Apply for a place at David Nieper Academy

If your child is in the final year of primary school make sure you make your application for secondary school by October 31st. They will start secondary school in September the following year.  The application process is quick and easy. Please refer to the Admissions section on the Derbyshire County Council website.

You may want to apply for your child to change schools other than when they are due to start their secondary education. If you wish to apply for a place, this can be done online at any time of year, again via the Derbyshire County Council website.

For further information please refer to the guidance from Derbyshire County Council.

Please enjoy our Open Evening video for September 2021 here.


Admissions Policy – Spring 2024

The David Nieper Academy Admissions Policy follows the guidance set out in the School Admissions Code (2014).

Normal admissions round

Derbyshire County Council continues to administer the admissions for children in the normal admissions round (aged 11) and the academy will accept applications for all students without reference to ability or aptitude. For 2022/2023, the school’s Published Admissions Number is 140. The Pupil Admissions Number is the maximum number of places that the academy offers before its over-subscription criteria is used. All pupils who have a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan which names the academy, will be admitted. For all other pupils, where applications for admissions exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.


  1. Looked After children and children who were Looked After but ceased to be because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Children living in the normal area served by the academy at the time of application and admission who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission.
  3. When the child’s home is in the normal area of the school at age 11.
  4. Children not living in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission.
  5. All other children not eligible under the above criteria.

In the event of over-subscription falling within any one of the criteria, those children living nearest the academy, measured by a straight line, will be given preference.

Derbyshire County Council has a Geographic Information System (GIS) to measure the nearest available route.  This is measured in a straight line.  The measurement is taken from the postal address file, normally the house front door.  For schools the grid reference is taken from the nearest gate or entrance to the school.

All applications must be made directly to the Derbyshire LA who will coordinate admission arrangements.  Parents of children not offered places will have the right to appeal and will be advised of procedures, should such a situation arise.

In-year admissions

Any parent wishing to transfer their son/daughter to David Nieper Academy mid-term, should contact the Academy to begin the admission procedure. The Academy will then process all applications with the parent and notify Derbyshire County Council of the outcome. All enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Mrs Hopewell, Admissions & Attendance Officer.

For all questions regarding admissions, please contact the Admissions & Attendance Officer.

Address: Grange Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7JA

Telephone: 01773 832331


Derbyshire County Council Admissions Arrangements

For Admission Appeals please see Derbyshire County Council guidance – Derbyshire Gov Admissions Appeals