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A look ahead: a message from Mr Granström

A look ahead: a message from Mr Granström

Dear IES Skellefteå Community, 

Once again, I would like to welcome you back from the summer holiday and to the academic year of 2021/2022, and the third year of school at IES Skellefteå.

We have had an exciting start to the year with a total of 80 new students joining us this August. Currently, we have 420 students and 56 members of staff at the school. For me, it is also extra exciting to come back to school after six months of parental leave. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Markusson, my acting Principal and her right-hand woman, Ms Ekenstedt, for their tremendous support and the leadership they have given our community during my absence. 

Last year, we placed ourselves among the best IES schools once again in our internal IES survey that all parents, students and teachers took during the Spring term. The results from that survey show:

100 % of our parents recommend the school;

100 % of staff rank our academic environment highly;

 85 % of students rank our pastoral environment highly.

In all areas that are measured in the survey, IES Skellefteå is ranked among the best IES schools in Sweden. We are, of course, very proud of our results and we also know how much work has been put into achieving these fine results. We are a very driven school with great staff and students, which is why we can, and will, continue to improve and make this school better and better with each year that goes by. 

This academic year, we aim to improve our learning environment even more by focusing on the following areas:

Improve even further our classroom environment to ensure it is a peaceful place of learning;

Review how we work to ensure all students are challenged to reach their full potential;

Improve even further our corridor environment to ensure it is a calm environment free from distractions;

Implement changes to our Behaviour Policy and the school rules “The Rights and Responsibilities at IES Skellefteå.” 

During Spring 2021, we officially opened our international school, IES Skellefteå International School. You can read more about this part of our school community on our website or by sending an email to This is a fantastic opportunity for international families and their children to get an international education in Skellefteå and we expect this part of the school to grow during the year and in the future as many more international families are moving to our hometown. 

We have a whole academic year planned, filled with teaching and learning, tests, reading challenges, IGCSE exams and many more fun and engaging school activities. Due to the current covid situation, we will make sure to plan all activities with that in mind. 

Welcome back to school and let’s have a great year together!

Kind regards, 

Mr Granström, your Principal


IES Skellefteå celebrates its first Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results!

IES Skellefteå celebrates its first Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results!

IES Skellefteå celebrates its first Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results! IES Skellefteå opened its doors to students in August 2019 and in June 2021, our first Year 9 students sat their English Cambridge IGCSE examinations. We are proud to announce that the students achieved a pass rate of 100% A-C grades. This year, we look forward to welcoming more students to our international school where they will have the opportunity to take a wider range of IGCSEs in different subjects. We also look forward to welcoming our second LGR11 cohort of students in Year 9 who will take their IGCSE English in November. Please join us in congratulating our amazing graduates!

From the Principal

Message from the Principal (February)

February - the shortest month of the year is here. It is also the month when we can start to see the sunlight during the days. 

Last week F-3 had a big party celebrating that they are one hundred days smarter! It doesn't sound much, but imagine what you learn in a hundred days when you are a kid.

This week is Pride Week and this week is important because we need to change the norm. When we talk about Pride, not all know what it stands for. In schools we usually say that pride stands for professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. 






In the original eight-color version, pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul.  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Q is for Queer, I is for Intersex, A is asexual.

Sometimes you can also see other variants with  "U" for "unsure",  "C" for "curious"; another "T" for "transvestite", "TS", or "2" for "two-spirit" persons; or an "SA" for "straight allies".

Happy Pride everyone!

Ms Markusson


From the Principal

Message from the Principal (January)

IES Skellefteå is growing in many ways and I am pleased to let you know that this week we will have our first international students. 

IES Skellefteå International School is a private school that will offer the first three stages of the Cambridge International curriculum: Cambridge Primary (age 5-11), Cambridge Lower Secondary (age 11-14) and Cambridge Upper Secondary (age 14-16). Upper secondary students will graduate from the school after taking the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams. All teaching will be provided in English.

The international school will offer a programme which differs from the Swedish curriculum and therefore IES Skellefteå International School is for students who:

  • are resident in Sweden for a limited time
  • went to school abroad for an extended period and want to finish their education in Sweden
  • will move away from Sweden for a longer time
  • have English as a daily contact language, where one or both guardians have English as their mother-tongue

According to the Swedish National Agency for Education's (Skolverket’s) rules for international schools in Sweden, only students who meet one or more of these criteria are allowed to follow the international curriculum. 

To attend IES International School the student must pay an annual tuition fee. If you want to know more about this part of the school, please contact us on

Student Intake 2021

Student Intake 2021

We are going to start our intake process for August of 2021 in the beginning of next year (January-February). We will be in contact with parents via phone or email to confirm if they are still interested in taking a place, and if so, to request additional documentation. 

It is advised that you make an application to our school's queue as soon as possible if you would like your children to join us for next year. To apply for the queue, please click the link:

For more information, please contact us at