Admissions process

Haileybury Almaty is a selective school, which seeks to admit those pupils with the aptitude, ability and personality who are most likely to thrive in and contribute to its diverse international community.

The School’s vision  and ethos strongly influence the key areas of emphasis in the School and, therefore, the factors that are important in its admissions procedures and decision-making about which pupils to admit. They are:

  • Academic ability.
  • Commitment to a broad range of co-curricular activities and holistic development.
  • The importance of relationships in the School community and the personal formation of character of each pupil.
  • Alignment with the School’s ethos.

Given the diversity of nationalities and first languages among its student body, English is the only inclusive language of the School and applicants need to be proficient in it in order to access the full range of the curriculum and the community.

The School’s admissions procedures, therefore, evaluate the current level of proficiency in English of all applicants in an age-appropriate way in order to assess their ability to access the curriculum. 

Guiding principles

There are a number of important guiding principles that influence the admissions procedures:

• All prospective pupils are subject to the selective process undertaken by every pupil.
• English is the only inclusive language of the School and applicants must be proficient in it in order to access the full range of the curriculum and to be able to contribute positively to the School community.
• The House structure in the Upper School means there must be a balance between boys and girls in each year group: this has consequences on admissions in the Lower School and the availability of places at any one time in a particular year group.
• Apart from in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Headmistress, the School does not normally accept pupils into Years 11 and 13.

Age guidelines

Please refer to the age guidelines below for the appropriate year of entry.

School Section

Year Group

Age

Birth Date

Lower School

 

Early Years

Pre- Nursery

2-3

Sep 15 - 31 Aug 16

 

Nursery

3-4

 Sep 14 - 31 Aug 15

 

Reception

4-5

Sep 13- 31 Aug 14

Pre-Preparatory

1

5-6

Sep 12 - 31 Aug 13

 

2

6-7

Sep 11 - 31 Aug 12

 

3

7-8

 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 11

 

4

8-9

 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 10

 

5

9-10

 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 09

 

6

10-11

 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 08

Upper School

 

Prep 1

7

11-12

 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 07

Prep 2

8

12-13

 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 06

Removes

9

13-14

 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 05

Middles

10

14-15

 Sep 03 - 31 Aug 04

Fifths

11

15-16

 Sep 02 - 31 Aug 03

Lower Sixth

12

16-17

 Sep 01 - 31 Aug 02

Upper Sixth

13

17-18

Sep 00 - 31 Aug 01

Entry is open for all year groups for August 2018. Please note deadlines for applications:

Year Group

Deadline for New Applications

Assessment Dates
(as and when places become available)

Early Years: Pre- Nursery, Nursery and Reception

30th May 2018

Spring/Summer Term 2018

Year 1

30th May 2018

Spring/Summer Term 2018

Years 2-10

30th May 2018

Spring/Summer Term 2018

Sixth Form (Year 12)

28 August 2018

Spring/Summer Term 2018 and by 28 August 2018

Applications  at other times will be considered if places are available in a year group.

Enrolment to the School is competitive. The Admissions department reviews all applications, but only shortlisted applicants will be invited to further assessments. The number of applicants selected for assessment at any one time will be proportional to the number of places available in a particular year group and is determined by:

  • The priority for assessment categories listed above.
  • An assessment of the information contained in and supporting the Application Form, including school reports.
  • The guiding principles, which may mean limitations based on gender, nationality or day/boarding status in a particular year group.

Individual needs can be discussed with the Admissions Department before applying to the School. If appropriate, an assessment made by the School’s Individual Needs Coordinator and/or the English for Academic Purposes Coordinator will be available at the assessment stage to ensure specific needs can be met if offered a place.

Format of assessments

Assessments take place at the School. Applicants should bring their passports and ID card with them. The dress code is their school uniform or smart-casual.

Overseas applicants sit a computerised test or in some cases written papers, in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning at their current school, or at an authorised Examination Centre. Applicants who demonstrate the required academic ability will subsequently be offered a Skype interview.

The assessment system evaluates the current level of proficiency in English of the applicants in an age-appropriate way in different age groups in addition to their academic performance, extra-curricular interests, and their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

Year Group

Format of Assessments

Duration

 

Lower School (Early Years):

Pre-Nursery

Nursery

Reception

  • Play-based interview designed to mirror activities undertaken in a kindergarten setting with opportunities for conversation.
  • A short meeting with parents may also be required depending on the age of the child
  • Review of the latest school report, if applicable

45 minutes

Lower School:

Years 1 – 2

  • Drawing, early writing and numeracy
  • Engage in conversation about themselves
  • Review of the latest school report

45-60 minutes

Lower School:

Years 3 – 6

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • Externally moderated online computer tests which assess Mathematics, English and Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Independent writing task to test the level of written English
  • Review of the latest school report

2 hours

Upper School:

Years 7 – 10

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • Externally moderated online computer tests which assess Mathematics, English and Non Verbal Reasoning, with internal subject written tests where necessary
  • Independent writing to test the level of written English
  • Review of latest school report

3 hours

Upper School:

Year 12

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • 30-minute written papers in a pupil’s chosen and/or possible AS-level subjects
  • Review of the latest school report

3 hours

Offer and acceptance of place

Acceptance of place

The assessment process is competitive and following it, parents are informed that their child has been either:

  • Offered a Guaranteed Place (for Year 12 pupils, places may be conditional upon IGCSE or equivalent results) if they perform strongly in the assessments and there are places available.
  • Placed on a Waiting List for possible entry if further places become available if they perform well in the assessments, but cannot be offered an immediate place because there are no places left.
  • Unsuccessful in their application, because they performed at a standard below what is necessary to access the curriculum effectively at Haileybury Almaty 

Unsuccessful Applications

Parents of applicants who are not successful in gaining a place will receive a letter of rejection, but may contact the Admissions department for further details about why the application was unsuccessful.

The Admissions department will ask parents of applicants, who are not successful in gaining a place, or in being invited for assessment, if they would like their child to be considered for entry in the following year. As long as they inform the Admissions department in writing by the deadlines stated in the Admissions timeline, their application will be rolled over to the following year. Under these circumstances, there is no need to pay a further Application Fee. Failure to inform the Admissions department by the appropriate deadline will result in their child’s name being withdrawn from our lists.

Acceptance of place

In order to accept the offer of a place at the start of the next academic year, the next term or for immediate entry in exceptional circumstances, parents should complete and return the Acceptance Pack and pay a Reservation Deposit (which is non-refundable whether or not the place can be filled, but will be offset against the first Term’s fees) within the time frame specified in the offer letter. Failure to do so may result in the place being offered to another pupil.

The Reservation Deposit consists of:

  • For Day Pupils - 10% of the current annual tuition fee.
  • For Boarders - 10% of the current annual tuition and boarding fee.

The invoice for the remainder of the current tuition fees (and boarding fees if appropriate),  and together with any increase in fees approved for the following academic year, will be issued before the start of the academic year. For pupils starting during the course of the year current tuition (and boarding fees if appropriate) will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Boarding & Day Places (Years 7 - 13)

All successful applicants from Year 6 and above will be allocated a place in a House, and parents can indicate their preference for either a Seven Day or Weekly Boarding place. Priority will be given to siblings whose parents wish their children to be in the same House.

Meruyert Askatova, Head of Admissions at Haileybury Almaty

Meruyert Askatova

Head of Admissions at Haileybury Almaty
+7 (727) 355 09 88
+7 (727) 355 01 00 (ext. 226)

Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty are committed to the welfare and Safeguarding of young people. As part of our recruitment processes we require all applicants to undergo police checks and U.K. DBS checks and we operate clear safeguarding protocols.

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