Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) was established to develop and provide the highest quality education to local young people.

Our specific aim is to deliver world-class education and skills to the communities we serve. BCAT sees itself as being part of a local family of schools and academies and will only consider sponsoring institutions if they wish to be sponsored by us. Our commitment to our local communities means that we are fully focussed on this area alone, meaning that all of our resources are locally available at all times.

Our Board

Structure of BCAT Governance

BCAT has appointed two Local Advisory Bodies ("LABs") and although not directors of BCAT itself, the LABs provide scrutiny and support at academy level.

LAB Terms of Reference

Heather Cunliffe is the Chair of Wixams Academy Local Advisory Body, a committee of Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) Board. Heather is self-employed but works within education, teaching and tutoring Business GCSE, tutoring teachers undertaking their leadership qualifications and assessing their final school improvement projects.

Our Local Advisory Body Members:

  • Heather Cunliffe (Chair) - SEND
  • Alan Burgess (Vice-Chair) - Health & Safety, Student Progress
  • Emma Baker (Parent) - Safeguarding
  • Joe Canzano (Co-opted) - Pupil Premium
  • Darsh Chand (Co-opted) - Most Able
  • Angela Smith (Staff)
  • Paul Spyropoulos (Principal)
  • Lucy Tanner (Co-opted) - LAB Member Development

Contact the Chair of Wixams Academy Local Advisory Body:

Heather Cunliffe
Chair of Governors
Wixams Academy
Green Lane

Tel: 01234 608950