Staff

Our objective is for all children in the academy to raise their aspirations. We aim to give students the winning combination of a good education and the life skills for future employability. All our teaching and support team are united in their focus on excellence and will challenge all students to achieve their best; be that in lessons, over meal times or whilst enjoying co-curricular activities.

Dr Kathryn Hobbs
Headteacher

Originally from Derbyshire, I was educated at Matthew Holland Comprehensive in Selston.

Before heading up the David Nieper Academy, I was the senior deputy head at The Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate, Surrey, and I am an OFSTED inspector for primary and secondary schools.

Previously, I worked as head of curriculum research at United Learning, operating across 27 schools all over England with responsibilities for school improvement and staff development. I have a joint honours degree in Music and Sociology from Keele University which I gained alongside my teacher training qualifications and a Psychology Degree from The Open University and a Doctorate in Education at Sheffield University.

Mr. Nathan Oxford
Assistant Head – Academic

I started teaching at Mortimer Wilson School as an NQT in 2006. Since then, I have successfully led ICT and Computer Science departments at Derby Moor Community School and the Netherthorpe School, Chesterfield. I returned to Alfreton Grange Arts College in 2012, as Assistant Head teacher, leading on Curriculum, Data and Timetabling.

I am excited, as part of the David Nieper Academy SLT, to continue to lead on all Academic areas within the School, to ensure that all students have the best possible opportunity to succeed.

Mrs. Emma Merchant
Assistant Head – Pastoral and Inclusion

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

I first started teaching as an English teacher in 2009 at Garibaldi College in Mansfield. During my 6 years at the school I helped support the school move from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding achievement’. In 2015 I successfully completed the ‘National SENCO Award and the specialist CPT3A award for Access Arrangements.

I joined Alfreton Grange in January 2016 as a Lead Practitioner in English and as part of the leadership team, we raised achievement to secure outstanding results. I was appointed Assistant Head – Pastoral in September 2016 and am really looking forward to leading the David Nieper Academy as we begin our journey to becoming an outstanding school.

Mrs. Anna Banner
Finance and Operations Manager

I am originally from Rotherham in South Yorkshire but I have recently moved to live in the Peak District in Derbyshire.

I have had a wide range of jobs since I left college, including Marketing Assistant at Sheffield Hallam University, Personal Assistant to one of the Service Managers at Sheffield Children’s Services and most recently Finance Manager at Fir Vale School in Sheffield, where I have worked for the past six years before joining the team at David Nieper Academy.

I completed my AAT Level 3 qualification in 2015 and I am currently studying towards my AAT level 4.  I was recently appointed as Finance and Operations Manager at David Nieper Academy and I am looking forward to taking on the various challenges facing us over the next year including the move into the new state of the art building and development of the Academy.

Ms Sarah Barnes

Deputy Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

I began my career as a concert ‘cellist performing internationally having studied as a Government scholar at Chetham’s School of Music and latterly at the Royal Academy of Music.

Since qualifying as a teacher in the UK, I have held various leadership positions in schools and was Head of the Music and Arts Service for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council where I further developed my drive for community cohesion as a core part of developing young people’s learning experiences and self-efficacy.

It is a real privilege to work as Deputy Head at David Nieper Academy, an academy so committed to providing a rich academic and holistic education. This alongside truly life enriching experiences in a caring environment, preparing all individuals to succeed in both their lives and future careers.

English Faculty

Ms S Barnes, Head of English/Head of Year 11

Mrs E Merchant, Teacher of English

Mrs T Heeley-Cregan, Teacher of English

Mrs V Allen, Teacher of English

Miss J Hill, Teacher of English

Maths Faculty

Miss S Lethbridge, Head of Maths

Miss P Cowell, Teacher of Maths

Mrs L Hallett, Teacher of Maths

Mr D Hindmarsh, Teacher of Maths

Science Faculty 

Miss H Bacon, Head of Science

Mrs L Bentley, Second in Science

Mr D Fleet, Teacher of Science

Miss F Barclay, Teacher of Science

Mr R Jones, Science Technician

Humanities & MFL Faculty

Mr C Ruddy, Head of Humanities

Mrs C Clarke, Second in Humanities

Mrs E Worthy, Teacher of Humanities

Dr S Clerc, Teacher of MFL (French)

Mr C Dixon, Teacher of Business Studies

Technology Faculty

Mrs E Thorpe, Head of Technology

Mrs S Adani, Teacher of Food Technology/Head of Year 10

Miss E Hallam, Teacher of Art & Textiles/Head of Year 9

Mr A Benton, Technician

PE & Dance Faculty

Mr B Brankin, Head of PE & Dance

Mr J Clarke, Teacher of PE & Dance

Mrs L Speed, Teacher of PE & Dance

Mrs R Turner, Teacher of Dance & Performing Arts/Head of Year 7&8/Transition

Pastoral Support Managers

Mrs H Sheridan, Years 7 & 8

Mr S Artcliff, Years 9 & 10

Mrs L Howard, Years 11 & 12

 

Learning Support

Mrs A West, Assistant SENCO

Mrs A Cresswell, Alternative Provision

Mrs L Webster, Inclusion Unit

Mrs K Stevens, Teaching Assistant

Mr C Hutchinson, Teaching Assistant

Mrs L Hibberd-Sweet, Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Mr R Blunden, Apprentice Teaching Assistant

PA to Headteacher – Mrs M Hackett

IT Systems Engineer – Mr J Tinegate

Examinations Officer – Mrs M Proctor-Smith

Support & Admin Team

Mrs L Lound, Attendance Officer

Mrs S Robotham, Receptionist

Mr C Robinson, Finance

Mrs H Easom, Finance Assistant

Site Staff 

Mr C Biggs, Site Manager

Mr A Blade, Site Manager Assistant

Mr B Lewis, Site Manager Assistant