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The Governors of Trent College are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Faith Potter as Head of The Elms Nursery and Junior School in Long Eaton.
She will be joining The Elms in September, taking over from Keith Morrow who is taking up a new headship in Birmingham. Mrs Potter has over 25 years’ experience in primary education and The Elms will be her third headship.
She has worked at a number of leading independent schools and is currently Head of Prep and Nursery at Abbotsholme School in Derbyshire, where she was also, for a time, Acting Head of the whole 2-18 school. Before that, she spent five years as Head of the Junior School at Nottingham Girls’ High School, responsible for over 300 pupils and 33 staff.
Faith Potter has an Honours degree in Ecology and a PGCE in Primary Education and is married with two daughters. Outside school, her interests include family life, sport - a keen netball player herself, and her elder daughter competes for Loughborough Lightning U21s - hiking, and walking her three dogs, Tessa, Tilly and Sam.
Mrs Potter is obviously very familiar with the Nottingham/Derby area and she has visited Trent College and The Elms a number of times in her current and previous roles. Her appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process, which saw a strong field of candidates, including a significant number of other Heads from leading prep and junior schools across the UK and abroad.
Andrew Crompton, Chairman of Governors, commented: "Mrs Potter really impressed us at every stage in the recruitment process. She is deeply passionate about the education and development of young children. She balances aspiration for her pupils with concern for their happiness and we’re confident she will find new ways of adding even more to the first-rate education The Elms already provides.”
Bill Penty, Head of Trent College, said: "I’m really looking forward to working with Faith Potter and to having her as a member of our whole-school senior team. The Elms is a fabulous junior school and she will be an excellent and truly inspirational leader there, who will excite the pupils, staff and parents alike. Her experience in other leading through schools will also be invaluable, because the journey through The Elms is just the first stage of the outstanding education that we offer at all levels of Trent College.”
Faith Potter is delighted to be joining The Elms: “I first encountered The Elms when I moved to Nottingham in 2010. Its energy, ethos and friendliness are very special and I always knew it was a school I wanted to lead. When the vacancy came up I just had to apply, and I’m so thrilled that I was successful. Both The Elms and Trent College have a wonderful atmosphere that combines the highest standards with a very strong focus on the individual, which of course is what the very best education needs to provide.”