New Head of Wixams Tree Primary

Mary Langley has been appointed by Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) as the new Headteacher of a new primary school currently being built in Wixams.

Mary Langley

Wixams Tree Primary will be next door to the secondary school Wixams Academy so pupils can complete their education from entrance age to Sixth Form in one location. Both schools will open in September this year (2017) and are run by BCAT which has a strong educational background in Bedford.

“I feel very proud and tremendously excited to have been appointed  Headteacher for Wixams Tree Primary School. I am passionate about working in partnership with the children, staff, governors and the parent community to build and develop Wixams Tree Primary as an exciting, happy and successful school,” said Mary,

“I am really looking forward to working with the whole community – I am  keen on building a whole school community which thrives on mutual respect and values positive relationships.”

After returning to education when her children had finished their early primary education Mary completed a  BEd (Hons) degree in Primary Education  from De Montfort University and subsequently a post graduate qualification from Roehampton University and then completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Principal Paul Spyropoulos of Wixams Academy, to which pupils from Wixams Tree Primary will progress at the age of 11, explained that his school will be welcoming students in Year 7 from a range of primaries in September. As well as the existing primary in Wixams, Lakeview, pupils have signed up from Bedford, Elstow, Wilstead, Ampthill and Kempston to join the brand new secondary school.

Governor appointed

A new Chair of Governors at Wixams Tree Primary has been appointed by Bedford College Academies Trust.

Saqhib Ali is the Chair of Governors of the new Wixams Tree Primary.

Wixams Tree Primary Chair

A resident of Wixams and member of the Wixams Parish Council, Mr Ali loves the new community where he and his family have chosen to live. His daughter is a pupil of the existing Lakeview Primary School.

Mr Ali attended Bedford Modern School and the University of Leeds where he obtained a BSc (Hons).   Now a qualified accountant with an MBA from the University of Cranfield, he has been based in Bedford for four years, working in financial services. 

Mr Ali is a Non-Exec Lay Member and Chair of Audit & Governance at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Additionally he has served as a School Governor to Bedford Modern Junior School and Vice Chair of Governors at Maulden Lower School. 

“I am looking forward to working closely with the new Head Teacher, welcoming the first pupils and parents to Wixams Tree Primary in September 2017,” he said.