"As a native English speaker, the opportunity to be able to teach something I am passionate about in my own language is wonderful." Emma Eyre, bildlärare
Do all your teachers speak Swedish?
When teachers come from an English speaking country, they do not necessarily speak Swedish immediately upon arrival. It is school policy to support our non-Swedish teachers to learn Swedish.
Information to the parents is given in both English and Swedish. If parents at development talks have a mentor who does not speak Swedish and the parent prefers to speak Swedish, just contact the school in advance and we will make sure that a Swedish speaker is present at the meeting.
Are all your teachers certified?
All our teachers are well qualified but we also strive to have all of our teachers certified. We participate in Teacher Recruitment Fairs, each spring, in England, Canada and the US. These fairs attract native English teachers from English-speaking countries from around the globe. Most of our teachers have certification from their home countries and not necessarily from Sweden.
Our Swedish teachers are certified in Sweden.
Are siblings of IES students given queue priority?
Yes. If you have a brother or sister currently enrolled in our school, we are allowed to give you an advanced placement on the waiting list.
Do you take in students with special needs?
Yes, our school is open to everyone. We do expect our prospective parents to let us know if their child has required special assistance previously or needs help in any way. Concerns regarding learning abilities/ disabilities, health, or nutrition should be brought to our immediate attention. School relevant information is a prerequisite to mutual understanding and academic success.
What is my child’s queue status?
Your child’s queue position is held by the date you entered them into our queue. The only thing that can affect this position is sibling priority. We adhere to a policy that does not permit us to release queue positions.
Can I apply for the queue of several IES locations at one time?
You may apply for the queue of more than one IES location, however, you will need to apply separately to each school.
Where do students in your school come from? Does everyone speak English from the start?
Our students come from many different places. Some are native English speakers but most are of Swedish origin and have attended the compulsory Swedish school system.
How much of the curriculum is taught in English?
Students are taught 50% of their subjects in English.
How does the admission process work?
We request that you fill in our application form, preferably online: Student Applications. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the school. Once the application form is received, it will be dated and you will be assigned a place in line. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis with one exception. If you have a brother or sister already in our school, we are allowed to give you an advanced placement on the waiting list.
A letter or e-mail confirming that we are able to offer you a place is mailed home during the early spring. When we have received your acceptance, we will send you an invitation to attend our Introductory Day to help us get better acquainted.
Does it cost anything to attend your school?
No, it does not cost anything to attend our schools. There are no tuition fees. Funding comes from the “skolpeng” or school subsidy, allocated to schools that are approved by “Skolverket” the Swedish National Agency for Education.
Is it necessary for my child to know English well when starting at your school?
No. Knowing English well is not a prerequisite for starting in our schools. Most of our students have attended Swedish schools before coming to us and have acquired a basic foundation in English.
Our experienced teachers are familiar with teaching English to students at various levels. Students in grade 4 are introduced to learning in English by having a more gradual language immersion.
In the unlikely event that I wish to make a complaint, how can I do this?
As we work together to create the right school environment in the best interests of our students, it is essential that there is a close and trusting relationship between each school and its parents. Where there is a complaint which the mentor teacher or Head of Year is unable to resolve, the next step is for the Assistant Principal or Principal to look into the matter. If a satisfactory solution cannot be reached within the school, complaints should then be addressed to the “Huvudman” - the organization behind the school - which is Internationella Engelska Skolan I Sverige AB. These complaints can be referred to our Academic Manager, Mr. Damian Brunker via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to: Mr. Damian Brunker, Internationella Engelska Skolan, Huvudkontoret, Nytorpsvägen 5A, 183 71 Täby. Any complaints will be investigated in a factual and objective manner after hearing from the school, parents and students involved.