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Chetwynde School in Barrow to close

CHETWYNDE School is to close in July.

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All i can say is all this petty minded hatred and jealousy is the sort of thing that keeps Barrow and the furness area decades behind the rest of the country. This little ulcerated tip on the boil of england that is barrow. If you don't like private education, or the people who go to Chetwynde, then you can just eff off, as it's no skin off my nose if you do. Yes, it's unequal but life itself is unequal and if parents choose to sacrifice luxuries for their kids then that's fine. if you prefer the state system then that's ok too. Everything in life can't be fair and equal, and i think the collapse of Communism should've made that clear to all of you. Staff at Chetwynde are prepared to have pay cuts or work for free to save their school, and that is dedication you will find no where else. Back during the strikes, chetwynde stayed open as the teachers knew it would greatly harm parents and pupils alike. Chetwynde gets its results not because they are 'spoon fed', but because the students are focussed, dedicated and disciplined, things that are so very few in the state system. I am a teacher, and have worked at many state schools and private schools, i can honestly say my jobs at private schools were actually enjoyable, with well behaved kids who want to work, not just swinging on chairs, picking their noses and getting me stressed and irritated!

Posted by Steve on 30 March 2012 at 12:38

Of course Chetwynde pupils wouldn't do as well in state schools, that is exactly why their parents pay for them to have a better education. These are not super rich people either, they have to make sacrifices and do without other things to enable their children to get a proper education. Chetwynde is one of the cheapest private schools in England and parents who send their children there to get a good education have to do without the luxuries others enjoy.

Posted by Bob on 30 March 2012 at 12:28

All the teachers, parents and others are trying to do is save a school in any which way possible they should be praised for going to so much effort to do so, it speaks volume for the creditability of the school that they are doing this. I went to Chetwynde and if I heard that St Bernards or others schools where closing I would not be grateful I would feel for all the children who would have to change schools etc as I have with all the press that the Academy has had. I went there from 3 to 16 and personally would be very sad to see it close it was a fantastic school which has made me who I am which is not stuck up or arrogant. The teachers do a fantastic job as I do the teachers at the other schools. Just sad that people take joy over it closing.

Posted by Hayley on 30 March 2012 at 12:20

I can only echo previous comments on the distress this must be causing to all concerned, staff, pupils and parents. The sneering from each party is lowering the tone of the whole debate, and is as polarised as political opinion or any other discussion could be. I must also say, however, that the number of "former pupils" posting, who evidently have a weak grasp of spelling, punctuation, and syntax, appears on a par with the many of the "antis", and hardly seems to have returned the investment made by parents, grandparents, or whoever. Is the written word so devalued these days? Good luck with saving your school.

Posted by West Away, The Seas Lie Open.... on 30 March 2012 at 12:15

Of course, all rational people find the idea that children should have their opportunities granted to them on the basis of their parents' wealth a disgusting concept, and will welcome the closure of Chetwynde. "I am a parent who sends their child to Chetwynde because I beleive it gives them a chance to prove themselves and move towards a better future." No, that is not the reason, every parent wants that for their child, your child gets it by the accident that it was born into a family with enough wealth. Regardless of what your think about a person's personal wealth or social inequality, children are not the property or investments of parents, they should be respected as autonomous human beings and subject to the same standard of education rather than have the dice loaded in favour or against a certain stratum a priori. I take no pleasure in people losing their jobs or school places - Chetwynde can be turned into a state school, and its facilities, staff and pupils, which are of a higher standard than those in surrounding schools, can be distributed around rather than concentrated in one institution on the basis of the money they can provide.

Posted by EDM on 30 March 2012 at 11:51

Is it just me or is Phil boring anyone else...

Posted by Bored by Phil on 30 March 2012 at 11:40


You are quite the comedian,

"Still the debate is lively and may even surpass the dead dog of Birkrigg thread".

However, you wont be aware, I'm sure,of your even more comical comments relating to the dismissal of particullarly, "other staff of this town as second rate" because funnily enough many of them send their children to Chetwynde !!! thanks for the laugh.

Posted by save Chetwynde school on 30 March 2012 at 11:23

from Parent -
"I would like to point out that there are many pupils who join Chetwynde from State schools in for example Y7 or Y8; they are welcomed unconditionally by staff & pupils alike. I'd like to believe that the same courtesy would be extended to Chetwynde pupils who may now join State schools. Judging by some of the comments on here I doubt that will happen. Interesting."

Well I am sure they will be totally welcome - though it seems to have completely escaped the notice of the Chetwynde parents that they have almost uniformally used this forum to casually dismiss all the other schools, staff, and pupils of your town as second rate. A tad insensitive, perhaps even discourteous. Still the debate is lively and may even surpass the dead dog of Birkrigg thread.

Posted by Phil on 30 March 2012 at 10:28

Thanks for the clarification Phil. There really was no need as in your very numerous comments, you have made yourself very clear. I just thought it would be nice for the children involved not to wake up to further missives branding their parents immoral & providing potential vindication for bullying. I don't feel this is the most appropriate place for your continued debate, particularly as you have mentioned that you don't care about this particular small, local independent school (whereas many of us do), but of course you must be afforded the right to air your views.
If it is true that Chetwynde can be revived, I am thrilled - wonderful news for current pupils, staff & their families, as such potential upheaval & uncertainty must be very stressful.

Posted by Sam on 30 March 2012 at 10:20

Parents, if you google 'Tawstock Court" there is a school in North Devon in a similar situation. The parents have been putting together a rescue package since Christmas and have so far raised £1 million in an attempt to keep their school open. If you email them they might be able to help as I know they have been dealing with all the legal issues about reopening the school for a few months now.

Posted by Herdwick on 30 March 2012 at 10:02

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