Teaching Staff Information
Born in Birmingham and an old boy of the school Mr Dupree went on to study at University of Surrey, the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Hamburg University and Birmingham City University, picking up a BSc(hons) in Linguistics and modern languages and an LLB along the way. Having tasted work in industry, brief experience as a technical translator at the Max Planck Institute and working as a forestry apprentice in Sweden Mr Dupree settled into a life in law working in local government and the NHS before moving into the private sector, Mr Dupree now specialises in commercial property – and for the past eight years has also lectured in law at postgraduate level at Birmingham City University. With an interest in education that spans from early years to postgraduate, Mr Dupree has been a governor for over 10 years.
I have two boys at Aston in Years 10 and 12 and have been involved with the Parents’ Association at Aston for a few years and I accepted the challenge of being Chair just last year. I work three days a week as a Food Safety Officer in the Environmental Health Team in Coventry, so felt I have a little spare time to put to good use. I find being part of the PA team is as rewarding as it is enjoyable and it is a great way of supporting all the boys at Aston.
Mr Downing joined the school in 2002 as a teacher of PE and Games. He became the Head of Year 7 in 2005, before undertaking the role of Year Leader for 8/9 and then 10/11. He was promoted to Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the school’s pastoral arrangements in Jan 2017 and is now also the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
His role also involves line managing the Year Leader team, the SEND department, Student Services department and the Sharp system, as well as coordinating the school’s assembly programme.
Having completed his B.ED (Hons) in 1986 Mr Smart spent three years working in comprehensive school before joining Aston in 1989 as a Teacher of PE, History and English. He was then appointed as Head of PE, Director of Sport when the School gained Sports College Status and finally Assistant Headteacher in 2008. During this time he also completed his NPQH. His current SLT responsibilities include the Professional Tutor role for both Trainee Teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers, extra-curricular participation including the House competitions and the school timetable. Mr Smart is a firm believer in students having a rounded education that prepares the students for life beyond Aston both in work and lifelong leisure activities.
Mr Sheergill joined this school in September 1987 having spent three years teaching Physics and Science in a school in Telford. Originally a teacher of Physics, he has worked in different areas of the school including the careers department and helping run the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for well over ten years. His time at this school has seen him undertake the roles of Head of Physics with this role leading to his appointment as Head of Science. On his appointment to Assistant Headteacher, he was responsible for the school timetable and was Head of Sixth Form, but is now responsible for out reach work for primary schools. Cluster leader for a number of departments including the Careers Department, school link for the Green Bus Company and running the Entrance exam in September.
Having worked in large, mixed comprehensive as a teacher of RE with responsibility for Citizenship and PSHE, Mrs Whittall joined the school in April 2004 as Subject Leader for Religious Education. Having taken on the leadership of Gifted and Talented provision, she was appointed to Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning in April 2009. In April 2012, Mrs Whittall was appointed as Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Assessment, ICT development including the Virtual Learning Environment as well as staff professional development.
Having completed a History degree at the University of Liverpool Mr Parker spent three years working in the insurance industry before starting his teaching career. Having initially taught in a large comprehensive school his senior leadership experience has been in the selective sector during which time he has also completed higher degrees at the universities of Leicester and Warwick. He firmly believes in the power of education to transform lives and the need for schools to have a culture of forgiveness.