International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

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IGCSE is the international version of the GCSE examinations taken by all pupils in the UK at the end of Year 11.

Pupils take IGCSEs/GCSEs in a range of subjects offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), who are part of the University of Cambridge.  They are also the world’s largest provider of international qualifications to school age pupils.  Details of the subjects that we offer can be found in this course guide.  At the end of the two-year course, after successfully passing the exams, pupils are awarded these world-recognised certificates in each  subject, ready for the next stage of their education.

IGCSEs are graded from  A*, which is the highest grade available, followed by grades from A to G. Although getting any of these grades means that a candidate has passed the exam, many universities and employers regard getting a C or better in a subject as important. We would expect our pupils to be capable of getting C grades or better in their exams. Many pupils gain much higher grades than this, with a number gaining A and A* grades across a wide range of subjects.

In Years 10 and 11 everyone takes English (as a First or Second Language; English Literature is also an option), Mathematics, Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language. All pupils are also expected to study Kazakh to help them appreciate the language and culture of the country and prepare them for their future as global citizens

British independent school in Haileybury Astana
Ross Ellison, Head of Key Stage 4

Ross Ellison

Head of Key Stage 4
Mr Ellison has been teaching for over a decade. He has significant experience in academic and pastoral roles in an international school setting. After graduating from the University of Exeter he trained at Suffolk College, which is accredited by the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. He has been teaching at Haileybury Astana since 2014. Ross is passionate about helping pupils achieve their full potential through the excitement and challenges of the IGCSE programme.

21 Nov. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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21 Nov. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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24 Nov. Haileybury Astana STEM Olympiad

We would like to inform you that we have started a registration for the first annual Haileybury Astana STEM (Science, English, Mathematics) Olympiad among pupils of all comprehensive schools in Astana in age 15-16 only (16 y.o. in Aug 2019) which will be held on 24th November 2018. You have a unique chance to show your skills and to win one of the valuable prizes! To participate in the Olympiad you need to follow the link and fill out the online form. The Olympiad is held in English. The number of participants is limited. Deadline for the application form is 23:59 pm 21/11/2018 (Astana Time). Follow the news of the Olympiad on the page @haileyburyastana in Instagram and Facebook! If you have any questions, please contact Madina Mukhatova, coordinator of the STEM Olympiad: e-mail to M.Mukhatova@haileyburyastana.kz, mobile +7 771 030 17 10

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23 Jan. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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13 Feb. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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10 Apr. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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25 Apr. COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff

The sixth COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff will be hosted by Haileybury Astana, 25-26 April 2019. The programme will include a mixture of plenary sessions, break-out workshops, and delegate presentations, as well as opportunities for networking and sharing best practice. Further details will be published in due course.

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15 May. Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana: Presentation to prospective parents

Take this opportunity to visit us and explore Haileybury Astana where your son or daughter will receive the best education! Discover how we prepare children from the ages of 2 to 18 for future success at world class universities. Find out about the advantages  of a British education in Kazakhstan rather than going abroad! Appreciate our great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers.  

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