"I have attended this school for four years now, and I really like it here. One of the most important things for me has been to develop my English, as I want to study and work abroad. There are good teachers here, who challenge us all the time. When I graduate, I want to study psychology at the university, perhaps in England."
AVA VANETTE, year 11 at the IEP school in La Nucia, Spain
“I come from the US, have lived in Spain for six years and worked at this school for four. It’s been very clear that there is a growing interest here to learn English. Many parents realise that that this will be increasingly important for their children if they wish to get a good job in the future. Right now, the topic for my year 8 in English is Shakespeare. We’re in the process of reading “Much Ado About Nothing”. I’m very happy that the students are so engaged and really want to learn.”
TED WILLIAMS, Teacher of English and History Year 8
Mrs Barbara Bergström, a science teacher from the USA, founded Internationella Engelska Skolan in 1993. She saw the need to improve education in Sweden, and set out three major convictions which have defined life in our schools ever since:
1 | A safe and orderly school environment where teachers can teach and students learn: Order, structure and safety are necessary prerequisites for learning and signal respect for the value of education. We are strict in norms of behaviour, but also care for our students in our efforts to prepare them for success as adults. We call this “Tough Love”.
2 | Command of English: English is the “key to the world” and children should learn to command both the Swedish and the English language at an early age. We believe fluency is best achieved through language immersion. Up to half of the education at Internationella Engelska Skolan is delivered through the English language, by native English-speaking teachers.
3 | High academic expectations and aspirations: Our conviction is that every child can achieve success irrespective of social background. This ambition means we support every student to realise his or her own potential. We are dedicated to supporting students of all backgrounds to become responsible citizens and acquire the confidence and ambition to do the most with their talents.