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IES Kista Hosts the Annual Principals Quality Conference


On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September, IES Kista was honoured to host Internationella Engelska Skolan’s annual Principals Quality Conference. The event focused upon the organisation’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving the already high standards it sets across all areas, creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Principal McGowan and Mrs Barbara Bergström

Principals and academic representatives from all thirty-three IES schools attended the conference, including IES Södermalm Gymnasiet and IES Breckland in the UK, in what proved to be an incredibly successful, productive and inspiring two-day event.

School prefects, Anwar and Kamron, welcoming Mrs Barbara Bergström

The school was honoured on Day One to receive a visit from the founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan Mrs Barbara Bergström and her husband Dr Hans Bergström, who were greeted on arrival by our grade 9 prefects. Following a tour of our newly-expanded school for all delegates, the conference was officially opened with addresses by Mrs Bergström and the CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Mr Ralph Riber.

It is an honour for IES Kista to host such a prestigious event, and a testament to the high levels of ambition and achievement demonstrated by everyone at the school. I am incredibly proud of the efforts made by our staff and, most of all, our students, who conducted themselves with the conscientiousness and maturity that we have come to expect.

From the Principal

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista. I hope that all of our students have had a fantastic summer break and feel excited about the prospect of the new school year ahead.  

This has been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at IES Kista as we endeavour to build upon and exceed the high standards we have set since the school opened in September 2015. We are committed to providing an outstanding student experience for everyone at the school and, following the success of our first full academic year, we have been working hard to further improve and expand the school. 

With this in mind, we are delighted to say that IES Kista is now a five-parallel school in grades four to seven, with around 790 students in total, and we will continue to grow over the coming years. As a key component in this expansion, we have opened a new wing of the school which includes a series of specialist teaching rooms, a second gym hall, and a second playground equipped with football, basketball and table tennis facilities. 

After a highly successful recruitment period, we are also very happy to welcome to our team the new qualified teachers who will be working across our academic departments, including an additional ten qualified teachers joining the Swedish department. I am certain that together with the team already in place, their enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to teaching will undoubtedly make a positive and significant contribution to the experience of our students. 

When we opened our gates on Monday morning, both our new and returning students entered a school that they have every right to feel extremely proud of. One of the founding principles of IES Kista is that everyone enjoys coming to school, and I hope that you will join us in wishing every single one of our students a thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and successful year ahead.





From the Principal

Exciting times ahead for IES Kista

We’ve just completed a fantastic first year with the largest start up in the organisation. Demand for places at IES Kista continues to increase and as of today we have 2998 students waiting for a place at IES Kista. For this reason, in August 2016, we have decided to expand the school from 18 classes, 550 students to 25 classes, 750 students.  

In order to accommodate all of the students we will be moving into the ground floor on the other side of our building where will have 10 new classrooms, 2 art rooms, 2 textile rooms. We will also have an additional playground which will include a large football court, a basketball court, outdoor table tennis tables, trampolines and gymnastic bars.

The existing building will have a new library and 4 science labs, 2 wood work rooms. We are also in the process of converting an existing auditorium into our second gym hall. All classrooms and group rooms will be fully equipped with projectors, screens and sound systems. The learning centre is also expanding.

We have completed our recruitment for the next academic year and are pleased to advise that we now have ten qualified Swedish teachers with lärarelegitamition on our team.  

We have additional teachers in every other department as well.

We have also increased our Student Care and Development Team. We have employed three special teachers who will be focusing on Mathematics, English and Swedish and we have an additional counsellor and nurse. We also have a career counsellor and have extended support on the playgrounds and recreational areas with a new member of the Student Development team who will focus on these areas.  




Principal McGowan

House Day

House Day

Monday 25th April saw all the four houses compete in another House Day. This House Day had a twist in that rather than directly competing against each other, students worked together in house teams to complete group tasks in order to accumulate house points. Those activities included bridge building, designing board games, performance challenges and literature writing. Also, as a school first, all students in the same house got to eat lunch together and shared in the house spirit.

The winner of this house day was house Hammerström, accumulating 1013 points to defeat Celsius by just 17.

House Points

At IES Kista, we have a house system where students are divided into four separate groups.

Named after famous Swedish scientists, these houses form the base of the school’s community and each student will remain in their house throughout their time at IES Kista.

Students have been able to gain house points for going above and beyond our expectations with different tasks.

From now until the end of term, students will be able to convert their house points into different events around the school. Many of these events will take place in the House Week at the end of term. However, the first of these events took place on Thursday 14th April, where three house points earned students the chance to watch a movie together in our Auditorium. Another movie night is coming up on Thursday 28th April.