New principal for Bedford Technical Academy is announced

New principal for Bedford Technical Academy Paul Spyropoulos.
New principal for Bedford Technical Academy Paul Spyropoulos.

Bedford College Academies Trust has announced the appointment of the man who will be the new principal designate of the pioneering Bedford Technical Academy which opens in September next year.

Paul Spyropoulos is a father of four children who are all attending Bedford schools.

The 44 year old is a science graduate from 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 was deputy headteacher 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 and 13 (Sixth Form) the new Technical Baccalaureate - the equivalent to three A Levels - will be offered.

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

“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 fulfil the demand for highly skilled and qualified young employees in the science and technology industry sectors.”

Families interested in finding out more about Bedford Technical Academy can go to or come along to their information events on Tuesday, July 7 or Saturday, July 11.