Tonight: ITV News
On Wednesday 20th January 2016, The Ebbsfleet Academy was visited by a news reporting team after being selected to be featured on an episode of "Tonight: ITV News". The team interviewed Ms Colwell with a focus on the academy celebrating record breaking GCSE results and the remarkable status of being one of the most improved schools in the UK. Several students were then interviewed and asked about the changes they had seen in their time at the academy, particularly their views on how the policy on mobile phones has affected their learning. The students were eloquent speakers and gave seamless interviews. The team rounded off their visit with filming one of Mr Smith's economics classes and learned alongside students the correlation between falling interest rates and consumer consumption. The episode is due to air on Thursday 4th February 2016
Korean News KBS
A Korean TV crew from KBS News selected The Ebbsfleet Academy as part of their international research after the academy’s improved performance in GCSE results. The trend is showing a 6.4% national gain in GCSEs following a ban on mobile phones in the classroom. This ban was one of many strict rules imposed by the new academy and has contributed towards a 28% increase in GCSE results in only 2 years!
|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Dominic King - Punishment and sanctions - 04/01/17|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Julia George - Punishment and sanctions - 28/11/16|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio 4 - Westminster Hour - 30/10/16|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Julia George - Do we need more grammar schools? - 19/10/16|
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|Ms Colwell talks to LBC - Dominic King - Unacceptable behaviour 29/04/16|
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|Ms Colwell talks to LBC - Iain Dale - 09/12/15|
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|Ms Colwell talks to LBC - Iain Dale 04/09/15|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Julia George 08/09/15|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Dominic King 14/09/15|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Steve Ladner 16/09/15|
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|Kent Teachers talk to Bob Dale|
Ms Colwell, Ms Eales-White and Mr Case talk to BBC Radio Kent - Bob Dale 16/09/15
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|Kent Teachers and Students talk to Bob Dale September 2015|
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|Ms Colwell talks to BBC Radio Kent - Julia George regarding holidays 23/10/15|
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No-nonsense new headteacher sent home FIVE PER CENT of pupils on first day of school for breaching strict new uniform rules
- Principal says 'unashamedly strict' rules will maintain high standards
- The new uniform rules were introduced at the start of this academic year
- Parents are warned that the uniform policy will be strictly enforced
The Times Article 26.07.14
Hillary Clinton wins presidential election...but perhaps not the one she wanted
They can't be blamed for getting the result of the American election, as highly-paid pundits and pollsters did too, but pupils at Ebbsfleet Academy still had fun running their own mock vote.
Usually pretty close to the real polls in previous exercises like the general election and Brexit, the pupils were left stunned when their prediction of Hilary winning turned out to be wrong.
Pupils took personalised polling cards to voting booths after in-school campaigns, debates and assemblies on both sides.
Hilary got 52%, Trump 31% and 17% didn’t want either, a far cry from Trump’s domination in reality, although he did actually get fewer votes than his rival.
It comes after the school received it’s first Ofsted rating last week, having opened three years ago, and achieved a ‘Good’ in all areas.
It means the school can open its brand new sixth form next year.
Principal Alison Colwell said: “We are delighted that the recent Ofsted inspection was so glowing about the academy and recognised the tremendous journey that the school has been on since opening in September 2013.
“As well as acknowledging how standards of achievement have risen considerably, thanks to the good teaching that goes on, they also commented on how our pupils take pride in their appearance and are proud to be members of the school community
“I was delighted that inspectors also noted the mutual respect between pupils and staff, and how pupils’ conduct around the school is orderly and the atmosphere is pleasant.
“The mock US election in school last week is yet another example of the enrichment work that the school does so well; it was really pleasing to see this aspect of the school also praised by Ofsted.”
Lead inspector Mark Goode noted that the principal provides determined leadership and has a clear vision for the school, along with the trustees, governors and senior leaders.
Teachers are held to account and well trained, and there is a mutual respect between staff and pupils.
Attendance has increased, and pupils are said to be proud of their school.
To become outstanding, attainment for pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities needs to improve.
Generous Ebbsfleet Academy pupil strives to help Syrians
A generous pupil from The Ebbsfleet Academy is urging fellow students to help people suffering in Syria.
On October 7, Ms Colwell, Principal of The Ebbsfleet Academy opened her emails and found an inspiring pitch from year 11 pupil, Joe Handley.
The 15-year-old said: "I take a very big interest in the current crisis that is happening in the Middle-East, including Syria.
"I noticed that it is possible to send aid boxes to the civilian victims of Syria who are in desperate need of supplies and food."
Joe suggested handing out jiffy bags with a "shopping list" inside to all students in the academy in the hope that they would each donate one or more items from the list.
He added: "My idea would be to come to the school at one point with my dad’s van, collect all the Jiffy bags and drive them to the collection point in Greenwich."
A spokesman for Ebbsfleet Academy said: "Joe is a credit to the academy and community and despite his studious approach to work, the free time he does make for himself, he is using proactively in an incredibly honourable way."