Teacher of Wimbledon College awarded MBE

Simon Potter
Simon Potter

Retired teacher Simon Potter received an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours recently, where he was awarded for ‘services to education in Wimbledon’.

Simon Potter joined Wimbledon College in 1972 and became Head of English in 1981. He retired from teaching at the College in 2009, having inspired generations of pupils. Since then he has continued to support pupils by returning to run revision classes for A Level and GCSE classes. Throughout his career at the College, he has been an inspiration to generations of pupils both within the classroom where, while being a History graduate, his love for and deep knowledge of English Literature, was passed on to the boys.

He is also responsible for creating a Wimbledon College Anthology of Poetry, and has written a book as a personal reflection on his time at the College. He is currently collaborating in a project to update a history of the College in time for its 125th anniversary in 2017.

Outside of the classroom, his enthusiasm focused on annual dramatic productions, where again pupils were encouraged and inspired by his relentless enthusiasm for all aspects of theatre. Mr Potter has directed the College’s school productions for over 40 years, and even now retired he still returns each year to support current teachers in theatre productions. There have been a wide variety of highly professional and successful performances which include Les Miserables, West Side Story, HM Pinafore, Oliver, Dr Faustus, Julius Caesar, Sweeney Todd. There are also been a number of productions that he has written or adapted especially for the school.

In his retirement, he maintains strong links with former College staff and pupils through his involvement with the Old Wimbledonian Association.