Location of Technical Academy announced

Tuesday 8 September 2015

A brand new state-of-the-art Bedford Technical Academy for 13-19 year-olds from Bedford and surrounding areas, is planned for Wixams.

With excellent transport links from Bedford, Luton, Barton-Le-Clay, Silsoe, Clophill, Wilstead, Maulden, Flitwick and Ampthill the academy will also offer a subsidised transport service from locations across Bedford Borough.

Artist impression
Artist’s impression of what the Bedford Technical Academy may look like

The academy will take students from September next year (2016) at a temporary location prior to the opening of the new complex in 2017 subject to signing a funding agreement with the DfE.  

Bedford College Academies Trust earlier announced the appointment of the new Principal Designate of the pioneering Bedford Technical Academy.

Paul Spyropoulos, aged 44, 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 and then moved to Bedford and Biddenham Upper and most recently as Deputy Head at Hastingsbury Upper.

The Bedford Technical Academy is a new concept in education where students will be studying an exciting technical curriculum that will complement Maths, English, Science and Humanities GCSEs. It will specialise in science technologies, including veterinary science, clinical science, pharmaceutical science and IT, and creative technologies, including product design and computer games design.

In Years 12-13 (Sixth Form) the new Technical Baccalaureate (equivalent to three A-Levels) will be offered.

“There is nothing like it in Bedford. We will be preparing today’s young people for tomorrow’s careers in science and technology,” said Paul,

 “The Bedford Technical Academy is about providing students pathways into universities, higher apprenticeships or directly into careers in fast developing industries.”

Bedford Technical Academy is funded directly by Government, as with all academies and free schools. 

Chair of Bedford College Academies Trust, Ian Pryce CBE, said: “The Academy will fulfill the demand for highly skilled and qualified young employees in the science and technology industry sectors.”

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