House Teams

Amber Derwent Erewash Trent Lathkill


Our House system was launched in 2019 and is on its way to being developed into the core of David Nieper Academy. The new House system is a dynamic and enjoyable way of creating a positive culture for staff and students. Being part of a House gives everyone a sense of belonging, promotes self-esteem, confidence, integrity and a great school spirit. Throughout the year, the five Houses will compete in a wide range of activities, covering the entire curriculum, ranging from the school Spelling Bee to inter-house sports. At David Nieper Academy we believe everyone has the opportunities to aspire, endeavour and succeed by creating a House system which is at the beating heart of the Academy.

Our competitive Heads of House and House captains have written a short piece about themselves.

Heads of House

Mr Ruddy – Amber House

After spending four years studying Geography at both the University of Manchester and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, I moved to sunny Derbyshire to train as a teacher here at David Nieper Academy. Five years on, I have since completed my PGCE at the University of Nottingham, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Warwick. Since 2016, I have had the pleasure of heading up the academy’s Humanities Faculty.

Although I grew up in Wigan, I now live just ten minutes down the road and I am proud to call this place home. This is why I am thrilled to be Head of Amber House – the most local of the rivers after which our houses are named. In fact, the small brook at the bottom of the school field flows straight into the River Amber at Oakerthorpe – only about a mile away!

I am looking forward to bringing Amber House together in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship. Time to pursue victory!


Miss Perry – Derwent House

I have lived in Derbyshire my whole life, I attended Anthony Gell School and then went on to study Sport Development at The University of Central Lancashire. I knew I wanted to return to Derbyshire when I finished university, so came back to peruse my career as a PE Teacher. I started at David Nieper Academy in September 2018 and have loved every minute of working at this school. The students are a pleasure to teach and the staff are amazing to work with.

As Head of Derwent House I will aim to build a competitive but fair group of students who all have opportunities to represent Derwent House. I feel extremely privileged to be the Head of House for this great Derbyshire river, which I personally have so many fond memories of as a child.

Derwent House champions!


Mrs Thorpe – Erewash House

Emily Thorpe. I was born in Nottinghamshire and have lived in Derbyshire, ironically near the river Erewash for several years.  I joined the staff at David Nieper Academy in January 2016 and am now in my 13th year of teaching. 6 of those years were spent teaching in Sydney, Australia.  After going to primary and secondary school in both Germany and Cyprus, getting the opportunity to teach abroad was a huge privilege. As head of Erewash house I relish the opportunity to bring our students together, build camaraderie and challenge them all to participate in as many of the up and coming events as possible! Go Erewash!

E – Engaged

R – Resilient

E – Endeavour

W – Wise

A – Ambitious

S – Studious

H – Happy


Mr Clarke – Trent House

I have lived in Derbyshire all my life and went to Tupton Hall School and sixth form. I went on to study BA Sports Studies at Derby and then my PGCE at Wolverhampton. I started working part-time at David Nieper Academy 13 years ago and within a year I was full-time.

In the 13 years I have enjoyed teaching the children of Alfreton and continue to enjoy my work. I am very excited to be the Head of Trent House for a number of reasons. The Trent can be seen from my favourite football team’s ground, I am the most competitive person about everything and I have fond memories of my Head of House at Tupton and would like to be remembered in this way.

Come on Trent!


Miss Pell – Lathkill House