Each student at Titan Aston Academy will belong to one of the four houses. The house groups have been named after inspirational people from Birmingham: Gerry Pountney, Karl George, Karren Brady and Digby Jones.

Tutor time will be in house teams and the groups will have a mixture of all years within them.

The older students are expected to take on a supportive mentor role to the younger students.

Throughout the year there will be many in-house competitions such as sporting events, spelling events, maths events, public speaking, music and the arts and attendance.

Healthy house competition is encouraged.


Karren Rita Brady, Baroness, CBE is an English sporting executive politician, television personality, newspaper columnist, author and novelist. She is featured on the Apprentice as aide to Lord Sugar. She was small Business Ambassador to the UK government under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club and current Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club.

Gerry Pountney is a local man well known throughout the city. He is a firm supporter of the school. He is an entrepreneur who trained as a builder and formed his own company. When the recession hit he started again, and now he has several businesses in and around Birmingham.

Karl George was raised in Birmingham and attended Handsworth Grammar School, where he stayed until the end of his A-Levels. He then trained as an accountant, and formed his first business at age 23. He has established a number of initiatives including starting the first international chapter of an America Mentoring initiative here in the United Kingdom. An outstanding member of his community, Karl was awarded an MBE in 2004. He is now an award winning businessman and is highly sought after on the public speaking circuit.

Digby Jones is born in Birmingham, he was educated at Bromsgrove School where he was Head Boy. He is a British businessman and politician, who served as a Director General of the CBL. He was gazetted as a peer on the 10th July 2007 as Baron Jones of Birmingham, of Alvechurch and of Bromsgrove in the county of Worcestershire. He took his seat in the House Lords on the same day. After graduating from the University College of London he worked for 20 years at Edge and Ellison a firm of lawyers based in Birmingham.

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