Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala can be found at the former Uppsala Genetic Centre, which has been renovated and transformed into a spacious and bright “grundskol” for grades 4 to 9.
What is most striking when you approach Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala is the garden that surrounds the school. Professor Göte Turesson, a botanist and geneticist, founded the garden in 1937. Prof Turesson performed classical studies on the ecological adaptation within a number of plant species and coined the term “ecotype”. He collected and planted in the garden ecotypes of different species including both trees and perennials and annual herbs from within Sweden and North America. The garden villa and the three plant houses were the first buildings to be established on the land in the late thirties. New buildings were erected in 1954, 1969, 1976 and 1991. In 1967 the area was officially named Genetiska trädgården.
Today, the garden contains ecotypes of trees like birch and bird cherry, different genetic variants of a number of tree species, different varieties of fruit trees – the apple orchard smells wonderful in the early fall, as do the collections of winter hardy roses and rhododendrons. Much of the plant material is from Prof Turesson’s original collections. The garden is still used for research, teaching and demonstrations, and is open to the public. Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala is fortunate to be able to share in this unique scientific and historical environment.
The Genetic Centre has been home to The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University (UU) training undergraduates and graduates in areas of cell research, genetics, microbiology, molecular genetics and plant breeding. Just like its predecessors, Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala provides a learning environment for young students, profiling itself for science and eco green awareness.
Throughout our renovations we have tirelessly aimed to conserve as much of the initial buildings as possible and when possible recycling products and furniture. For our science subjects we have two large functional, updated science labs and preparation rooms that have been used for undergraduate teaching until June 2011. One unique part of this project is our ongoing work with the initial three plant houses from 1937 that are being converted into our gym hall, a student lounge, and a functional greenhouse where students are able to experiment with simple genetics and plant life cycles.