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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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In reply to Alan Wood and comments of a similar nature, I would ask that you refrain from making comments until you have fully considered the issues raised by the possibility of Chetwynde closing. There would be a large number of students in the school who, in the event of school closure, will not be able to achieve the results they have been working so hard for because of the change in exam boards and curriculum. The overflow of students will strain other schools, staff in the Furness area such as doctors will be reluctant to come here as they will want to provide the best education for their children and there would be redunancies throughout the school. So to say that the only losers in this situation are "shops selling the uniform at ridiculous prices," Is quite frankly ridicoulus regardless of your uniform expertise.

Posted by Daniel Young on 30 March 2012 at 20:07

I hope they save Chetwynde. I also hope that the Headteachers of others schools in Barrow, Dalton and Ulverston are trawling Twitter and punishing their students on there that are threatening to bully anyone who transfers. What a disgrace and embarrassment to their schools and peers!

Posted by Lisa Speakman on 30 March 2012 at 19:02

@Catherine Thompson, if you look closely at those accounts you'll see that the reason the school made a profit that year was due to selling land. This is obviously not something that can be done year after year.

Posted by Gordon on 30 March 2012 at 18:49

whether you agree with private education or not there are are a few things to consider -

many doctors that move into the area want to send their children to private schools,the area would struggle to recruit doctors in the future without Chetwynde.

companies in the area with senior managers also want to send their children to a private school - quality staff will not want to locate in the area without Chetwynde.

this will have a negative effect on the area. you may not think so but there are large number of children at the school whose parents are doctors, work in the hospital or work in large businesses in Barrow.

another point to consider is that at the meeting last night there were parents that work at the academy and send their children to Chetwynde saying they wouldn't send their children to the academy - what does that say about Furness Academy?

Posted by mike on 30 March 2012 at 18:46

Reading the comments posted by Mark Hall on 30th March really amused me.

Its a great pity that the wonderful Chetwynde School didn't teach him when to use capital letters !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Amused on 30 March 2012 at 18:37

Business not making money it closes what's the problem only people who will miss it are the shops selling the uniform at ridiculous prices and the wannabes who like to brag about there private school education

Posted by Alan wood on 30 March 2012 at 18:32

Some of the so called comments don't need the additional hate. Can't we have a reasonable debate about Chetwynde here like on the "malcontent" website? I hear what Wayne is saying and I appreciate your insights.

Posted by concerned on 30 March 2012 at 18:10

after reading an Ex - Chetwynde Pupils comments on the Facebook page which stated 'I got sent to Chetwynde as my mum didn't want me getting into a bad group of friends, doing drugs or getting pregnant at State School', personally I think it's disgusting! they complain about being branded snobs, yet they make those kind of comments!! The Chetwyde Pupils keep sayin don't 'judge us & we are nothing like what we are being made out to be' yet State Educated people are being branded a lot worse! It's very contradictive, patronising & insulting! They seem to forget, we are all equal & no-one is better than anyone!

Posted by State School Educated! on 30 March 2012 at 17:53

Before I start my rant I would like to make the point that I am very pro private schools, but .... I have just looked at the accounts for Chetwynde's for the year ended 31 August 2010 ( the latest one's are not on the Charities commission website yet )- these figures are fully available to the general public as Chetwynde enjoys all the advantages and benefits bestowed on a charitable organisation. I would be asking questions as to why this school has ended up in such a mess when the income was almost £3 million and far exceeded it's expenditure for the financial year of 2010. What has happened in the last financial year end for the school to come to this? perhaps the fall in pupils has not been reflected in a fall in staff numbers, I don't know.... but what I do know is that if I was a parent and fee payer or indeed a bank or business I would want to know exactly what has gone wrong. Before anyone starts throwing their hard earned money at this organisation I would stop and think. Maybe the wrong people are in charge, perhaps they should bring in administrators to try and turn it around. I'm sure this story will be in the news for quite some time and let's hope there is a favourable outcome for all.

Posted by Catherine Thompson on 30 March 2012 at 17:51

I had the bestest time in my school life at chetwynde. i am devasted that i will not be able to send my son Stanley to follow in my foot steps.
when i was at the school, i learnt how to play rugby union through the wonderful mr dutton.
if it wasnt for the school i am certain that i would not be able to have started my successful path to management in Bae systems.
i would like to thank the wonderful staff at the school past and present for all the hard work they have given to to upcoming managers and doctors of barrow and surrounding areas.
if everyone sends there children to the academy then we will end up with a generation of uneducated school leavers and jobs such as taxi driving will be well over subscribed.

i fear for the future of barrow, ten years time we will be struggling!!

Posted by Mark Hall on 30 March 2012 at 17:50

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