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Peponi HouseStaff Bios

Tracy has dedicated over 25 years to the field of education, embarking on a journey that began as a science and games teacher. Over the years, she has had the privilege to progress through various roles, including Head of Year, Director of Studies, and most recently, as Head for the past 13 years. 

Tracy’s educational foundation was laid at Leeds University, where she earned a degree in Applied Biology with Qualified Teacher Status. Her passion for education and curriculum development led to a Master’s Degree in Curriculum at the Institute of Education, now part of University College London.   

Prior to joining Peponi House, Tracy held a strategic and operational role as Vice Principal for a prominent Foundation of Schools in Cambridge, UK. In this capacity, she oversaw the early years and primary education of over 700 children across two prep schools and four pre-school nurseries. Her responsibilities extended to ensuring compliance in areas such as well-being, safeguarding, safety, and overall well-being across all schools, including the senior school. Additionally, Tracy continues to serve as a Lead Inspector for the Independent School’s Inspectorate, sharing her knowledge and expertise with all Peponi Schools. 

Tracy has unwavering passion in the realm of educational development. She is committed to ensuring that Peponi House meets the unique needs of every student through an innovative curriculum that not only nurtures their well-being but also cultivates them as independent learners who can think critically. Her ultimate goal is to guide them through their educational journey, shaping them into responsible global citizens, leaders, and changemakers. 

Having previously taught in Kenya, at St Andrew’s, Turi, Graeme and the Anderson family moved back take up the Deputy Head Pastoral post at Peponi House, in September 2020. His experience, over the past 27 years of teaching, have included teaching roles in South Africa, Kenya, South Korea and the UK.

Graeme has been a Deputy Head for 9 years and took on the Interim Head role for the 2022/23 academic year. He is a Maths teacher and has been extensively involved on the Games field throughout his career. One of his most memorable teaching experiences was leading at cricket tour to Cape Town in 2007, where he adds that the cricket came second to the fantastic experience had by the whole touring party.

Sport is a large part in Graeme’s life where he still turns out for the Obuya Academy Cricket team, enjoys an occasional round of golf and charging around a hockey field.  He describes his passions as music, sport, travel, food and family.

Sally joined Peponi House in 2016 teaching science, Latin, R.S. and games, having completed her PGCE at Cambridge University. Since then she has focused on science and Latin with pupils in Years 5 to 8 as well as teaching a range of extracurricular activities such as philosophy and lacrosse. Becoming the Year 8 Group Co-ordinator in 2018, the following year Sally was appointed Deputy Head Academic, overseeing the academic progress of all pupils, which culminates in the ISEB Common Entrance exams. As DHA, Sally assists parents with future school advice including scholarship preparation and she works closely with the Learning Support Department to ensure pupils are well-equipped to be able to reach their potential at Peponi House and beyond.

Her journey to Peponi started with a gap year teaching in Kitale, before studying Classics at University College London. Sally has taught primary pupils at international schools in Sierra Leone and Sudan and was a multimanager fund manager in the City of London for some years before returning to teaching.

As principal cellist in the Nairobi Orchestra, Sally has led ‘cello workshops at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music; she teaches some private lessons and regularly performs in Nairobi and beyond as a soloist and chamber musician.

In any free time she raises her son and follows Joe Wicks exercise videos.

Sophie joined the Peponi Family in September 2017 as a Year 5 teacher; she then took on the role of Head of Juniors the following year where she over saw the running of the Junior Department at Peponi House.

In September 2020, she became the Headmistress of Peponi House Kabete Kindergarten, whilst continuing at Peponi House as Head of Pre-Prep. She has a degree in Primary Education and has been teaching in Kenya for over 10 years.

Sophie has taught children ranging from 2 years old to 13 years old and has a passion for Early Years Education. Prior to Peponi, she worked at Braeburn Mombasa where she was head of English and Head of Maths. She started her life in Kenya up at Pembroke House in Gilgil, her plan had been to come to Kenya for 1 year, that was 13 years ago.

Outside of school, Sophie has a passion for sport and drama, she has a tennis “pedigree”, as her Grandmother was a Wimbledon Champion, though she insists those tennis genes skipped a generation. She is married to Mr Ross, the Director of Sport at Peponi House and has two children, a son and a daughter. The family community and welcoming feel of the Peponi Schools are very important to Sophie as both a Headteacher and a parent.