Our school campus is housed in a historically and culturally significant building located in the heart of Gamla Stan, in Stockholm. It was initially built in the 1630s as the residence and offices of an influential politician, Mårten Leijonsköld. Two centuries later, the building underwent a significant renovation and expansion and became SEB’s first bank palace. Much of the building’s current majesty derives from the architecture and interior design of the that period. During the last century, the building has seen many different institutions and corporations housed within its walls, from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) to Acne Studios, the fashion design company. Currently, the building provides more than 400 students and 50 staff members with a beautiful and inspiring learning environment.
Physical Education & Outdoor Life
Students in our PYP and MYP programs participate in a wide variety of physical education and outdoor life activities off- campus. Students enjoy team-building events such as outdoor camping whilst learning to prepare meals and shelter in nature.
Students will also learn to become experienced hikers whilst mastering the skill of orienteering. In addition, students will be taken to local facilities such as rock-climbing gyms, swimming halls, and ice-skating rinks or frozen lakes. No two days are the same when it comes to the wide array of experiences students will enjoy outside of the classroom!
Eknäs: Nature abounds!
Set in 15 hectares of idyllic countryside 35 kilometres south of Stockholm our Eknäs Gård site provides pupils with unrivalled, practical learning opportunities and experiences – key elements of the IB approach.
We believe that coupling what students learn in the classroom to real word experiences, as well as acquiring valuable life skills, are vital parts of the School’s overall offering. Our activities at Eknäs Gård are also grounded in the IB requirement of learning by experience.
The site includes renovated stables, used by local horse riders, several modernized vintage outbuildings – including a henhouse complex, where pupils gain first-hand experience of rearing hens and chickens. There is also space for geese, pigs, and there is even a working dovecote.
The School has restored an antique – and now automated – greenhouse, where pupils have the opportunity to see and learn how a variety of fruit and vegetables grow.
The site also features an fitness course that tests students’ dexterity, motor skills and sense of fun. A short walk from the main site, we also offer a variety of water-based activities such as kayaking and swimming.
The site is equipped with cooking facilities, a grill area, toilets, and crucially for those chilly Swedish winter days, fully heated areas for children and staff to dry off and warm up!
This building – previously a grain store – doubles up as a dorm for overnight visits. Our goal is to equip pupils with valuable life experiences such as the ability to cook food over an open fire.
Visits to Eknäs Gård are made regularly, and constitute an integral element of the School timetable. Our aim is that students visit the site up to twice a month. Our work at Eknäs Gård is ongoing and is set to offer an even wider range of educational experiences in the years ahead.