An experienced Australian educator has been chosen to lead Internationella Engelska Skolan’s new school in Årsta, Stockholm.
Mr Julian Dent has worked at Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässelby for more than five years since the school opened in 2011, and during that time has held positions including Academic Manager and head of department for English.
Based on his performance at the school he was selected for an in-house management training course where he impressed senior managers as he increased his skills in school leadership. Now he has accepted the role as Principal of IES Årsta, and will take on his new role in January 2017, ahead of the school opening in August of that year.
He said: “I am honoured to be the founding Principal of IES Årsta.
“IES Årsta will be a school which upholds the IES ethos through high quality teaching and respect for all students to learn and grow in all aspects of their school life; a school where learning is celebrated; a school where high academic expectations will be achieved in an environment of bilingualism and ‘tough love’.
“I am looking forward to welcoming teachers, students and parents in August 2017 to start this journey together.”
Mr Dent earned his teaching qualifications in Australia, where he worked as an English and humanities teacher in the capital, Canberra, before moving to Sweden in 2011.
He is a keen orienteer, and has been the highest ranked male competitor in Australia from 2007-2016. He has represented Australia in the world orienteering championships every year since 2002.
Welcoming Mr Dent to his new role, Ralph Riber, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan said: “Mr Dent has proven himself as an educator and team-player who fully lives up to the IES ethos during his time at IES Hässelby. His impeccable track record makes him an excellent candidate to be a Principal and I look forward to continuing to work with him in that new role. It is always positive for us when we are able to identify existing IES colleagues who are ready to take on the role as Principal. There is great value in a new school having a leader who is fully versed in our culture and what we stand for: providing a safe and calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn, command of the English language, and high academic expectations.
“His first task as Principal will be absolutely key to the success of the school, as he builds a strong international team around him, bringing the best teachers from the English-speaking world as well as excellent teachers from Sweden.”
Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “I am pleased to welcome Mr Dent to his role as Principal. He is certainly a competent and energetic young man.”
Mr Dent will be attending an information evening about the school which is being held at Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, at Lingvägen 123, 122 45 Enskede, (T-bana: Gubbängen) on Thursday, November 24. The presentation will be given from 18.00-19.00.
Internationella Engelska Skolan Årsta will be a 4-9 school and will open in August 2017. The queue is open now and parents are welcome to apply for a place for their children on a first-come, first-served basis.