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Hillary Clinton wins presidential election...but perhaps not the one she wanted

By Lizzie Massey

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.

Principal Alison Colwell with pupils who took part in the mock US elections
Principal Alison Colwell with pupils who took part in the mock US elections

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

A pupil casts his vote - but was it for Trump or Clinton?
A pupil casts his vote - but was it for Trump or Clinton?

“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.

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