Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Chestnut21 is a fundraising drive designed to improve on the opportunities that we give to our students as they prepare for life in the 21st Century and leave a legacy for those yet to join us.

Why? With the new school being built under the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), the school wants to  capitalize on these new facilities and opportunities to ensure the greatest possible outcomes for our students.

How? Chestnut21 consists of fundraising schemes involving the school community, partnerships with local organisations and businesses, the Friends of Chestnut Grove (PTA) as well as applications to trusts and foundations for specific projects  or items.

Success so far?


Nearly £280,000 raised to date over 3 years including new DT equipment, refurbishment of the Art Pavilions, a new Study Incentive Club for students and funding towards improving the new grounds which will be left when the old school is knocked down.

You can donate at anytime to Chestnut 21 via parentpay, directly into the bank account (account details are downloadable here) or to the Friends of Chestnut Grove via their MyDonate page (on which we can also gain an additional 25% GiftAid at no costs to yourself).
Also, if there are anyways in which you or a contact may be able to help, please do fill in this Putting the Feelers out form and send to Sharon Noble  020 8673 8737 ext: 2324.

Our current campaign is the Green the Grove  – this is a drive to raise funds to improve on the grounds that are being provided to the school when the buildings are demolished under the Priority Schools Building Programme. 
Further information can be found under our Latest Campaign page.









Thank you to everybody who contributed to, and attended the International Evening.  We had a very enjoyable evening of wonderful food, dance, culture and mingling.  The best part was that, thanks to funding from the Aviva Community Fund, the event was totally FREE!

Our very own Steel Pan Band opened the event, followed by a wonderful collection of dances by our Year 8 students (arranged by Ms Atkinson).  We then enjoyed a variety of acts that had come in especially for the event, as well as the opportunity to try some Chinese calligraphy and (who could forget) the food made by some Year 10 students, the Friends of Chestnut Grove, parents and of course, the White Eagle Club in Balham.  Information about all of the acts and businesses that came along to help are listed below, along with their websites.

We noticed a wide demographic of families attending as well as lots of students and teachers supporting which was fantastic, and we had some lovely feedback too:

‘Fantastic array of events and dancing and delicious food’

‘It was a great event. We all really enjoyed it!’

‘Enjoyed. Good idea to celebrate the community and cultures’

‘It was very well organised.  Thank you for the dances, it was fun. Love the story teller’

‘Very impressive display of diverse cultures! We very much enjoyed the entire evening!  Looking forward to the next one!!!!!’

‘It was amazing – well done’

‘Fabulous event. Great fun and lovely atmosphere.  Well done’

‘It was a really lovely evening.  Well done and a big thank you to everyone involved in making it happpen’

‘What a brilliant event!  We had great fun and there was such a lovely atmosphere.  Thanks to everyone who helped’

‘We loved Ian’

‘Thanks for a wonderful, well organised event.  Our family LOVED it and the food by the year 10’s was A-MA-ZING!!!!!’

Thank you again!  Hopefully  this will be the first of many!


IROKO Theatre Company was founded in 1996 to enhance the understanding and appreciation of African culture and arts, amongst society as a whole. The Company's primary aim is to advance the education of members of the public in the arts. They offer a range of programmes that can be seen on their website:


Funky Moves was founded in 2005 by professional dancer Alice Thorpe. Her love and enthusiasm for dance and its benefits for everyone, were her inspirations for starting the company. The focus is on making dance accessible to all through award winning classes, parties, classes, holiday courses and events. A fun and vibrant teaching style is what defines the company and is the reason everybody love Funky Moves. Please see their website:


The McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy was founded by Frances McGahan, A.D.C.R.G.and provides classes all over South England for Irish dancers - from raw beginners to world championship contenders. Family and friends of dancers, and anyone thinking of starting Irish dancing lessons, should also find it of great interest. Please see their website:


The group provides traditional Bulgarian Dance demonstrations in traditional handmade clothes.  Please see their facebook


Those of you that attended the International Evening will have had the privilege to try the Polish sausages and dumplings provided for free by this club!  It is fair to say they were very popular!  Please do go and visit them – further information is on their website:


WenLin Chinese School believes learning the Chinese language should not only be about using it as a means of communication but that students should experience the history, art and beauty of the language so they can better understand and enjoy its exquisite nature. We want our students to fully understand and appreciate Chinese history and culture. Please see courses and information on their website:

How Can You Help?

By getting involved with the Friends of Chestnut Grove

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