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

01229 824210

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

Mr Stephen Jefferson


Chetwynde Headteacher

Steve joined Chetwynde back in 2013.  He has been part of the leadership team in the school throughout the transition to Free School, stepping up to Headteacher in 2019 and completing his National Professional Qualification of Headship in 2021. 

He is a proud Barrovian, attending school in Barrow and moving on to complete his A Levels at Barrow Sixth Form College.  Steve then moved on to Sunderland University, where he graduated with a degree in Geography and Education with Qualified Teacher Status. 

His teaching career started back in his hometown at Parkview School, teaching geography and PE, before leaving to follow his dream of travelling the world for a year in 2005.  Upon return, Steve moved to Yorkshire and was Head of PE in a large primary school in Bradford. It is here that Steve gained experience of working with children with social, emotional and mental health needs and put him on his path to becoming a SENDCo.  He completed his National Award for SEN Co-ordination whilst working as Assistant Headteacher of a residential school in North Yorkshire, before moving back to his roots in Barrow when starting at Chetwynde. 

Steve is passionate about education and developing the life chances of pupils in local area.  He firmly believes that every child has the right to reach their potential and be encouraged to explore their talents and passions so they can build a future that will bring fulfilment and success. 

In his spare time, Steve loves all things sports and enjoys watching rugby, cricket and athletics.  He grew up playing rugby league for his local club, Barrow Island, and went on to gain representative honours, touring Dubai with Great Britain over 35s and Spain with Great Britain Teachers.  Now that he has retired from rugby, you will find him on the bowling green with his teammates at West Mount Bowling Club.  Outside of sports, he is busy having fun with his three daughters, Isobel, Emilia and Freya, who all attend Chetwynde School. 

This year Steve will act as Chair of the Furness Education Consortium (Furness Secondary Headteachers) and will also sit on both, CASH (Cumbria Association of Secondary Headteachers) and PHA (Primary Headteachers' Association) Executive Boards.