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

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.

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
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.

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 –

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 Joy Williams
Business Manager

Originally from Essex, I came to Derbyshire in 1983 to attend university and have stayed in this lovely county ever since. After graduation, and raising a family, I began working for Derbyshire County Council in 1998. I have had a variety of administrative roles in both schools and local authority finance departments. Before becoming the Business Manager here at David Nieper, I was the Business Manager at Stubbin Wood School & Nursery which is one of the largest special schools in Derbyshire. I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Business & Finance, and I look forward to helping to ensure a sound fiscal and administrative base for the staff and students as they work hard to create a bright future for our school.
English Faculty

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

Maths Faculty

Miss S Lethbridge, Head of Maths

Miss P Cowell, Teacher of Maths

Miss R Brown, 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

Mrs L Bradford, Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Mr M Brimble, Cover Supervisor

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, Data & Sims Officer

Mrs H Easom, Finance Assistant

Miss F Shooter, Admin Assistant

Mrs J Shephard, Office Support

Site Staff 

Mr C Biggs, Site Manager

Mr A Blade, Site Manager Assistant

Mr B Lewis, Site Manager Assistant