Haileybury is a co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds in Hertfordshire.
Haileybury is a co-educational boarding and day school that puts pupils at the heart of everything we do. We are situated on an historic 500 acre campus just 20 miles north of London.
We offer a broad education and curriculum including GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. We prepare pupils for life beyond school by inspiring academic excellence and empowering each individual to discover their passion through an abundance of co-curricular activities. All of this is delivered in a nurturing, supportive environment, based around our House system.
Arts, crafts and acts of kindness: Pupils get creative during lockdown
Virtual classrooms and video meetings have helped keep our pupils in regular contact with teachers and tutors. But away from the Connected School, Sixth Formers have been finding innovative ways to stay stimulated, develop skills and help others.
29th May 2020 — Virtual classrooms and video meetings have helped keep our pupils in regular contact with teachers and tutors. But away from the Connected School, Sixth Formers have been finding innovative ways to stay stimulated, develop skills and help others.
They have been making the most of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – a core element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) which is offered to pupils as an alternative to A levels.
CAS projects enhance pupils’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. “It’s important to find passions and learn about what you love,” says Sitara, who has made colourful face masks from recycled Indian saris to protect people in New Delhi.
“As hard as the pandemic has been for so many people around the world, hope and positivity can help us through this,” she added.
Another pupil, Elin, supported flood defence efforts in her hometown. She helped position sandbags on the eve of heavy rainfall. Mahaut created her own sweaters and t-shirts with profits supporting a coral reef conservation programme in Tahiti. Ida has been plaiting pearled bracelets and posting them to friends around the world.
Paul has helped out with a Bridge of Giving in Germany – arranging acts of kindness for the homeless – and Emily’s podcast charts Haileybury life throughout the pandemic. Adam learned to play the ukulele, Thomas ran a half marathon to support the NHS and Mikee created re-usable shopping bags from scrap material. Moritz has built an aquarium and Lucy has cleared litter from a popular trail route.
“The important role of CAS in the wider education of pupils within the IBDP has never been more evident,” said Giovanna Iorio, who oversees the projects. “Research has shown that a sense of engagement is important to wellbeing with CAS pupils learning perseverance and the tenacity to continue with a task or activity, even though challenges may occur.”
Haileybury is ranked in The Sunday Times Top 10 for co-ed independent schools which offer the IBDP.
Sixth Form pupil in the frame to land major acting roles with National Youth The
A Haileybury Sixth Form pupil is on track to appear in national theatre productions, films and TV shows after she was made an official member of the National Youth Theatre.
19th May 2020 — A Haileybury Sixth Form pupil is on track to appear in national theatre productions, films and TV shows after she was made an official member of the National Youth Theatre.
Charlotte, who played the lead role in a school production of Mine last October, was selected following a successful audition alongside 3,000 other applicants.
Once she has completed an induction programme, Charlotte will have exclusive access to castings for national productions, films and TV shows.
“During the build-up to results day, I tried to maintain a very modest mindset,” she said. “Because I met a lot of people in my audition who told me this was their third of fourth time trying out, so I knew the competition was extremely high, and how difficult it is to get in.
“When the day came, I was extremely nervous, but as soon as the email came through telling me I’d been successful, I was thrilled, and honestly shocked.”
Charlotte, who went through a two-hour workshop before a one-on-one audition, benefited from the accelerated experience of preparing for a school production.
“If it wasn’t for the Sixth Form play I performed last October, I don’t think I would’ve been as prepared for my audition as I was,” she said.
“This process put us all under pressure, which worked in our favour, as we then produced the most amazing production.
“The feedback from the audience reminded me of my passion for acting – and how much I enjoy being on stage doing what I love the most.”
Charlotte says she was supported and inspired to succeed by her LAMDA teacher, Mrs Steedon, and the school’s Director of Dramatic Arts, Mr Thomas.
“I do believe that if I truly dedicate myself, anything can be possible,” said Charlotte, who dreams of landing big roles in the future.
“Not everyone is successful within the industry but getting into the National Youth Theatre is a huge step in the right direction. It has definitely paved a clear pathway that’ll help me achieve my dream.”
Netball match marks teacher's return after cancer treatment
Pupils organised a very special netball match at school to show their support for an inspirational teacher who has returned to work following treatment for breast cancer.
12th March 2020 — Pupils organised a very special netball match at school to show their support for an inspirational teacher who has returned to work following treatment for breast cancer.
Spearheaded by Head of School Imogen, the charity match involved 35 Sixth Form pupils dressed in pink. They joined Haileybury in the Lower School under the stewardship of Dr Pugsley.
“She is the most amazing teacher because of her passion and drive but also the amount of care and kindness she has for those she teaches.” Imogen said. “She had the most significant influence on the start of all our Haileybury careers, and we are all so thankful for the way she has helped us to enjoy our time here.”
Pupils, who wanted to keep it a low-key event, did a collection in houses and they raised well over £400 which has been donated to Breast Cancer Research.
“It was great because it brought together all those who started in Lower School [in 2013/14] and was magical in the sense that everyone laughed all the time and there were so many smiles,” Imogen said.
“I wrote a hand-written letter [to Dr Pugsley] and she was very touched and so supportive of the idea of raising money for Breast Cancer Research. She wrote us the most touching email of thanks afterwards.”
Dr Pugsley (pictured centre), who was Head of Lower School from 2010, has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy Head (Safeguarding and Wellbeing).
“I have always followed their progress and have enjoyed seeing their incredible successes,” she said. “I am delighted that as Deputy Head, I can play an even greater role in their – and all Haileyburians’ – lives throughout their time in the school.
“That a group of pupils chose to organise a charity fixture because of the impact that breast cancer has had on me over the past year is incredibly touching and testament to the true spirit of service and kindness for which Haileybury stands. Thank you to Immy and all involved.”
From MUN to meetings at Number 10: A former pupil's journey
An Old Haileyburian who went from Model United Nations to parliamentary assistant for the chancellor says the conference has given him skills for life.
9th March 2020 — An Old Haileyburian who went from Model United Nations to parliamentary assistant for the chancellor says the conference has given him skills for life.
The 25th Haileybury MUN kicks off on Friday March 2o with more than 800 pupils assuming the roles of delegates representing countries tasked with solving global issues.
Something Andreas Payne revelled in during his time at the school which culminated in his appointment to Secretary General in 2012.
“I have lots of great memories of MUN,” said the 26-year-old who is now a local councillor for Hoddesdon Town and Rye Park. “I always enjoyed public speaking but you get to meet new people from all around the world.
“It’s very well organised, the committee are very well resourced and trained but I think the main thing is that pupils fall in love with Haileybury and the campus.
“They love the grand environment – it’s geographically well-connected to London and it’s the best food on the circuit too.”
With a theme of A World for the Future, the pupil-led conference will feature schools from Turkey, the Netherlands, Greece and the US.
An Anniversary Secretariat Meal is due to take place in the summer and there’s even an app for delegates.
MP Charles Walker will address delegates on the opening day before lobbying and debate on Saturday ahead of plenary sessions and a closing ceremony on the Sunday.
Andreas, who has supported the running of the event since leaving school, said: “It’s about teamwork and leadership.
“But when you are communicating on walkie-talkies you have to make quick decisions under pressure. That’s something which really can’t be taught – you have to do it.
“Twenty five years of the Haileybury MUN is brilliant and it’s now the most prestigious school conference in the country.”
Andreas left Haileybury in 2012 and studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent before going on to work alongside Philip Hammond who he’s still in touch with.
He has also set up his own company which provides MUN services to schools and colleges across the world.