• Sweden's news in English
 

Sigtunaskolan: The boarding school broadening its language horizons

The Local · 21 Oct 2013, 09:06

Published: 21 Oct 2013 09:06 GMT+02:00

"We were the first school in Sweden, together with Kungsholmen, to offer the IB Diploma Programme which is taught exclusively in English," says Benedikz, who is originally from the UK but has worked in Sweden for over twenty years.

"From next year we'll also be offering the Natural Science Programme for upper secondary pupils in English and the Social Science Programme in both Swedish and English. This is quite a departure for what's been a very traditional school, but one we see as important and reflecting the needs of our students."

Student demand for English skills

Having previously worked as principal at IEGS for eight years, the international school on Södermalm, Benedikz knows full well just how much interest there is in English-language programmes in Sweden. "Students are very keen to ensure they have the best options for the future," she adds.

"Business and education today is so incredibly international: young people recognise this. More and more want strong English skills to compete in the international workplace, study abroad and increase their options."

This is something the school is also hearing from parents. For the second year in a row, competition for places on the IB MYP programme for pupils starting grade 7 is high. "We already have nearly 100 applicants for next year as well as parents putting younger children in the queue for both boarding and day places," says Benedikz. "Some have even put their children down to start at SSHL in 2017.

A school true to its Swedish roots

Despite its increasing international focus and the increase in foreign students applications, SSHL remains very much a Swedish school. "We have many local day students from Sigtuna. We also have Swedish boarding students whose families live and work abroad. They come to Sweden to learn more about their home country so it's important we remain aware of our roots."

The school celebrates all the typical Swedish traditions, which students and staff always enjoy. "I've been told that the Lucia celebrations in December are amazing," says Benedikz. "It takes place very early in the morning overlooking Lake Mälaren. For both our foreign and Swedish students, it's a moment to remember. I'm really looking forward to my first Lucia procession at SSHL."

A safe and secure environment

As part of its commitment to providing the very best for its students, SSHL established a new Student Welfare Centre at the start of the year in one of the former boarding homes, right at the heart of the school's impressive campus. "The Student Welfare Centre brings special needs and support teachers, along with those responsible for the health of students at the school, together under one roof," says Benedikz. "It is led by Suzanne Gavin, a teacher, who is specializes in leadership training and student welfare."

The school's mission is to help every student develop to their absolute potential, both academically and personally. "We believe in a holistic approach to schooling," says Benedikz."“We help our students develop into well-rounded, academically outstanding global citizens. The Centre is a bold move and one that reflects our new focus. Leadership training is incredibly important as it prepares our young people for the work place. Strong personal skills are just as important to succeed in life as academic excellence."

Since its inception in August, the Centre has proved very popular with parents and students alike. "The feedback we're getting is very positive. I think this shows that there’s a genuine need for more individual support for students in schools. This year we've made sure that all students applying to universities abroad are given help and guidance by staff who have previously taught within the UK higher education system. We'll also be implementing innovative changes next year, making tutors available in the afternoons to give students even more academic support."

A leading boarding school

Since taking over the school Benedikz has also made changes to strengthen SSHL's position as a leading boarding school. "It's an increasingly competitive market, with schools in the UK and Switzerland particularly attractive, even for Swedish families choosing to send their children to boarding school," she explains.

SSHL has now been accepted as a member of the BSA, the Boarding School Association, which will bring SSHL into further alignment with other leading international boarding schools.

"By joining the BSA we can successfully implement best boarding praxis," explains Benedikz. "Everyone here at SSHL is working to ensure the school is a safe, secure, academically challenging place to live and learn. I really believe Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket can bring something different to what is currently on offer in Sweden."

Article sponsored by Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Today's headlines
Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms
Sweden is home to many of the world's successful startups, such as Spotify. Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms

5 hours ago

UPDATED: Swedish Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mikael Damberg has told The Local about his action plan to turn Stockholm into the top startup city in the world. But critics of his proposals say they are too vague.

Euro 2016
‘I get a kick out of doing things that hurt you’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Pontus Lindahl/TT

‘I get a kick out of doing things that hurt you’

34 minutes ago

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has caused a stir after mouthing off in a press conference when a Swedish journalist asked about his business interests, ahead of his national side's Euro 2016 qualifier with Russia.

Hairy Swedish panties sew up artist's reputation
The hairy knickers. Photo: Private

Hairy Swedish panties sew up artist's reputation

1 hour ago

A pair of knickers made from thousands of strands of human hair has knitted overnight success for its maker. Swedish craftswoman Nina Sparr tells The Local that her efforts mirror a traditional craft that has been popular in her family for centuries.

Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court
Saab's former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. Photo: Karin Olander/TT

Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court

2 hours ago

Swedish car maker Saab's former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the firm's former head lawyer Kristina Geers have appeared in court in Vänersborg in west Sweden, accused of falsifying financial documents shortly before the company went bankrupt in 2011.

Secret anti-immigration blogger's name exposed
A file image of a Swede using the internet. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Secret anti-immigration blogger's name exposed

6 hours ago

UPDATED: 'Julia Caesar', an anonymous right-wing blogger who has blasted Swedish journalists for writing an "epoch of lies" about the benefits of immigration, is herself a former reporter for Sweden's biggest broadsheet, Dagens Nyheter, according to a Swedish tabloid.

Plea for help in hunt for Swedish woman's killer
Ida Johansson, who was found dead on a running track in Upplands Väsby. Photo: Polisen

Plea for help in hunt for Swedish woman's killer

10 hours ago

Swedish police have released a picture of the 21-year-old jogger murdered on a running track almost a month ago as her mother prepares to make a television appeal.

Swedish museum makes way for iconic train
The iconic Swiss locomotive. Photo: SBB

Swedish museum makes way for iconic train

9 hours ago

Railway buffs in Sweden are on track for a treat as a rare Swiss locomotive is set to roll into a Swedish transport museum in the coming days to celebrate a century of electric trains in the Nordic country.

The Local List
Seven bizarre Swedish academic traditions
Student life in Lund, southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/SCANPIX

Seven bizarre Swedish academic traditions

10 hours ago

As thousands of students flock to Sweden's university towns for the start of the semester, The Local guides you through the top academic traditions you need to know about.

Swede wakes up with Justin Bieber on buttock
The Swede says he can't remember how he ended up with Bieber's name on his backside. Photo: stamminen/Instagram

Swede wakes up with Justin Bieber on buttock

1 day ago

A man in central Sweden has more reason than most to regret a drunken night out - after waking up with Justin Bieber's name on his backside.

Video
Video of Swedish longboarder goes viral
Ishtar Tussilago taking a tight corner in the Norwegian mountains. Photo: Screengrab

Video of Swedish longboarder goes viral

1 day ago

Stunning footage of Swedish longboarder Ishtar Bäcklund and fellow riders skating down the Norwegian mountains has gone viral, pulling in over 190,000 views on Vimeo.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
VIDEO: Swedish longboarder builds dreams with viral film
National
Swedish billionaire blasted for 'lonely' Twitter rant
Gallery
Property of the week: Stuverum, Västervik
National
Swedish ship rescues 5,295 refugees
National
TIMELINE: Everything you need to know about the Julian Assange case
Blog updates

28 August

Editor’s blog, August 28th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, It was all glitz and glamour in Sweden this week as Stockholm Fashion Week got..." READ »

 

18 August

Preteritum eller presens perfekt? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hello everyone, It’s grammar time ! I got an interesting question about the past tense vs present..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: August 28th-30th
National
'Sweden Democrats will run the country'
National
Swedish bin men hailed as heroes after rescuing doomed kitten
National
This Swedish teen was told she was 'too big' to be a model
Sponsored Article
'It gives you the guts to believe in yourself'
Gallery
People-watching: August 26th
Sponsored Article
Nine places where Stockholm needs more English
National
Rescued baby lemur gets new Stockholm home
National
Stockholm Fashion Week turns island into Mars
Gallery
Property of the week: Stora Essingen, Stockholm
National
Swedish crayfish thieves caught red handed by officers
National
Veil soon to be lifted on new Millennium sequel novel
Gallery
People-watching: August 21st - 22nd
Cecilia Larsson Lantz/imagebank.sweden.se
Presented by Stockholm Academic Forum
International students welcomed to Stockholm
National
The Bridge: What does the third season have in store?
National
Lucky escape for Swedes after 'dead' bear launches attack
National
Syrian asylum seeker comic: 'We don't prefer Sweden any more'
Lifestyle
Baby joy for Swedish crime queen and her wrestler boyfriend
National
Soldier accused of faking first Isis attack in Sweden
National
Fire alert as Sweden sizzles in summer heatwave
Gallery
People-watching: August 19th
National
Meet the Swede who is crazy for Norway’s mass killer
National
Swede's review of night in drunk tank goes viral
National
VIDEO: Swedish teen melts hearts with this incredible Idol audition
Society
What's a Swedish crayfish party?
National
UN: Sweden can't be left to shoulder migrant crisis alone
Gallery
Property of the week: Skogås, Huddinge
National
Men outstrip women for first time
Society
IN PICTURES: Wooden town resembles 'war zone' after huge fire
Gallery
People-watching: August 14th-16th
Sport
Swedish referee shuts viral Facebook page explaining his decisions
Business & Money
A studio in Stockholm or a castle in the countryside?
National
How did twelve skeletons end up beneath a Swedish castle?
Gallery
People-watching: August 12th
National
Millennium sequel author labelled 'grave robber'
National
Two metre long python stops traffic in Malmö
National
IN PICTURES: Shoppers pay tribute to Ikea stabbing victims
Technology
Danish 'monster' pulled out of Swedish waters
National
Bizarre baby baptism for hockey fan
Gallery
Property of the week: Löderup, Ystad
Sponsored Article
Getting pregnant the Swedish way
Sponsored Article
Outsourcing drives Apreel's Europe growth
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

3,171
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se