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

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Our Computing programme helps open the doors to a rewarding profession that emphasizes multiple skill sets, problem solving, logical thinking and allows the student to pursue various options in traditional IT, traditional communications, or in new combined careers.

Computing professionals support the emerging goals and cultures of the people and organizations they serve.  The demand for ICT and computing skills is growing.  As an emerging field, ICT and computing jobs generally pay well and provide leadership challenges and opportunities that contribute to a satisfying career. Computing can lead to technical jobs and technology consultation.


KS3 sees us developing the foundations in programming that students will need throughout their Computing lessons. We work with a number of different programs including Scratch, Kodu, Flowol and sketchup to develop a wide range of outcomes from 3D designs to computer games.


With Significant changes happening in the curriculum linked to Computing, we have taken the opportunity to launch a new GCSE in computing, which is part of the English baccalaureates. This focus heavily on programming, hardware and software which supports the functions of computing. This gives students an opportunity to develop a good foundation in all areas of computing and learn and develop skills in programming languages. Setting them up for both a levels and work.

KS5 : Year 12/13

At Level 3 we offer a BTEC subsidiary diploma in IT and a Diploma in IT. Students taking the double cover the same units as the Subsidiary diploma but then complete an extra six units. Both the courses give the students an opportunity to look at key areas of Computing and skills that will support them in further studies at university in Computing or most other fields. Skills are also taught that support students going in to work.


  • Mr E. Solate - Head of Computing and Business Studies
  • Mr P. Hepworth - Assistant Head / Teacher of Computing
  • Mr D. Tinkorang - Teacher
  • Mr N. Gulley - Teacher
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