Where teachers can teach and students learn.
  • Command of English

    Children should learn to command the English language, not just know it, at an early age.

  • Safe and Orderly Environment

    Order, structure and safety are necessary prerequisites for learning.

  • High Academic Expectations

    Our conviction is that every child can achieve success irrespective of social background.

IES News

IES wants to be part of the solution

The Swedish parliament recently decided that free schools are welcome to continue to contribute to the Swedish school system. We welcome this decision and will continue to provide the highest possible quality of education to all children at IES schools. We also work closely with municipalities in an often-challenging reality around Sweden. Together we find ways to offer even more children quality education, which in turn attracts companies and parents to these municipalities.

Families can now register interest for a proposed IES school in Skellefteå

Families can now register interest for a proposed IES school in Skellefteå

Skellefteå municipality has announced that it would welcome Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, to open a school in the city in 2019 and has invited IES to run such a school in the former buildings of Brännanskolan. The move would be dependent on a contract being signed following a formal decision from IES.

Jörgen Stenquist, Vice CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: “We have wanted to open a school in Skellefteå for a number of years, and we are delighted by the enthusiastic welcome that we have received from families, politicians and the local business community.  Skellefteå is a town with a bright future, working to attract multinational companies and with that comes the need for a first-class education. We want to be part of the solution, providing the quality education which is needed."

Swedish Prize for IES Students

Swedish Prize for IES Students

Students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg came away from a national contest with two prizes.
The final of iLCompetition, held in Malmö, saw the students from Johanneberg win first prize in the Swedish contest - Mästerskapet i Svenska, and third prize in Spanish.
Kicki Zhou and Gunnar Fovaeus (pictured above) competed against other students from across Sweden to win their place at the national final, but to win the overall contest in Swedish was a surprise.

We can — and want to — be a part of the solution for Sweden’s schooling system

Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, is the largest free school organization in compulsory education (grundskolor) in Sweden, with 24,000 students and over 170,000 registrations in our queue.  Our students receive above national average results in the national tests as well as make academic progress with us over time.  This is regardless of social or academic background. 38% of our students have a foreign background compared with 24% in municipal schools. In the face of Sweden’s educational challenges, we can, and want to, be a part of the solution.


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Recognising Talent

Coming to work for Internationella Engelska Skolan could just be the first step in your career with us. The organisation has a proven track record of promoting key staff from within and prides itself on recognising talent.

Welcome From The Founder

To speak English "well" is not enough in today´s world, writes Ms Barbara Bergström, the American science teacher who founded the English School in 1993.

Young Swedes should acquire a total inner security when speaking English. Our schools offer the best environment for achieving this. An important part of our success is that we provide a secure environment for teaching and learning. Schools should have a calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn.

These founding ideas have laid a solid ground for success. Internationella Engelska Skolan is today the largest free school organization at the compulsory level ("Grundskolan") in Sweden. Some 24 000 students attend our 34 schools around the country.

Read more here.


We recruit the best teachers from around the world.

Our schools are places where teachers can teach and students can learn.  This is possible  because of the strong emphasis Internationella Engelska Skolan places on creating a safe and calm environment which is conducive to teaching and learning. That environment helps everyone to concentrate on their lessons.

All of our staff pull together to create the best learning environment through the school so that rather than using time and energy to establish the preconditions for learning, our teachers are able to step into the classroom knowing that their lessons will start on time and then run smoothly and without disruption.

School Profile


Internationella Engelska Skolan in Eskilstuna Internationella Engelska Skolan in Eskilstuna started our first school year the autumn of 2006 and had approximately 380 students in classes 6-9 during the first year. The school...
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