London-born, Cambridgeshire-bred, Mrs Potter moved to North Yorkshire to train as a teacher at York University. Her first school as a trainee was Richmond where she taught French and German. Mrs Potter’s first teaching appointment was in Luton, where she taught for a year before returning to Richmond where she became head of year. On moving to Woodham School, Newton Aycliffe, as director of student support she developed an interest in raising standards and then spent a year at Wensleydale School as a deputy headteacher. She returned to Richmond School and Sixth Form College in 2010 and for the past seven years has been deputy headteacher. In December of 2017, Mrs Potter was appointed as Headteacher of Richmond School.