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New hope for Chetwynde School in Barrow as £500k rescue plan is launched

A LIFELINE was thrown to closure-threatened Chetwynde School last night when a £500k plan was launched to save it.

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It really saddens me to hear some of the close minded comments made, and unfortunately it is this very attitude that could prevent any campaigning to save such a great school and undoubtedly the best within the area.
As a Chetwynde past pupil and I can honestly say that these preconceptions that all Chetwynde parents and pupils are of superior wealth and spoon fed are misplaced; the extremely wealthy at Chetwynde School are in the minority. The majority are made up of ordinary parents that struggle and strive to give their child the best they can. Furthermore, there is more to school education than exam results and grades. Chetwynde also builds self esteem and respect of other piers; to accept differences and people indeed from all walks of life that may not have had sufficient support elsewhere. The amazing members of staff that work tirelessly and take the time and patience required to ensure that each child is known individually by name and character. The diversity within Chetwynde is one of its great strengths, although people may assume it is elitist it is in fact non-discriminatory, its pupils are taught to value and appreciate the opportunities that are offered. Chetwynde brings the best out in everyone and celebrated individuality whether that is singing, swimming or simply achieving a personal best.
Regardless of whether some pupils will be lucky enough to go on to receive private education elsewhere is irrelevant it is about saving the future; the youth of Barrow and wanting the best for them, which Chetwynde offers. The Chetwynde community and spirit needs to be kept alive!!!!

Posted by Catherine Smith on 29 March 2012 at 16:16

feel free to use wealth to purchase large cars, big houses, free range eggs and whatever else you want but equal access to opportunities is a basic right for all. We choose to organise ourselves into societies to produce the greatest overall benefit to the greatest number of people. Very happy to see the demise of this institution - now inconvenienced parents .. perhaps you will take an interest in the future of state education.

Posted by Phil on 29 March 2012 at 16:15

Ironic really, that state schools are staying open and private ones closing at a time of public sector cuts and Tories in power.

Posted by Ron Creer on 29 March 2012 at 16:11

Oh Lilly, "spoonfed"?? Comments from someone who truly has no concept of the school! I think you'll come to realise that not all who send their children to Chetwynde are wealthy but they want what is best for their children and if they choose to send them to a private school that is their choice. I went to Chetwynde but my children don't - probably a mistake now I realise bacause at Chetwynde, if a child is struggling they will get all the help they need to achieve their full potential - my son has not had that. Well, he did at the beginning but no-one seems interested now. It is the end of an era. Put yourself in their shoes and think before you speak.

Posted by DW on 29 March 2012 at 16:10

Well it's time all the little rich boys and girls mix with the rest of the rabble

Posted by Stan on 29 March 2012 at 15:58

There are plenty of places at Furness Academy as the CCC tried allocating places to Ulverston children as UVHS oversubscribed with out of town children.
Perhaps the Chetwynde parents could support Furness Academy as much they supported Chetwynde

Posted by BobsMum on 29 March 2012 at 15:42

Dear Lilly, I think you will find that children are spoon fed in most schools, it's whether they eat up the information that makes the difference.

Posted by allen on 29 March 2012 at 15:27

To be honest with you Lilly, you clearly have no experience of independent education, judging from your comments. Do you think it is only the wealthy who care about their children's education? Anyone with enough of an interest in their children's future can afford to put aside an investment for their future, my dad is a hill-sheep farmer and my mum is a teaching assistant, yet they managed to raise the means to send me and my siblings here.
To suggest that it is a good 'test of character' for students, especially those in Years 10 and 12, to be uprooted half-way through exams which could affect their whole future is small-minded and quite frankly ridiculous.
And finally, we are not all quite so pretentious as you believe, there are people here from all walks of life and we are fully prepared for life in the 'big bad world'.

Posted by Matthew Penellum on 29 March 2012 at 15:10

Some of us forgo many things to send our children to Chetwynde school because we believe it is the best place for them. I find the comments by Lilly to be both insulting and ignorant. A touch of sour grapes perhaps? This is a sad day for the staff losing their jobs and the children and parents who are now in limbo about the future.

Posted by Upset parent on 29 March 2012 at 15:06

I really love this school, such a big shame that it is closing, why can't someone save it???

Posted by Ben Cheetam on 29 March 2012 at 14:59

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