|Motto||Latin: Sursum Corda
("Lift Up Your Hearts")
|Chairman of Council||Alister Bartholomew|
|Publication||Hearts & Wings|
History and development
Haileybury, one of Britain’s oldest independent boarding schools, has a long heritage of involvement in Asia due to its association with the East India Company. Through connections with the largest number of Kazakh nationals in any UK independent school, Haileybury UK founded a school in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2008. Following the foundation of Haileybury Almaty, a similar school under the auspices of Haileybury was developed in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The project commenced in 2009, and ground was broken on the construction phase in July 2010. The design of the school is a modernist take on Haileybury in the UK, with a large central tree-lined quad and amphitheatre, surrounded by classroom blocks, sports and cultural facilities, and indoor play areas.
Aims and aspirations
Haileybury Astana was opened on 31 August 2011 by Kazakhstan's first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Under the leadership of headmaster Andrew Auster, the school provided education for boys and girls from the ages of two to eleven. Each year, the school has grown in numbers and the age of the pupils. Over time the school expects to provide for pupils up to the age of eighteen.
In addition to the expected range of subjects taught in most UK independent schools, Haileybury Astana also offers Kazakh language lessons, History, Geography, and Russian language at each age group throughout the school. Apart from languages, all teaching is conducted in English, with support from tri-lingual teaching assistants. All pupils are expected and encouraged to speak English during the school day.
The school follows the standards of the UK National Curriculum for each level of education: Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, and Key Stage 3, with subjects taught by qualified teachers from the UK. Pupils will be prepared to sit the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the age of sixteen, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma by the age of eighteen.
The school aims at a standard comparable with independent schools in the UK, true fluency in English, and to prepare its pupils to access the best of university education in Kazakhstan, the UK, and the rest of the world.
The largest number of pupils are Kazakhstani citizens, with over twenty nationalities represented in the school in its founding year. The school has four houses, each named after famous alumni of Haileybury in the UK. The houses and housemasters/housemistresses are:
- Attlee: Suzanne Palumbo
- Bartle Frere: Anuar Sharipov
- Edmonstone: Jonathan Richards
- Kipling: Benjamin Farrelly
With the exception of Attlee House, each house has a counterpart in the historic house system of Haileybury in the UK.
The school has engaged in a series of concerts by professional musicians, from the Kazakh National Quintet to a local Jazz assemble. School staff founded the Astana Community Choir in 2001, and the Astana Music Society in September 2013. It has led the Astana Mini Triathlon in two years, and participates in sports competitions with other international schools in Astana.
Pupils as young as Year 3 take field trips to the Netherlands, the UK, and other countries. Internally, the school holds academic days focusing on one single subject, such as maths, reading (as in World Book Day), or local holidays. Inter-house competitions at the school include running, swimming, and football, as well as reading and maths.
The school's notable guests have included President Nursultan Nazarbayev, B.T. Zhumagulov (Kazakhstan's Minister of Education), tennis star Martina Hingis, Olympic medalist Serik Sapiyev, and Murat the Clown, former child star and holder of the record of youngest professional clown in the world.
In order to open access to the school to families living further afield in both Kazakhstan and other Central Asian nations, boarding facilities are planned to open in 2019.