Haileybury and Imperial Service College, (usually shortened to Haileybury & ISC or Haileybury), is a famous British independent school founded in 1862. It is a co-educational boarding school enrolling pupils at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Over 750 pupils go to Haileybury, of which 452 live at Haileybury for either week nights or for an entire half term. The pupils who are aged 11-13, numbering around 100, study in a separate building with a boarding house just for the boys that reside at the school; the girls aged 11-13 who wish to board stay in one of the main school houses (Albans). Most day girls in the main school (13+) go into Hailey House.
The buildings reopened as Haileybury in 1862. The large dome which dominates the skyline was added as part of Arthur Blomfield's Chapel, completed in 1877. The dome was badly damaged by fire when only a year old and had to be extensively repaired. On 7 July 1932. Later Victorian buildings are by John William Simpson. The Memorial Dining Hall was opened by the future King George VI & Queen Elizabeth as a monument to former pupils who had died in the Great War. In the past 20 years it has been used to commemorate deaths in all conflict countries, typically the wreaths for these countries are placed by pupils from those countries. For a number of years this building was one of the largest unsupported domes in Europe and it has very interesting acoustics. Until the 1990s the entire school of over 700 pupils dined within this building at a single sitting for breakfast, lunch and supper all brought to a silence for the grace before and after each meal by a massive brass howitzer shell, captured from a German gun emplacement during World War I which had been converted into a gong. A gilded plaster boss in the centre of this dome represents an oak tree being struck by lightning. Known as Little Lightning Oak this decoration is a representation of Lightning Oak, the massive oak tree which stands on Terrace, the area of grass in front of the School and visible in this photograph. This tree was struck by lightning and all but destroyed but, miraculously, re-sprouted. The tree was seen as a metaphor for the school, decimated by war but growing back stronger. In 1942, Haileybury absorbed the Imperial Service College, which had already absorbed the United Services College.
As well as the Memorial Dining Hall, there are other impressive memorials to 1,436 alumni who perished in wars. The War Memorial on Terrace which originally commemorated those lost in World War I was unveiled by General Sir Alexander Godley, KCB, KCMG on 7 July 1923. This was designed by former pupil Sir Reginald Blomfield. Known as The Cross of Sacrifice this simple stone cross with a bronze sword applied was the prototype for a memorial that can now be found in every Commonwealth War Cemetery and has been used for many other war memorials around the world.
In the late twentieth century, reforming headmaster David Jewell took charge of Haileybury. The current headmaster, Stewart Westley, is responsible for making the school fully co-educational.
Groups originating from Haileybury support a number of charities such as The Children's Trust in Tadworth, the Home Farm Trust and the Boys' Club in Stepney once managed by Old Haileyburian Clement Attlee and Changing faces - a charity designed to help tortured and disfigured victims come to terms with their affliction. Attlee was noted for his promotion of fellow Old Haileyburians.
The school was featured in the TV drama A Class Apart.
In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times, which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.
Recently (2006/2007), Haileybury has been advising the building of a Haileybury in Almaty, Kazakhstan where all English GCSE's will be taught and the curriculum will be taught similarly under the guidance of Haileybury. The school is to be known as Haileybury Almaty. The students will be made up mostly of Kazakhstan citizens and sons of embassy workers. They will all be required to speak English.
Haileybury also hosts the annual "Haileybury Model United Nations" Conference, in which many schools, such as Bancroft's School, plus schools from many countries including Greece, and Sweden, participate.
Today at Haileybury there are 11 boarding houses, 1 day/boarding house (Hailey) and 1 lower school boarding house (Highfield).