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History of Haileybury

From its earliest days in the era of Empire, to its modern role in a fast-moving and ever-changing global economy, Haileybury and its pupils have helped shape the world we know today.

Inception

In 1855, an Act of Parliament was passed which relieved the East India Company of the obligation to maintain a College in Haileybury.

The East India College had existed here since 1806 but, under the terms of the Act, it was to close by 1858, seemingly for good.

But in 1862, a new Haileybury College emerged as an independent public school on the same site.

Shaping the world

Pupils have gone on to progress in careers not just in the UK but around the world.

Some have reached the very peaks of their chosen careers. They have excelled on the stage, in music, in film, in sport and as writers. They have broken barriers in science and medicine. They have served their country on land, at sea and in the air.

One became Britain’s most influential Prime Minister of modern times. Clement Attlee shaped the welfare state and made the country’s health system one of the envies of the world.

The importance of service

Helping others is a core part of the Haileybury ethos. Since the 1860s, Haileyburians have been typified by their moral compass and a dedication to service.

While today’s world is a much-changed place, Haileyburians continue to help shape the world and to make it a better place for all.