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

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Geography is the study of people and the physical world and the way in which humans impact upon it.  At Chestnut Grove pupils study challenging and up to date topics that help them make sense of the world around them. 


  • Mr K. Reeves - Head of Geography
  • Mr B. McCarthy - Geography Teacher / RSL Year 8
  • Ms R. Robinson - Geography Teacher
  • Ms R. Jackson - Geography Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher 
  • Ms D. Gostling - Geography teacher, Assistant Head
  • Mr C. Kingsley - Geography Teacher and Headteacher

Curriculum on offer

  1. KS3: Pupils study Geography for 2 hours per week and study the new National Curriculum.  Each year, pupils study a combination of physical and human topics and are assessed through long essays and knowledge based assessments.
  2. KS4: Pupils study the Edexcel A Geography syllabus which is assessed through three examinations in Year 11 and a Controlled Assessment based upon a fieldwork study conducted on a week long trip.
  3. KS5: Pupils study the AQA A Geography syllabus.  Exams are rigorous and combine a mixture of short answer knowledge questions and extended essays.  As a Russell Group ‘facilitating subject’, A Level Geography is an ideal grounding for degree level study in a wide range of academic subjects.

Geography beyond the classroom

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography and the following trips are on offer:

Year 7 – rewards trip to visit East London and the Emirates Sky Line to look at urban change over time. 

Year 8-  autumn residential to the Peak District (from 2015-16

Year 10 – one week residential to the North Norfolk Coast.

Year 12 – spring residential to the River Darent in Kent

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