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Chetwynde School in Barrow to close

CHETWYNDE School is to close in July.

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All my children went to Parkview and received a top-notch education and have all gone on to get degrees. I didn't have to pay extra for it and there could'nt have been a better education for them anywhere. It is a traversty it was allowed to close as I'm sure it would have welcomed Chetwynde pupils with open arms and they'd have done well there.
If some of you parents resent scrimping and scraping to send your kids to private school then why keep moaning about it and save it - you're so poor that you can russle up a 500k rescue package!

Posted by Ex-Parkview parent on 30 March 2012 at 14:34

For the record, the reason I made the comment about cars was simply because the number of parents shelling out 8k a year on private education I don't have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is the fact that many of them, judging by the comments on hers, seem to be pleading poverty and bemoaning the lack of hoildays, having to scrub toilets etc. My heart goes out to you!! Not!!!

Posted by Wayne Chips on 30 March 2012 at 14:29

Why do people have such a chip on their shoulder about privately educated kids?? It's not like THEY are paying for those kids to be educated!! We pay tax, and part of that money goes towards state education and schools - but NOT private schools! They are totally funded by themselves......like the difference between the NHS and private hospitals. Some people just like a good old moan and that's fine - if it makes them happy then let them. It is those people who create the 'them and us' situations!

Posted by whyo why on 30 March 2012 at 14:26

Actually, my grammar and spelling is pretty good. The problem is I have a really old laptop which has keys which stick together. As a student I actually attended Thorncliffe School and gained a First Class degree in the state sector and though I work really hard I love teaching and wouldn't do anything else. My parents didn't need to spend additional funds over and above the amount they paid from their hard-earned taxes to send me to a private school. They had respect for state education.
I know that it is increasingly fashionable for our politicians to be privately educated, but there is a weath of examples of state educated people who have actually had an excellent education. I hold the view that those funding private education obviously can't respect state education or its teachers since by paying for a private school they 'opt out' of it.
I was merely making the point that many teachers from private schools should come and try to terach a bottom set year 8 class with over half the class termed 'ADHD' and see how long they'd last, technology or no technology. I personally believe the very best teachers in the UK, obviously with some exceptions, are to be found in the state sector.

Posted by Wayne Chips on 30 March 2012 at 14:25

@ Dave you make an unfortunate analogy that has no logical basis (the placing of diverse human subjects and diverse thermodynamic particles?); why would it not work? Why could we not promote children on the basis of merit? If the government did not have to rely on private schools for its best crop then it could tax the people that otherwise expend money on these places and improve the standards and opportunities further across the board (which is what I'm talking about when I talk about redistribution). They are certainly not born indifferent to work any more than the private schoolers are motivated. When you're confronted with your guilt about it being unfair, you attribute this to the way of the world rather than human actions ("THAT'S LIFE!!", nice caps lock and exclamation marks), absolving your own responsibility. I don't see how the example of peoples' training has any relevance. I feel no hate.

Posted by EDM on 30 March 2012 at 14:19

After reading many of the comments on this subject, all I can come back to is a feeling of sadness. Sadness that much of this town has such a negative attitude about Chetwynde school. It stuns me that people who have never taken an iterest in it or supported it any way are now taking great pleasure in slating it. There are children who have been educated at Chetwynde over a great many years who are now teaching in many schools, who are doctors, nurses, accountants, solicitors etc etc. What human being could be bad enough to will an end to this facility and the oportunities it holds to raise and produce such wonderful, well rounded contributers to society. Contributing to your society, working hard like a lot of other people and going about their daily lives happy and fulfilled. Thats what the school is about. Im sorry that there are so many people filled with hatred.

Posted by anon on 30 March 2012 at 13:56

What a shame that Wayne Chips has taken such a small minded view at this potentially sad time. For Barrow to flourish as an economy it needs the full spectrum of people, employment and therefore education. That is why it is so important for Barrow that Chetwynde survives this setback. I fully support Wayne in his efforts and contribution to our regions education. His skills are absolutely critical to our region: but to maintain balance surely he can apprieciate that the skills and efforts of the Chetwynde teachers are a valuable asset to the Barrow education system to...and thereby an important support to our economy. Now is the time, surely for those associated with Chetwynde to work hard to survive and prosper, but also for the whole of Barrow to recognise that Chetwynde is an asset we can all be proud of and therefore provide our support?

Posted by Richard Williams on 30 March 2012 at 13:49

@Wayne Chips, yes of course there are a few very rich people with children at Chetwynde just like there are very rich people with children at St Bernards, Dowdales, UVHS and the Academy. These people probably don't have to make sacrifices but believe me most do make enormous sacrifices. Basing the whole of the Chetwynde population on a small sample that you have seen in the morning is nonsense. As a teacher I'm surprised at your conclusions.

Posted by Gordon on 30 March 2012 at 13:44

OMG i can not believe all the comments on here, at the end of the day there are 278 pupils and 78 staff that could be out of a job and a school in six weeks time, if this was st bernards or any other school in the area i dont think the comments would be the same. please give respect wether you believe in private education or not these are our children of the community and parents that are devastated

Posted by alison on 30 March 2012 at 13:43

Guess where I spent my evening yesterday? And guess where I will be spending this evening? That's right scrubbing men's toilets and other such delights. And every Saturday for 3 years I have spent the day cleaning up other peoples' mess in their expensive holiday homes. Just because we attend a private school does not make us posh or rich, in fact most of us are far from it. I work 2 jobs in order to pay for the extra opportunities we have at school. A whole years wages went on a 3 day trip to New York which was paid fully myself from hard earned cash. So before you start judging people you don't know, get your facts straight. My dad's a welder and my mum works in an office, hardly high flying jobs, but they have done they best to make sure that I have had the best 7 years education of my life and I'm sure a lot of others have done the same. Those with the 'posh' cars etc which were referenced earlier and in the minority, people are just choosing to see what they want to see. And for those that will continue to boast sickening insults, I'll be digging out my briefcase.

This verbal abuse should not be acceptable and inflicted upon children aged from just 3, especially as the majority of children here have had actually no say whatsoever in the matter of where they are educated as it is chosen by their parents. However, we try our up most hardest for all of our exams and our future as we know how much we owe it to our parents who have wanted a better future for us and in most cases one which they would have liked for themselves. My parents weren't given the opportunity to go to university, but hopefully I will be given that chance come September to do them proud. I will be the first in my family to go to university which would not happen without the support I have had from the staff and school.

Posted by Jasmine on 30 March 2012 at 13:41

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