Principal Announcement

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Principal Announcement

Dear all,

Firstly, I am both proud and excited to introduce myself to you having been appointed as the founding Principal of Internationella Engelska in Solna. Together with highly skilled, dedicated and engaged staff, I look forward to creating a school in Solna that fully embodies the IES ethos. My aim is to establish and nurture a safe and calm environment where high quality, bilingual teaching and learning can flourish.  In addition, as a Solna resident myself, I feel an extra responsibility in ensuring that those families who choose to send their children to IES Solna and become part of the wider IES community get access to the best possible bilingual education that is available.

Since qualifying to teach in the UK, I have dedicated my career to being an educator, initially as a Physical Education teacher, and then in various leadership positions. After a number of years working in Birmingham, I moved to Sweden with my family and since then, I have worked within the IES organization for ten years, both at compulsory school and in gymnasium.  Having been on the leadership team at Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet in Södermalm, I continued my IES journey as part of the founding team at IES Årsta when it opened in 2017.  Whilst I have worked mainly as an Assistant Principal, I also enjoyed the opportunity to be Acting Principal at IES Årsta during the academic year 2019 - 2020. 

As an experienced IES educator, I am confident that setting high expectations for students and having high standards for staff is the basis upon which to build opportunities for success at all levels.  Furthermore, I believe that developing a disciplined environment where nurturing aspects of ‘Tough Love’ are paramount to students having the chance to really fulfil their potential.  This is something that will be incorporated into our daily life in school in order to build a cohesive, disciplined and pleasant atmosphere in all the classrooms and around the school. In addition to these academic opportunities, our school will also offer a range of extra-curricular activities in a variety of subjects as well as in sport and music. 

While 2020 has presented us all with challenges that we could not have imagined, I believe the need for a calm, safe and nurturing learning environment for our young people is now stronger than ever. Considering this, I look forward to meeting all of our new students and their families at IES Solna in the very near future so we can start to turn the vision into a reality.

Suzanne Gavin
Principal, IES Solna