Thursday 22nd June 2006 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston Principal Peter Simpson is delighted to have received an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. Now an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, he will visit Buckingham Palace to be presented with his award later in the year.
The British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years with nominations coming under lengthy scrutiny by expert sub-committees before the list of recipients is rubber-stamped by the Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister. The OBE is awarded to 'a distinguished regional or country-wide role in any field.'
Peter Simpson's award follows a teaching career spanning 35 years. Initially a science teacher in the London borough of Walthamstow, Peter moved to the Midlands and subsequently became an LEA science adviser. He also contributed to the TVEI project in Wales developing hardware and course materials for electronics teaching. He moved to Brooke Weston as Vice Principal in 1992 and was promoted to the top job seven years later.
Since then the school has forged many links with the local community. Brooke Weston offers Masterclasses to 250 students from local primary and secondary schools, and, most recently Peter has been at the forefront of plans for a new Academy in Corby which is set to open in 2008, putting into practice the educational principles and standards laid down at Brooke Weston.
Peter said: 'To say that I am delighted with this honour is an understatement, it is a privilege and means that the hard work of the staff and students of the College has been noted and recognised.'