International expansion: Durham School announces new Kenyan sister school

The 600-year-old school in Durham will open its second international school, in Nairobi, later this year

One of the oldest schools in the UK has announced plans to open a sister school in Kenya later this year.

Durham School, which was founded in 1414, will open its second international school this September, becoming the first British educational institution to open an international arm in east Africa.

The announcement of the new school follows the recent opening of Durham’s first overseas offering. Durham School for Girls Doha, which opened in September last year with 560 students, set a record for admissions to a new international school in Qatar.

The Durham International Schools’ website describes the new Kenyan venture as “located in a high-end leafy suburb of Nairobi, close to a number of consulates and the United Nations headquarters”.

The Durham International Nursery, which will open first, will cater for up to 200 children. Plans for primary and secondary phases will follow.

The 600-year-old institution signed a strategic agreement with the Studybridge Group to lead new Durham International Schools in Africa. Plans for the new Kenya sister school were finalised at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, which took place in London last week.


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With over 600 years of education experience, there is a phenomenal amount Durham School has to offer children and parents in East Africa
– Kieran McLaughlin, headmaster of Durham School

Kieran McLaughlin, headmaster of Durham School, said: “With over 600 years of education experience, there is a phenomenal amount Durham School has to offer children and parents in East Africa.

“We are excited with the opportunity that Africa presents and are confident that Durham International Schools will be highly sought after by parents looking for high quality, all-round education for their children at a competitive fee level.”

Durham’s director of international operations, Nick Millen, said the UK school will “maintain very strong links with each international school, providing governance and quality oversight”.

Supporting the Durham initiative for Africa, the prime minister’s trade envoy to Rwanda and Uganda, Lord Popat, said: “It is wonderful to see Durham School, a 600-year old British institution, enter Africa. With a fast-growing middle class and an increasing demand for high quality schooling, I’m sure Durham will be well received.”

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