Head Teacher- Mr Stitchman
I was born in Yorkshire but went to school mostly in Derbyshire. After school I attended Loughborough University before working for a time at Sainsbury’s. I decided that retail wasn’t the career for me so after a spell living and working in France I trained to be teacher. My teaching career started in the North- East before moving and working in a number of schools in Gloucestershire.
I became the Head of Dormston in September 2013. It’s been a real pleasure to see the school improve and develop. Even more exciting is that we can and will become better in the years to come.
I spend most of my spare time running round after my two boys, who are beautiful and energetic in equal measure. For my sins I am Chesterfield supporter which is very trying indeed.
Deputy Head Teacher- Mr Carroll
Originally from Staffordshire, I completed my degree in Chemistry and my PGCE at Kings College, London. I then worked for three years in Berkshire teaching Chemistry and Physics before relocating back to the Midlands. I took up a post at a Dudley School where I became Head of Science before moving onto Dormston in 2003 as Assistant Head Teacher. My move to Deputy Head occurred the following year.
I am married and have two children – a boy and a girl who keep me incredibly busy with their own individual pursuits!
In my spare time I enjoy travelling with my wife and children. I am also a keen fan of Rugby Union and try to get to as many matches as I can.
Deputy Head Teacher- Mr Dixon
I was born and brought up in Lancashire. I left the north to attend Birmingham University to study for a BA Hons degree in Drama. Following this I worked for a “Theatre in Education” Company for a year on a school tour across the UK. It was this work that gave me an interest in Education and I decide that I wanted to train as a teacher. I started my teaching career at a large secondary school in Birmingham and became Head of Department. I then went on to become Head of Arts at a school in Dudley, followed by appointment to Assistant Head at Dormston. After one year at Dormston I became Deputy Head.
I still love Drama and enjoy my time in the classroom and staging the school productions. In the past I have directed ‘Chicago’, ‘Fame’ ‘Grease’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’. I am also a regular theatre-goer myself and especially enjoy getting down to the West End!
I have travelled extensively and perhaps the most memorable trips were the times spent working on an American summer camp high in the Catskill Mountains of New Jersey, followed by touring the USA by Greyhound bus.
Assistant Head Teacher- Mrs Bassan
As a second generation immigrant who was brought up in the seventies I am a firm believer in the importance of equal opportunities for all and that everyone should have the chance to achieve their full potential, whatever their background. My experiences of schooling, both in London and then the Midlands has shaped these beliefs considerably. I was the first person in my extended family to go onto University and complete a degree which is something that I am very proud of.
I have taught in a number of schools, all in the Midlands. Previous roles have included: Head of Year, Head of R.E. and Citizenship Co-ordinator. As Assistant Headteacher at Dormston School I have had the privilege of leading in both the pastoral and curriculum areas of the school, as well as leading initiatives such as whole school literacy, numeracy and Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.
I am a parent of twin daughters and a son. My girls are currently studying for their first degrees: Sian is reading Psychology at Sheffield and Kieram is reading English at Reading. Krishan, my son is currently in Year 10 and completing the first year of his GCSEs. I am an incredibly proud mother but as a parent, do recognise the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
In my free time I particularly enjoy swimming, walking and yoga. Living in Worcester I am surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and do try to get out and about whenever possible.
Assistant Head Teacher- Mrs Elliott
Born and raised in the Black Country I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education Studies. Having a keen interest in dance from an early age I continued to study for my associate teaching examinations with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing before completing a PGCE at Liverpool.
Having worked at Dormston School for many years now I am proud to be part of such a dynamic and innovative leadership team. 20 years of teaching and I continue to thrive on educating and shaping the lives of young people in the hope they will achieve their wildest dreams!
I am a devoted mother of two gorgeous girls who never cease to amaze me with their love of life and inquisitive nature.
My main passions outside of school, besides my family, are astronomy and travelling. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to experience and explore many parts of the world including the Inca Trail in Peru, becoming an advanced SCUBA diver in Thailand, supporting the All Blacks in New Zealand and topping up my tan on many an Indonesian island!
Assistant Head Teacher- Mr Grundy
Growing up I was a sport fanatic and I ended my education completing a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
After a year of working as a supply teacher in a huge variety of schools my first permanent appointment was as a PE and Mathematics teacher at Dormston in September 1996. I have been here ever since and worked in a variety of different roles, Head of Year, Head of Mathematics and finally Assistant Head Teacher with my main responsibilities being tracking pupil progress and data analysis. I also write the school timetable.
Teaching at Dormston for over 20 years means that I have seen enormous changes over the years and I am often teaching the children of some of my former pupils. The phrase “Sir, I think you taught my mum” is becoming increasingly common… which I can never quite come to terms with!
Assistant Head Teacher- Mrs Gwinnett
I was born and brought up in Wolverhampton. I studied for my BA in Greek & Roman Studies at the University of Birmingham, returning there in 2001 to complete my PGCE.
My love of history developed at an early age, fed by my father’s extensive book collection and family holidays to many ancient sites around the Mediterranean.
I joined Dormston in 2002 as an NQT, becoming Head of History in 2006, a CPD Leader in 2015 and Assistant Head in 2017. It is a privilege to be a part of the school’s continued success.
Outside of school I endure the odd run and enjoy walks with my husband and our dog. I am a novice real ale drinker and an avid reader of historical fiction.