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

01229 824210

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience


Vision & Values:

Humanities is at the forefront of an ever-changing world and has a huge responsibility in preparing young people for life after school. Analysis, understanding and tolerance are at the heart of our curriculum.

We value providing our students with the skills to become independent, self-motivated and passionate lifelong learners.

The subject areas of Geography, History and Religious Studies work together to develop students’ understanding of the world around them – it's past, its present, its people and the links between the different subject areas.  We value inspiring students to learn about – and to question – what they see around them, broadening their horizons and expectations.  We also value the development of students’ ability to form opinions based on reasoning and understanding, as well as encouraging respect and tolerance of others.

Our vision is a commitment to becoming – and sustaining – an outstanding faculty by living our values each and every day:

  • We will provide fun, exciting and inspiring lessons that allow every student to achieve their full academic potential;
  • We will seek to develop innovative learning methods that make the ‘Humanities experience’ engaging and thought-provoking;
  • We will support students in their moral and spiritual development, their cultural awareness and provide them with an opportunity to reflect on the challenging issues of our world;
  • We will promote an atmosphere of mutual trust and we hope to inspire students to always give their best, to get involved, and to explore their opinions and those of others with courtesy and respect.
  • We will encourage students to meet and then exceed their academic and personal targets, providing them with appropriate opportunities to do so.

Supporting British Values:

The Humanities Faculty also actively promotes essential British values, and the universal values of good global citizenship:  we analyse situations in the UK and the wider world where these values have been tested and explore the development of democracy, the importance of individual liberty and tolerance of other faiths, cultures and belief systems.


At KS3 (Years 7-9) students are taught in mixed ability form groups.

Students follow a skills-based course using National Curriculum guidelines for the basis of the Schemes of Work. 

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Extracurricular Opportunities:

There are a number of trips and enriching opportunities to look forward to as part of the study of Humanities. These are ever expanding but include:

In Year 7 History students will visit Skipton Castle as part of their studies on life in Medieval England, and in particular on the development of the castle as home and fortress.

In Year 8 students undertake an open-ended independent study of Britain’s role in the Atlantic Slave Trade and in order to support this we will visit the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

In Year 9 we hope to visit the Beamish Museum in County Durham, in order to appreciate how the people of the North of England lived and worked in the early 19th Century and the role of industry in the making of modern Britain.

In Years 10/11 students taking GCSE History may have the opportunity to visit the Thackeray Medical Museum in Leeds to support their learning for Paper 2: Health and the People, and a site such as Furness Abbey or Skipton Castle, to assist with understanding the unit on Norman England, 1066-1100.