Dr Kathryn Hobbs
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.
Ms Sarah Barnes
Designated Safeguarding Lead
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.
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.
Mr. Christopher Endacott
Assistant Head – Academic
I graduated from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 2003 with a degree in Computing. As part of my degree, I worked for British Airways in London for a year developing and maintaining ICT systems. I began my first teaching job in 2004 at John Port School in Derbyshire teaching ICT to Year 7-13 students.
After three years of working there, I was promoted to Key Stage 4 Coordinator until 2008 when I moved to what was Mill Hill School as Head of ICT from 2008 to 2014. The school then converted to The Ripley Academy and I was promoted to Assistant Headteacher. Recently I have completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.
I joined David Nieper Academy in January 2018 as Assistant Headteacher Academic. As part of this role, I lead on data, assessment and reporting, timetable, and options amongst other things. In the short time, I have been at the David Nieper Academy I feel incredibly proud of the students here and their positive approach to their studies.
Mrs S Wilcockson, Head of English
Mrs E Merchant, Teacher of English
Mrs T Heeley-Cregan, Teacher of English
Miss J Hill, Teacher of English
Miss S Lethbridge, Head of Maths
Miss P Cowell, Teacher of Maths
Miss R Brown, Teacher of Maths
Mr D Hindmarsh, Teacher of Maths
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
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
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
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
Mrs H Sheridan, Years 7 & 8
Mr S Artcliff, Years 9 & 10
Mrs L Howard, Years 11 & 12
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
Mrs L Bradford, Apprentice Teaching Assistant
Mr M Brimble, Cover Supervisor
IT Systems Engineer – Mr J Tinegate
Examinations Officer – Mrs M Proctor-Smith
Mrs L Lound, Attendance Officer
Mrs S Robotham, Receptionist
Mr C Robinson, Data & Sims Officer
Mrs H Easom, Finance Assistant
Miss F Shooter, Admin Assistant
Mrs J Shephard, Office Support
Mr C Biggs, Site Manager
Mr A Blade, Site Manager Assistant
Mr B Lewis, Site Manager Assistant