Head for the lakes and stop by the sea

16th March 2001 at 00:00
Head of humanities, Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College Teachers ought to know where Barrow is, but the cartographically challenged would need to drive to the south of the Lake District, turn west and stop at the Irish Sea.

Barrow is famous for shipbuilding and over the past 30 years a succession of nuclear submarines have rolled down Walney Island's slipways. The yard's latest owner is British Aerospace (BAe Systems). Nuclear subs do have stubby little wings - aquaplanes - so perhaps it's not such a strange idea, but it may have more to do with BAe's status as a defence contractor.

The sixth form college was purpose-built in 1979, when the area changed to a comprehensive 11-16 system. It's the only sixth form college in Cumbria and demand for post-16 courses has seen the roll rise steadily to 800 full-time and 200 part-tie students.

Humanities includes the usual suspects - law, geography, government and politics, history - along with some surprises, namely PE and sport studies and travel and tourism. Travel and tourism is an understandably popular option in an area so dependent on visitors, but law is another strength, with 80 students following the AS-level course.

The head of department will be paid on the sixth form college scale: up to pound;29,000, with a pay award pending. Teachers from 11-18 schools are welcome to apply. Contact Jackie Cahalin, the personnel director, on 01229 828377. The college principal is Ed Elvish, who has long since grown tired of jokes about diamante suits and styled quiffs.

Be aware the area is full of foot-and-mouth exclusion zones now, so you may have to be disinfected if called for an interview.


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