A NEW headteacher has set out her vision for the future as two schools embark on a collaboration.

Jenna Potter has replaced Ian Robertson at the helm of Richmond School and Sixth Form College, part of the Areté Learning Trust.

On December 1, it joined forces with Stokesley School in a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) outside of local authority control.

After working as a French and German teacher trainee at Richmond, she returned to the school and for the past seven years was deputy headteacher.

Being part of an MAT will result in the sharing of best practice, joint curriculum development, shared governance and better economies of scale leading to cost efficiencies.

Mrs Potter said: “The trust is fully behind our vision and the two schools are very similar with a common ethos and shared values.

“We have already seen school to school improvement work being carried out to ensure future success as we all strives for excellence.

“Collaboration is everything and we are now in a position where we can do this at every level.”