IES to open new school in Luleå

IES to open new school in Luleå

Join the queue for IES Luleå here.

Families can now choose Internationella Engelska Skolan in Luleå for their children, as a new school will open in August 2019.

Once it is fully up and running the planned school for students from Luleå and the surrounding area will have space for 18 classes, in grades 4-9, meaning around 540 students.

Initially the school will open with 10 classes and around 300 students. The number of classes in each year-group to open during the school’s first year will be decided based on where the interest in the queue is strongest.

Annette Brodin Rampe, IES’s CEO, said: “We are delighted and humbled by the trust the Municipality of Luleå has shown IES. We’re looking forward to being an integrated part of Luleå’s endeavor to remain an attractive and growing university town.

“Over 25 years of providing outstanding education IES has grown to run 34 schools from Umeå to Lund. We are well known for helping students learn to command the English language and meet high academic expectations, in a safe and calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn.

“We have been in dialogue with the municipality for some time, as they and the business community wanted to bring IES to Luleå. We will work closely with them and create a school which allows families to choose an alternative which complements the existing schools in the town well.”

Now a 20 year contact has been signed with landlords Dios. Pending the building approval process, work will begin as soon as possible to transform the building, in a wonderful location in Södra Hamn, into a first class, modern school, with everything required to offer students the ideal learning environment.

Interested families are already able to place themselves in the queue for the school by visiting and filling out the form.  Students for each year-group will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families will be given the chance to learn more about the school and ask questions at an information evening which will be held at Kulturens Hus in Luleå on Thursday, 29 November, from 6pm until 7pm.

Internationella Engelska Skolan will also open two new schools in 2018, in Länna and Sundbyberg, and has previously announced plans for Skellefteå, also in 2019.

To read more about what Internationella Engelska Skolan offers its students visit

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.

"We know the level of interest in our school is high and soon we hope to sign a contract about the school building once we have made a formal decision to open a new school in Skellefteå.  We look forward to driving this project forward and hope to open a new school which will provide a fantastic alternative for hundreds of students in Västerbotten while at the same time complimenting the schools run by the local municipalities."

More information will come in due course, but in the meantime families are now able to express interest in a place at the school using the link below.

Please Note: We are not able to guarantee that the school will open until we secure all necessary permissions. As such, at this point applications are currently to express interest in the school, rather than to officially join a queue.

We will only be able to officially open the queue once plans and permits are in place and the school's status is assured. Once all of these steps are in place the expressions of interest which will be converted into queue places, with the date of application honoured and student places allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

To express your interest for a place or places in the school click here and fill in the form -

Independent review carried out by Friskolornas Riksförbund

The association of Swedish Free Schools, Friskolornas Riksförbund, has commissioned auditors Deloitte to carry out an independent review of 20 municipalities, in order to determine the extent to which funding principles are applied consistently.

The review has revealed differences in the way municipalities interpret the rules under which they must operate, leading to different models for resource allocation and for decisions about the school voucher level.

Municipalities also lack processes to follow up when there is a funding deficit and do not set accounting or auditing requirements when it comes to municipal school activities.

The result is that that free schools are not treated according to the principle of equality in welfare, and there is a high risk that free schools do not receive the same level of funding as municipal schools. The report is available on the Friskolornas Riksförbund website,


Sweden Needs More Teachers - IES Can Help

Sweden Needs More Teachers - IES Can Help

Damian Brunker, speaking, second from right, at Almedalen

One of the most important education questions under discussion at Almedalen 2018 has been how Sweden will find the 77,000 extra teachers which are needed.

The lack of teachers across the country was the focus of a seminar organised by Friskolornas Riksförbund, where Damian Brunker, head of academics for Internationella Engelska Skolan joined other key figures including:

  • Petter Hallman, AcadeMedia.
  • Fredrik Lindgren, Kunskapsskolan.
  • Mikael Svensson, Moderaterna.
  • Svante Tideman, Lärarnas Riksförbund.
  • Per-Arne Andersson, Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting.

At the moment there are 8,000 teachers who qualify from teacher training in Sweden per annum, but twice the number are required each year to meet the need for teachers in Sweden.

Digital solutions were discussed to save time for teachers, and share resources between schools, as well as the definite need to encourage more people into teaching in Sweden.

Mr Brunker spoke to the seminar about how Internationella Engelska Skolan can be a key part of the solution, as it brings hundreds of well qualified teachers to Sweden every year, mostly from English speaking countries.

He said: “We rely on international, English-speaking teachers to deliver our calm environment, that’s important for us, obviously we stand for bilingualism and command of the English language.

“The teachers we recruit have very strong didactic training in terms of classroom management, having strong relationships with the students, being the commander in the classroom, how to structure a lesson, understanding how to maximise those 60 minutes they have with the students in the classroom.

“There are 8000 international schools worldwide and an entire market of teachers fuelling those schools.

“It is a possible solution for the current crisis in Sweden with the shortage of teachers, and they are fantastic, well-trained teachers. On the point of integration, there is something magical about the students coming to our schools, we have a very high percent with a foreign background, 38 per cent. For these students, especially in areas like Skärholmen where 80 per cent have a foreign background, for them to come to school and be met by our diverse teaching body from all over the world is a very important part of our integration policy.

“Look out across the sea there are thousands of educators there who could be contributing positively to the lives of children in this country.”

The event at Almedalen followed hot on the heals of a recent seminar in Stockholm where Mr Brunker, IES's CEO Annette Brodin Rampe and Pascal Brisson, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall, joined counterparts and colleagues from Academedia, Kunskapsskolan, SKL and Svenskt Näringsliv for a seminar about success in school leadership.

The fully-booked event saw a large number of principals attend to share best practice and learn from one another.

A key topic for discussion was the need for schools to recruit far more staff than exist today, and how positive school leadership and digital tools can play their part in solving the needs of schools going forward.

Internationella Engelska Skolan is committed to being an important part of the solution for the teacher crisis, and working closely with others from both the municipal and free school sectors to drive forward high-quality teaching in Sweden.

Start of Term 2018-2019

Start of Term 2018-2019

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2018-19 on:

  • Borås - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Bromma - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Falun - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 - more information is posted on SchoolSoft
  • Gävle - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Halmstad - Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Helsingborg - Tuesday, 14 August, 2018
  • Huddinge - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Hässelby Strand - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Hässleholm - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
  • Johanneberg - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Järfälla - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Jönköping - Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Kista - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Krokslätt - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Landskrona - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Liljeholmen - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Linköping - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Lund - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Länna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Sundbyberg - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Södertälje - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Tyresö - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Täby - Tuesday, 21  August, 2018
  • Umeå - Friday, 17 August, 2018
  • Uppsala - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Västerås - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Älvsjö - Friday, 17 August,2018 for new students and Monday, 20 August, 2018 for returning students.
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 for grade 4 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 for all other grades.
  • Örebro - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, August 15, 2018