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From the Principal

I'd like to wish all of our students, parents and staff a wonderful Summer break

Dear All

As the class of 2020 graduated, more than 4,000 IES students throughout Sweden have been awarded their school diplomas. This is normally a crowded event involving hugs and hats thrown in the air in front of friends and family.

The graduation ceremony, with its iconic blue caps and gowns is an important part of the tradition of Internationella Engelska Skolan - a right of passage for students to mark their achievements over several years of education. This year has challenged us all to find new ways to celebrate our students and their hard work within the limitations of the ongoing pandemic.

Despite the restrictions, we still managed to have a fantastic ceremony with Year 9, it was emotional, and the reward for many years of hard work with us and of course the hard work and support of the teachers, mentors and parents. We wish all of our class of 2020 the very best of luck in their futures.

For all the students coming back to us in August, school starts on August 19th for everyone. More information and times will be posted on SchoolSoft over the summer as well as your preliminary schedules for your new class.. 

I'd like to wish all of our students, parents and staff a wonderful Summer break. 

From the Principal

Thanks for all your support / Year 3 Additional class news from August 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Firstly a warm thank you for all the support you have given your children and the school during these strange times.  I have been so impressed with how the students have been during these times, and this is thanks to you as parents and of course the excellent teacher/mentor support. We feel really proud of the way the students have done their part for the safety of everyone in the school and those they meet outside.


Year 3 Additional class news from August 2020

It is with great excitement that I can announce that we have an extra Year 3 class starting in August 2020. We have had a lot of interest in the previous years to start a Year 3 class, so I'm very happy that we can finally offer 2 classes at this age group. For information regarding this if you are already in the queue please contact our reception, or alternatively if you haven't yet joined the queue please do so via this webpage. 

Additionally, for more informal updates, please check in to SchoolSoft and you are always welcome to follow us on our IES Umeå Instagram page, where we post daily activities happening at our school. Check us out at @IES_Umea.


Important Upcoming Events and Breaks


End of term - 9th of June 2020

School start Thursday 9th January 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students

At this time of year it is always nice to thank all the parents, students and the staff at the school for all their hard work this term. Now we all have some time for rest to get ready for the Spring term, which always seems to go very quickly as we look forward to our Graduation in June (June 9th). 

Our teachers will be back in school on Tuesday 7th January, and the students first day will be Thursday 9th January 2020. School starts at 8:15 for all students, and ends at different times. Information can be found on SchoolSoft to confirm the times for this day.

Friday 10th January will be back to normal school times. 
Enjoy the holidays, and see you all again in 2020! 

Upcoming Erasmus Project

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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