Bladin's International School
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Bladins International School of Malmö is an international school associated with Stiftelsen Bladins Skola, an old Swedish independent school founded in 1868 and located in the heart of Malmö, Sweden. It offers education to students ranging from 3 to 15. The school itself consists of an international pre-school, an IBO international school. The international school is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization and offers the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and MYP (Middle Years Programme) programme, but not the Diploma Programme. In 2008, Bladins was awarded as the best school in Sweden, as the international side ninth graders achieved the highest grade point average throughout the whole of Sweden.
The International School was founded in 1987. At the time, Kockums, the Swedish submarine and ship manufacturer, won a contract to build submarines for the Australian navy. The region needed an International School for the Australian expatriate community. The International School was born.
Bladins International School now has more than 300 students of 30 different nationalities, who are taught by experienced and qualified teachers from all over the world with English as their native language. It offers an international education for students between 3 and 16 years. All teaching is in English and under the umbrella of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), which develops the IBO curriculum. The IBO is supported by the United Nations, and their goal is to overcome the barriers of religion, politics and culture through education.
In 1995 Bladins International School was the only school in Sweden to be authorised by the IBO to teach the Middle Years Programme for pupils aged 11 to 16. Since 2000, it has been authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme for pupils aged 3 to 11. As an IB school, the education is similar to all other 1,895 IB world schools, based in 124 countries. The IB program ensures a consistent foundation for all pupils in need of international education no matter where the family is based.
The school has long been surrounded by controversy and claims of financial mismanagement. Despite the majority of funding coming from taxpayers, and numerous requests from parents to publish financials, the school refuses to do so. The main allegations are that funding from the fee-paying international section are used to subsidise small classes and resources in the non-fee-paying national section of the school.