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Open House at IES Skellefteå May 25th

Dear Parents, Students, and Skellefteå residents,


I am delighted to invite you to tour part of our school, Internationella Engelska Skolan Skellefteå, on Saturday, 25th May.

Work to modernise the building and transform it into the ideal educational environment is well underway, and we are all looking forward to opening the school in August. Now we are able to open up part of the building and give you an idea of what the school will look like.

Those taking part in the tour will see furnished classrooms, a corridor, the aula and the school’s reception area.  You will also have the chance to speak with the management team as well as some of the teachers we have recruited from the local area - although you will have to wait until the start of school to meet all our international teachers.

Tours of the school will be held in small groups and there will be a barbeque and bake sale outside the school, giving you a chance to mingle and meet the other families who are joining IES Skellefteå now or in the future.  Feel free to bring friends along (even if they haven’t joined the queue) if they would like to see what our school will offer.

We have divided up the day to give as many people as possible the chance to tour the school. This will also give you the opportunity to meet parents and children in the age group which matches your child and ensure that you hear questions and answers which are most relevant to you.


Year F-3: 10:00-11:00

Year 4-6: 11:00-12:00

Year 7-9: 12:00-13:00


If you have children in more than one year-group or are not a parent but would like to see the school as it takes shape, feel free to choose the time which works best for you.


I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 25th May, and at the start of term.


Yours sincerely,

Mr. Granström

Principal, IES Skellefteå

Workshop Day Information


If you have accepted your place at IES Skellefteå, we would like to invite students and parents to the Workshop Day. On this day students will have the opportunity to meet future classmates and teachers. Due to the ongoing construction at IES Skellefteå we will be holding this event at Morö Backe Skola. Please note that the start and finish times have changed.

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019.

Location: Morö Backe Skola
Address: Höjdgatan 10, 931 51 Skellefteå

Start Time:

Grade F-3: 8.30 with student check-in and an assembly in the auditorium 9.00. Students in grade F-3 will finish between 11.00-11.30.  

Grade 4-6: 10.30 with student check-in and an assembly in the auditorium 10.45. Students in grade 4-6 will finish around 12.45. 

Grade 7-8: 11.30 with student check-in and an assembly in the auditorium 11.45. Students in grade 7-8 will finish around 13.45. 

Outdoor shoes are not allowed inside Morö Backe skola. Therefore, please bring indoor shoes. We will also have plastic shoe protection that you can borrow. 

The students will be divided into groups and taken to their classes for the lessons while parents are welcome to remain for a short information meeting with Mr Granström. Students will have short lessons taught in the subjects of Swedish, English and Maths. Students will also have Fritids activities.  

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Om du har accepterat din plats på IES Skellefteå,  vill vi bjuda in elever och föräldrar till en introduktionsdag. Denna dag kommer ditt barn att få möjligheten att träffa framtida klasskompisar och lärare. På grund av den pågående ombyggnationen på IES Skellefteå kommer vi att vara på Morö Backe skola denna dag. Vänligen notera att start- och sluttid har ändrats.

Datum: Lördag den 27 April, 2019.

Plats: Morö Backe Skola
Address: Höjdgatan 10, 931 51 Skellefteå


Grade F-3: 8.30 med registrering och samling i aula 9.00. Elever i åk F-3 kommer att sluta runt 11.00-11.30. 

Grade 4-6: 10.30 med registrering och samling i aula 10.45. Elever i åk 4-6 kommer att sluta runt 12.45. 

Grade 7-8: 11.30 med registrering och samling i aula 11.45. Elever i åk 7-8 kommer att sluta runt 13.45.

På Morö Backe skola är det inte tillåtet att ha utomhusskor. Vänligen ta med inneskor. Det kommer också finnas skoskydd att låna.

Eleverna kommer att delas in i grupper och sedan gå till sina klasser för lektion och föräldrar är välkomna att stanna kvar för ett kort informationsmöte från ledningen.  Eleverna kommer att ha korta lektioner i ämnena svenska, engelska och matematik. Vi har också planerat för fritids.

Vi ser fram emot att träffa dig där!

Let us know if you would like an international curriculum

During the application process a number of families have let us know that they would like the option of an international education, rather than one which follows the Swedish curriculum. 

While we expect most of our students will take the regular Swedish curriculum, it may also be possible for us to offer an international programme for grades F-9, based on the international curriculum from Cambridge Assessment International Education, from August 2020.

Students who complete this international programme instead would have a qualification which is recognised in applications to international schools around the world.  All teaching would be in English apart from the subject of Swedish.  

In order to offer this international curriculum we require permission from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) and one of the key factors in granting the license is how many families are interested. If you are interested in having the possibility to choose an international curriculum for your child please fill in the survey here.

In order to be eligible to apply your child must fall into one or more of four categories:

  • The student is staying in Sweden for a short/limited period of time.
  • The student has previously attended an international school abroad.
  • It is very likely that the student will leave Sweden (emigrate) for a longer period of time or permanently.
  • English is the mother tongue by one or both parents, used every day in the family. The student has a level of English good enough to understand the teaching.

International exams also offered at IES Skellefteå

Students at IES Skellefteå will also have the option to take prestigious and internationally-recognised qualifications - broadening their understanding of their subjects and preparing themselves for future studies.

The school has now been approved by Cambridge Assessment International Education to offer the IGCSE exam (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

IGCSEs are valued and understood internationally. They are the world’s most popular international qualification for students aged from 14 to 16, have a history of more than 30 years, and are based on learning materials from Cambridge.

Frederik Granström, principal of IES Skellefteå, welcomed the news.  He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students, and one I will certainly be encouraging them to take.

"When students study for the IGCSE they are asked to learn more about each subject. Some of what is needed to succeed with this exam overlaps with a regular Swedish education and some of it explores other areas, or goes into more detail.

"Having a broader understanding of each subject will stand students in good stead as they continue to learn at gymnasiet and beyond.”

The IGCSE is recognised in countries including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Mr Granström added: “We always encourage an international mindset. For students who would like to study, live and work abroad, this is a qualification which is easily understood in many countries, and which will open doors for them."

More information about how the IGCSE programme works and how to show interest will be shared with students and parents during Spring term 2020, with the first exams taking place in Spring 2021.

Workshop Day April 27th 2019

Welcome to our Workshop Day on Saturday, 27th April 2019 between 09:30 – 12:00 at Morö backe skola for those of you that have accepted a place at IES Skellefteå starting in August 2019. Children and Parents are welcome to sign up by emailing by 11th April 2019 at the latest. Our Workshop Day is a great opportunity to meet future teachers and peers and to get a feeling for what it is like to attend an IES school. We look forward to welcoming you.

Välkommen till Workshop Day den 27 april 2019 mellan kl. 09:30 – 12:00 på Morö backe skola för er som har tackat ja till en skolplats på IES Skellefteå som öppnar i augusti 2019. Välkomna in med er anmälan till senast 11 april 2019. Vår Workshop Day ger er möjligheten att träffa framtida lärare och elever samt att få en känsla för hur det är att gå på en IES-skola. Vi ser fram emot att träffa er!

Best regards, 

Mr Granström

Your Principal