Alfreton academy sponsor names new headteacher

The David Nieper Education Trust has appointed Kathryn Hobbs as the new headteacher at Alfreton Grange School, starting September 2016.

The David Nieper Education Trust has appointed Kathryn Hobbs as the new headteacher at Alfreton Grange School, starting September 2016.

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A successful school leader who grew up around Selston will return to her roots after being appointed headteacher at a new Alfreton academy.

Following a national search to identify the very best of British teaching talent, the David Nieper Education Trust has announced that Kathryn Hobbs will take over the reins at Alfreton Grange Arts College from September.

Christopher Nieper, chairman of the David Nieper trustees said: “It’s a great privilege to appoint Kathryn Hobbs and I know Alfreton is lucky to have found her.

“Kathryn shares our vision and determination to make Alfreton Grange a school of which the whole community can be proud, with superb facilities and educational opportunities offering students the best possible future.”

Originally from Derbyshire Kathryn was educated at Matthew Holland Comprehensive in Selston, before gaining a joint honours degree in music and sociology at Keele University alongside her teacher training qualifications.

She is currently senior deputy head at The Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate, Surrey, and is an Ofsted inspector for primary and secondary schools.

Previously, she worked as head of curriculum research at United Learning, operating across 27 schools all over England with responsibilities for school improvement and staff development.

Kathryn said: “I’m delighted to be returning to Derbyshire and keen to be instrumental in the future success of the school. This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Alfreton Grange.

“It is a brand new start for the school and we are committed to building a first class team to deliver the highest quality of education for the students. I very much look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Alfreton Grange is currently undergoing academisation under the sponsorship of the trust— the first Derbyshire school to be backed by a local employer.

Pupils will enjoy a new school building, greater access to local employers and an enriched curriculum.