Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team
John Coles
John Coles
Headmaster at Haileybury Astana
BA in Geography,University of Wales, Master of Education in Educational Leadership,University of Buckingham, PGCE, QTS, University of East Anglia
Mr Coles has been working in education sector for twenty four years, having previously worked at three leading independent schools within the UK, before he moved with his family to Kazakhstan. He has a strong connect with the Haileybury Group, having worked at Haileybury U.K., located near London, for 9 years. During his career he has gained considerable Senior Leader experience, most recently leading the Haileybury School in Almaty. Due to his work in developing Digital Learners he has regularly presented at Education conferences such as BETTS, has also lectured, and coached future Middle and Senior Leaders in conjunction with UCL and the Institution of Education. Mr Coles moved to Kazakhstan almost three years ago, having previously lived in France and England with his wife Sylvie and son Louis. He strongly believes that learning an additional language has helped him understand the challenges for EAL learners. John enjoys spending time with his family, playing football and building Lego with his son. He is passionate about digital technology and preparing children for the future in a modern world. He is keen on growth mind-set, encouraging development through active learning, sports, play and holistic education.
Starting Year
2020
Inna Hakobyan
Inna Hakobyan
Deputy Head
Inna Hakobyan is originally from Armenia but has lived in Northamptonshire UK for over 20 years. She has studied at 3 Universities. Inna's first degree is Bachelor of Romance-Germanic languages from Yerevan State University, the top University in Armenia. Inna has a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University plus a Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management from Leicester University UK. Inna's working career has taken her all over the world where she has initially worked as an interpreter/ translator for various international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. She has held senior management positions in UK and international schools for over 15 years. Inna is fluent in 7 languages. Her hobbies are travelling and playing the violin and the piano.
Starting Year
2020
Aizhan Baizhanova
Aizhan Baizhanova
Bursar
Aizhan graduated from Almaty Academy of Economics and Statistics, was a manager at a global power company, and has 19 years of experience as a finance controller. She was one of the pioneers of the Haileybury Astana project. She is responsible for construction, infrastructure, and financial aspects of the school
Starting Year
2011
Jane Knight
Jane Knight
Head of Junior School
Jane Knight is an experienced Primary head teacher and principal with over 13 years’ experience providing the vision and leadership to ensure the high quality of education for all pupils. Before joining Haileybury Astana in 2016 she had worked as a principal in SAFA International school in Dubai. She believes that the culture and ethos of a school are instrumental in its development over time and link directly with the curriculum, teaching methodology and the overall attainment and progress of each and every student.
Starting Year
2016
Georgios Mesazos
Georgios Mesazos
Deputy Head of Senior School
Originally from Corfu, Georgios acquired his BEd on German Language and Literature at the Aristotle University and following his Master of Education, he was awarded a Specialization Diploma on Management of Multiculturalism and Teaching Practices from the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens. Georgios joined Haileybury Astana in August 2017 coming from Dubai where he was the Dean of Studies at a large International School. Georgios is working together with pupils, parents and colleagues to enhance our students’ learning experience.
Starting Year
2017
Andrew Watkins
Andrew Watkins
Deputy Head of Junior School
Andrew trained at Durham University (UK), completing a 4year degree, achieving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Primary Education. This is his seventh year working at Haileybury Astana with experience working and leading in both Key Stages.
Starting Year
2013
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