Individual successes at Malcolm Arnold Academy despite overall dip in results

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The executive principal of Malcolm Arnold Academy has praised the “hard work and dedication of staff and pupils” despite a dip in GCSE results this year.

Toby Mullins said there had been “some unusual results” this year and that had impacted on the overall picture at the academy.

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He said: “In saying that, we do not want that to detract from some of the amazing success stories that we have had. Our students and staff have put an incredible amount in, and there have been some subjects and students who we can be particularly proud of.”

Top performing students included Ben Steere who secured nine A*s, one A, a B and a C.

Mr Steere said: “I’m ecstatic, it could not have gone much better. I was up late revising and then up early the next day. I basically haven’t done anything since Christmas. I worked really hard and I feel that has really paid off.”

Alice Boldrey and Lucy Monaghan both secured the results needed to be accepted onto a scholarship programme at Skegness Grammar Schools, and students such as Jacob Killeya, Silvesa Brahimaj and Bethany Madge got a number of As and A*s

Mr Mullins said: “We have a number of students who are sitting on grade boundaries at the moment, and we are going to be supporting them over the coming days.

“Results are, however, down on last year. Improving our response to changes at a national level is something that we will be working hard to address over the coming weeks and months.

“Just last week we were celebrating Malcolm Arnold Academy’s best ever A-Level results. These results are not what we believed we should get, but I am confident that this will not impact on the positive trajectory the academy is on.”