Barbara Bergström honoured with medal

Barbara Bergström honoured with medal

Pictured: The founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Barbara Bergström, received the Royal Patriotic Society's medal and diploma for "Education and Formation", at a solemn gathering in Stockholm on 16 September. The award was presented by the society's chairman Erik Norberg, pictured here with Barbara Bergström.

Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet recognised the contribution that Barbara Bergström has made to Swedish education during a ceremony in Stockholm

During a ceremony on 16 September Barbara Bergström, founder of IES, was presented with the Fostrargärningsmedalj from Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet (Swedish Royal Patriotic Society Medal for Education and Formation). This was announced in June.

During the ceremony Mrs Bergström gave a speech in Swedish about what “Fostran” means, which you can read here.


Four new IES schools have now opened

Four new IES schools have now opened

This August more than two thousand new students started learning with Internationella Engelska Skolan in Kungsbacka, Sigtuna (pictured above), Solna and Värmdö.

Internationella Engelska Skolan opened four new schools in August 2021, bringing the total number of IES schools to 43, from Skellefteå in the north to Lund in the south.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg, CEO of IES, said: “Many families and students want to attend an IES school, we are therefore happy to give this possibility to an additional 2 000 students from all backgrounds this year. The municipalities have been very welcoming and happy we are supporting them in educating the next generation. We are proud and honoured that families make an active choice and choose us to educate their children."

Principal Douglas McPherson at the opening of IES Kungsbacka

Excited students and staff gathered for opening ceremonies, and Anna Sörelius Nordenborg cut the ribbon and planted traditional apple trees together with the principals and public officials.

Principal Suzanne Gavin at the opening of IES Solna

Speaking at the opening ceremony for IES Solna, she said: “As impressive as these new and newly renovated buildings are, they are not what makes an IES school.  An IES school is one where students and teachers work together, with high academic expectations for every child, learning in both Swedish and English in a safe and orderly school environment.  The experienced principals of these four schools know exactly how to work with their teams to create this learning environment.”

Three of the newly-opened schools, in Kungsbacka, Sigtuna and Värmdö, offer education from förskoleklass to grade nine, while IES Solna is open for students from grade four to grade nine.  

At IES Sigtuna, while teaching has already started, the official celebration of the school’s opening will be held in September.

Next year, in August 2022, IES plans to open three new schools for students from förskoleklass until year nine, and families can already place their children in the queue for these new schools planned for Staffanstorp, Trelleborg and Växjö.

Principal Maria Segerstedt at the newly opened IES Värmdö

Skolinspektionen godkänner förändringen av ägarstrukturen i Internationella Engelska Skolan i Sverige AB

Skolinspektionen godkänner förändringen av ägarstrukturen i Internationella Engelska Skolan i Sverige AB

Skolinspektionen har idag meddelat att de slutfört sin ägar- och ledningsprövning och godkänner förändringen i Internationella Engelska Skolans (IES) ägarstruktur där Paradigm Capital AG via två investeringsfonder är ny huvudägare tillsammans med IES grundares stiftelse för välgörande ändamål, The Hans and Barbara Bergstrom Foundation. Tillsammans äger de 75 procent av rösterna i IES. 

Internationella Engelska Skolans styrelseordförande Carola Lemne kommenterar. ”Vi är nöjda att denna prövning nu är slutförd så att alla även fortsättningsvis kan vara trygga att IES inte bara driver några av landets bästa skolor utan också har långsiktiga och trovärdiga ägare. Dessvärre har prövningen på grund av covid-19 tagit betydligt längre tid än någon önskat. Det finns ett stort behov att stärka svenska elevers kunskaper och vi ser fram emot att bidra genom att möjliggöra för fler elever att gå i en IES-skola.”

Övriga ägare i IES är passiva ägare och ingen har mer än 10 procent av rösterna och därmed inget bestämmande inflytande över IES. En lista över de största ägarna finns tillgänglig här.

Young IES entrepreneur wows judges with app

Young IES entrepreneur wows judges with app

An IES Jönköping student won an entrepreneurship contest with an app to help A-tractor drivers stay safe, now she is hoping to bring it to app stores.
Märit Lundberg graduated from grade nine at IES Jönköping this August. In her spare time she has also been working on a problem that plagues young drivers - GPS apps don’t cater for vehicles they can use, namely A tractors or in some cases the older EPA tractors.

The car-like vehicles can only travel at a limited speed and as such are not allowed on motorways, something that other GPS solutions do not take account of.

In the tradition of entrepreneurs and inventors throughout the ages, Märit recognised that the problem also presents an opportunity.  She pitched her idea to the Science Park competition for business development, and won twice over.

Märit said: “I was really very surprised, I didn't know that it could go so well in the competition, so I first won in my municipality and then in the whole län (region).

“I didn't tell my family when I entered the contest, so I think they were pretty surprised that I won the 1,000 SEK gift card, then they were so happy and proud when I won the 10,000 SEK, which can only be used for developing the app.”

Märit’s audience is drivers between 15 and 18, who have an AM license which enables them to drive vehicles including the EPA tractor or A tractor.

She said:  “You will be able to put in the maximum speed of the vehicle so the app will calculate how long it will take from A to B, show where the nearest place is to let someone overtake you, and display the safest route.

 “I am developing it now and we will see how long it will take. I want it to be available for every phone so I can help as many young drivers as possible.”

While dreaming up the app in her spare time Märit also completed her compulsory education at IES Jönköping.  She said: “I did well in all the national tests and I am very pleased with my grades. I’m going to go to Brinellgymnasiet in Nässjö to study the technical programme (teknik).”

Congratulations to Märit and good luck for the future and your app.

IES Kista students’ science collaboration spans six countries

IES Kista students’ science collaboration spans six countries

An ambitious international science and technology project inspired students from around Europe to work together and take their learning to the next level.

Schools from five European countries joined Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista as part of the STEAM Embassies project. Teachers and children from Turkey, Ireland, Romania, Latvia and Italy, all visited IES Kista as part of the several-year project promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

The schools collaborated to share their technology curriculum and the students all learned together.

Charlotte Dunnell (pictured, in green), a 6th grader from IES Kista, said: "I liked the STEAM club because it was fun being able to try new things and to learn about science, technology and maths in a different way. I particularly enjoyed the parachute project and building the roller coaster. It was fun working with my friends in the club."

Now the teachers who took part in the project have published a book of lesson plans to share their learning with other educators:

While the Ebook is in English the lesson plans are available in five other languages as well, including Swedish.

Ms Urmimala Banerjee, head of science at IES Kista said: "This project made us more open minded, culturally aware across borders while sharing good practices. We all grew professionally and academically, gained knowledge about Steam using digital skills and hope it will reduce the Stem skill gap in the European continent in future".