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Maths Gold for IES Uppsala Student

An IES Uppsala student has been crowned Sweden’s best mathematician after victory in a national contest.

Year nine student David Mörtberg recorded a near perfect score in the Högstadiets Matematiktävling, when he dropped only one point out of 42.  Three other IES students were also in the top 20. Erik Bryland of IES Lund came joint eighth, Kian Esfandiari of IES Uppsala came 13th and Vidar Gustafsson of IES Nacka came joint 17th.

The competition is open to anyone attending compulsory school and tests students’ logical thinking, problem solving, and ability to express themselves in mathematical language.

Speaking after his victory, David said: “This was my third time in the contest.  In year seven I reached the finals, in year eight I came fourth, and now in year nine I won. In earlier years I found algebra and geometry hard, but this time I was only one point away from a full score.

"I was so happy to have won, they list the winners from the bottom to the top, so I realised I had probably won when they gave the award to the person who came second, but I didn’t know for sure.  My mother was the happiest person, maybe even happier than me, because she has been the person really pushing me to do maths, which is a positive thing.”

David has enjoyed mathematics ever since he was a small child and has always been keen to see how far he could go.

He said:  "I have been interested in maths for a very long time. In kindergarten I liked counting, and in year one, two and three I always wanted an extra challenge; so in year three I could go up to year four and do their maths.

“This year, so far, I have taken one gymnasiet maths course and I am now taking the next one. So I can start with maths 3C right away when I get to gymnasiet. Maybe I can do university mathematics during year three of gymnasiet, and maybe I can take other courses at gymnasiet as well."

“Competitions like this provide a challenge for the better students. For students who need the challenge it is great that this exists.  It shows the top students that they can compete with others, you can show that you are really at the top.  It can give an extra motivation to do maths. Maybe I don’t need more motivation, but it is still fun to know that this competition exists.”

The head of maths for IES Uppsala, Mr Hedgepeth, added: “I think that David is a prime example of perseverance, work ethic and growth mindset.  He has become more confident and more humble with his mathematics, he understands he has a real skill. If he fails he looks at it is a need to find another way, so he views failure as one step closer to the solution.

"He is good, he keeps you on your toes as a teacher. It might sound odd to say, but I like it on the rare occasions he makes a mistake because then I get to teach him something. He watches me in class as well, he is always quick to point out any small mistakes especially with the lengths of my triangles."

David and other mathematicians at IES Uppsala are now preparing for their next challenge, the Pythagoras Quest competition, which will run during the spring term.

Invitation to our Information Evening on January 22

In August 2019 Internationella Engelska Skolan will open a school in Skellefteå for around 300 students from grade F-9.

We would like to invite parents, students and the wider community to an information evening about the school at The Great Northern, Storgatan 53, on January 22nd from 18:00-19:00.

The audience will hear from the principal Frederik Granström about his vision for the school and what life will be like for students on a day to day basis.

Those attending will also have the chance to meet representatives of IES including the vice CEO, Jörgen Stenquist, and head of academics, Damian Brunker, and to ask questions.

Today there are 25,600 students in our 36 schools. Every school follows our conviction that each individual student can achieve their full potential through:

  • Command of the English language – the key to the world. Up to half of our teaching is in English, performed by certified native English-speaking teachers.
  • A safe and orderly environment, where teachers can teach and students learn.
  • High academic expectations.

The school is open to everyone. Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis according to how long students have been in the queue, which can be found here.

From the Principal

Principal Appointed for IES Skellefteå

Dear all,

My name is Frederik Granström and as of February, I will be the principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Skellefteå, preparing a school which will open for grades F-9 in August 2019.

I am very excited to be bringing IES to Skellefteå, a town where I have strong family connections through my wife.


I have had the opportunity to work for Internationella Engelska Skolan since 2010. In 2011 I helped to open IES Hässelby and then spent three years as the school’s assistant principal, managing the daily operations alongside the rest of the leadership team.  I became the school's principal in 2016 and have lead the staff at Hässelby until now when I have been presented with the opportunity to start an exciting new school in Skellefteå.

My vision for IES Skellefteå is that it will be a strong community and that we will work together every day in order to provide students and staff with a calm and safe learning and working environment where teachers can teach and students learn. IES has, and will continue to have, high academic expectations for every child regardless of background or previous experience with education. We will maintain an international school atmosphere and culture where students learn to command the English language without sacrificing the Swedish language. It will be a truly international and bilingual environment. Order, structure and discipline in a warm, respectful and welcoming environment where students’ academic and social development always comes first is what defines IES Hässelby today and will define IES Skellefteå when we open in August.

I wish you all a pleasant winter break, and a happy Christmas, and look forward to meeting you in the new year.

Best Regards, 

Mr Granström

The Principal will be at Skyltsöndag on Sunday December 2nd

Greetings students and parents in Skellefteå, 

I just thought I would let you know that I will have a table at Skyltsöndag on Sunday in Skellefteå. I really look forward to meeting people then, to tell you more about the school that we will open in August 2019, and to answer any questions you have. 

The IES Skellefteå table will be placed opposite Hanzéns on Nygatan. 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström 

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