Paul Spyropoulos

Paul Spyropoulos

Principal


Paul is a father of four children who are all in Bedford schools. He is a Science graduate of the University of Nottingham who completed his teaching PGCE at the Institute of Education in London. Paul taught in London during the 1990s.

Lindsey Pearson

Lindsey Pearson

Assistant
Principal

Lindsey will lead on ‘Teaching and Learning’ at Wixams, ensuring that your children’s lessons are of the highest quality and that we are constantly striving to develop the most effective, engaging and innovative teaching practice in our school.

Lindsey is a performing arts teacher specialising in dance, music and drama. She is currently completing her lead practitioner qualification which will mean she is among the best in the UK and recognised as an expert in her field. Lindsey has been Assistant Principal responsible for Teaching & Learning at the Stockwood Park Academy in Luton.

Living in Marston for 13 years, Lindsey’s two children attend the local school. She says: “I love my job and I hope to be able to shape the education of the young people I work with so they aspire to and achieve their very best.”

Jacqueline Hepburn

Jacqueline Hepburn

Director of Assessment
and Head of Maths

Jacqui is passionate about Mathematics having pursued the discipline from a First Class Degree to an extremely successful industrial research and teaching career. A highly experienced Mathematics teacher and leader, Jacqui’s expertise is recognised and valued across the county where she has served as Bedford’s Mathematics Lead and chaired the Professional Study Group for Maths leaders.

Jacqui has been Director of Mathematics at Secondary and Upper schools in the region and is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Kempston Challenger Academy. Living in Oakley, Jacqui has three children studying at university and is currently the Chair of Governors at her local middle school.

Jacqui recently told us: ‘I strongly believe in the importance of Years 7 and 8 in developing well rounded young people and giving students the skills to be successful at GCSE and beyond. I am excited to be joining Wixams Academy and look forward to creating the best educational experience for our students in Bedfordshire.’

Andrew O'Rourke

Andrew O’Rourke

Assistant
Principal

Andrew leads on pastoral care, student wellbeing and behaviour systems at Wixams, ensuring that students receive the highest quality of support and care both in-house and through access to external providers such as counsellors and therapists.

Andrew is a Physical Education specialist who has a range of experience with teaching across the curriculum. He has vast experience of organising and leading on a range of whole school interventions (academic and pastoral) and has a passion for encouraging a personalised and fair approach to managing behavioural needs, encouraging student participation, inter-house competition and in organising a wide range of opportunities for all students.

In previous leadership roles, Andrew has been an Achievement Leader for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and has been an Assistant Principal responsible for pastoral care, academic outcomes and student wellbeing. Andrew told us “I am thrilled to be joining such a caring and hardworking team and will ensure that our students receive the absolute best care and guidance throughout their time at the Academy”.