Upper School in Almaty (ages 11-18)

A very warm welcome to the Upper School, which is comprised of over 200 pupils across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (pupils aged 11 to 18 years).

Like the rest of the school our mission is to provide our community with an educational experience which enables our pupils to fulfil their potential academically, physically, culturally and socially within a global and future context.

We aim to do this through fostering in our pupils the ‘Haileybury Habits’; helping our pupils to be resilient, resourceful, courageous, inquisitive, organized, and reflective in all that they do.

We demand high standards of academic endeavour and seek to develop pupils holistically. We do this through a balanced and challenging curriculum, complemented by broad-ranging pastoral care.

We follow the Haileybury Curriculum in Years 7-9, which incorporates the best curricula both from Britain and internationally, the IGCSE programme at Years 10-11, and A-levels in Years 12 and 13.

Haileybury Almaty Upper School is building on its current academic success of being in the top 100 independent performing schools in the UK and aimsto establish itself as one of the top schools in the world.

John Coles, Head of Upper School at Haileybury Almaty

John Coles

Head of Upper School at Haileybury Almaty
Working within the education industry for the past twenty years, in highly academic and successful state and independent schools, John Coles has always strived to ensure the provision of teaching excellence within the curriculum and non-curriculum aspects of school life.

During his career he has gained a wide experience of senior leadership and for his contribution to raising standards in learning he was invited by the London Institute of Education and HMC, a professional association of the world's leading independent schools, to be a key developer and educational trainer in their Independent Schools Qualification in Academic Management. He has continually worked to develop pupils who are resilient, resourceful, achieve the highest academic levels but above all are prepared for the challenges of life beyond school.

Apart from his passion for the more traditional aspects of teaching, he also has a keen interest in the use of technology to promote learning. A key speaker at several major educational conferences he has spoken on a wide range of topics about the use and implication of the technology within schools.

Prep 1 to Removes (ages 11-14)

Prep 1 to Removes is an extremely important stage in a student’s academic and social development. Prep 1 students transition from being a Lower to an Upper School student; which see big changes to their timetable, curriculum and teachers.

Our exciting timetable focuses on developing successful values and positive attitudes to support our pupils through the year groups, and into Middles to Fifths and beyond.

With over 20 Co-Curricular Activities on offer for prep 1 to removes alone, coupled with chances for developing their leadership skills via our ever growing Student Council, there are many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the wider school life.

Prep 1 to Removes pupils demonstrates impressive levels of enthusiasm, intelligence and maturity at this level, which allows them to flourish into to well-rounded and educated young adults.

Within the Haileybury curriculum, the following subjects are compulsory: English, maths, science, history, geography, modern foreign language, Kazakh language and history, art and design, music, physical education, personal development and ICT.

Middles to Fifths (ages 14-16)

This key stage is made up of Middles and Fifths where pupils are working towards their IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Pupils follow the core subjects of Mathematics, English, two Sciences and a Modern Language, and they get to select three other subjects of their own choice.

Not only is it a time to start thinking about the future and what a pupil’s subject choices may mean for further study, but it is also a time where the pupils themselves encounter many changes, be it emotionally or socially.

Sixth Form (Lower Sixth & Upper Sixth) (ages 16 -18)

The Sixth Form at Haileybury Almaty is an important and exciting experience. There is an ethos of hard work and commitment to study which is supported by experienced staff, trained in the UK. There is also a system of tutors and individual mentors at Haileybury, designed to support the pupils every step of the way.

We are very proud of the high academic standards our pupils have reached and there is a caring atmosphere in the Sixth Form. Every pupil is given personalized attention to support their university application.  We have expertise in the UK and European admissions as well as a dedicated Director of US Admissions to guide each student in their university choices. There is help with building a good CV, with university and course research, selecting the best-fit university, and with completing all the application forms.

Pupils move into the Sixth Form from our own Fifths, from a variety of schools in the Almaty area and from pupils new to Kazakhstan. Everyone is welcomed into the family atmosphere, starting with a day of team building exercises in the hills on the edge of the city and a two-day induction event to make sure both Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth pupils settle quickly into the new academic year. Our sixth formers lead the student community at Haileybury Almaty as excellent role models.

Contact Admissions

We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have regarding an application to Haileybury Almaty.

Please book an individual appointment at Haileybury Almaty

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)

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