Academy head bows out on results day

Outgoing Barnes Wallis Academy principal Paul MacLeod with pupils at the GCSE results day
Outgoing Barnes Wallis Academy principal Paul MacLeod with pupils at the GCSE results day
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It was a case mixed emotions for principle Paul MacLeod when he attended the GCSE results day at the Barnes Wallis Academy last week.

The e vent was his last after a 14-year association at the Tattershall-based school - the last two as principal.

There was the joy of seeing so many of the academy’s students celebrate impressive results, but it was tinged with the genuine sadness of knowing that when the new term starts, he will not be sat behind his desk.

And judging by the number of students, staff and parents lining up to say a final farewell, Mr MacLeod will be missed - by everyone.

He said: “It has been a strange day in a lot of ways.

“I’m delighted and proud of what our students have achieved at GCSE level.

“They’ve worked very hard and there are a lot of success stories which has to be a positive.

“At the same time, it’s sad to think I won’t be here next month when everyone returns.

“I spent the last 14 years here. It has been a challenge and it’s been a massive part of my life.

“You are here from ‘x’ in the morning until ‘x’ in the evening.

“There are parts of the job I won’t miss but there’s a lot I will - not least the kids and the staff.

“Now, I’ll be able to spend a bit more time on the golf course and there’s a bike I bought a year ago and have ridden about twice!

“I’m looking forward to a quieter, less hectic life and I wish everyone at Barnes Wallis all the best.

“It’s a great place with some wonderful, wonderful people.”

Mr MacLeod was delighted the GCSE results were on a par with the previous year.

He said: “Seven students achieved 10 passes, including English and Maths. Another eight achieved nine GCSEs which is great.”

Pupils Sarah Dickson was one of those celebrating and said Mr MacLeod would be missed by everyone.