Taste city life without the rat race
Here's a brain-teaser for you. How much will you have left if you sell a detached house in London and move to an equivalent property in Lincoln?
Teachers interested in the solution might cast an eye over this week's advertisements for teachers at the City of Lincoln Community College. The 11-18 mixed comprehensive is recruiting staff to meet additional demand for places which will see the school's roll rise to about 800 in September. That still leaves the college in the small school bracket, but Lincolnshire is a county of small schools: one secondary has less than 200 pupils.
Lincolnshire is famously flat, but Lincoln itself rises out of a sea of sugar beet and carrots and it is as pretty as York but without the Americans.The cathedral is majestic and the old town centre is as good an example of preserved medieval design as you are likely to find. It has nice pubs too.
The development of the Lincolnshire and Humberside University, relocated from Hull - let's face it, who wouldn't - has brought a welcome influx of academics and student-centred entertainment.
The college is looking for a variety of specialists: two mathematicians, a linguist, a religious education specialist and a English teacher, all on the main pay spine. The county has selection but there is no 11-plus in the city.
Interested applicants will soon discover that local house prices are among the lowest in Britain. Londoners with a house to sell could expect to bank more than pound;100,000.
For details, tel 01522 882800.