Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

01229 824210

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience


Chetwynde pupils read a wide variety of carefully chosen texts, throughout the three year KS3 curriculum. We develop cultural capital, through exposure to a range of culturally, knowledge and vocabulary rich texts. 


Year 7 Pupils explore many genres and text types. Pupils consider the effect of the writers’ choices, and then use these skills to create their own writing within the genre. Pupils will use many reading strategies, to access the texts that they will study, in turn, developing their skills, confidence and passion to become a life-long reader. 

Year 8 Pupils develop in confidence, through analysing writers’ viewpoints and perspectives, as well as exploring challenging text types and ideas, to develop their cultural capital. Pupils study texts from a variety of social, historical and cultural viewpoints.

Year 9 Pupils master the skill of critical thinking and analysis. Pupils will be exposed to sophisticated texts, and will take part in discussions, that will allow for their personal and critical viewpoints to be heard.

Accelerated Reader 

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor pupil's independent reading practice.  Pupils can choose a book, from our library - the heart of our school -  and then complete the comprehension quiz. The program will give feedback to both student and teacher and is useful to set targets and gauge progress.



Reading is at the heart of our curriculum.



  • Every year 7, 8 and 9 pupil reads for a minimum of 20 minutes EVERY DAY
  • Our beautiful and fully stocked library, at the heart of the school, offers pupils a full range of texts
  • KS3 pupils have Guided Reading lessons/ Accelerated Reading lessons, once every two weeks, to quiz on the books that they have read, to support learning, spelling and understanding