Engelska Skolan is very much international. With staff from all corners for the world we focus on bringing an international touch to the education we provide to our students in Sundsvall. This said we are also very proud of our Swedish traditions, Lucia being one of them for example. This mixture, of both international and Swedish traditions, is an important part of who we are.
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Our school is in constant evolution and yet we never change. This, I strongly believe, describes very well our school. We always want to develop but never change the values that guide us. When a new person joins us we quickly communicate this with them. Emma, one of our ex students, joined our team this week and, through her introduction week, got to meet many of the current people that work at IESS. In our last discussion we focused on one thing: Here at IESS we walk together. Yes we debate. Yes we want people to challenge our ways but once we've decided something we walk together. She seemed very pleased with this. Structure allows for creativity.
Our school is now almost 10 years old. We’ve grown from 250 to 850 and next year we are set to be around 1100 students. Divided in two schools, Junior and Senior, our school is and will continue to be the biggest in the city. Size brings many advantages but also challenges. In preparation for this we’ve been rebuilding our leadership teams and the admin around them. We’ve also invested heavily in our current physical environment with the goal of making it even better for our students. Our goal is to continue to offer the best possible education to our students which for us means contact with adults that care and know you. Will we be ready for August 2018? Yes! Construction and recruitment are going well while the departments are getting ready for the new students. For us this is nothing new, growth is in our genes! Expect a new full size gym, new kitchen, new cafeteria, new library and plenty of new classrooms!!!
Vår skola i Sundsvall utmärktes till en av IES bästa skola 2017 av våra vårdnadshavare, elever och anställda. Vi uppnådde vårt högsta meritvärde någonsin med ett medel på 273, vilket är ett av Sundsvalls bästa. En anonym enkät, som nästan alla elever och familjer svarade på, visade att 99% av våra föräldrar skulle rekommendera skolan och att 95% av våra elever kände sig trygga här på Engelska Skolan.
We were inspected by School Inspection early in Spring. This is a very complicated process in which they look at all aspects of the organisation. We passed without a single remark. Nothing!
We've always invested in IT at Engelska Skolan Sundsvall. Mini iPads are a great tool to help students research information to allow them to discuss the accuracy of sources found on the internet. No fake news here!
I often visit lessons and this morning I observed an English and math lesson. Before the lesson starts students always line-up outside. This allows for a quiet and well structured start but it also gives the teacher the opportunity to welcome every student plus to check certain ability. This time Ms Ashfield had students translate certain terms as they entered her classroom. Perfect way of ensuring a good social environment and of making sure that students know the terms both in Swedish and in English.
We've invested "huge" sums of money in ensuring that we have excellent facilities when it comes to aesthetic subjects. Textile is one of them which allows students to be creative.
Wonderful lesson in math grade 5. Students had access to problems at their level, find help themselves and progress at their own speed while being supported by their teacher. Loved it!
No better way to end the week. I've been working in schools ever since I'm 23 years. Best job in the world!