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23rd March 2001 at 00:00
Head of English, Joseph Rowntree School, York

Eboracum, the Romans called it. York, that is. And once they had marched off back to sunnier climes, it ranked as England's second city for the next 1,000 years.

In 1066 Harold stopped off for a bacon butty before marching out of the walls and trouncing the Viking hordes - only to have the victory celebrations spoiled by news of another bunch of unwelcome visitors back down south in Sussex.

York is famous for its minster, the city walls, narrow medieval streets, two unruly rivers, the railway museum and the Rowntree family. They made their money from confectionery and on some days the air around York has a scent of chocolate or sugar from the factories which still churn out sweets by the million.

There must be something about a fortunemade from other people's weakness because, along with Birmingham's Cadbury family, the Rowntrees ploughed much of their profits into good works. Joseph Rowntree's pioneering social enquiries are a prime example.

This week's job is at the Joseph Rowntree School, an 11-18 technology college in the north of the city beyond the imposing Bootham bar (which is a gateway, not a pub). Teachers are currently involved in the key stage 3 literacy pilot, results are good and the school is oversubscribed.

Joseph Rowntree would approve. And applicants for the post of head of English might relish the opportunity to work in a school which honours a man who believed that there was more to life than the acquisition of ever more money.

Telephone 01904 768107 for more details.

Phil Revell

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