Haileybury offers a world of opportunity for talented girls and boys who wish to contribute fully to our happy and purposeful community.
We are academically selective and we expect our pupils to achieve excellent results in public examinations. Most of our pupils take up places at the best universities in the UK and around the world. In addition to providing intellectual rigour and challenge, we provide a holistic education that balances academic achievement with the development of character, resilience and leadership. All of our boys and girls are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the widest range of co-curricular activities on offer at Haileybury. Participation in these activities stretches the pupils; it promotes a sense of social responsibility, enhances team spirit and engenders confidence.
About the school
The bedrock of a Haileybury education is outstanding pastoral care. A nurturing environment and spiritual encouragement underpin all of our endeavours and help shape the distinctive characteristics of Haileyburians.
Our goal is for our young men and women to leave Haileybury fully equipped with the life skills and the academic credentials necessary for them to flourish in a competitive global employment market.
We also hope that they leave the school fulfilled, proud of their achievements and full of compassion for others. If our ethos resonates with you, please do come and visit Haileybury.
Bursaries are offered to make it possible for talented candidates or those in significant pastoral need, whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees, to benefit from a Haileybury education.
Applications for financial assistance are separate to scholarship applications.
Parents are required to make a written statement to support their application. Bursary applications should be submitted prior to the entrance examination dates. Bursary applications submitted after receipt of a place offer may not be considered.
The final decision will be made by the Bursary Committee who can award either a proportion of the fees or, in exceptional cases, full fees.
For more information about the School’s Terms and Conditions, please contact the Admissions Department.
Please note that additional charges are levied for certain activities such as music lessons, private tuition, dance lessons, transport and Sixth Form text books.
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.
Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make and we understand how important it is to find the right one.
That is why we meet and talk to each and every child, so we can feel sure that they will flourish here and enjoy being a member of our happy and vibrant community!
We warmly invite you to come and see what makes Haileybury such a special place, and to be dazzled by the vast array of activities and opportunities which await your child.
Open Days are an ideal opportunity to explore all that we have to offer as well as meet the individuals who make our school such a wonderful place to be – our pupils! They will give you a true insight into life at Haileybury as they take you on a guided tour of our lovely campus. Our subject heads and senior staff will also be present to answer any specific questions you may have.
In addition, we can arrange individual appointments which are tailored to your child’s needs and their particular interests. Just contact the Admissions Department and let us know the most convenient date and time for your visit and we will be happy to arrange this for you.