The Tanto School was founded in 1983 by Connie Näslund and Anne Haldane. The school expanded over the next few years to a total of five classrooms with an age range from four to twelve years old. The curriculum at this time was a mixture of British and American. After many years of dedicated service to the school both Mrs. Näslund and Miss Haldane retired.
In 2001 Magnus Riley and his wife Anna, both employees of the school at the time, took over the license for the school. Raymond Riley moved from Britain to take over the role as Principal. The school management then developed the curriculum to shadow the English National Curriculum, adapting it to suit a Swedish environment and extra emphasis was placed on the teaching of Mathematics and Literacy. The school now incorporate residential trips as part of the curriculum, helping students learn more about topics difficult to simulate in a classroom environment. Residential Trips to England and skiing trips also became regular features of the school calendar.
Due to a legislative change in 2009 the school created The English Nursery for children up to the ages of 6. Mrs. Joan Strong a Canadian citizen, with experience teaching in Canada, Asia and Africa was employed as the new Head of Nursery. The curriculum at the Nursery was adapted to incorporate all the criteria from the compulsory Swedish Curriculum for pre-schools (Lpfö 98 rev 2010) with The Early Years Program in English nurseries as well as all the KS 1 objectives laid out in the English National Curriculum for Year 1. More information about the English Nursery can be found on www.englishnursery.se
In August 2009 the school also launched its new After School Care, TASC, where students who are enrolled in this program can participate in activities after school and during school holidays. TASC is now managed by Mrs Dubé a qualified K-16 teacher from Canada with experience teaching in Asia and is assisted by Mr. Christo Hunt, a South African citizen with wide experience of outdoor activities, wildlife and Biology. The activities in TASC balance the Academic school days by being more hands-on (arts and craft) and providing opportunity to socialize, play and spend time outdoors.
In August 2012 Mr Rob Cameron, who has 15 years of teaching experience in British schools, was employed as Principal of the school. Mr Cameron has enjoyed success as a senior member of staff in UK schools. He also has previous experience with the school as class teacher in Year 6/7 and as Deputy Head under Mr. Riley.
The future for the school lies in maintaining a profile which remains small, secure and personal. Everyone knows everyone and thus pupils feel secure and have a sense of belonging in what is often a new country and culture.