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Principal chosen for IES Länna

Principal chosen for IES Länna

A competent and experienced educator with a strong history at Internationella Engelska Skolan has now been chosen as the Principal of IES Länna.

American Ms Julie Kelly, who has been Assistant Principal at our successful school in Halmstad, has agreed to lead the brand new 4-9 school.

She will start work in January and making sure that the construction of the building and recruitment of teaching staff go smoothly will be at the top of her list of her priorities.

She said: “My name is Julie Kelly, and I am excited to join you in Länna as your principal at the International English School. What an adventure we are going to have together.

“I am an American and have spent most of my life in the United States, but I have spent six years in Sweden learning about the culture, language and lifestyle and am proud to call this country my home as well. I am delighted to return to Sweden with my husband and two young sons in January to begin work with the new school and learn more about the Länna area.”

Ms Kelly first joined IES in 2009 as an English teacher at our school in Jönköping, where she also became head of year eight.

She moved on to become Assistant Principal of our school in Halmstad when it opened in 2012, and over the next three years contributed greatly to the success of the school. In 2015 she and her family moved back to the United States of America, but now she is keen to return to Sweden and IES.

Mr Fredrik Åkerman, acting CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: ”In Ms Kelly we have found a capable leader to lead our new school in Länna. She knows the organisation inside and out and I am sure that she will be an exemplary principal, which is so important in developing a new school. She is a real asset and I am pleased that she is as keen to return to IES as we are to have her.”

IES Länna will open in August 2018. To join the queue to attend the school please click here.


Application Approved for IES Länna

Dear parents and students.

We are pleased to inform you that we have now received permission to open Internationella Engelska Skolan Lännna, as planned, in August 2018.

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) granted permission for the school on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017, reversing their previous decision.

Our landlord building the school, Turaco, continued with the construction of the new school while we waited for a decision from Skolinspektionen, meaning that the project is still running to schedule.

The next steps will include inviting you all to an information evening to learn more about the school. We are now planning this event for November, more information will be sent to you in due course. This will be followed by the recruitment of a Principal and their first administration staff at the start of 2018, with an intention to start offering places to students in spring, as the recruitment of teachers and additional staff moves forward.

We are grateful to you all for your patience and look forward to the opening of the school in August 2018.

Yours faithfully.

Jörgen Stenquist.

Vice CEO, Internationella Engelska Skolan.

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.



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This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

Clarification: IES Länna planned for grades 4-9 in 2018.

IES Länna is planned to start for grades 4-9 in August 2018.

While helping to promote our planned school in Länna, one of our partners has released information suggesting that the school will open for F-9 in 2018. To clarify, our plan is to open a 4-9 school in 2018, however we are interested in also providing education for younger students and that is why we have asked Skolinspektionen to grant us a license that would allow the school to educate students in grades F-9.

If there is enough parental interest, and if we find a suitable building, then we would consider opening up for younger years in the future.  However, for now the plan is only to run grades 4-9 in Länna.

If you would like to place your child in the queue for the school you can do so here:

Applying several years early will mean you have a better position in the queue, while also indicating to us how much interest there is among families with younger children.