Aesthetics & Human Performance

The Department of AHP incorporates three key subject areas, namely Art, Drama (Theatre) and Physical Education.

Acting as IEGS’s hub for creativity and physical performance, the Department of Aesthetics and Human Performance (AHP) offers a range of academic and practical courses.

These courses enable students to develop genuine life skills that they will draw upon in both their future academic studies and their professional career paths.

As a foundation subject, all students who undertake gymnasium courses must complete physical education and health. The IEGS curriculum aims specifically to equip students with the enthusiasm and practical knowledge to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The emphasis is placed on both active participation, where success is measured through self-development and on applied understanding, where knowledge and understanding from the wider curriculum is applied to real world sporting and exercise context. We value student development and well-being, offering the course once a week over two years to ensure all students can be active for at least two of their three years at IEGS.

Finally, through a range of art and drama (theatre) courses, students who are following either the Aesthetics programme or as elective courses on other programmes, have the opportunity to harness and develop their inner creativity. By combining high quality academic opportunities, practical experience in staging performances and exhibitions, students learn entrepreneurial skills as well as developing the skills required to access higher education in these very competitive fields.

In addition to the generic teaching spaces within the school, the department has access to a purpose equipped drama and dance studio, a fully refurbished art room (2012), as well as a fully equipped sports hall. Where necessary, the department uses a range of off site facilities including Eriksdalbadet Swimming Pool, a range of other sports centres, and theatrical performance spaces, including Fylkingen and Stadsteatern.


Within the department, courses are delivered by highly qualified teaches within their field of expertise. By embracing a cohesive and inter-disciplinary approach, staff work collaboratively to ensure that pedagogical practice is kept fresh and innovative.

Ms. Bolton

Visual Arts Teacher

Ms. Bolton is originally from the United States. She has a BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She currently teaches Visual Arts.

Ms. Crompton

Art Teacher

Ms. Crompton holds a BA HONS in illustration with animation from Manchester School of Art and a Teaching degree in Arts Education from Cambridge University. She currently teaches Design and IB Visual Arts.

Mr. Grape

Drama and Head of the Aesthetics Department

Mr. Grape is a qualified theatre teacher who studied theatre at Uppsala University and Stockholm University. He also studied theatre pedagogy in Norrköping. He has acted in and directed numerous plays and has been involved in free theatre groups in Norrköping and in Stockholm.

Mr. Kühn

Physical Education and Head of Russell House

Mr. Kühn was born in South Africa and studied Physical Education and Geography at the University of Pretoria. He completed his Higher Educational Diploma at the University of Pretoria in 1992. Following this Mr. Kühn completed a postgraduate in Psychology at the University of South Africa. In 2001 Mr. Kühn moved to Sweden and took part in various courses in Art and Form and is currently also working as a professional artist.

Mr. Mahadeo

Physical Education and Head of Curie House

Mr Mahadeo has an Honours Degree in Science with a specialisation in Exercise Physiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He has also attained an undergraduate qualification in Sports Management & Coaching along with being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the US. He is a qualified teacher since 2005, having taught in South Africa and the UK.

Mr. Nilsson

Physical Education Teacher and Science Teacher

Originally from Stockholm, Mr. Nilsson studied sport and health science at Gymnastik & idrottshögskolan and biology at Stockholm university. Finishing his teachers degree in 2023 he is now teaching Physical education and Science at IEGS.

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