Year 3 Teacher
Toby Blake Head

mr Toby Blake

Year 4 teacher/Sport

Administration and Pastoral Staff

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Mrs Lydia Njuguna

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Mr Evanson Ndungu

Assistant Accountant
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Mrs Terry Mwangi

School Secretary
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Mrs Ann Wanjiru Mutegi

Reprographics & Stationery
Obadiah Nyaboro Head

Mr Obadiah Nyabaro

Catering / Procurement and Stores
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David Kuria Macharia

Operations and Logistics Officer
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Esther Muthama

HR and Compliance Officer
Janet Ogola-Opondo

Mrs Janet Ogola-Opondo

Fundraising & Alumni Manager (PHF)
Winnie Nyambura Head

Sister Winnie Nyambura

Millie Mungasia

Sister Mildred Chabwanga

San Assistant
Josephine Muriira

Sister Josephine Gakii Muriira

Leah Wangeci

Sister Leah Wangechi Thimba

Ian Rono Head

Ian rono




Mrs Shivani Shah


Miss Scolastica Nyambura

Learning Support/House Tutor
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Mr. Seth Gumbo

PE and Swimming

Miss Colleta Njure

Middle School/House Assistant
Faith Lon

Miss Faith Kongogo

Learning Support and Games Intern
Evalyne Njeri

Miss Evalyne Njuguna

Learning Support and Games Intern
Teresiah Gachanga

Miss Teresiah Gachanja

Library Assistant / Database Administrator

Inspection Report

In 2018, the school underwent a full inspection by the School Inspection Service. We were judged Outstanding in the areas of Pupils’ Personal Development and Effectiveness of Boarding Provision.

Read the full British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection Report for Pembroke House School here:
SIS Inspection Full Report 2018.

In February 2020, the school also underwent a compliance inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The Standards for British Schools Oversees have all been met for accreditation.

Read the full British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection Report for Pembroke House School here:
ISI Inspection Full Report 2020.


We have policies for all areas of school life. These provide important guidelines to help govern the consistent and professional running of the school in a broad context. Links to our key policies are provided below, but all school policies are available upon request.

Term Dates

As a general guide, the Michaelmas term runs from the beginning of September until early December; the Lent term is from early January until late March/before Easter; the Trinity term is from late April until early July. These are usually in line with other Kenyan IAPS schools to allow for match fixtures and other inter-school events.

The complete calendar for each term is available in soft and hard copy for current parents.

Please find Pembroke Term Dates below.

Download Pembroke Term Dates 2022 - 2023.