Housemistress: Alison Baker

Hailey HouseHailey (1702) is the oldest house on the campus, it was purchased by the East India Company in 1805 to set up an educational establishment; Haileybury opened as a school in September 1862 and Hailey was first used for the accommodation of students in 1865 as a preparatory school for the Master and 55 pupils. The Hailey Crest: ‘Quid fortius Leone – Be as brave as a Lion’ was taken from the family of the Rev. H. Walford; the housemaster from 1865 to 1883. In 2002, Hailey became the 5th girls house; primarily a day house with boarding in the 6th form. Since 2012 the focus has been on changing Hailey to have parity with other girls houses and in 2014 following an extensive refurbishment and extension Hailey is now home to 60 girls, 38 of whom are boarders.

Hailey is slightly set apart from the other boarding houses; this all adds to the sense of a unique family home and sanctuary within a busy boarding school. With some of the best views of terrace, two big homely common rooms in a historic house and a strong family atmosphere where the importance of character and spirituality are emphasised; Hailey provides a home away from home for boarders and day girls alike.

Hailey House colours are pale pink and navy blue, a feminisation of the boy’s colours - cerise and navy.

The aims and ethos of Hailey

Put simply it is to have a happy and enjoyable time within a boarding house whilst being able to flourish in the all rounded education offered at the school. The HM, Mrs Alison Baker has made it her number one priority to make Hailey feel like a home from home. The HM and tutor team all believe that the girls in house should, through the practice of virtues such as courage, generosity, honesty, patience and good humour, aim to become the best version of themselves and to be good, well rounded people. We believe in the importance of the virtues of character and the creation of balanced people through habit and practice. The informal motto for Hailey House is: 'Be the best you can be' in terms of academic achievement, in participation in the co-curricular programme and in the development of each student’s own character. To this aim we promote a framework of guidelines and advice and model good behaviour which makes all girls aware of their responsibilities to themselves, to their fellow housemates and to the community at large. This is summed up in the house motto;

‘Be the best version of yourself’

We work with the Prefect team and Head and Deputy Head of House to ensure that all students are supported in every aspect of their lives and to ensure the smooth and successful running of the House, maintaining a happy home from home environment.

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Alison Baker became HM of Hailey in August 2012 after ten years as Head of the Religious Studies department. She previously worked in a pastoral role as an Assistant House Mistress and tutor in Alban’s House where she tutored all year groups. Alison has also organised the community service programme for nine years and still drives the Community service minibus on Wednesday afternoons. Although hailing from the Midlands where she was raised and educated, Alison has lived locally for over 25 years in Hoddesdon, Dane End and on the school campus. Prior to working at Haileybury she was Head of RS at Presdales School in Ware and before that she ran a fabric business, was engaged in voluntarily work in a local church and enjoyed raising her family. Her husband of 29 years, Dr Colin Campbell works at GSK as a research scientist and pharmacologist. They have two adult children, Alexandria (Allenby 06) and Ben (Thomason 04), who both work in London. Between them Alison and Colin have years of experience of Haileybury life incorporating pupil, parent and teacher perspectives.

Alison and her family value happy family relationships and friendships above all things; they have opened their home to many other people over the years. Alison loves entertaining, cooking, socialising, gardening and walking Charlie the family dog. The family are keen travellers especially to America and the Far East; they are veteran house exchangers and have run many school trips notably to India and Rome.


Catherine Vincent teaches Classics and is in her second year at Haileybury. She worked at St Paul's Cathedral School in her gap year, before reading Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is currently studying for a PGCE at the University of Buckingham. Catherine is tutor to the Middles and is gradually getting used to their various eccentricities. In her spare time Catherine is a keen violin player and travels into London once a week for orchestra practice. She is also taking advantage of the school's dance program to learn Ballet and Modern from scratch.

Pippa Simou qualified as a teacher in 1995 and has enjoyed many roles in a variety of schools prior to joining Haileybury in 2012. She has a wealth of experience in many areas of education (and life!) which she hopes will benefit the ladies of Hailey and the Tutor team. She has really enjoyed working with the Upper Sixth recently, organising outings and supporting their events. Pippa teaches RS in the Main School through to GCSE and A Level. She is married (15 years and counting) to Andreas and they have two children. Pippa is a committed practicing Orthodox Christian and is a proficient speaker of Greek. Despite having no particular musical or sporting skills, she has a huge amount of enthusiasm and encouragement for those that do!


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