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Below are some past pupils of Prince Albert School. We have welcomed back many past pupils, inclduding some from over 50 years ago, and this page aims to celebrate their successes and inspire others.
Cllr Ayoub Khan grew up and still lives in Aston. He was educated locally, attending Prince Albert School Primary, Duddeston Manor Secondary and Josiah Mason College. He has a degree in chemistry and a Masters in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham. After graduating, he worked as an IT consultant for Keane Ltd and for Fujitsu Consulting before studying law at the University of Central England. He was called to the Bar in 2005 and qualified as a barrister in 2007.
He was first elected for Aston ward in May 2003 and became Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety in May 2007.
As Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety, Cllr Ayoub Khan has responsibility for co-ordinating and initiating the Council's activities in relation to community safety and crime prevention and further developing neighbourhood working in the city so as to 'achieve excellence with communities'. Other responsibilities include having the strategic overview of Neighbourhood Offices and tackling financial exclusion in Birmingham.
Ayoub is a dedicated family man and lives with his partner and three children.
Chef Director Aktar Islam of Lasan Restaurant in Birmingham attended Prince Albert in the late eighties through to the early nineties. Aktar Islam won the prestigious F Word title after beating off competition from British restaurants. Lasan received the highest score from The F Word diners, made up of leading food critics, to be crowned the winner by Gordon Ramsay, who made the final decision.
Aktar said, “Winning The F Word competition is an amazing achievement and I’m honoured to have worked so closely with one of the world’s best chefs. This title goes a long way to proving that not only is Indian food one of the most popular in the UK, but that it is more than just takeaways and Tikka Massalas. I aim to create authentic menus that are a true representation of Indian cuisine.”
Pal Aron, born 1971 in Birmingham is a British actor who attended Prince Albert School. He is best known for playing Adam Osman in Casualty, Brandon Kane in The Bill, Jayesh Parekh and Sonny Dhillon in Coronation Street. Before turning professional he performed with the Theatre of the Unemployed in Birmingham. He was also in the comedy Green Wing, and has performed with the RSC to great acclaim. As of January 2008, Aron has taken the role of Vijay Chohan in daily hospital drama The Royal Today.
Pal has recently finished filming The Cup, a BBC2 Comedy series in which he plays Dr. Kaskar, a football fanatic parent trying to live his dreams through his footballer son, Ranjit Kaskar, played by Nazim Khan.
Ateeq Javid attended Prince Albert School between September 1996 and July 2003. At the age of 9 he began to represent Warwickshire County Cricket Club in the under 10’s squad. He went on to represent them at all junior levels. After attending Aston Manor School he gained a two year professional contract with Warwickshire Cricket club.
He has now made three senior appearances for Warwickshire but the highlight of his career so far has been representing the England cricket team in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. Ateeq’s success so far is due to a certain amount of natural ability but what has made the real difference is his desire to succeed and be the best cricketer he could possibly be.
John Salway also attended Prince Albert until 1952. In 1952 he went on to Handsworth Grammar School and later onto Manchester University studying for a BSc in Biochemistry. He then went on to study at Birmingham University in 1967, gaining a PhD in Medical Biochemistry. During his career, John has worked at Birmingham General, Leeds University and more recently the University of Surrey as a Senior Lecturer.
John Gaane also attended the school in 1945, followed by King Edwards until 1959. In 1960 John went to study at Exeter College in Oxford, later joining the Labour Party Research Department. John has had many different jobs during his career, and has worked as the Director of a Housing Centre Trust and the Deputy Director for Unison looking at policy and research. More recently in 1996, John has successfully studied for a MA in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham. John has also been a councillor in Camden for London Borough Council.
Dr Chris Henney attended Prince Albert School in 1945. In 1952 he attended King Edward VI School until 1959 when he started studying at Birmingham University. In 1964 he graduated (BSc, PhD, DSc) and two years later left for America. Working as a university lecturer, Chris later became involved in the drug development field, heading a series of companies in the biotechnology field.
Brian Armfield joined Prince Albert School in 1948 having moved into the area at that time. He went to George Dixon Grammar School and then to Birmingham Conservatoire of Music followed by a post-graduate course. From 1965 until he retired in 2001, Brian has been the Director of Music at several schools. Now in part-time retirement, Brian is an examiner of Music at grade and diploma levels, and still enjoys performing at concerts on Sundays. He also plays the organ at the main church in Wolverhampton.