24 November 2009
The Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) network in Stockholm - Sweden's fastest-growing network of independent schools - says it is looking forward to a bright future, in partnership with CIE. The comment was made during a visit to the country in October, by CIE Regional Managers, Europe, Ann Gibson and Tim Lakin. IES currently has 14 existing schools and is one of Sweden's largest bilingual education groups. Cambridge IGCSE is already well established in the country.
Ms. Gibson and Mr Lakin travelled to Sweden to visit the Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet (IEG), the first school in Stockholm to offer Cambridge International A Levels. The visit also included a trip to IEG's sister school in Enskede, just south of Stockholm, which offers Cambridge IGCSEs, as well as the headquarters of the IES in Stockholm. Both IEG and its sister school are part of the IES network.
Damien Brunker, Head of Academics at IES said his organisation's core mission was to support schools that provided an international education supporting the very best in bilingual teaching.
He said: "Our recent partnership with CIE has enhanced this aspect immeasurably. Aligning Cambridge qualifications with the National Swedish Curriculum was easier than anticipated. Our future partnership with Cambridge looks bright. In 2011, changes in the National Swedish Curriculum, as well as a new seven-point grading system mean that running more parallel courses with Cambridge IGCSEs could be possible."
Dr Margret Benedikz, Principal of Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet (IEG) said she had been delighted to welcome CIE to the school.
She said: "We're thrilled to have Cambridge's help in offering students an internationally-recognised qualification. Students at IEG took the Cambridge International AS Level in English and this year they are also able to do the Cambridge International AS Level in Mathematics. We are also planning to offer Cambridge International AS Level in Chemistry in 2010. As an international school many of our students are looking to study in the UK. We believe the Cambridge International A and AS Levels will help them compete for places at British universities. Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet is committed to including Cambridge examinations as part of its educational platform."
Mr Lakin said the visit to Stockholm had been extremely rewarding for all parties. ‘CIE is involved in a number of bilingual education projects in Europe and we are looking forward to working closely with IES and international schools in Sweden in the future.'
The Network for International Schools in Denmark is also reporting increased interest in the Cambridge approach, and asked CIE to lead a one-day seminar under the theme ‘Working with Cambridge'. The seminar, attended by 13 schools, was opened by Ebbe Forsberg, the Secretary for Danmarks Privatskoleforening (Denmark's Private Schools Association). CIE currently has 11 schools in Denmark, and more are expected to register over the coming months.
Photo: Students from the Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet (IEG) in Stockholm.