Jonathan Gloag Academy Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence in Education

2,000 people attended the 10th anniversary of The Jonathan Gloag Academy (JGA) in Nairobi at a special ceremony on Friday the 30th March 2012.
Built by Ann Gloag OBE, the school opened in 2002 to provide top class education to the children of Kenya Children’s Home (formerly known as Thomas Barnardo House) and other children from around Nairobi.

10 years on, the school is one of the top 10 in the city and educates 890 children from kindergarten to class 8.   

The 10th anniversary celebration was attended by around 2000 guests, including a group of 40 invited guests from Scotland.

In addition to providing a top class education, all profits from JGA are put back into the running of Kenya Children’s Home (KCH), which provides care for destitute and orphaned children. Up to 200 children are cared for in the orphanage with another 1500 children across Kenya looked after through additional projects.

Speaking after the celebration event, Ann Gloag OBE said "I am overjoyed by the success of the Jonathan Gloag Academy.  When I built JGA I wanted to create a school of excellence for the orphans at Kenya Children’s Home, as well as create a top class educational environment for children from across Nairobi whose parents wished to send them here.

"The school is now one of the top 10 in Nairobi and the exceptional ethos of the school has attracted children from across the city who mix on a daily basis with the children from KCH.  This creates a unique environment where children from different ends of the social spectrum mix with each other and are friends. 

"One of my greatest pleasures is seeing the children from KCH accepted into the family homes of other JGA pupils over holidays and weekends and I want to thank these parents for accepting the children into their homes.  The belief in our school of the parents who send their children to JGA is an integral part of our success and their support has a direct impact on the welfare and care of almost 200 children in Kenya Children’s Home.

"I also want to pay tribute to the amazing teachers, staff and management team who have helped make JGA the excellent school it is today.  Their commitment and common desire for excellence is the reason the school is such a success and I will forever be grateful to them for helping make my vision a reality.”

Within the first five years of operation, the school had already become one of the most successful schools in Nairobi with 100% of its Class 8 children passing their national examinations for progression to senior school.

Due to its excellent reputation, there is now a constant waiting list for entry to JGA and so building work has started on an extension to the school, taking its enrolment figure up to 900 in 2012.

In addition to providing an excellent standard of education to its pupils, JGA also houses a kindergarten training centre for trainee teachers, providing jobs to some of these teachers and other local people.

George Gitau, Head Teacher at Jonathan Gloag Academy, said “Friday was a great celebration for everyone involved in the school, particularly all the children who have benefited from such a unique and exceptional education.

“I am immensely proud of our staff and pupils for what has been achieved over the last 10 years and I am confident the next 10 years will be just as successful.

“The vision of Ann Gloag to create an exceptional school has been realised and we are committed to ensuring its continued success.”