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Executive Principal Knighted For Services To Education

The Executive Principal of the Brooke Weston Partnership has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Sir Peter Simpson, whose career in education spans 40 years, oversees Corby Business Academy, Brooke Weston Academy and Kettering Science Academy.

He started at Brooke Weston in 1992, was appointed Principal in 1999 and in 2007, he took on the role of Executive Principal of the Partnership.

Sir Peter said he was "astonished" about his inclusion in the Honours list, saying: "I was rendered speechless.

"I have been very fortunate with the people I have worked with in the 40 years I have been doing this job, from my first head of department when I was a new teacher, right through to a succession of teachers from whom I learnt a lot.

"You look back on your career and realise that these people help you to become what you are.

"Now I'm working with great people and I hope we're delivering a good service."

Sir Peter said his other career highlights include the opening of CBA three years ago and the first time Brooke Weston Academy achieved 100% for the number of GCSE students getting five A* to C grades.

He said the desire to replicate such achievements elsewhere is the driving force behind the continuing development of the Brooke Weston Partnership.

"I'm very determined to provide the best quality service for the young people in our schools and to extend that high-quality offer to as many young people as I can, which is why I embarked on the process of developing the Brooke Weston school into the Brooke Weston Partnership to include several schools," Sir Peter said.

"Brooke Weston and now the other partnership schools are an example of just how good state-funded education can be."

Sir Peter said the Partnership's trustees are committed to extending the number of schools under the Brooke Weston umbrella and that they were having talks with a school in Wisbech.

Sir Peter, who was made an OBE five years ago, will be knighted at Buckingham Palace sometime in the autumn.