We are pleased to announce that our partner school Haileybury Bhaluka has launched in Bangladesh. Situated on an 850-acre campus, just 75km north of Dhaka, the school will start its academic programme in August 2023 and will be able to welcome up to 1,000 students in outstanding state-of-the-art facilities.
Mirroring the mission and values of Haileybury in the UK, Haileybury Bhaluka is the latest addition to our growing network of international partnerships.
Haileybury was one of the first UK Independent schools to form a partnership with a school overseas when Haileybury Almaty was opened in Kazakhstan in 2008. In 2011, a second school opened in Astana, Kazakhstan. In 2023, new schools will open in Bhaluka, Bangladesh and also in Mtarfa, Malta. In 2025, a fifth Haileybury international school will open in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The launch ceremony for Haileybury Bhaluka took place on 15 October at Le Méridien, Dhaka, and was attended by Zahid Ahsan Russel, Bangladesh State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kazim Uddin Ahmed, Honourable Member of the Parliament, Nazmul Hasan Papon, President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, His Excellency Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, and Martin Collier, the Master of Haileybury UK.
“I was delighted to be present at the launch of Haileybury Bhaluka which took place at Le Méridien Hotel in Dhaka. There were speeches by Honourable Members of the Bangladesh Parliament, members of the owner’s family and the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, His Excellency Robert Chatterton Dickson. The Haileybury Master spoke about the history of Haileybury UK and the importance of international partnership and the founding Master of Haileybury Bhaluka, Simon O’Grady, shared his vision for the new school. After the speeches there were some cultural performances including some very impressive singing and dancing and some moving poetry renditions. The evening concluded with an excellent dinner for an audience of over 500 guests. The event received significant coverage from the local media and I thank our partners for organising such an outstanding event.” – Mark Smith, Director of International Partnership