Haileybury Astana

Following the huge success of Haileybury Almaty the President of Kazakhstan was so impressed he asked for a sister College to be opened in the country's capital, Astana. A modern interpretation of Haileybury's Quad and using a similar House system, Haileybury Astana opened its doors for the first time in September 2011.

Haileybury Astana

Repeating a success story

In December 2008, just three months after the opening of Haileybury Almaty, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, visited the College for the first time and was extremely impressed.

After being shown round, he stated to Haileybury UK representatives, "I like what I see; Haileybury please open another school, in Astana."

Haileybury Astana

In 2011, Haileybury Astana opened its doors for the first time, providing a unique educational opportunity in the capital of Kazakhstan.

The design of the College is a modernist take on Haileybury itself, with a large central tree-lined quad and amphitheatre, surrounded by classroom blocks, sports and cultural facilities and indoor play areas.

There are four Houses to which all pupils belong, each named after famous alumni of Haileybury in the UK: Attlee, Bartle Frere, Edmonstone and Kipling. Only Attlee House is not mirrored in the UK.


The School follows the standards of the English educational system and currently follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales in Pre-Prep and Key Stages One, Two and Three, taught by teachers from some of the best universities in the United Kingdom.

Apart from languages all teaching is conducted in English with support from tri-lingual teaching assistants and all pupils are expected and encouraged to speak English during the School day.

Lessons are extremely well supported with up-to-date resources, texts and schemes of work to ensure that each pupil is energised and fully-supported in their studies.

As the College grows, its facilities will expand to support studies for I/GCSE and in the Sixth Form.

Ethos and values

In line with Haileybury's central ethos, and that of its sister College in Almaty, Haileybury Astana is committed to creating fully-rounded individuals able to discover their identity and help give back to society.

The School places the needs of its pupils at the heart of its ethos. It caters for these needs by providing a nurturing environment, providing opportunities for academic achievement and fostering individual talents and strengths through an extensive co-curricular programme.

This includes: opportunities to play a musical instrument and join with others to play and sing together; a range of drama productions; art competitions and a comprehensive range of sporting activities (including inter-House competitions in football and running and fixtures against other international schools in Astana).


The current Headmaster of Haileybury Astana is Colin Callaghan. The teaching staff is drawn largely from the UK, supported by highly qualified local support staff, many of whom speak English, Russian and Kazakh.

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