Chetwynde School

Chetwynde School
Chetwynde School
Type EY Setting
Headteacher Russell Collier
Location Croslands
Rating Lane

LA13 0NY
Local authority Cumbria
DfE URN 510349
Ages 3–18

Coordinates: 54°07′52″N 3°12′24″W / 54.13121°N 3.20655°W / 54.13121; -3.20655

Chetwynde School is a non-selective, independent, private school, which takes boys and girls from ages 3 to 18. It includes a nursery, primary school, secondary school and sixth form. The school is situated on a 17-acre (69,000 m2) site on Rating Lane in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.



Chetwynde was founded as Our Lady's Chetwynde School in 1938 by nuns as an all-girls catholic school. In 1976 the school became mixed and independent from the church, though it retained its catholic faith. Under Margaret Stones, its first headteacher, the school achieved high levels of sporting and academic success. Its academic results are regularly the best amongst non-selective schools in Cumbria [1].

The next Headteacher was Isobel Nixon; during her time as headmistress, the school has dropped the "Our Lady's" prefix from its title and the school's record of high academic and extra-curricular achievement has been maintained. New laboratories have been built with the help of the John Fisher Foundation, and many other modernisations have taken place, though the Chetwynde work ethic and friendly atmosphere are still strong features in the school.

The current head teacher is Russell Collier. Many things have stayed the same, apart from minor uniform changes and dropping the " O L" , which stood for "our ladies", from the school logo.


In sport, the school has competivite rugby union, football, cricket, hockey, tennis, cross-country running and athletics teams. However, it is most notable for success in netball and swimming. In swimming, the school has achieved a number of national titles,[2] being the only school to have won medals at every English National Schools' Primary Championship since their inauguration in 1995. They have represented England in international tournaments [3]. In netball, the school is the home of the Cumbria county team and has regularly reached national finals.


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