IES opening a new school in Skellefteå

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On 14 June 2018, IES reported that discussions had been ongoing between the Municipality of Skellefteå in north-eastern Sweden and IES about opening a new school in the Municipality in 2019. Discussions centered on IES’s potential to conduct operations in the premises of the Brännan School, which are owned by the Municipality.

IES has now signed a lease contract with Skellefteå Industrihus AB, owned by the Municipality of Skellefteå, to start operations from the academic year 2019/20. Operations will cover grade school from the preschool grade to grade 9, and an after-school recreation center. The initial estimated number of classes is 10, and at capacity, the school will have 20 classes.

“We think a competitive and international business community creates an attractive and growing labor market. To achieve this, our business community needs to recruit experts for its operations, and Skellefteå needs to be perceived as an attractive location for Swedish and foreign families,” commented Kristina Sundin Jonsson, Skellefteå’s Mayor.

“For a long time, Skellefteå’s business community and parents have been wanting the type of education IES offers. We’ve listened to them and believe that this start-up and Skellefteå’s overall education opportunities are decisive to continued sustainable growth,” said Maria Marklund (Social Democrat Party), Skellefteå’s Municipal Commissioner.

In response, Annette Brodin Rampe, CEO of IES commented: “We’ve had a fantastic welcome from the Municipality of Skellefteå. This start-up is an excellent example of how we can be part of the solution to ensure access to the highest-quality education in the Municipality in close partnership with the municipality, residents and successful international businesses. We’re looking forward to being part of this and contributing to the future of Skellefteå and its population.”

Join the queue for IES Skellefteå here.

We Are A School For Everyone

Internationella Engelska Skolan believes children from any background can achieve success with a high-quality education.

We operate 36 schools in a wide range of demographic areas and are passionate about helping all students meet their full potential.  Talented students have the right to an education which stimulates and challenges them, while students who need support should receive it.

IES partners municipalities throughout Sweden. Our aim is to provide a compliment to municipal schools in a way which promotes integration and fits the long-term needs of each area.

To secure a place in our schools parents apply via our queue system.  The queue is open to all and provides a fair system where the children who have been in the queue longest are offered a place first. Everyone has an equal chance, not just those who live closest or find school easiest.

We also open schools in areas with a high proportion of non-swedish parents, or those with a lower educational level, and 38 per cent of our students come from a non-Swedish background, while the national average is 25.

In many areas where we run schools we can see that while the location of the school can make a difference to the student composition, a more important factor is the clarity and accessibility of information about free school choice. In some municipalities, information must be made more available, easier to understand and offered in more languages so that more parents can actively make a decision about the future of their children. Every parent should be made to choose a school for their child.

Our schools are having a positive transformational effect in many areas, for example, Kista, Gubbängen and Skärholmen in Stockholm, Fröslunda in Eskilstuna, and Söder in Helsingborg.  Even so 97 per cent of our students qualify for gymnasiet.

We do not choose which students will attend our schools and can show that we help our students achieve better results, including for students with parents whose highest level of education is gymnasiet, or lower. At our schools 94 per cent of such students qualify to attend gymnasiet, compared to a national average of 78 per cent. This is clear proof that quality teaching, rather than background, is the key to academic success.

Everyone involved in education should work to ensure a better quality of education in Sweden.  There is the need for 1,000 extra schools in the coming years and everyone needs to play their part, for the sake of our children.

Skärholmen Students' Ambitions Encouraged Through Chess

Chess-fans from IES Skärholmen teamed up with entrepreneurs and business people for a contest in the middle of Stockholm, that showed that any ambitious pawn can be promoted to knight, rook, bishop or even queen.

Thirteen students from the school took part in the event Näringslivet möter Förorten, held at Stockholm’s busy central station during the afternoon rush hour. Every student played in partnership with a teammate from the business community.

Alexander Lindholm (above, second from left), a politician from Stockholm City Council, was partnered with Iva Taticof class 5D at IES Skärholmen. He said: “It is fun to meet the young people and play with them, it is also embarrassing because they are always better than I am at chess, so I learn a lot, but if I stay out of the way of my teammate, my team can win.

“I think it is good for students to meet with companies, meet successful people and have their own dreams. We have great opportunities in Sweden with free education and university, everyone has the opportunity to go as far as they want.”

Ida (above, left) added: “He has different ideas and that is good because you can look at the other person’s ideas, learn, and be better at chess, it’s also true for life.  He has many good ideas that I don’t have.”

Alexandra Ohlén, principal of the school in Skärholmen explained why she was so pleased for her students to take part. She said: “This is an opportunity for my students to meet people who work with different occupations, and who inspire them to chose their own path.  You can be whoever you want to be. It is also a good opportunity to see that adults who seem far from their reality can have the same interests as they do.

“It was interesting that our students got to teach their teammates how to play better.”

Emmanuel Eneh of 4B was pleased to take part in the contest, he said: “You might get a new friend from the event. I have never played with an adult I don’t know before.”

Emmanual was paired up with Ilija Batljan, CEO off SBB Norden (both pictured, right). He said: “The young people taking part learn how to be in a contest and have the ability to meet some other people that they don’t meet every day.”

Aaryaman Sachdeva, 8A (above, second from right), also took part in the event. He said: “It is a very good combination because you play chess and can get to know how adults feel. When you start it can be a little bit awkward because you don’t know a person, but then you start to feel the fun.”

He was paired up with Ashkan Pouya of Systematic Growth (above, right), who said: “The kids are much better than the grown-ups, so it is such a great thing to have a reversed culture, they coach you. The kids get to interact with grown-ups. Kids from the suburbs get together with people from industry and learn each other’s perspectives.”

Students’ favourite teachers head to awards ceremony

Four teachers from Internationella Engelska Skolan will be among those honoured at an awards ceremony for the best educators throughout Sweden - as chosen by their students.
Lärargalan is an initiative which gives students the power to put forward the most exceptional teachers; those who make their school days special, and help subjects come to life.
Among those nominated by IES students are Ms Annie Nordenson of IES Hässelby, Ms Carina Holmgren of IES Eskilstuna (pictured above, right), Ms Malin Riise of IES Borås (pictured above, left) and Mr Resul Erdogan of IES Älvsjö.
They have all been invited to attend the event, where nominees will discover the winners of this year’s prizes.
Student comments in the nominations included:

  • Mr Erdogan - "He is a teacher who makes school fun.  His lessons are full of learning and you always get help if you don’t understand."  
  • Ms Riise - "She has made the Swedish language interesting and fun and we students constantly look forward to the hours we spend in her lessons.  She deserves a prize."
  • Ms Holmgren - "She is a positive and committed teacher who sees the needs and strength of each student."
  • Ms Nordenson - "She makes everything more enjoyable and motivates students to work harder."

This year’s Lärargalan awards ceremony will be held on the 12th of November at Berns, Stockholm.

IES congratulates all the teachers nominated, wherever they teach, for the contribution they are making to education in Sweden.

Video: Mr McCarthy and IES Linköping

Mr McCarthy, principal of IES Linköping, explains his vision for the school:

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