School Blog

Welcome to our digital tour

Welcome to our digital tour

The doors to IES Sigtuna will open in August 2021. We are currently building a completely new modern school building with everything required to offer students the ideal learning environment. The school is located in the area Sigtuna Stadsängar, a new and sustainable area being built just outside central Sigtuna.  In a few years, the school will have two classes in each year – from förskoleklass to year nine.

Are you curious what life is like at IES? Do take the time to do a digital tour in some of our other schools. Here you may find several films which we hope will provide you with insight of what we, our students and their parents consider to be important in creating a good school.

From the Principal

Principal Announcement

Principal Announcement

My name is Sandy Schäfer and I am honoured and humbled to step into the new role of Principal of IES Sigtuna!

I am child of Africa. I was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa and my journey to Sweden has taken me through three continents and six different countries both as a teacher and Principal of schools. This has provided me with a myriad of rich educational and multi-cultural experiences that have come to shape the teacher, Principal, and person that I am today.  Along the way I have developed a deep understanding of the diversity that exists in our world today, and the many challenges that face children and young people as they strive to find their individuality and place in the world.

I first came to Sweden in 1998 where I was fortunate enough to be employed as a Teacher and Head of the Mathematics department at the very first IES school in Enskede. During this time the founder of IES, Barbara Bergström, was the Principal there. After more than ten years at both IES Enskede and IES Jarfalla, I was privileged to start up become the first Principal of IES Hasselby Strand, which opened in 2011. Between 2016 and 2020 I have spent time both in the United Kingdom experiencing the British educational system, and in Spain as a Principal of one of our IES owned schools.

It is now time for me to return to Sweden to relish a new challenge!  

My vision for IES Sigtuna is first and foremost to create a school which follows our IES pillars of a safe and orderly school environment, students commanding the English language and high academic expectations. This is a tried and tested recipe for success!

Further to this IES Sigtuna will have a very firm emphasis on respect and discipline. I feel that it is really important for our children to learn respect for our environment, our planet and the people and creatures that live here.  We will be showing respect for ourselves and for others on a daily basis which will be visible through our daily actions.

I firmly in discipline and I believe that discipline is the cornerstone of academic achievement. Discipline and respect are attitudes that begin at home, are reinforced at school and then applied throughout life. 

My commitment to the families of IES Sigtuna is that every single child will be seen and heard; that every single child will guided, supported, motivated and pushed, if necessary, to become the best versions of themselves that they can be; and that every single child will be loved, valued and accepted for who they are.

This is my pledge.

Sandy Schäfer
Principal IES Sigtuna


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Important dates for admission to IES Sigtuna

Important dates for admission to IES Sigtuna

Here are some important dates for families in the queue for admission at IES Sigtuna.

At the end of January 2021 we will be sending out offers of places at our school. We operate strictly on a “first come, first served” basis. We also take siblings into account in the admissions process. When you have received your notification of admission, we need to receive your response within ten days so that we can offer any vacant places to the next family in the queue. There will be further information in the notification of admission. You are welcome to contact us at with any questions you may have.

You can also take a virtual tour on this website and look around some of our other schools to get an idea of what we, our students and their parents consider to be important in creating a good school.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new school.

IES Sigtuna - Opening August 2021

IES Sigtuna - Opening August 2021

Join the queue for IES Sigtuna here

From August 2021, families in Sigtuna and the local area will be able to send their children to learn at a new bilingual school.

Internationella Engelska Skolan will open the school in August 2021 in Sigtuna Stadsängar, a new and sustainable area being built just outside central Sigtuna.  The school will be close to lake Mälaren and woods nearby, and will have good transportation links to both Sigtuna and Märsta.

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 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.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: “We are happy to be part of Sigtuna municipality’s investment to provide more schools and quality education for all students, regardless of background. Many parents have campaigned for an IES school in this area for a long time and we look forward to welcoming students in August 2021. We are proud of the trust placed in us and we look forward to contributing to the municipality with a high quality school with an international profile.”

Work has started to build 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 hand-pick 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.

We are planning to hold an information evening this autumn if this is possible under government guidelines.