About Haileybury Almaty
Haileybury Almaty, (HAL) located in the largest city, Almaty, and is the original Haileybury school in Kazakhstan. It has a growing roll that currently stands at over 700 pupils from Reception to Year 13. The teaching medium is English with additional teaching of Kazakh language and history.
Almaty is a hidden gem of a city nestling in the foothills of the Zailiysky Alatau mountain range. These mountains are part of the magnificent TienShen range which stretches to the Himalayas in the South and the Altai range in the North.
Kazakhstan has been led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev since independence and a significant part of the successful growth of the country can be attributed to his policies of neutrality, ethnic tolerance and his ability to balance the relationships with its influential neighbours whilst also maintaining strong ties with the West. This has allowed for a healthy influx of foreign investment in all sectors of the economy with strong economic growth which has proved to be resilient to the economic shocks impacting many of the world's economies.
Almaty was the capital prior to 1997 and it is still the commercial, cultural and entertainment hub. There is a wide selection of restaurants, clubs and bars with a relaxed "cafe" type atmosphere. The summers are hot but not unpleasantly so and the surrounding countryside provides limitless opportunities for trekking and exploring in the mountains and on the endless steppe. A short drive outside the city can bring breathtaking vistas of the Zhailau.
A 20 minute ride from the centre will bring you to Medeo where there is a huge open air ice rink – night time skating when it is snowing is extraordinarily enchanting. Alternatively you can take a ride in the worlds second longest mono-cable Gondola from Medeo to Shymbulak ski resort. Shymbulak operates all year round providing a great destination in the summer surrounded by beautiful alpine meadows and snow capped peaks with full ski and snowboarding facilities in winter, including floodlit night skiing.
Many Kazakh parents have visited Haileybury UK and have gained favorable impressions of the type and style of the broad educational experience offered to their children in addition to the formal A Level programme. Of particular interest was the broad overall extra curricular programme on offer including sport, drama, music, pastoral, debating, model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and similar offers supplementing the academic side of the school. The desire from many parents was to replicate this holistic educational approach.
Haileybury Almaty has attracted considerable interest within the country and has been visited by many politicians and other prominent people including the First President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev. Haileybury Almaty was formally opened in 2008 by the President.
The school initially took pupils only from Years 1 to 6 but is now populated up to Year 13 with the Junior School offering a blend of the English National curriculum and local areas of study. The first cohort of IGCSE pupils taking public exams in summer 2014 and A Level in summer 2016. It draws on the educational values and ethos of Haileybury UK to ensure that pupils of the school are able to benefit from educational opportunities offered by the UK in the form of reciprocal visits, tours and planned exchanges.
The school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities is a strong academic school. The most recent cohort of A Level students returned very encouraging results in 2020 which would have seen the school rated in the top 60 of A Level schools in the U.K. league tables.
Continued professional development is an important aspect of staff support at Haileybury Almaty. The school offers both the NPQML and the NPQSL in-house in association with UCL as professional qualifications for aspiring staff.
Despite being a day school, Haileybury Almaty replicates the House system in operation at Haileybury UK, with the four Houses named after famous Haileybury UK alumni: Attlee, Bartle Frere, Edmonstone and Kipling. House competitions take place during the year and the academic progress of pupils, participation in school life, concerts, sport and contribution to the community are all rewarded by the House system.
The school, with its success and its profile is attracting considerable public interest. Full details of Haileybury Almaty can be found on www.haileybury.kz The website offers an overall summary of the facilities available, the academic programme, details of the staffing structure, and the wide choice of extra curricular activities which are offered to pupils. It is recommended that the series of newsletters from the Headmaster to parents, which are held on the website, be read in order to gain a fuller flavour of the school’s activities.
The Governing Body comprises five members nominated by the Founder Investors, and five nominated by Haileybury UK, including the Master of Haileybury UK. The Chairman who is nominated by the founding Investors is Ian Hunt, former HMC Head, and former CEO of Gabbitas Education.