Kópavogur Grammar School places particular emphasis on knowledge, maturity and development in all school activities involving both students and staff. In order to better achieve this aim, a quality control board has been set up within the school having responsibility for steering those activities aimed at bringing about improvements.
Quality Control Board
The board is comprised of the school’s administration and quality manager. One of the board’s functions is to set out a board quality policy and keep all teachers and other members of staff informed about this policy. Furthermore, the quality control board‘s function is to implement a quality control system for the school.
ISO 9001 Quality Control System and HACCP process control system
Kópavogur Grammar School has certification that provides independent confirmation that the organization meets the requirements of ISO 9001. The quality management principles defined in ISO 9001 is that of the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle in a process-based approach. This calls for regular evaluation of the school´s performance and continuing improvement of this process-based performance. For example, all study-plans are reviewed by the head of department, all teachers carry out a mid-term evaluation and at the end of term teachers submit a report providing an overview of the term´s work. This quality system also includes an evaluation done by students (our customers), in which they rate more than 30 items including teachers, syllabi and their own work. In addition, the school implements a number of surveys to pinpoint where and how improvements can be made.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe, and it designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level. This quality system is crucial for Kópavogur Grammar School as it is the only culinary school in Iceland. Using HACCP means the school has both internal and external chemical and microbiological measurements taken twice a year.
According to legislation for senior secondary schools in Iceland, all secondary level institutions are required to introduce a system for internal evaluation of the school, including teaching and management and interaction both within the school and with those outside. Every five years an independent source outside the school is required to evaluate the school’s internal system of quality control. In Kópavogur Grammar School a system of evaluation of all modules, both in the academic and vocational sectors, has been in place since 1999. In addition there has been an evaluation of the school’s working environment, school management and the service provided by the school’s library and secretarial staff. All evaluations are followed up with an interview with the school’s principal. The school has also put in place a system for critically evaluating term exams and introduced a standardized template for exam papers. The aim of having an internal quality control system is to identify the strengths and weaknesses within the school’s system and thereby be constantly working towards improvements.
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