'I'm astonished' - Enfield Grammar School maths teacher Peter Gross elated with MBE
A teacher rewarded with an MBE for his services to education says his achievement is a “tribute” to the school.
Enfield Grammar School maths teacher, Peter Gross, is astonished he was named in the New Year’s Honours list after teaching for 38 years at the school in Market Place.
However, he said he will dedicate the gong to staff and students at the school, who he says all work together to create an inspiring atmosphere.
The 63-year-old said: “I didn’t expect it. I’m a bit like the others who received MBEs – I’m astonished. I just couldn’t believe it.
“People are still stopping me and congratulating me but there are many people in the school who put in a lot as well.
“It’s a tribute to the school.”
Mr Gross, who was also a student at the school, said the most rewarding moments as a teacher is watching students who, after hard work, are able to understand a problem in maths they previously found challenging.
The maths teacher also gives his time to help with after-school football practice and the school's choir.
The former assistant headteacher is one of three people in Enfield to be rewarded with an MBE.
He joins Ann Cable, who was recognised for 50 years of volunteering with the St John Ambulance Service in London and Jackie White for her services to disability swimming with Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club, based in Southgate Leisure Centre.