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Wednesday, September 8, 1999 Published at 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK

Former rugby player appointed head

A former England rugby player has been appointed headteacher of an independent school in Leeds - despite having no teaching qualifications.

Mark Bailey, who played for England in the 1980s, has been chosen to run Leeds Grammar School because of his financial knowledge.

He is a former academic, who has a PhD in medieval history and lectured at Cambridge University. He previously worked as a bursar at the university's Corpus Christi college.

Colin Willcocks, spokesman for the boys' school where the fees are 6,250-a-year, said the decision to appoint Mr Bailey had been made to balance the educational and financial aspects of the school.

But teaching unions are upset by the move. Chris Thatcher, President of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: "It is vitally important in managing a school and developing the curriculum to have a background and understanding of what is needed to be a good teacher."

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