Our roots as Pioneer Private Schools date back to 1996 when it was established on a former colonial sisal farm and factory along the ridges of Maragua river in Murang’a District, formerly Central Province; the traditional center of the Kikuyu plateau. The academic institution began by providing primary school education under the 8-4-4 system (Class 4 to Class 8) with around 100 pupils.
Throughout its history, it has been one of the leading independent schools in Kenya and it continues to provide a stimulating all-around education, coupled with academic excellence.
Ours is a modern, forward-thinking school that embraces new opportunities within teaching and learning with a focus on Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Tradition teaching remains important and still shapes some of our guiding principles, but it is our willingness to innovate which has seen the schools thrive.
Led by our dedicated Principle Mr. John Gichengo, experienced management team, and board of Directors, we guide, coordinate, and ensure effective running of each of the institutions. Through their support and resources, we help create an environment that transforms our students into future leaders.
Since its founding in 2000, Pioneer school has been dedicated to instilling knowledge, inspiring innovation, and developing leaders for future generations. This is achieved through an emphasis on sciences, technology, Mathematics, and technical skills such as aviation.
Pioneer school is the first independent school in Kenya to offer flight training for its students with a guarantee of achieving a Private Pilots License on graduating.
Pioneer School is very proud of our past, and we have an exciting future. We look forward to the challenge of providing high quality learning for Pioneer Boys to prepare and mould them into men.
Highly qualified staff that are motivated, well trained and using cutting edge research
We believe that the most effective learning goes hand-in-hand with the most inspirational teaching, which is why our teachers are some of the best in the business. They are highly motivated and benefit from extensive training and continued professional development. This support means they deliver the very best outcomes for students, helping them to realise their potential.
A high-powered, knowledge-based academic curriculum
The 8-4-4- curriculum is broad, but we adopt it to a more coherent and cumulative curriculum with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition.
We require our students to read extensively from the broad range of increasingly challenging literary and technical material across all subjects in form 1 and 2 which helps them better determine their specializations in senior high (form 3 and 4).
We not only design the curriculum to cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially aware boys, but it is also tailored to deliver excellent academic results. Regardless of background or prior ability, we aim to secure the best outcomes for all our boys, ensuring that our curriculum gives a solid foundation for future careers.
Carefully focused traditional teaching, rigorous tracking and personalised intervention
Our approach to teaching is traditional – good teachers, with sound subject knowledge, leading the classroom and delivering a focussed curriculum. All lessons are intricately planned and take into account models for best practice. Our teaching staff develop innovative and highly successful approaches to sustain students’ interest. This enables us to push the boundaries of the possible to achieve the improbable.
We have the highest expectations of every child. Every child at a Pioneer school has their progress closely monitored to ensure they are always meeting their – and our – high expectations. After each assessment, targets are set for every student and appropriate interventions and personalised ‘catch-up’ activities are planned. Targets are regularly reviewed and revised in accordance with the student’s achievement.
We send home report cards at the end of every term to ensure that parents are kept abreast of their child’s progress and are immediately informed if any issues arise. We meet parents whose child is at risk of not achieving their potential after each report card. Students are celebrated and rewarded for their successes but, just as importantly, we intervene immediately with a personalised approach if there is a cause for concern.
A rich and diverse leadership programme that grows character and inspires charitable and social action
Our Leadership Academy is designed to instil the three interdependent Pioneer leadership virtues of that together ensure our boys not only ‘do their best’ but ‘do the right thing’ and play a full role in society. They are:
- Performance Leadership,
- Moral Leadership, and
- Civic Leadership
The Framework sets our focus for leadership development, laying out the key competencies required to develop as well-rounded, ethical and accomplished leaders of tomorrow.
By developing an aptitude for Performance Leadership, we equip our boys with the skills to realise their potential for excellence in any performance-related environment. Programmes in sports and creative arts offer powerful opportunities to build resilience, cultivate ingenuity and develop leadership potential. Our Future University and Careers Day offer focuses on the skills, experience and qualifications required by prestigious universities and leading employers. Through this rounded Performance Leadership programme, students learn that success is largely contingent on effort, diligence, perseverance, a strong work ethic, mental toughness, self-discipline and an enduring ability to maintain a positive attitude.
An effective leader does not, however, rely on results alone and – by emphasising the importance of Moral Leadership – our students grow to value the traits of integrity, justice, equity, caring, respect and cooperation; all of which are needed for successful interpersonal relationships and ethical conduct. Our Ethics and Values Programme provides learning opportunities for our students to work through real-life ethical dilemmas and challenges and engage in debates and public speaking – activities that foster a respect for others, ethical reflection and critical consciousness.
Our focus on Civic Leadership develops a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability and accentuates the importance of citizenship, charity, and social action. Students experience the merits of community volunteering from a young age. Our project-based civic curriculum teaches young people critical life-long leadership skills such as collaboration, resourcefulness, and accountability. The boys take on increasingly responsible leadership roles that culminate in Civic Leadership Projects in which they identify a community concern, and then plan, execute and evaluate a project to address it. “Giving something back” is fundamental to our philosophy and all of our students, from the youngest to the oldest. Together, these opportunities for civic and charitable activities seek to nurture a growing sense of agency and connect our students constructively to their community.
Our Leadership Lecture series brings together highly-successful leaders from the worlds of business, politics, and the public sector who embody performance, moral and civic leadership. Secondary school students benefit from hearing the success stories of local, regional, and national leaders, and engage with influential keynote speakers. These aspirational role models offer real-world advice about setting, achieving, and surpassing personal goals, nurturing ambition and self-motivation in all our students.
Through participation in our unique leadership programs, students work towards securing the core Pioneer leadership virtues. The Framework recognizes students’ accomplishments and accredits the leadership skills, knowledge, and attributes sought by top universities and employers, feeding directly into our vision of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.
EDUCATING LEADERS AND AGENTS OF CHANGE
Pioneer School boys with a myriad of experiences. When these experiences are coupled with advice and guidance from parents and teachers, boys leave childhood behind and become young men. This has been our mission in the past and it is not going to change in the future.
We work hard to create a culture of high aspirations throughout the school. We set ambitious targets for every student. Our aim is that every student should achieve at least a grade higher than the national expectation in each level of their learning. Staff, students and parents are involved in the whole process of setting the targets and are expected to take responsibility for them once they are agreed.
We have the highest of expectations of our students. We expect all boys to be properly dressed, punctual, and well-mannered as they set out to learn and achieve their academic goals. We enforce our behaviour policy robustly and consistently across the school. The student code of conduct sets out the high standards of behaviour that we expect with clear consequences for misbehaviour and a zero tolerance of bullying, abusive or discriminatory language and violence. We believe that outstanding behaviour improves students’ capacity to learn