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From the Principal

Upcoming Events

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students

It is hard to belive that we are already mid-autumn term.

The students have settled well into their new classes and it is really amazing to see how fast they make new friends. 

Mixing classes every year helps build social skills and a strong sense of community.

A few weeks ago, parents and students were invited by the mentors to school for the SPT’s / development talks for Autumn term. In these meetings, the students set academic and social targets for themselves for this academic year. I would like to remind everyone to keep working hard towards these targets. Teachers continue to work hard to support the students with their academic and social goals. 

Please check SchoolSoft regularly and do communicate with the mentor to ensure that your child, our student is progressing towards the targets set, and according to plan.

Important Upcoming Events for new students:

Tuesday 19th November 2019 - 15:30-17:30 - will be an Open House - Come and see the school, meet students, teachers and non-teaching staff.

Weeks 47  and Week 48 (Tuesday 19th November 2019 - Friday 29th November 2019) - Each day there will be tours with school staff, so that you can see a normal school day. If you are interested in one of the tours, please arrive at the school at 09:00, and a member of the team will be happy to show you around.

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. 

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.

From the Principal

Important Times for Friday 18th August 2017

Dear All,
Due to the fact there will be over 100 new students in Years 3 & 4, starting on Friday 18th August 2017, we have decided to stagger the start & end times on the first day. Please meet your new mentor in the playground at the following times:
Friday 18th August - Start & End Times
Year 3: 08:25-13:30
Year 4: 08:25-13:30
Year 5, Year 6 & Year 7:  09:25-13:10
Year 8 & Year 9: 10:25-12:30
From Monday 21st August onwards, school will begin everyday at 08:25.
Best Regards / Med vänliga hälsningar
Robb Cayford