•Florence Kwamboka, 15, was born in Kisii County and raised in the Kwa-Njenga in Nairobi County.
•Another top performer at the school, Joyce Kemunto, 15, from Tassia Community, attributed her good performance to her teachers.
Low-cost private school stationed in slums, Bridge Academy has produced some of the top candidates in this year's KCPE.
This year, two of the highest performing students are Florence Kwamboka and Joyce Kemunto who have both scored 401 marks.
The two schooled at Bridge Kwa Njenga, Nairobi County.
Florence Kwamboka, 15, was born in Kisii County and raised in the Kwa-Njenga community in Nairobi County, she attributes her success to her teachers.
“Bridge has supportive teachers who are also good mentors. I am grateful for all their efforts," she said.
Kwamboka lives with her mother who runs a shop and her father who is a security guard.
She said mathematics was her favourite subject.
“I had been revising well for my exams and I was sure I would score 400 marks and above. I hope to join Alliance Girls High School,” she said.
When not studying, she enjoys drawing, especially buildings and aspires to be an architect.
Another top performer at the school, Joyce Kemunto, 15, from Tassia Community attributed her good performance to her teachers whom she described as dedicated and professional.
“I am excited. I come from one of the biggest slums in Nairobi and succeeding in life is the only way I will get my parents out of poverty,” Kemunto said.
Her favorite subject is science, which she says, allows her to understand nature. She hopes to join Alliance Girls High School.
“I thank my teachers at Bridge for helping me open more opportunities for myself through quality education. My dream of becoming a neurosurgeon seems closer,” Kemunto said.
Also joining the 400 marks and above club is the schools’ top boy Edwine Oduory, 15, from Celtel, Mombasa County, who scored 402 marks.
“I am excited because I have made my parents proud, but this would not have been possible with the support of my teachers,” he said.
His parents live in Kakamega County where the father works as a casual labourer.
In Mombasa County, he lives with his elder brother and dreams of becoming a medical scientist.
Bridge Kenya Managing Director Griffin Asigo said that the good performance is due to the hard work of both parents and teachers.
“For the seventh year running, the KCPE results are looking very positive for Bridge pupils. We’re excited at what these good results will mean for our pupils and their communities, "Asigo said.