Anna Sörelius Nordenborg utsedd till ny VD för Internationella Engelska Skolan

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg utsedd till ny VD för Internationella Engelska Skolan

Styrelsen har utsett Anna Sörelius Nordenborg till ny vd och koncernchef för Internationella Engelska Skolan i Sverige Holdings II AB (IES eller Internationella Engelska Skolan). Hon efterträder Cecilia Marlow som arbetat som tillförordnad vd och koncernchef sedan den 21 januari 2019. Cecilia Marlow fortsätter i sin roll som styrelseledamot i IES. Anna Sörelius Nordenborg tillträder som vd senast den 14 december 2019.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg har en gedigen strategisk och operativ erfarenhet av att bygga och utveckla organisationer i snabbt växande verksamheter. Senast kommer Anna från rollen som Sverigechef för Anicura där hon varit med att utveckla verksamheten till att bli en av de största inom djursjukvård i Europa. Anna är civilingenjör från Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan och har tidigare bland annat varit ansvarig för affärsutveckling på Sandvik Mining och arbetat som konsult på McKinsey.

”Anna har givit prov på utmärkt ledarskap och resultat i tidigare roller där hon skapat en arbetsmiljö där medarbetare känner sig säkra och vet vad som förväntas. Hennes sätt att arbeta och leda samt hennes värderingar reflekterar väl precis det som IES försöker skapa för eleverna i sina skolor. Även Annas erfarenhet av att konsolidera en fragmenterad marknad är värdefull för IES fortsatta expansion i Sverige och utomlands. Vi är mycket glada att välkomna Anna som VD,” säger IES styrelseordförande Birker Bahnsen.

”Utbildning är en av våra absolut viktigaste samhällsfrågor. Det känns därför enormt stimulerande att få möjlighet att arbeta för en skola som brinner så för eleverna och är så motiverade att hjälpa alla oavsett bakgrund att göra sitt bästa. Jag är imponerad av den kultur och filosofi som IES har och ser mycket fram emot att leda denna samhällsviktiga och entreprenöriella organisation vidare”, kommenterar Anna Sörelius Nordenborg.

”Jag vill tacka tillförordnade VD Cecilia Marlow för hennes fantastiska insats under denna övergångsperiod. Under hennes ledarskap har IES utvecklats väl på alla sätt vilket ger Anna en mycket bra utgångspunkt”, tillägger Birker Bahnsen.

Pythagoras Quest victory for two IES schools

Pythagoras Quest victory for two IES schools

Mathematicians (L-R): Marc Tudosoiu, Erik Bryland and Emil Scharin

IES students won the gold and silver prizes in national mathematics contest Pythagoras Quest 2019.
While the team from IES Lund won the contest, their counterparts from IES Uppsala took second place. Both teams recorded a perfect score until the decider question, when the fastest team with the right answer won.  On the day, that meant that IES Lund went home with the win.
Erik Bryland was part of IES Lund’s team for the third time. He said: “It feels really good to win, I have competed with five different people over the years. When I participated in seventh grade, we came fifth in the regionals, when I was in eighth grade we came fifth in nationals, and this time we won.”
"I think taking part three times made me more comfortable in the competition, maybe I can think more clearly when I am there, because I am more comfortable."
Marc Tudosoiu, fresh from his victory in Spanish during Il Competition, was also part of the winning Pythagoras Quest team. He said: “A challenge like this motivates you to study further, if you only stay at the level presented in class it is hard to develop your skills. This is why it is important to join these kinds of competitions as well, to keep yourself motivated to study more.
"We were expecting to be in the top three, we didn’t know we would be first, we knew the other teams were talented as well. We had met the team from Uppsala before the competition and they were very good at maths as well, so we were expecting top three but not first place."
The popular annual maths competition focuses on students working together in groups of three.  The competition sees students compete within their school to make the school’s team before facing off against other schools in their region.  The winning 16 teams are then invited to Malmö Borgarskola to compete in the national final.
The news was welcomed by Damian Brunker, head of academics and quality at Internationella Engelska Skolan.  He said: “We are delighted and extremely proud that our students have taken first and second place again this year. Commitment, hard work and grit have delivered results."
"We'd also like to thank the teachers who have provided the quality instruction required to help our students achieve these awards."
Erik and Marc had advice for anyone hoping to take part next year.
Erik said: “Look at old problems, there are a bunch of different contests in different parts of the world.”
Marc agreed: “We practiced on Fridays with past tests. Do many old tests, this competition links past tests on their website, it is always good to take a peek at them to know what it is about so you are more prepared."

Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Singing in Spanish helped Emilia Söderlund (above, centre, with her teacher Mr Vary and her mother) from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg to win a language and music competition for IES schools.

Each year schools compete in a Eurovision-inspired contest, which sees students sing in languages other than English or Swedish.

This year 13 schools took part in the competition at IES Sundsvall – who hosted because they won the competition last year, in true Eurovision style.

Those competing sang in French, German and Spanish, in front of hundreds of students, and a jury made up of language and music teachers, at Tonhallen in Sundsvall.

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Video of the winner's reprise: Emilia Söderlund from IES Johanneberg

After a tense judging process considered the linguistic and musical talents of the very strong entries this year, Mr Brisson, principal of IES Sundsvall, announced the results.
While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna (left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund (below, right) came third.

Other schools who made the journey to Sundsvall to take part in this year’s contest included IES Bromma, Huddinge, Kista, Landskrona, Liljeholmen, Tyresö, Täby, Västerås and Årsta.

After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”

After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.

"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.

"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.

"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”

Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."

Winning turn: Emilia performing in front of judges

Teknikåttan finals beckon for two IES schools

Teknikåttan finals beckon for two IES schools

Pictured above (L-R) Josef Kulberg, Beatrice Abelsson, Kasper Walan and Elin Edebali, finalists from IES Karlstad

Students from two Internationella Engelska Skolan schools have earned themselves a place in the final of a prestigious science, mathematics and technology contest.

When the national finals of Teknikåttan are held, later this month, both IES Gävle and IES Karlstad will be among the 13 schools hoping to win first place, having triumphed at their regional finals.

Eighth grade classes throughout Sweden had the chance to enter Teknikåtten during the qualification round.  Those who reached the regional finals at universities throughout Sweden then competed in construction, coding with chess pieces and cards, and a quiz, all for the chance of winning a place in the national final at the University of Lund on Thursday, 23 May.

Beatrice Abelsson from class 8C at IES Karlstad was one of the students who lifted the regional prize following the competition at the University of Karlstad.  She said: “The challenge I took part in was placing chess pieces on a board and conveying where they would stand by using playing cards. We wanted as many points as we could get, so we only used one suit, hearts. It was hard finding combinations and solutions of how we would place every piece.

“When we first started it was pretty hard but were kept going and trying, at the end when we were going to do it the final time we were confident that we could get the bonus points by doing it with just one suit.

“I think we are all pretty nervous about the national final, but we are working hard and we think we can do it. I know there is a team from IES Gävle in the final too, so I hope that either we win, or they win.”

Her classmate Oscar Petersson (pictured, right, with Hannah Stagen-Enwall and Marcus Bülund) was involved in construction challenges.

He said:  “We had to make the tallest possible tower with paper in a short amount of time.  Then, for the second challenge, we had to build a timer. We were supposed to flip a can of soda over after five minutes, we used water as the motor of the machine to measure how much time passed.

“During the test run we hit five minutes exactly, but in the end we were 40 seconds out, but we are still not sure why.

“I don’t know the other classes that are participating in the national final, but I hope we will place in the top three.”

Meanwhile class 8A from IES Gävle won their regional final at Högskolan Dalarna, also earning themselves a place in the national final.

Yanina Rydbäck and Ladouce Bigina were part of the winning team and are now preparing to make their way down to Lund for the final.


Yanina (pictured, left, with Cormac Brown, centre and Natan Stenlund, right) said: “I am very excited, kind of nervous, but it is a happy kind of nervous. I am interested in subjects around technology and science, I wanted to try hard and see how we would do, and it went well so far.”

Yanina took part in the quiz section of the competition.  She said: “There were a lot of questions about space or diseases and the questions that are hot in science right now.  I found the timeline for homosapiens hardest, we had to put historical things in the right order.  We got five out of six.”

Ladouce added: “I wanted to take part in the contest because it sounded like a fun thing to do, and it was a once in a lifetime thing.

“I was really shocked when we won, because I didn’t think that we would come so far.  Now I think we have a good chance of winning the national final because if we managed to win the first competition, nothing can stop us now.”

New schools announced in Vallentuna and Kungsbacka

New schools announced in Vallentuna and Kungsbacka

(Above: An architectural visualisation of IES Vallentuna.)

Internationella Engelska Skolan today announced that it will open two new schools. IES Kungsbacka and IES Vallentuna will bring the total number of IES schools in Sweden to 39.

Interest lists for both schools are open now and parents can apply for a place for their child:

Cecilia Marlow, Interim CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan comments: “Together with Nystad, we are happy to be part of these municipalities’ investments in more schools and quality education for all students, regardless of background. Many parents in Vallentuna and Kungsbacka have been requesting an IES school and it is therefore gratifying that we will now be able to offer these students a really good education in a safe and peaceful learning environment.”

IES Vallentuna is planned as a school for 380 children from grade six to grade nine, which will open in August 2020.  It is anticipated that the school will open with grades 6-8 during the first year of operation, becoming a 6-9 school the following year. We will also explore the possibility of adding years F-5 in the future.

An architectural visualisation of IES Kungbacka

IES Kungsbacka is planned as a school for 900 children from förskoleklass to grade nine, which will open in August 2021.  It is anticipated that the school will open with grades F-8 during the first year of operation, becoming a full F-9 school the following year.

Both schools will follow the IES Ethos, offering students a safe and calm learning environment, in a bilingual school which will help them to command both the English and Swedish languages, and where they can grow to meet their full academic potential.

Once all the requirements to open a school are in place, including permission from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate, Skolinspetionen,  these two interest lists will be converted into an official queue, and the date that families registered will become their queue date.

The queues for our schools operate on a first come, first-served basis, and those who apply sooner are more likely to be offered a place. It is likely that the intake process will happen in the spring before the school opens.