Official Opening of David Nieper Academy

Tuesday 20th November, 2018

The Countess of Wessex Arrives

On Tuesday 20th November 2018, we were thrilled and honoured to have Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visit Alfreton to officially open the David Nieper Academy.

The weather was wet, cold and blustery but that didn’t stop more than 450 children from our local feeder schools, Alfreton Nursery, Croft Infants, Woodbridge Juniors, Copthorne Infants, Leys Junior, South Wingfield Juniors, Mickley Infants, Shirland Primary and Christ the King Catholic Primary, joining us and waiting patiently in the Sports Hall for HRH to arrive.


A Royal Welcome

All the children had flags and when the Countess stepped through the doors the noise was incredible, with everyone waving and cheering. HRH walked through the Sports Hall greeting the children and spending a few minutes with them. It was lovely that the children could join us for this special event – they all took their flags home with them as a Royal memento!

HRH spent the day with our staff and students, perusing students’ work created for Enterprise Week, as well as Design and Technology. Students were so excited to show their work and had even prepared some dough for HRH to plait during her time with us.


Royal Visit Ends with a Show

For the final part of our official opening, the David Nieper Academy Trustees and a number of invited guests, were joined in the main Hall by the Countess for a musical theatre showcase.

The remainder of the academy students and staff not involved in other activities were in the Hall to be part of this key event.

It was an incredible day and a fantastic way to open up the Academy. Staff and students went above and beyond to make sure the day did David Nieper Academy proud.


Find out more about our special day

You can view our Special Edition Newsletter or see what the Daily Mail and East Midlands Today reported about the opening of David Nieper Academy.