Our objective is for all students 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 teams 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

Dr Kathryn Hobbs
Headteacher & Acting SENCO

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.

Mr Richard White
Deputy Headteacher – Teaching & Learning

After spending 3 years working in scientific research, I began my teaching career in 2002 at Rushcliffe School, Nottinghamshire. During my time there I worked in a number of different roles, including as Head of Science. In this role, I led my team to become one of the highest achieving science faculties in the country and supported the school’s rise to “Outstanding” and then “World class school” status. As part of a multi-academy trust, I then worked to support the achievement of science faculties across a wider group of schools in the Nottingham area. In 2014, I joined The Farnborough Academy as Assistant Headteacher; successfully leading improvements in teaching and learning, and in behaviour.

I have always been incredibly passionate about improving the quality of teaching and learning and I am committed to ensuring that we provide the best possible education for our students. Since joining David Nieper Academy in September 2018,  I have been extremely impressed by the staff and students that I have met and I am very excited about joining an ambitious leadership team with a shared vision of excellence.

Merchant. Emma

Mrs Emma Merchant
Assistant Headteacher – 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 Headteacher –

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.

Mr Chris Ruddy
Assistant Headteacher –
Employability & CPD

After spending four years studying Geography at both the University of Manchester and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, I moved to Derbyshire to train as a geography teacher here at David Nieper Academy, after which I was promoted to Head of Humanities in 2016. I have since completed both a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Warwick and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. My role on the senior leadership team involves leading on staff development, teacher training, work-related learning and enrichment.

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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 Academy, 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.

L Howard

Mrs Lisa Howard
Designated Safeguarding Lead

I am the first point of contact for all safeguarding concerns within school, working closely with our Headteacher and partner agencies.

I have worked in this school as a DSL for 9 years and prior to this I worked for the West Midlands Police as a Child Protection Officer.

I also lead on anti-bullying initiatives as the safety and well-being of our students is paramount.

If you have any safeguarding issues, contact me in school or email

English Faculty

Mr A Covell, Head of English

Mrs E Merchant, Teacher of English

Mrs T Heeley-Cregan, Teacher of English

Miss J Hill, Teacher of English, Head of Transition

Miss M Roberts, Teacher of English

Miss Z Skermer, Teacher of English and Pupil Premium & Literacy Coordinator

Mrs S Wilcockson, Teacher of English and Employability & Enterprise Coordinator

Mr R Baines, Teacher of English

Miss C Cantrill, Teacher of English

Miss K Turner, Progress & Achievement

Maths Faculty

Miss R Brown, Director of Maths

Mr N Burns, Teacher of Maths

Miss V Fritche, Teacher of Maths

Mrs S Williams, Teacher of Maths

Mr R Scothern, Teacher of Maths

Mr C Williams, Teacher of Maths

Mr C Hutchinson, Academic Mentor

Mr A Doohan, Academic Mentor

Science Faculty 

Mr S Hardy, Head of Science

Miss K Acey, Teacher of Science

Mrs H Bacon-Clarke, Teacher of Science

Miss F Barclay, Teacher of Science and Head of Years 7 & 8

Mrs B Mumtaz, Teacher of Science

Miss D Wetton, Teacher of Science

Mr J Dadley-Kon, Academic Mentor

Mr S Leader, Science Technician

Humanities & MFL Faculty

Mrs C Clarke, Head of Humanities

Mrs E Worthy, Second of Humanities

Mr C Ruddy, Teacher of Geography

Miss A Flynn, Teacher of Geography

Mr J Nolan, Teacher of Geography

Dr S Clerc, Teacher of MFL (French)

Miss C Curwen, Teacher of MFL (French)

Mrs J Jackson, Teacher of Humanities (maternity leave)

Mr C Dixon, Teacher of Business Studies and Sixth Form Progress & Achievement Leader

Mr M Smithurst, Teacher of Business Studies and Humanities

Mrs J Turner, Teacher of Health & Social Care

Mrs J Close Long, Teacher of Health & Social Care

Mr C Mehat, Teacher of Business Studies

Miss V Brindley, Teacher and Enterprise & Employability Coordinator

Mrs A Walters, Teacher of Sociology and Religious Studies

Miss G Naylor, Teacher of Humanities & Academic Mentor

Technology Faculty

Mrs E Thorpe, Head of Technology

Mr L Ainscow, Teacher of Computer Science

Miss C Bingham, Teacher of Art

Mr C Endacott, Teacher of Computer Science

Mrs J Savage, Teacher of Textiles (maternity leave)

Mr J Turner, Teacher of Art and Design & Technology

Miss L Topham, Teacher of Design & Technology

Mr A Benton, Technician

Miss E Grimsley, Food & Art Support Technician

PE & Dance Faculty

Mr B Brankin, Head of PE & Dance

Mr J Clarke, Teacher of PE & Dance

Miss C Pell, Teacher of Music

Mrs L Speed, Teacher of PE & Dance and Co & Extra-Curricular Coordinator

Mrs R Turner, Teacher of Dance & Performing Arts, Progress & Achievement Leader KS4

Miss J Weeks, PE Assistant

Miss L Gregory, Teacher of Dance, Drama & PE

Miss E Rennie, Graduate Music Assistant

Support & Admin Staff

Mrs E Hopewell, Attendance Officer

Mr C Bradder, Data & Sims Officer

Mrs C Gibson, Finance Officer

Mrs T Margione, Receptionist

Mrs J Shephard, Office Support

Mr D Shepherd, IT Technician

Mrs M Hackett, PA to Headteacher

Mrs M Proctor-Smith, Examinations Officer

Mrs M Barnes, HR Admin Assistant

Mrs S Aspley, Admin Assistant (Finance)

Miss T Audley, Marketing & Media Assistant

Miss K Bullock, Apprentice Learning Resource Assistant

Miss C Oxley, Apprentice Data Administrator

Mrs L Lynam, Admin Assistant

Pastoral Support Managers

Mrs H Sheridan, Transition and Year 7

Mr S Artliff, Years 8 & 9

Mrs L Howard, Years 10, 11, 12 & 13

Mr B Matthews, Family Support Officer

Miss L Billiard, Pastoral & Attendance Support Officer


Site Staff 

Mr C Biggs, Site Manager

Mr A Blades, Site Manager Assistant

Mr A Cook, Caretaker

Learning Support Staff

Mrs A West, Assistant SENCO KS4 & KS5

Mrs L Ford, Assistant SENCO KS3

Mrs A Cresswell, Alternative Provision

Mrs L Webster, Inclusion

Mrs K Stevens, TA

Mrs L Hibberd-Sweet, TA and Extra & Co-Curricular Coordinator

Mr R Blunden, TA

Mrs L Bradford, TA and Information, Advice, Guidance & Work Related Learning Coordinator

Miss E Payne,  TA

Mr T Lowe, TA

Mr A Ismail, TA

Miss L Holmes, TA

Miss T Curtain, Apprentice TA

Miss E Nicholson, Apprentice TA

Miss M Thompson, Apprentice TA

Miss C Vasey, Apprentice TA

Miss A Dawson, Apprentice TA

Miss F Perry, Cover Supervisor, Head of Co-Curricular, House System & Extra-Curricular Coordinator

Mr A Danylyszyn, Cover Supervisor

Mr C Burgin, Apprentice TA