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Colegio San Mateo receives 4-star EFQM Certification and hosts global Inspired forum


A team of evaluators from The European Model of Excellence (EFQM) visited Colegio San Mateo in April to perform assessments for the certification process. The European Model of Excellence (EFQM) is a powerful tool for planned change that guides the path from quality to excellence, involving all institutional components. Today, this model helps organisations drive improvement in a global management framework used by more than 30,000 companies and schools around the world.

In the last five years, Colegio San Mateo has obtained recognition for excellence by reaching the three-star grading. This means it is considered as a ‘School of Excellence’ by the EFQM. After a three-day visit, which involved in-depth assessments of the educational processes and practices of Colegio San Mateo Apóstol, the team awarded the school its fourth star. This is granted for achieving and maintaining outstanding levels of performance that meet or exceed the expectations of all stakeholders.

The International Inspired Forum took place at Colegio San Mateo in May. The forum’s purpose is to strengthen bonds between the institutions of Inspired, share experiences and improve the pedagogical practices. Sonsoles and Gabriel Castellano, the founders of St. Patrick's College in Spain, and Dr Stephen Spurr, Inspired Global Director of Education, were present, along with Altair Board president and Inspired CEO for the Americas, Matt Harbison.

The forum involved workshops with the School Student Council, the Peace Makers group and the members of the ONU model. Working sessions were also held with the management team. Dr. Spurr also presented a keynote speech for parents on contemporary education.