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Principal Appointed To Lead Internationella Engelska Skolan Årsta

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.

Information Meeting - 24 November.

Information Meeting - 24 November.
In order to meet us in person and take part in a more detailed presentation about the school in Årsta, we extend a warm welcome to an information meeting on Thursday, 24 November, at our school in Enskede, at Lingvägen 123, 122 45 Enskede, (T-bana: Gubbängen). The presentation will be given from 18.00-19.00.
From the Principal

Come and Work With Us

Come and Work With Us

We are now recruiting the very best teachers in all subject areas. We expect you to be a true professional, with the credentials of certification – from Sweden or abroad – to prove it. We also need professionals in non-teaching areas to work with us.

If you are passionate about education, believe in our ethos of a safe and orderly environment and high academic expectations, then you are the sort of teacher we are looking for.

If you are enticed by the thought of being part of a dynamic international school environment – then this is an exciting career opportunity for you.

Send your CV to our HR department at, citing reference ARS17.

IES Plans New School in Årsta

IES Plans New School in Årsta

Internationella Engelska Skolan plans to open a new school in Årsta in August 2017.

We have been wanting to establish ourselves in Årsta for quite some time, but have not until now found a suitable building, says Ms. Barbara Bergstrom, the founder of IES.

Internationella Engelska Skolan started its first school in Stockholm in 1993. With 23 years of school experience, we proudly operate 29 highly successful middle schools throughout Sweden, as well as Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet on Södermalm. We also manage one school in the UK, which opened its doors in 2012.

Now is the time to apply. We take in students based on the date of application, which means that students will be admitted on a first come/first served basis.

We extend an invitation to parents and students to attend our information meetings.

To apply to our school in Årsta, click here.

A Proud Day As Year Nine Students Graduate

A Proud Day As Year Nine Students Graduate

 As the summer holidays approached, students in year nine at schools across Sweden prepared to bid farewell for the last time.

For those attending Internationella Engelska Skolan, the event is marked by a grand occasion, a graduation ceremony featuring distinctive caps and gowns, where the achievements of students are honoured.

As well as speeches and awards, the ceremonies also feature music and joy, as proud parents witness their children passing a milestone and moving on to new challenges.

Mr Robert Clark, Principal of IES Enskede, addresses the graduating class

At Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, the original IES school, principal Mr Robert Clark spoke to his departing year nine students.

He told them: “A few months ago I got everyone together in the hall, but there weren't so many parents here, and we sat and I said - ‘Pretty soon you are going to be wearing these gowns and you are going to be asking yourselves the questions: Am I satisfied? Am I happy? Did I do my best? Am I going where I need to be?' and you listened, you have worked incredibly hard. I would like you to put your hands together for the teachers, because they have, not just this year, but in the years before, they have worked really hard for you.

"You have done fantastically well, I have very much enjoyed your company and interacting with you, I am very proud to have been your principal during your years at this school.  There are some amazing people in this room, and I am so sure that you are going to do great things, and I will be following you with interest."

Year nine graduate Felix Persson (right), formerly of class 9E at IES Enskede, won the school’s Ambassador Award for the contribution he has made to the atmosphere in the school.

After the ceremony he said:  "It was fun, it was nice to end, but I am also bit sad leaving friends and changing schools. Now I will be changing schools, moving away from English school and wrapping up having gone to the English school for six years.

"I was surprised to win an award, I didn't count on winning anything but it does fit, I like helping people and keeping people together, talking to different people."

IES Lund, which opened three years ago celebrated the graduation of its first ever grade nine class.

Mr Per Ola Olsson, Principal of IES Lund, speaks to his graduating class

The principal, Mr Per Ola Olsson said: "We have shown excellent results in both the grades and the  national tests.  It has been a successful year and I would like to thank all the students but especially my hard-working staff, who have made this possible. I really would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all you who work at IES Lund, teachers, non-teaching staff, supervision, administration and student care, all of you who contribute so much to making this a great school."

The graduates and the assembled crowd in Lund were also addressed by their student representative (left), who said:  "I am really honoured to be the one holding the valedictorian speech of 2016. I am so excited to be standing here in front of all you people, my name is Beata Erici and we have just finished ninth grade.  Gathered here around me today I see my lovely classmates, we have worked so hard these two years and are now just looking forward to summer, and sun and the ability to use our phones again.  I can still remember those first awkward days when we all met, we were so worried about speaking English, dressing appropriately and  pronouncing Mr Neppelberg’s name correctly that we completely forgot that we were just a bunch of insecure teenagers."

After the summer a new set of grade nine students will step forward for the first time, ready to make the most of their last year with IES before it is their turn to graduate next summer.

Graduating Students Perform at IES Enskede