What you need to know about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an international pre-university program of complete general education that incorporates the best elements of various educational systems of the world. The IB aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma Programme is a 2-year course and is designed for students from 16 to 19 years old. During this time, they acquire research, analytical and leadership skills that allow them to be flexible and adapt to changes in the future. In addition, Ivy League and Russell Group Universities believe that IB DP best prepares students for university life and upon admission, alumni of the Program are considered first. 

John Coles, Headmaster of Haileybury Astana:

"Our graduates achieve acceptance in local and global universities. We have obtained many offers to Russell Group universities in the UK. The Russell Group universities are the US equivalent of Ivy League universities. Due to the increasing cost of university tuition, many pupils have chosen elite universities in Europe, Canada and Asia rather than the US. In these global areas, we have been very successful in obtaining full or large university scholarships, which is due to acknowledgement by universities of the calibre of graduate the school will produce through the IB programme."

The IB Diploma Programme enables the development of pupils who:

Aimira Abayeva, Haileybury Astana IB graduate:

At Haileybury Astana, students of the IB program are not afraid of challenges, wide views; they are risky and knowledgeable thinkers who have big plans for the future, and they know that investing in education is the right contribution that parents can make for their child.”


Diana, Haileybury Astana Year 13 pupil:

“The course is suitable for independent and motivated students. It allows you to choose subjects based on your interests but it implies the ability to manage time and focus only on the things you need for your future.”

CAS Creativity, Activity, Service

CAS stands for Creativity, Action & Service. These individual strands can be defined as.

Creativity - arts-based subjects, and other experiences that require students to develop, enhance and utilise their creative thinking skills. 

Activity - physical activities that develop resilience, competition, and understanding of the need to have a healthy body.

Service - voluntary, outreach work that enables students to understand the ways in which they can actively support their local and wider community. 

Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme

John Coles, Headmaster of Haileybury Astana:

"The key goals of the IB programme produce students who are able to step away from ‘life beyond the walls’ of school and home. It allows them to develop the skills which mean they can rapidly interpret information, ask questions and make decisions. Many other academic programmes lack these core skills, which are embedded at the very core of the IB programme, and merely concentrate on academic knowledge"


Faye Fraser, IB coordinator at Haileybury Astana:

"The IB Diploma Programme is a holistic programme that seeks to develop the whole child. It is academically rigorous as well as broad and varied in subject content and knowledge. The nature of the IBDP allows for students to appreciate the process alongside the outcome. Reflection, self-evaluation, collaboration and communication are integral parts of the IBDP and I believe that IB graduates are far better prepared for their futures because of this. Knowledge has always been defined as power, however now with the advancements in technology and the extensive use of Google, the balance is shifting and universities and employers are seeking skill competency, problem-solving, critical thinking and solution finding individuals. I can safely say that the IBDP offers every student the opportunity to hone these skills"


Aimira Abayeva, Haileybury Astana IB graduate:

“For me, the IB Program was a preparation for student life and allowed me to immediately enter the first year of university in England. Students who have received an IB diploma do not need to take the Foundation program or any other courses”


Diana, Haileybury Astana Year 13 pupil:

“We study according to international standards, and we will feel confident at any university in the world. Priorities, approach, and even exams are designed to give us a complete understanding of our future at the university.”

John Coles, Headmaster of Haileybury Astana: "We undertake a rigorous interview and selection process and will only accept teachers who are fully qualified with internationally recognised teaching qualification of the highest standards. We employ predominantly English native speakers to ensure the quality of our English tuition, and teachers who have themselves been to the global elite universities. This ensures that the teaching knowledge is excellent and that they understand the universities which our pupils wish to apply for and how best to prepare them."

Why Pupils Should Go to Haileybury Astana

Haileybury Astana both provides an opportunity to get an education under IB Programme and offers talented students a chance to be enrolled into the programme on a scholarship basis. The School also helps students apply for scholarships at leading universities around the world. Getting a scholarship or a full grant is the most important aspect for students.

Graduates have the opportunity to enrol not only in universities in the United Kingdom and the United States but also in prestigious universities in Asia, Europe and Australia.

Quality Provision

High-quality education is delivered in every lesson. The teaching here at Haileybury Astana makes a difference on a daily basis to our student’s outcomes and progress.

English Language

Being a British International School, students in Sixth Form continue to learn using the English Language. Universities around the world are choosing for their courses to be taught in English. In order for students to gain access to higher educational courses, they must have a strong level of English proficiency. Our Sixth Form students are at an advantage here as they are communicating in English regularly and therefore pass the English proficiency tests with ease when applying for university. 


For those who have not yet visited the campus, you need to! We have the best facilities and resources available. Sixth Form students are given more independence and responsibility and here at Haileybury. They have access to up-to-date technology, recording studio, sports facilities, science labs, the school library and in September 2021, a brand new innovation centre complete with its own digital studio that will be used for digital learning purposes such as graphic design, film, animation, collaborative digital practices, photography, app development and digital entrepreneurship.  

Small Class Sizes

Research shows that students in smaller classes perform better. The class sizes allow for additional attention and personalised education that students benefit from. 


As you are aware, Haileybury Astana is part of a family of schools. With one in Almaty and the other in the UK. This family approach to education allows for students to be part of a wider network of similarly minded individuals. We hope to collaborate more in the near future in order to enable our sixth form students to blossom and pursue their dreams. 

Pastoral Support

Sixth Form students still have a form tutor whose role is to support them through the challenges of the IBDP. Our school counsellor also has experience in helping our students overcome and manage stressful situations. All students have access to a Guidance/Careers counsellor who works closely with them throughout their University application journey, including applying for very important and prestigious scholarships. 

Qualified Teachers

All of our staff are highly qualified and have fantastic experience teaching the IB in a variety of schools across the world. With many of them being IB examiners and workshop leaders  so therefore they know the ins and outs of the courses very well. 

Do IB Diploma Programme students have time for anything else beyond academics?

The IB Diploma Programme is very rigorous program that requires a lot of independent studying. However, experience shows that this means that they subsequently participate in joint training initiatives, such as MUN, music, team sports, and charity. During the two-year course of study, students have new hobbies that they did not even know about before entering the IB Programme.


Aimira Abayeva, Haileybury Astana IB graduate:

“My advice for future students of the IB Program is to take the maximum out of it and not be lazy, since this is the best basis for education and preparation of a student for the university. The knowledge accumulated over two years of study will be useful in any prestigious university and in life in general.”

Diana, Haileybury Astana Year 13 pupil:

“During the period of study on the IB Program, I learned the following skills:

Personal discipline – to be a successful student of the program, you must be able to meet deadlines. Considering that there is a lot of work, it is very difficult to submit assignments on time.

Values ​​– CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service): part of the program commits to sports, volunteering and creative activities. These classes helped me understand the basics of planning and organizing events and also helped me develop my inner world.

Academic skills - I had to write four essays over the course of the program. In the process, I learned the basics of writing academic articles and scientific research.”


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