It is impossible at Haileybury for interested, well-motivated pupils to complain of boredom. In addition to academic demands and the richly varied sporting and cultural life of the school, there is a huge range of other possibilities in which boys and girls can become immersed and in which they can have fun and find fulfilment.
Specific time is set aside on Wednesday afternoons for Community Service, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force. The range of options is further increased with activities such as photography, Coghill (leadership and team-building skills) canoeing, climbing, dance, MUN, multi-media and computer programming. There is an extended weekend each term, known as 'Field Weekend', when longer periods of time are devoted to D of E and CCF.
There is also a varied programme of societies and lectures, enabling pupils to meet at different times during the term. Societies and lectures cater for pupils of different ages and experience and generally take place in the late afternoon or early evening. Some societies are academic ones, designed to enhance the intellectual life of the school beyond the academic syllabuses; others will have a much stronger recreational and social emphasis.
The Model United Nations programme and Debating are good examples of a society activity which very positively supports the academic work of the Politics and History Departments among others, promotes debating and negotiating skills and which provides simultaneously a social forum for the boys and girls who participate.
"The ethos at Haileybury is to succeed in whatever area your talents lie in. There are so many opportunities to be taken."