School Blog

Dates and times for the first few days

Friday 16th August

Year 3: 8:15 until 13:30

Year 4: 8:15 until 13:15

Years 5 & 6: 09:30 until 13:00

Years 7, 8 & 9: 10:15 until 12:30


Monday 19th August

All students start: 08:15 

Years 3, 4 5 & 6 finish 13:15

Years 7, 8 & 9 finish 12:30

Parent Meeting with mentors15:15-16:15


Tuesday 20th August

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6: Start 08:15 finish 13:15

Years 7, 8 & 9: Start 09:30 finish 12:30


Wednesday 21st August and onwards

All students to follow their normal schedules according to SchoolSoft (logins for new parents distributed at the parent meeting on Monday 19th August)

From the Principal

Thank you once again for a fantastic school year

Dear Students, Parents and Staff

Another year for the school has flashed by, our fourth in fact, and there are so many things to look back on and be proud of the 2018/19 School year. 

As a school we have grown quickly, from 202 students in 2015 to 515 students this year, we will grow with one more class overall in the 2019/20 school year, and I feel extremely confident and excited what lies ahead for next year too. 

In a situation of teacher shortages across Sweden, I feel very privileged and proud to work with the best here at IES Umeå. Teachers striving to give the best education to our students, and going above and beyond, really embracing the IES ethos. 

We have been working a lot in the Spring Term in preparation for the 2019/20 school year, looking at strengthening our routines and structure to ensure we are the best school, not only here in Umeå, but in the whole of Sweden, that is our goal.  In August, we will mainly welcome new students in Year 3 and Year 4, and a few students in other year groups too. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the IES Umeå family. 

It's always a strange time of year, both happy and sad, as we prepare to say goodbye to our Year 9s on Wednesday June 12th at Idun (Folkets Hus) from 17:15 to 18:30. We wish our Year 9s lots of success in their next steps in life, and we will remember the contribution you have all made to our school, we will miss you. 

Similar to last year, space is limited at Idun, so we request that Years 3-8 parents only come if absolutely necessary, or if you've never seen our graduation, you are warmly invited. I know that this doesn't sound nice, but it is a question of space, and the last two years has seen parents having to stand at the back, and this is not always so nice for over an hour. Students of Year 9 will all receive 2 VIP (Very Important Parent) tickets for seating near to the stage, so that they can take photos of their child when they receive their Diplomas and stand on stage for the passing of the knowledge. 

I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, students, staff and parents a very happy and safe Summer holiday, and we look forward to meeting everyone on Friday August 16th 2019 for our first day of school at the following times:

Year 3: 08:15 (until 13:30)

Year 4: 08:15 (until 13:15)

Year 5 & Year 6: 09:30 (until 13:00)

Years 7, 8 & 9: 10:15 (until 12:30)

Lunch will be served this first day for everyone. 

One other important thing to note, is that school will begin at 08:15 everyday next year for most students. We have mapped the students arrival times, particularly those travelling from Robertsfors and beyond, and there doesn't seem to be any problems with this slightly earlier start time, it also enables us to finish earlier too, where we can.  There will be slightly staggered starting times for some classes, and as always, over the summer we will send home, via Parents emails, which class the students are in, and a copy of their preliminary schedules. 

Thank you once again to everyone for fantastic school year. 

International Language Competition

Internationella Engelska Skolan från Umeå gjorde succe i International Language Competition som ägde rum i Malmö i slutet på förra veckan. International Language Competition är en landsomfattande tävling där 27 000 elever på högstadiet och Gymnasiet först gjorde ett elektroniskt prov på datorn. De bästa lagen i sju olika distrikt möttes i en distriktsfinal och sedan var det dags för en riksfinal mellan de olika distrikten. Michael Yates tog hem första priset i Modersmål Engelska och Emmy Wahlström samt Henrik Lidström knep andra priset i Tyska.   Tyska finalen var extra spännande då det efter 21 svåra frågor var två lag som klarat alla svar utom ett. Det krävdes sedan tre extra frågor innan man kunde skilja de två lagen åt.

Upcoming Erasmus Project

The Partnership will promote practical, active, stimulating and beneficial teaching of the Arts across the curriculum and will do this through a programme of innovation in the Partner Institutions using collaborative methods in all fields of endeavour which will meet the needs of staff and all learners.

Click here for more information about the Erasmus Project

Please go an visit the other participating schools hompages :

From the Principal

Welcome back to IES Umeå

Dear All

I hope you managed to enjoy the break, I am now excited to have our students back here at school.

We had a fantastic autumn term, and have laid some really strong foundations to make the Spring Term even more successful. We have much to look forward to here at IES Umeå - Winter Sports Day, Prao, National Tests, Choice and Graduation, to name a few. We will also welcome all 37 IES Pincipals, as well as members from Headquarters, as we are hosting the annual IES principal conference.

During the two training days the staff were fortunate to have a seminar presented by Frisk och Fri, giving tips and advice around diet, but also self confidence and self esteem.

On Tuesday the 12th of February we will have an Open House here at IES Umeå from 17:00-19:00 and I’m hoping to see a lot of new faces. Please let friends and family know about the event, all are welcome.

I am very much looking forward to see what this term will bring.

Mr Cayford