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From the Principal

Start of the new School Year

Dear Students, Parents and Staff

We are just under 2 weeks away from the school start, and we are very excited to start the new School Year here at Internationella Engelska Skolan Umeå.


The start day for the new school year is:


The times for school start are below:

Monday 23rd August 2021

Year 2 = 8:05-13:00

Year 3 = 8:20-13:15

Year 4 = 08:35-13:30

Years 5 and 6 = 09:30-13:00

Years 7, 8 and 9 = 10:15-12:30


Tuesday 24th August 2021

Year 2 = 8:05-13:00

Year 3 = 8:20-13:15

Year 4 = 08:35-13:30

Years 5 and 6 = 09:30-13:00

Years 7, 8 and 9 = 10:15-12:30


Wednesday 25th August 2021

Start Normal Schedule 


We have staggered start and end times, to try and help over crowding in the building and on public transport.

On Monday 30th August 2021 your child's mentors will hold an online Google Hangout for ALL parents in their class at 15:30-16:15. This meeting will include a lot of important information, and we ask that all parents attend the online Google Hangout. A link and information about how to join the meeting, will be sent out by your child's mentor before the meeting. We have decided to hold the meetings still online, to help prevent any spreading of Covid-19.

If your child is sick, and unable to come to school on any day of the school year then parents must phone the School's sick line: 090-200 7 303 BEFORE 08:00 each day of the sickness. When leaving a message please remember to state your child's name and which class they are in. If they show symptoms of covid-19 then please get tested immediately.

The main communication channel for the school to parents is via SchoolSoft, a lot of important dates can be found there, and is always updated, so please regularly check in to SchoolSoft to keep updated. One very important date for your diary is the SPTs (Utvecklingssamtal) which will be on Monday 6th September 2021 and will be conducted differently this year. Your child will attend school for their meeting time (20 minutes) and parents/guardians will join the meeting via Google Hangout or via Telephone. There will be a limited number of appointments also available on Tuesday 7th September from 15:30-16:30. 

Please note that you will be able to see the schedule for students during week 33 on Schoolsoft and it will also be emailed to you by the mentors. If your child is new to the school, you will get a new login to SchoolSoft once school has started. If you are an existing parent and are having problems logging into SchoolSoft, please contact Mr Haack (benjamin.haack.umea@engelska.se) who will help you. Our SMS function for forgotten passwords does not work. 

There is also the annual PRAO day for all students, to spend a day at their parents/friend of the family job to get an insight into the working world, and this will be on Friday 17th September 2021. It might not be possible for students to participate in PRAO due to Covid-19 restrictions, so more information will follow nearer the time, but the plan is that school will be closed to students on this day. 

Wishing you all an enjoyable and relaxing last few days of Summer holidays, and I can't wait to see all the students on Monday 23rd August 2021, ready for a new term and ready to learn.

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

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

From the Principal

Welcome back

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term. I hope that you all had time during the Autumn Break to recharge your batteries, and enjoy the snow at the start of the week, too. 

The first part of the Autumn Term is always the hardest (and longest) and I think that it is by far our best ever term we've had as a school. The new teachers, many of whom are international staff this year, settled in really well, and the new students in Years 3, 4 and 5 have also had an excellent start. A big congratulations to everyone! 

I am waiting to see Ms Sundberg, to find out the results of my annual reading competition with Year 3. I read a lot during the break, and am confident that I stand a good chance to win this year! 

There are many exciting things happening between now and the next holiday. Years 8 and 9 will have PRAO, there are National Test Oral exams, Lucia, End of Term Graduations, and our first ever Subject SPTs which will take place in Week 47 for Years 6-9. I look forward to seeing as many parents and students as possible at this event.

We will also celebrate the first term on Tuesday 18th December in the afternoon, this year at school, by having the avslutning, which parents will of course be invited to. Finally, as we await the snow to come and stay around this year, we have 3 new additions to our school playground, 2 GaGa ball arenas, and 1 football wall. Already after 1 day, these have been a huge success. 

From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear Students and Guardians,

Yet another month has gone by, and we have officially entered the Autumn season. I hope that you are enjoying the changing colours which nature is providing us with! It’s so nice for Mr Drage and myself to be outside each morning between 07:45 and 08:20, welcoming the students and staff to school, but with the changing of seasons, a reminder to wear the correct warm & rain-protective clothes when needed.

We have had a great start to the school year here at IESUm and students have settled in so well after the beautiful summer break which we have had, I am so proud to see the students interacting and learning in class when I have been observing lessons these past few weeks. Well done!

On the 28th of September IESUm Staff will visit and get inspired by IES Sundsvall.

It is hard to believe that there are now well over thirty IES schools all over Sweden. All slightly different but then again all following the IES ethos: A safe, calm environment where teachers teach and students learn, where we have bilingualism and where we put a great emphasis on Academic achievement. A reminder that school will close on September 27th at 12:00 and be closed on the 28th .

Also, I was extremely impressed when speaking to students this week about the days that they spent on work experience (PRAO) last Friday. It seems that the students got so much out of the day, and this is something we are very proud of here at IESUm, preparing the students for their working lives in the future.

You can find out more about upcoming events and what we have been up to in our newsletters which are now updated weekly on our webpage by our fabulous Heads of Year.

I’d also like to introduce you to a new idea this year, “Coffee with the Principal”

From October, each month we will have the possibility to come and have coffee with me, to discuss the school, and have a chat in a relaxed forum. These will usually take place the first Friday of each month, on the following dates between 09:45 and 10:45:

Friday 5th October

Friday 9th November*

Friday 7th December

Friday 11th January*

Friday 1st February

Friday 1st March

Friday 5th April

Friday 3rd May

Friday 7th June

*= 2nd Monday of the month

From the Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Students and Guardians,

Having spoken to many of you at the Parents meeting, and the Autumn party I know you have had a great summer and that you are looking forward to a new academic year at IES Umeå. The seasons come and go rather quickly up here in the North, and even this morning, during the daily meet and greet, Mr Drage and myself were outside wearing our winter jackets, still in August! It’s nice to see so many new faces dropping the students off in the morning, and it is the best part of our day welcoming the students to school, and saying hello to the parents too. Another quick reminder that school starts everyday this year at 08:20 this year.

Last Friday we have had a fantastic start off with our annual Autumn Party here at our school and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved, especially the PTA who, as usual, did an outstanding job to make such an event. I know that members of the PTA visited the classes during the Parent Meetings, and we really want to encourage more parents to be involved in helping create a larger and stronger PTA. What a success this event was and how nice it was to mingle with parents, students and visitors.

From the Principal

January 2018 Welcome!

IES Bulletin Board

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


I hope that you've had a good break over the last couple of weeks, and are well rested for what will be an exciting term, here at IES Umeå. We finished last term spectatulary with our Autumn avslutning at Väven in town. It was so great to see so many prize winners, and it felt like a really great way to end our term.


A reminder that students start back on Wednesday 10th January at normal school time (08:25).


The Spring term offers a lot to everyone in the school, with Sports Day, choice days, and most importantly for Years 6 and 9 National Tests. I know with the hard work, dedication and grit that our students show, we will see another successful year academically in IES Umeå. 


We look forward to seeing everyone then.