Merrill Academy

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Merrill Academy
Merrill Academy Logo.jpg
Motto Brave & Faithful
Type Academy
Location Brackens Lane, Alvaston
DE24 0AN
Coordinates: 52°53′20″N 1°26′38″W / 52.889°N 1.444°W / 52.889; -1.444
DfE number 831/4001
DfE URN 139051 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 800 (approx)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Houses Brunel, Nightingale, Shackleton, Windsor
Colours Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Academy Head Marcus Shepherd

Merrill Academy is a secondary school with a sixth form for students 11–19 years of age, in Alvaston, Derby, England. In 2005 preparations for the new building on Bracken's lane were released to the public. In September 2006, the school opened a new building which was PFI funded and cost approximately £15m to build. The academy has been sponsored by Derby College since January 2013.[1]

Senior Leadership Team[edit]

  • Marcus Shepherd - Academy Head
  • Paul Beedle - Deputy Head: Pastoral
  • Brendan Pearce-Brindley - Senior Assistant Head: Academic
  • Grace Hoskins - Assistant Head: Teaching and Learning [2]


Merrill Academy provides education for pupils in ages 11–19 years.[3]

Art and Design, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials,
Business, English Literature, English Language, French,
Geography, History, ICT, Maths,
Philosophy, Religious Studies, Physical Education (PE), Media Studies
Performing Arts
Science Chemistry Biology Physics

Vocational courses include child care - Learning and Development, countryside and environmental studies, public services, and health and social care.

The curriculum is managed by Mr Pearce-Brindley (Senior Assistant Head - Academic).

Admissions policy[edit]

The Academy is part of the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for Derby City which requires all parents to complete a preference form. In doing so, Merrill Academy must be listed as one of your preferences on the Local Authority form.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Merrill Academy offer a range of clubs and trips for young students, including Science Club, ICT Club, Choir, Film Club, and Reading Club. Sports clubs include badminton, basketball, cricket, football and others.

The school's student newspaper Buzz provides students with a round-up of news and events, and is published online four times a year.[4] Staff and parents also receive a newsletter called In Touch.

Notable alumni[edit]


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