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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Chetwynde School in Barrow to close

CHETWYNDE School is to close in July.

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I get so annoyed with people saying about the 100 per cent pass rate! I know for a fact that if a child at chetwynde has not shown the ability to achieve high grades they have been held back a year, this is so they don't count in the statistics as they are over 16!

I have nothing against private education but massaging the figures is disgusting!

Posted by Secondary teacher on 30 March 2012 at 23:47

We are all in this together

Posted by Pedro on 30 March 2012 at 23:37

As a product of a "Public" school education in the 50's and 60's, a teacher in 3 of the Furness Area's schools, 2 of which have "merged"/"disappeared", Risedale and Alfred Barrow Boys, taught in secondary, tertiary and comprehensive schools in Yorkshire, "private" school 'down south' and now have a child at Chetwynde, all I can say is that the school (Chetwynde) completely satisfies the needs and requirements of this child.
They are happy, and heartbroken at present, and extremely successful in a multitude of subjects, which quite honestly, they would have not been if they were at one of the other Barrow schools. I retired several years ago, so live on a pension, and have all the standard bills to pay, but the success and happiness of this child is paramount. With the turmoil of the past few days, I think the adverse comments made in this forum show the insensitivity of the posters towards the children who are in the middle of all this.
They have NO CHOICE, they are at the most important age of their lives, their development into young men and ladies, who have their lives and livelihoods at stake, and by doing what? Going to a school, chosen by parents who have their children at heart, working hard to succeed and having the heart ripped out of their lives. It is the children who are the ones working hard to attempt to achieve what they want to achieve and they have more opportunities, perhaps, but they work damn hard to succeed to the best of their ability.
Far too many posters are arrogant and self-opinionated and why? It must be a reaction to the fact that they did not have the opportunity presented to them that the present pupils of Chetwynde have had.
The fees for the school are not extortionate compared with other Independent Schools in Cumbria and the country, in fact probably the cheapest, but even with bursaries etc the education system has been such a benefit, it is a shame that the pupils are the ones who are going to suffer at the end of the day.

Posted by NB on 30 March 2012 at 23:12

Saying things like 'I only want what's best for my kids' is all well and good but it misses the point. Private schools mean an elite education and significant advantage in life for a very small percentage of people. That's true whether you 'only want what's best for your kids' or not. It isn't about motives of people, it is about this being a completely unfair system.

Posted by Big Wexy on 30 March 2012 at 22:36

@ Lisa Speakman - Yeah, I'm sure the main priority of the other headteachers in the Furness area is to 'trawl' Twitter as they have so much spare time on their hands to do this.....unbelievably silly comment.

Posted by Degsy on 30 March 2012 at 22:10

Saying things like 'I only want what's best for my kids' is all well and good but it misses the point. Private schools mean an elite education and significant advantage in life for a very small percentage of people. That's true whether you 'only want what's best for your kids' or not. It isn't about motives of people, it is about this being a completely unfair system.

Posted by Big Wexy on 30 March 2012 at 22:03

Regardless of Chetwynde or non Chetwynde pupils, I am shocked that so many people are still incapable of using the correct 'there, their or they're'. Just goes to show that regardless of private vs state education the same fundamental problems show through. Good luck to the fundraising Chetwynde - hopefully a more diverse curriculum might appeal to more people and the market forces of supply and demand will prevail. If you offer a broad range of subjects that are relevant to modern society you may well see that more people opt in to paying for what is an 'outstanding' education.

Posted by anon on 30 March 2012 at 21:56

in reply to alan wood. reguaring the uniform, no shops make a healthy bprofit from the chetwynde uniform as it is only available from the shop situated within the school and i can tell you from personal experience that its far cheaper that paying for an academy uniform.
i wonder how many of you people have actually spent any time with the children that attend chetwynde? i've spend time with the children who currently are in the lower 6th and they are all just normal teenagers who have hard working parents that want the best for them. please forgive me if you think im wrong but i thought thats what being a parent was all about. giving your children the best you possible can

Posted by anon on 30 March 2012 at 21:47

Good comments from Wayne Chips.Truth hurts. Might be worth hiring a good PR man.

Posted by Trinity on 30 March 2012 at 21:13

My niece attends this school and it is with great pride I say that. I am from a family of 6 kids and with all of us attending the local school we received a very average education. My sister is a working mother and she choices to spend her hard earned wages to contribute to her child's overall childhood experiences, a better education being one of them. My sister and family forgo holidays as a life style choice and choose attending Chetwynde instead. Given the choice...who wouldn't want the best for their kids.

Posted by Kelly on 30 March 2012 at 20:56

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