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New administrator in Helsingborg

IES Helsingborg has a new staff member. Her name is Ms. Affenita and you will find her in the reception where she is working with administrative tasks as well as greeting and meeting all visitors and lending a helping hand to the staff, students and parents. She will also start working on our website so we can share with you all the activities going on in our school. Welcome Ms. Affenita! smiley

New rules for joining the queue

New rules for joining the queue

Nya köregler från 1 januari 2018

Internationella Engelska skolan har sedan en tid tillbaka uppmärksammat problem i sin interna kö. Köerna till vissa av våra skolor är idag så långa att barn som föds sent på året riskerar att inte ha någon chans till en plats i skolan även om de ställer sig i kö redan den första levnadsdagen.

Internationella Engelska skolan ser det som ett problem ur rättvisesynpunkt att barn missgynnas genom det faktum att de föds sent på året.

För att komma till rätta med detta problem inför därför Internationella Engelska skolan en begränsning gällande möjligheten att ställa sig i kö till våra skolor.

Från och med den 1 januari 2018 är det inte längre möjligt att ställa ett barn i kö till våra skolor under det kalenderår då barnet föds. I klartext innebär detta att barn som föds under 2018 inte kan ställa sig i kö till IES förrän under 2019. Kön för barn födda 2018 öppnar den 1 februari 2019.

För vidare information kring dessa nya regler hänvisas till respektive skola som hanterar sin egen kö.

New admission policy from January 1 2018

Internationella Engelska skolan has noticed an issue which has begun to affect our internal queuing system. The queues to our schools can be so long that a child born late in the year has no chance of receiving a place even if its parents register in the queue on the day the child is born.

Internationella Engelska skolan recognizes that this causes a problem from an equality perspective, as children born late in the year don´t have the same chance of obtaining a place in one of our schools.

In order to address this, Internationella Engelska skolan has decided to change the method of registering in the queue.

From January 1, 2018 it will no longer be possible to register in the queue the same calendar year that a child is born. This means that children born 2018 will not be able to register in the queue until 2019. The queue will be open from February 1, 2019 for children born during 2018.

For further information regarding these new rules, please contact the specific school you hope to register for.

 

Four New Schools Open in 2017

Four New Schools Open in 2017

For the first time Internationella Engelska Skolan has opened four new schools in one year - with Landskrona, Helsingborg, Södertälje and Årsta bringing the total number of IES schools in Sweden to 34. 

The new schools will grow over several years but are already educating 1,600 students, bringing the total number of students currently learning with IES to 24,000.

The organisation also held its largest ever event for staff as more than 700 newly-employed colleagues gathered together in one place, at KTH’s Aula Medica, to learn more about the company.

IES Landskrona is the first ever brand-new school that the organisation has opened, after a project in partnership with landlord Hemsö and Landskrona municipality saw the construction of a custom-designed school, next to the municipality's new sports hall, in the up-and-coming area of Borstahusen.

This is also the first time that IES has opened an F-9 school, welcoming seven-year-olds who will learn with IES all the way through until they are ready for gymnasiet.

Mr. Fredrik Alvarsson (pictured above, left, with IES Landskrona Principal Mr. Chris Nilsson and the captains of all four houses) , who is in charge of development for the project’s landlords, Hemsö, spoke in front of students in Landskrona as he donated 10,000 SEK for them to choose recreation facilities for their student lounge.

He said: “We have planned and built this school over the past three years, to create the best possible environment for you, so that you can learn as much as possible every day and become the best students that you can by the time you graduate from grade nine.

"We also wanted to give some money to you, and we will hold a contest for your houses. The house that wins the contest will decide what the money will be spent on."

While the school in Landskrona represents two important firsts, it is only one of several schools which is opening this year, and each of them is the focus of the excitement of the staff and students attending.

Speaking at the opening in Helsingborg, a new 4-9 school in a refurbished building with certified historical significance, the founder and vice chairman of IES, Ms. Barbara Bergström, said.  “For me it is an incredible honour to stand here this morning and welcome you to Internationella Engelska Skolan in Helsingborg. I address you with a huge amount of humility, I understand that you as the parents are entrusting us with that which is most special in your lives, your children, our students.  It is a tremendous honour for all of us.  Mr. Andersson and his staff with their enthusiasm, their dedication, their passion for learning, will take this honour extremely seriously.  The school is not anything without you, our students, and their parents.  We treasure the confidence that you have given us this morning and for the years to come.”

Each new school commemorated its opening according to IES tradition, by planting an apple tree, and cutting a ribbon to mark the school open.

At the first of the four opening ceremonies, for a new 4-9 school in Årsta, the principal, Mr. Julian Dent, said: "It is my honour to stand in front of you and open the 31st IES school in Sweden.  The team has worked extremely hard to get this done and welcome you here today. We are very excited to have all the students here finally.

"Almost a quarter of a century ago a few kilometres away in Enskede, Ms. Bergström started the first IES school and from there, dare I say, we have revolutionised Swedish education.  We invite you students here to command the English language.  We want to prepare you to go out there in the world. That is why we have teachers from 11 different countries, teaching students here at this school."

At the opening of the school in Södertälje, also for years 4-9, the principal, Mr. Johan Öhman, said: "When I was hired as principal of this school, in my first interview I said ‘As always with IES the expectation is set to a high standard. The expectation of continually high standards gives us great inspiration to provide all students with a first-class education.'  That is why I took this job, it is a choice of education to achieve excellence.  Students, I believe in you all, each and every one of you can achieve beyond your own expectations, and believe me, when you do, it’s not only fun, it creates strength, you will be self-aware, and self-confident.”

Meet The Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg

Parents attending an information meeting about Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg can meet the experienced and well-qualified principal who will lead the new school.

In August 2017 when IES Helsingborg celebrates its first day of school, Mr Joakim Andersson will stand by the newly opened doors, welcoming students in his role as their principal.

Mr Andersson has worked in education since 1988 and has led free schools as well as those run by municipalities.  He has been a teacher, a principal and has even worked in schools leadership for Helsingborg’s education department.

Mr Andersson knows Helsingborg well, it is his home town and the place that he has worked for nearly 30 years, including at Bårslövsskolan, Fredriksdalsskolan, Norrlyckeskolan, Dalhemsområdet, and Kunskapsskolan.

Over the course of his solid career in education he has spent 12 years as a wood and metalwork teacher and amassed over 16 years experience as a school leader, including more than ten years as a principal.

As he prepares for his new role, Mr Andersson said: “I am really looking forward to being part of building a school from scratch in a learning environment where old meets new through the spirit of Internationella Engelska Skolan. 

“Cornerstones in the process of building this school for the future include holding students learning in focus, and encouraging high expectations for success.  Using the three pillars of the IES ethos I am convinced that we can develop the ideal school for students in the city of Helsingborg.”

Ralph Riber, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, welcomed Mr Andersson to his role.

He said:  “I am pleased to have recruited a principal with the experience of Mr Andersson to drive our new school in Helsingborg to be the best school in the area. He has unmatched local knowledge while at the same time clearly embracing all three aspects of the IES ethos – high academic achievement, command of the English language, and providing a safe and calm environment, where teachers can teach and students can learn.

“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 delighted to welcome Mr. Andersson to our IES family.

“Mr. Andersson is a highly qualified educator who has his heart in the right place.  With his dedication to implement our ethos of discipline, high expectations and the strong pursuit of knowledge, our school in Helsingborg will be one of the finest in the area.

“Mr. Andersson is very familiar with the larger Helsingborg area.  He and his team will contribute with an international atmosphere and dynamics to education.  I look forward to welcoming our new students and staff in Helsingborg.”

In preparation for the school’s opening, Mr Andersson will take on his new role from 1 January 2017.  In order to meet future parents and students he will also attend the information meeting about the school which is being held on Monday, 21 November, from 18:30-19:30 at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg.

Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg 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.

Visit www.helsingborg.engelska.se to apply for a place today.

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