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Superb Schools, Further & Higher Education

Young people in Furness have access to some really good schools and colleges and other education facilities. Ofsted Reports on the schools and colleges and  easy to use maps enable you to find out where they are  located relative to where you already or intend to live.

Furness offers a wide choice of schools and futher education learning routes.  Education is provided by the Furness Academy, Local Education Authority and Cumbria County Council. 

Secondary Education:

State secondary schools in Barrow, Walney Island, Dalton and Ulverston.

There are several secondary schools located at St Bernard's Catholic High School, Walney School,   Dowdales in Dalton and Victoria in Ulverston  plus others at Coniston, Cartmel and Millom.  In addition to publicly funded education, Furness is home to  one private school, Chetwynde, in Barrow which has fee paying pupils from nursery to sixth form level.

Secondary schools league report 2007,
Secondary schools league report 2007 (GCSE)

Sixth Form and Further Education:

Barrow in Furness Sixth Form College - 01229 828377 - Ofsted report concentrates on teaching A Level subjects

Furness College specialises in vocational courses - 01229 825017 - Ofsted report

Ulverston Victoria High School ,- 01229 894140Ofsted report .

Fee-paying alternatives are available at Chetwynde - 01229 824210  and St. Anne’s Schools.

University Higher Education:

Barrow and Furness residents have access to 10 universities in the North West of England including the newest - The University of Cumbria.  Furness College offers foundation year degrees and a wide range of vocational courses.

Pre-school nursery education:

Available throughout Furness, provided both at schools and private nurseries.

Busy Bees Childcare  01229 827722

Furness Childcare  01229 828444

Happy Tots Day Nursery  01229 877566

Lynwood Ashtree Day Nursery  01229 821998

Old Vicarage Day Nursery  01229 813100

Quarry Brow Nursery  01229 829413

Tilly and Tom's Day Nursery  01229 476325

Pennington Nursery  01229 582212

Rascals Day Nursery and After School Club  01229 582532

Rascals Neighbourhood Nursery  01229 582532

Primary and Junior Schools:

There are 15 primary schools, 5 infant schools, 5 junior schools and many nurseries.  For 5-11 year olds, there is a good choice of primary schools in towns, suburbs and villages. See how they perform by clicking on the links below:

Primary School League Table 2008 www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2009/apr/01/primary-school-league-tables-cumbria

DCSP Performance + Ofsted

  • Allithwaite C of E
  • Ambleside Primary
  • Askam Village
  • Barrow Island
  • Black Combe Jnr
  • Broughton C of E
  • Burlington C of E
  • Cambridge Primary
  • Captain Shaw’s C of E
  • Cartmel C of E Primary
  • Coniston C of E Primary
  • Croftlands Junior
  • Dalton St Marty’s C of E
  • Dane Ghyll
  • Dear Barwick
  • Flookburgh C of E
  • George Romney Jnr
  • Goodly Dale Primary
  • Grange C of E Primary
  • Grasmere C of E
  • Greengate Junior
  • Haverigg Primary
  • Hawkshead Esthwaite
  • Holy Family Catholic
  • Ireleth St Peter’s
  • Langdale C of E
  • Leven Valley C of E
  • Lindal and Marton
  • Lindale C of E
  • Low Furness C of E
  • Newbarns Primary
  • Newton Primary
  • North Walney Primary
  • Ormsgill Primary
  • Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Pennington C of E
  • Penny Bridge C of E
  • Roose School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic
  • Seascale Primary
  • Sir John Barrow
  • South Walney Junior
  • St Bees Village
  • St Columba Catholic
  • St Cuthbert’s Catholic
  • St George’s C of E
  • St James’ C of E Junior
  • St James’ Catholic
  • St Mary’s Catholic
  • St Paul’s C of E Junior
  • St Pius X Catholic
  • Thwaites School
  • Vickerstown
  • Victoria Junior
  • Waberthwaite C of E
  • Windermere C of E Junior
  • Yarlside Primary

Achievement and attainment tables 2009

Primary Schools

Parliamentary Constituency : Barrow and Furness
Parliamentary Constituency : Westmorland and Lonsdale

Secondary Schools

Parliamentary Constituency : Barrow and Furness
Parliamentary Constituency : Westmorland and Lonsdale


Parliamentary Constituency : Barrow and Furness
Parliamentary Constituency : Westmorland and Lonsdale

 Article from the NW Evening Mail, 5 April 2011

ULVERSTON Victoria High School has achieved outstanding status just three-and-a-half years after inspectors placed it under special measures.

Ofsted lavished praise on the school for the turnaround and head inspector Patrick Geraghty said: “All the inspectors would send their children to this school and be proud to do so.”

Inspectors ruled UVHS inadequate in October 2007, but the Springfield Road secondary and sixth form came out of special measures in March 2009 following continued progress under a newly appointed headteacher, Denis Fay.

Now, in a report released following an inspection last month, Ofsted has praised the school in practically every area.

The report said: “Outstanding and inspirational leadership from the headteacher has driven a culture of high attainment and aspirations.

“Very capable senior leaders are highly focused on a well-defined improvement agenda.”

UVHS recorded its best ever GCSE and A-Level results last summer and Ofsted said attainment at Key stage four was “well above the national average and continues to improve”.

It said the sixth form was outstanding and its students “excel in their attainment, progress and aspirations”.

The sixth formers were described as “excellent role models” for the younger pupils.

The school’s specialist subjects of maths and computing were said to be implemented excellently across the curriculum.

Parents are “actively engaged in the school”, and the governing body was said to be “developing its capacity to challenge the school and hold it rigorously to account”.

The school was also described as having “exceptional links with the community”.

Regarding the pupils, the report said: “Students behave very well and make an exemplary contribution to the establishment of a harmonious and caring school community.”

Headteacher Mr Fay said: “Outstanding is a very broad church and we are not complacent.

“We know there is more work to do and we are far from perfect.

“There are still many things we wish to make better, many exciting initiatives we want to create.

“There is still a long way to go for this school, which has the potential to be the best of its type in the country.”

Assistant head Roger Cahalin said: “It’s a phenomenal performance from everybody in the school – staff, support staff, students, governors, and the local authority.

“Everybody has contributed to this performance and we’re now back where we should be, but we certainly don’t intend to take our foot off the pedal.
“We really feel the school can take off now and achieve even more.”

Mr Cahalin said UVHS should be particularly proud of making such improvements with very limited funding, particularly to its ageing school buildings.

Julie Wilkinson, chair of UVHS governors, said: “This has been a fantastic team effort masterminded by an outstanding headteacher.

“It’s been a long, hard slog, but we’ve always kept the faith because we knew it was a good school and this has proved it.”

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