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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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First Cumbria Free School opens in Barrow

AN influx of pupils arrived at Cumbria’s first Free School in Barrow.

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Pupils arrive at Chetwynde School for their first day of term as a Free School. Head teacher Russell Collier is pictured with with some of the students. LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50067543B001

Chetwynde School has scrapped its fees and opened its doors on Thursday September 4 2014 as a government-funded independent school.

Two-and-a-half years ago the school was to close because of a decline in pupil numbers. But now it has secured its long-term future with a change of status. Some 430 students were starting at the school today.

Speaking on the opening day, headteacher Russell Collier said: “Today has been two years in the planning and an enormous amount of work and effort by staff, governors, parents, pupils and friends of the school has enabled this vision to become reality."

  • See more photographs and more from pupils and parents in today’s Evening Mail
Have your say

Comgratulations to the school! I hope it will be a great success but putting females in outfits like that in this day and age is close to child abuse.

Posted by Mark Green on 4 September 2014 at 16:38

How many of the 430 weren't there last year when it was still fee paying?

Posted by Sceptical on 4 September 2014 at 11:42

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