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IES Östersund - opening August 2020

IES Östersund - opening August 2020

Join the queue for IES Östersund here

From August families in Östersund and the local area will be able to send their children to learn at a new bilingual school.

Internationella Engelska Skolan will open a school in Östersund in August 2020 in the former Palmcrantzskolan building.

The school will accommodate approximately 600 students when full, with two classes in each grade from F–9. However, initially the school will be smaller, and the number of classes in each year-group during the school’s first year will be decided based on where the interest in the queue is strongest.  There will not be a grade 9 during the first year as few families tend to wish to move a child in the final year of compulsory education as this can be a large adjustment.

Cecilia Marlow, interim CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: “We’ve had a dialogue with Östersund municipality for several years about how we can contribute to their increased efforts in education. Following these positive discussions we are pleased to provide Östersund’s parents and students with another option when choosing schools. The school is being renovated to fit our needs, and in August 2020 we look forward to welcoming all students in Östersund, regardless of background, to do their best in a safe and calm learning environment.”

Work has started to bring this school building up to date, transforming it into a first class, modern school, with everything required to offer students the ideal learning environment.

We are also working to recruit a principal who will then have a key role in hand-picking outstanding teachers from Sweden and abroad, as they build their team.

Interested families are already able to place themselves in the queue for the school by visiting and filling out the form.  Students for each year-group will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families will be given the chance to learn more about the school and ask questions at an information evening on November 14 at Folkets Hus.

Principal Announcement

Principal Announcement

Dear all,

My name is Mika Reunanen and as of 23 March, I will be the principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Östersund which opens in August 2020.

I am very excited to be part of bringing IES to Östersund and to start a new school to the benefit of all of us working and living in the local community. I’m passionate about the importance of education, and I firmly believe in IES’s ethos and its core promise to deliver a calm learning environment and high academic ambitions for all students.  

IES believes in the importance of strong leadership in a school, and so do I. I have a solid background from different leadership roles. The past six years, I have been the principal for the Prolympia school in Östersund and previously I have worked for both the Swedish Ski Association and the Swedish Armed Forces. I moved to Östersund in 1989 from Stockholm, a move I have never regretted. 

When I start in March, I look forward to building a strong team of educators and support staff that are ready to welcome all students when school starts in August.

Best Regards, 

Mika Reunanen  

If you have questions about admission or other questions about the school in Östersund, please email


School transformation progressing well

School transformation progressing well

The renovation process for our new school in Östersund is moving forward according to schedule, and we look forward to welcoming the first students to the school when it opens in August.
We will start to offer places to students in February/March, and families will be offered their place in the same order that they placed their children in the queue.
To join the queue today visit:

Come and work with us

Come and work with us

Soon we will start recruiting the very best teachers in all subject areas. We expect you to be a true professional, with the credentials of certification – from Sweden or abroad – to prove it. We also need professionals in non-teaching areas to work with us.

If you are passionate about education, believe in our ethos of a safe and orderly environment and high academic expectations, then you are the sort of teacher we are looking for.

If you are enticed by the thought of being part of a dynamic international school environment – then this is an exciting career opportunity for you. Read more here.

Send your CV to, citing reference Östersund20