In 1806 the Honourable East India Company commissioned William E Wilkins (later the designer of the National Gallery, of Downing College, Cambridge, and much of the University of London) to plan the buildings for its new training college for civil servants for India.
On an area of empty heath, not far from the manor of Hailey, Wilkins created his buildings in a neo-classical style round a large grass quadrangle (still said to be the largest academic quadrangle in the England) and here the East India College flourished for 50 years.
It was one of the country's most distinguished centres of scholarship and teaching and the training ground for generations of those destined to govern British India.
Four years after its closure in 1858, Haileybury opened its gates once again, this time as a public school, under the headship of the Reverend A G Butler. By the mid-1870s, the number of boys was close to 500. In 1874, a Haileybury housemaster was appointed as the first headmaster of the United Services College at Westward Ho!, which later moved to Windsor and became the Imperial Service College.
In 1942, Haileybury and the Imperial Services College combined to become Haileybury and Imperial Service College, now known simply as Haileybury.
Haileybury Almaty is situated in the beautiful city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. The school opened in 2008 in association with Haileybury in the United Kingdom. The project was financed by the shareholders of Capital Partners (a local investment firm) and other local benefactors, and runs on a not-for-profit basis. Their vision was to create a British curriculum school based on the Haileybury model.
Haileybury Almaty is now firmly established and offers a broad, liberal education in the best traditions of British independent schooling. It caters to the needs of both local and international children. The school offers British style examinations (the General Certificate of Education and the International General Certificate of Education).
In August 2011 we opened our Sixth Form, which has now expanded to nearly 60 pupils. Pupils are now being prepared for Advanced Levels (‘A levels’), and entry to the best universities both abroad and in Kazakhstan. Pupils also study for the IELTS certificate, which is required by many overseas universities. Haileybury Almaty, and its new sister school Haileybury Astana in the capital, maintain a close and valued relationship with Haileybury.
For more information on Haileybury Astana, visit their website: Haileybury Astana.