‘The children work and play hard at Pembroke House; they have fun and make friends for life.’
- SIS Inspection Report, 2018
We are always looking to expand our Pembroke family! We admit pupils at all ages depending on the availability of spaces in the relevant year group, and encourage applications from candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds. Pembroke is committed to equal treatment for all, regardless of a candidate’s race, ethnicity, religion or social background. This enriches our community and is vital in preparing our pupils for today’s world. Although Pembroke has Christian roots, we do not select for entry on the basis of religious belief. However, parents should be aware that there are many areas of school life and the curriculum that focus on Christian teaching, which all pupils are expected to take part in.
We welcome pupils with special educational needs, providing that our Learning Support Department can offer them the support that they require. This includes pupils with physical disabilities, provided that our site can accommodate them. We advise parents of pupils with special educational needs or physical disabilities to discuss their child’s requirements with us so that we can make adequate provision for them.
Parents or guardians are also required to provide two recent school reports from their child's previous school and the Head may contact the school for further information if required. Additionally, we will also require Safeguarding or Child Protection information from your child’s last school, which our Designated Safeguarding Lead will follow up on.
Most siblings join us at Pembroke, and they are given admission priority when places are restricted. Although our primary intake is at the beginning of the school year in September, we welcome new children at any time during the school year. We always encourage families to come and visit the school, and bring their children so they get a taste for Pembroke life, before enrolling.
Prospective parents should initially register their child/ren. This isn’t a binding commitment, but secures a place over those pupils who are not registered. There is no registration fee. If you would like to register your child, please complete the form here. Parents need to then pay the one-off joining fee of ksh 150,000, which secures a place at the school for the given year of entry. Should the place not be taken up, the entire joining fee is forfeited. After the pupil's final term at the school, 50% of the joining fee is refunded, provided all obligations are met.
You can read our full Admissions Policy here.
Bursaries & Scholarships
Bursaries are provided to families with a recognised financial difficulty in being able to meet the school’s full fees. Bursaries are means-tested and both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need. Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income and availability of bursary funds, but we ask parents to be aware that we share a bursary pot between as many deserving families as possible and 100% bursaries are not possible. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the form here.
Pembroke may offer scholarships at entrance for excellence in any area. Scholarships are designed to reward and celebrate exceptional talent. In recognition of this achievement, the scholar may be offered a slight reduction in fees for the time they remain a scholar at Pembroke. Parents are asked to indicate on the registration form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship, and potential scholars will then be assessed by the relevant staff members when they come to visit the school. We encourage parents of scholars who anticipate that they will experience difficulty in meeting the balance of the tuition fees, to apply at the same time for one of the school’s means-tested bursaries, when they register their child.
Come and Visit
‘The one and perhaps main reason why I went with Pembroke other than any other school is its promise to give my children the space to be children - a school that is formal yes, but where being a child comes before rehearsed institutionalised forms that schools have become. This is the identity that puts Pembroke apart from other schools.’
- Pembroke Parent
We welcome visits from prospective families at any time during the school term. We like to welcome prospective pupils by fully immersing them in the school day, including wearing a Pembroke uniform, attending lessons, games and other activities with their peers, and spending a night or two in the boarding house. School tours are conducted by pupils, who love to show off their school. There is also an opportunity to meet with the Head and any other relevant staff, to provide more information and answer questions. We usually find that it is the experience of visiting our special school that helps families decide to make the move to Pembroke. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit at a time that suits you.
At Pembroke, we are always on the lookout for exceptional staff members. In our staff, we look for people who are prepared to go above and beyond the basic expectations, and become dedicated, passionate and inspirational team members. Staff need to be prepared to commit to a busy boarding school environment, and give their all, devoting themselves to the good of the children. They must also become a part of the Pembroke family, be flexible and informally professional, meaning they balance regulations with the need for ideas and space to learn.
While specific positions do become available throughout the year, we tend to have a primary intake of new teaching staff at the beginning of the school year in September. We are happy to receive CVs and covering letters at any time to keep on file, as well as formal applications for advertised positions, using the form here. All potential staff members will be required to undergo rigorous safer recruitment procedures before being employed. Should you wish to review our Safer Recruitment Policy, please click here and our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, here.
Pembroke House School is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, identity checks, qualification checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references (to include current employer) and police clearance checks from all countries in which previously employed.
Apart from teaching staff, we also have vacancies for school support staff, in a range of areas. Please contact our HR Manager by emailing email@example.com for more information about specific availability in these positions.
Gap Year Opportunities
We use Gap year pupils each term to assist around school, and they are a very important part of Pembroke life. Being a ‘Gap’ is a brilliant experience of working in a school, and getting a little taste of Africa, although there are high expectations. Gaps are important as general classroom assistants, supporting lower ability pupils, listening to pupils’ daily reading, helping with games sessions, assisting in the boarding houses and in weekend clubs and activities, amongst other duties. We often have a ‘Super Gap’; this is someone who is a new graduate or taking a year out from their studies, and their responsibilities may extend further than those of a regular gap. Gaps may have the opportunity to travel to safari destinations for form trips, as well as independently further afield during half-term or after finishing their time at Pembroke.
Although the positions are unpaid, we provide accommodation and all meals for our gaps, as well as a year-long internship pass, allowing for future travel. One of the best parts of being a gap is to work in a team and create close friendships with fellow gaps. Gaps need to provide relevant police clearance certificates and they must undergo Safeguarding training upon arrival. Please find more information in this document.
Pembroke normally receives Gap Student applications well over a year in advance of the term a potential Gap would like to work in. If you would like to apply to be a Gap Student, please fill out the Gap Details form (Prospective Gap Application) and return it with a short note stating what term and year you are interested in joining us for and also explaining why you would be a suitable candidate, and send it by e-mail with an up-to-date copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org; the Master i/c Gap Students will then contact you about your application.