It’s billed as the country of “the happiest people in the world”, and with short travelling distances, living in Denmark you can combine the atmosphere of city life with relaxation in beautiful country and seaside. We asked primary leader Darren at the International School Ikast-Brande to tell us more about his international school in particular, and living and working in the country generally.
Please could you give us an introduction to International School Ikast-Brande?
Established in the heart of mid-Jutland, our ISIB school is surrounded by beautiful countryside in the dynamic town of Ikast, within driving distance of Herning, Brande, Silkeborg, Viborg and other nearby towns.
The school is only a couple of minutes from Motorway 15 and is situated on the ringroad of Ikast. There is a frequent, reliable train service serving the Mid Jutland region. Trains travel from Skjern in the west to Århus in the East. The school has access to the special facilities of Vestre Skole, notably science facilities, the school gymnasium and food technology.
We were the first international, independent free school in Denmark teaching in English, and our aim is simple: we will give the children a quality education and a love of learning that prepares them for future life. Opened in 2009 the school is growing at a steady rate and it now has 125 pupils aged 3-16. We are very excited that we’ll be moving to a brand new purpose-built school at the beginning of August 2013.
There are currently seven classes, from early years (2 years and 9 months to 5 years) up to our IGCSE group, which comprises 14 – 16 year olds, and we ensure pupils are supported both academically and pastorally.
There is a supportive staff team at the school, who look after and encourage one another, and work together to provide the best possible level of education for the children they teach.
Could you introduce us to Ikast?
Living in Ikast means living in the heart of Jutland. Here you find rich and diverse nature, small and welcoming towns and a thriving business community. Whether you’re moving to Ikast-Brande as a family with children or you are coming as a couple or on your own the municipality usually has something to offer. There are a variety of leisure activities as well as shopping possibilities and cultural offers. There is also a local international society to welcome new residents to Denmark
Overall, what’s it like as place to live and work for UK teachers?
Quiet, calm and relaxing. It’s generally a very safe, and considered to be a happy place to live. All new residents to Denmark are entitled to attend Danish lessons free of charge for up to three years, although it is entirely possible to live here and not speak Danish, as the majority of people have a good level of spoken English.
Could you tell us about the syllabus taught at your school?
Our curriculum is patterned on the Cambridge Educational System – an internationally recognised standard of education. Many international schools use the Cambridge standards and curriculum to plan quality lessons. The resources used are similar across schools, which helps children when they transfer between two international schools.
The Cambridge Educational System divides students into three levels:
- The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) for the age group 5-11 years
- Lower Secondary Programme (LSP) for the age group 11-14 years
- Senior Secondary Programme for the age group 14-16 years.
Thanks very much for taking part!