Our staff


Paul Spyropoulos


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

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.”


Jacqui Hepburn

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.’


Dean Dummett


Dean Dummett is a teacher at Wixams Academy who will be teaching all of the PE and Geography lessons along with some Science lessons. Dean is a passionate sportsman and is thoroughly excited about the opportunity to work in a brand new school supporting all of the students at Wixams Academy.

This will be Dean’s fifth year as a qualified teacher, having previously taught at a school in Cambridge for four years. Within his time teaching in Cambridge, Dean spent his first year teaching PE along with some Humanities lessons and was then given the opportunity to expand his role and become a Head of House. Dean took this role on for two and a half years before taking on a new challenge in leading a new Sixth Form Football Scholarship programme within the school. This broadened his teaching knowledge and gave him new experiences such as working with Histon Football Club who linked in with his Scholarship programme.

Dean studied at the University of Bedfordshire and was awarded a BA Hons Physical Education with QTS degree having spent four years training. During training Dean spent time in schools around Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Alongside training, Dean worked in his free time teaching PE at a school in North-West London as well as coaching sport to children on Saturday’s throughout his four years of training.

Away from work, Dean loves to play football and has had some great experiences including time playing at MK Dons Football Academy. Dean likes to spend his spare time with friends and family and regularly meets his old school friends who he still keeps in close contact with.

DeniseDenise Chapman

Office Manager

I am thrilled to be Wixams Academy’s Office Manager, having previously carried out a similar role for 12 years in a large secondary school of 1300 students in Hertfordshire. I hope that my experience will lay solid foundations on which to build fantastic support for the staff and students. Prior to entering the wonderful world of education, I worked in banking, the legal profession and in the clinical pharmacology department of an international pharmaceutical company where I helped set up trials for human "guinea pigs". I have two grown up daughters both of whom are teachers in Bedfordshire Secondary Schools.

CharlotteCharlotte Smith

After graduating in French and German, I trained as a journalist and have worked for most of my career so far in TV and radio news, including for CNN and the BBC. I’ve lived in Germany and Australia before moving to Bedford 10 years ago. Most recently I’ve helped environmental organisations publicise problems such as climate change and overfishing and how to solve them. Passions: Languages (of course! They are a super power), my kids and my misbehaved dog Bear.

DonnaDonna Chick

Learning Support Assistant

I am a mum to three grown up children and a grandparent to 5 grandchildren. I have worked within the educational field for 24 years and am keen to continue to increase my knowledge and skills. I have recently achieved my 6th diploma and I'm currently upgrading my maths levels. In my spare time I like researching into my family tree and having quality time with my grandchildren.

Chris JonesChris Jones


I am a Hertfordshire born mother of two and grandmother of four.  Initially, I worked in offices and various jobs before going to Middlesex University to complete a Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree.  I trained as a teacher of Food and Textiles (and Child Development) later in life and have subsequently worked in mainstream schools and also in a special school where I have taught cooking, textiles, computing, PSHE and some literacy and numeracy.  I completed a period of teaching in Indiana, USA and have also travelled to Hawaii with a school to attend the Student Global Leadership Institute.  I have worked as safeguarding lead for 25 years and have completed the National SenCo Award.  I believe every student has a right to feel safe and is given every possible opportunity to reach their full potential both in and out of school.