They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but this top student has proved them wrong after achieving a GCSE A*... at the ripe old age of 74.
Not content with the grades he achieved back in 1956, Malcolm Lord decided to take up study once again upon his retirement in 2005, starting classes to “keep his old mind working”.
And he enjoyed it so much he went on to take five GCSEs, an AS Level and a handful of short courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College.
Now he has topped off his haul of grades with an A* in English language, in the same year that grades in the subject dropped nationally.
The grandfather-of-two said: “It’s rather remarkable really, I can’t believe it.
“I study for fun, it’s a hobby to keep me active.”
The former civil service worker, from Bispham, has always been interested in education, his son Anthony is deputy head teacher at St Aidan’s CE Technology College, Preesall, and he is vice chairman of the governors at Montgomery High School, Bispham.
He added: “My studies started when I retired, I had done O Levels but I’d never done an A Level, so I took a history course just to see if I could do it.
“I really enjoyed it and got good marks so I thought I’d carry on.
“I enjoy learning and it keeps my old mind working.”
Mr Lord’s thirst for knowledge has seen him also study sociology, psychology and even astronomy as well as a short course in creative writing and achieving an A in English literature four years ago.
“Astronomy was the toughest one,” he added. “There was a lot of physics and a scientist I am not. I took it at Rossall School and their gifted and talented Year 10 and 11 pupils were magnificent in helping me.”
And he believes his years gave him an advantage in some subjects, as well as his retired status allowing him the time to study texts for longer.
Despite his clutch of top grades though, Mr Lord isn’t quite ready to progress to degree level yet, instead wanting to invest as much of his retirement into holidaying.
Son Anthony said: “I’m proud of all my pupils, but for someone to achieve that grade at 74 is just wonderful. I’m over the moon for him.”