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New schools in Länna and Sundbyberg officially opened

New schools in Länna and Sundbyberg officially opened

Nearly 600 students lined up behind their mentor teachers and marched proudly into their classroom as Internationella Engelska Skolan opened two new 4-9 schools in the autumn of 2018.

IES Sundbyberg opened as part of an ambitious new urban development which will see the Valla Park area reinvigorated, while IES Länna is a brand new, custom-designed and built school on a road which has only just been opened.

Both schools have been opened in cooperation with their home municipality, working together with Internationella Engelska Skolan to provide high-quality education to students in areas where there is a need for more schools going forward.

Before planting the traditional apple tree and cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open Internationella Engelska Skolan Länna, principal Ms Julie Kelly (pictured, above and right) told the assembled students: “Today I am so happy and excited to be standing in front of these beautiful buildings that have now become our school and our new home.

"What’s even more exciting for me today is you. You, along with all your phenomenal teachers here at IES Länna, are going to make this into the school that we have all dreamed about.

“When you walk in through these doors today you will not just be an IES Länna student, you are joining the IES family. Welcome home."

Two days later at the opening of Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundbyberg, principal Ms Sofia Kinberg (left) spoke to a gathering of students, parents and staff.

She said: “There are a lot of new things ahead of us. Apart from our school, at the same time, IES celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  Mrs Bergström started the first school in 1993 and today we are opening our 36th school here in Sundbyberg.

"My goal is, when we stand here in June at our graduation day and look back at this day, that we are proud, that we feel we have grown and developed together, and we say 'yes, we did it’. 

"I look forward to working with you, students and parents.  For 25 years IES has delivered quality and from today you will be the next ambassadors to pass that responsibility forward.  Students, teachers, staff, I know that you will be outstanding.”

Internationella Engelska Skolan has opened 27 new schools around Sweden in the past ten years, and is committed to expanding in the future, helping municipalities around Sweden to meet the great need for new school places.

At the opening of IES Länna Ms Annette Brodin Rampe, Chief Executive Officer of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “This year we are opening two new schools in IES, one here in Länna and one in Sundbyberg. That means that this year we are more students than ever in the IES family; there will be more than 25,000 students in Internationella Engelska Skolan.

“Thank-you all of you that have chosen to come here and have chosen our school, I think one of the reasons why you chose our school is that year after year we deliver much better results than any other school and our students are succeeding with their work at school. The reason why we can do that is we focus on having a safe and calm environment in our schools.”

Ms Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan (right, with two students planting an apple tree) also addressed the crowds at both events.

She said: “I feel secure that each and every student is in the best of hands, and I am grateful to you the parents who are giving us the trust that the most precious things in your lives, the wellbeing of your sons and daughters, you are giving that to us, I am deeply grateful for that trust.”

From the Principal

A Grand Opening

A Grand Opening

What an amazing day! With over 400 students and many excited and supportive parents, staff, and special guests, IES Länna officially opened its doors for the first time. Among those in attendance were Ms. Annette Brodin Rampe, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan; Ms. Barbara Bergström, founder of IES; and Oliver Sääv, former Idol participant and IES Jönköping graduate. After a short ceremony, students proudly walked through the doors and began their new and exciting journey. Welcome, IES Länna students! We are so proud to welcome you into our family!

From the Principal

A Message from Mrs. Kelly

A Message from Mrs. Kelly

Dear parents and guardians,

Thank you for a wonderful first week! It has been an honor to spend time with your child(ren) this week, and I have had a great time playing football with them and seeing them in the classrooms and the lunchroom. What an amazing group of students we have here!

Each week, you will receive an email from myself or one of my colleagues with updates. We hope that this helps you "stay in the loop" and get information about important happenings. As always, please call or email me if you have any further questions or concerns.

The speed limit will be lowered to 40 km/hour on Gamla Nynäsvägen, and to 30 km/hour in front of the school building. The signs will be put up soon. Thank you for your concern!

Important Dates
Remember that we have a study day on Monday, September 10. Development talks will be on September 11 and 13 and will be scheduled in that afternoon/evening. Your child's mentor will contact you next week regarding a day and time.

Subjects Offered for 2018/19 School Year
We have recruited phenomenal teachers from all over the world for our start in Länna! For this school year, however,some of our teachers are teaching more than one subject and are unable to teach all year groups. Music, home economics, and craft are some of these subjects that are not offered in all year groups for this academic year. We have a plan for how to increase those hours in the future!

Schedules should now be correct in SchoolSoft! Please use this as your reference.

Extra Class
Extra class will begin next week and will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students may stay after school and get extra help, do homework, or have a challenge from their teacher in a certain subject. There is no need to register or pay for this. Extra Class schedule will be posted on Monday morning on SchoolSoft.

From the Principal

... And we're in!

... And we're in!

It's official--we are "på plats" now in our beautiful school buildings! We celebrated the building crew's last day of work at IES Länna with delicious cakes and we welcomed two new staff members to the team: Ms. Unander-Scharin, our administrator, and Mr. Webb, our vaktmästare. The three of us are diligently working on-site each day to prepare of the school start on Monday, August 20.

Check out some of our latest photos (courtesy of Jonathan Howell at IES HQ), and please contact us at if you have any questions before school starts!

Best wishes from IES Länna,

Julie Kelly, Principal


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Graduation for year nine students

Graduation for year nine students

More than 3,300 tassels passed from right to left and thousands of bright blue mortarboards were sent spinning through the air as students from IES schools throughout Sweden graduated from year nine.

The graduation ceremony is a right of passage for students at Internationella Engelska Skolan to mark their achievements over several vital years of education.

The details of the ceremony can vary from school to school; do they sing both Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer and Du Gamla Du Fria? Do they throw their hats? How many student performances are there? What percentage of the teachers feel a lump in their throat and a tear in their eye?

What is the same, at every IES school, is the celebration of the achievements of the students, where each student will receive a certificate marking the years of hard work they have put in.

High-achieving students are recognised for the best performance in a subject or for the leadership and citizenship that they have shown. 

At IES Skärholmen, Principal Alexandra Ohlén, said: “All of our year nines have the grades they need to get into gymnasium.  Every single one of you has done this.  You have pushed yourself to the limit and you have also helped each other when it was feeling a bit rough.  Right now some of you might be sitting here feeling ‘I don’t know if I deserve this.’ Well, that’s not true.  Some of you are sitting here thinking ‘I kind of deserve it but it is mostly thanks to my teachers’ and of course there is some truth of that, we have excellent teachers, but still mostly this is thanks to you and your efforts, and also because of your families.  I know you are all teenagers and maybe your families are not the ones who you are in love with all the time, but today they deserve your hugs.”

Congratulations: Ms Ohlén handing out certificates to her graduating year nine students.

The three students from the school with the best results were awarded the right to give a valedictorian’s speech. Together they chose the topic of success to tie their speeches together.

The first of them, Tova Willborg, 9A, said:  “Success, in Swedish the word success translates to framgång, and if you translate that back to English it means walking forward. success is just that, walking forward, no matter the direction. I consider all of us to be successful, moving forward is what we all have done and are about to do again.”

Following her, Ali Talib, 9C, said: “I will talk about success and how I perceive success.  I don’t think that money and grades are so important, because they won’t help you, they won’t save you from difficult situations without knowledge.  Knowledge is important, we need to learn. The most important is experience.”

The third valedictorian My Danvind, 9D, added: “There are three steps to making a society truly successful, the first step we can and should make is tolerance and respect  Tolerance of religions other than your own, of cultures other than your own, ethnicities that you perhaps didn’t even know existed.

“One good example of this is pride.  People might argue that it is unnecessary and why isn’t there a straight pride? Well, that is simply because pride was born for a need for basic human rights, which straight people have always possessed. LBTQ+ people still don’t have them in many countries today.”

As this year’s grade nine students across Sweden move on to fresh challenges, with the best wishes of the staff at their schools, year eight will now step up and seize the chance to find their own success in their last year of compulsory education.