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

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At Chestnut Grove Academy we recognise literacy as one of the most important sets of life skills. For that reason, literacy is embedded into curricula across ALL subjects. We passionately believe that all teachers are literacy teachers and, therefore, teaching and learning of literacy happens in all lessons. The basis for this is the understanding that rapid and sustained progress in the development of students’ literacy skills is possible only if literacy is constantly and consistently addressed. To support students’ oral literacy, all members of staff insist upon standard English as the language of the classroom.

We are exceptionally proud of our Literacy Ambassadors, a dedicated team of Year7 – 10 literacy experts, whose enthusiasm and dedication drive our literacy initiatives forward. (They also get to go on a lot of trips!) Our 6th Formers are also indispensible in promoting literacy across the school: our team of 6th Form Literacy Mentors have been supporting Year 7 and 8 English lessons by mentoring students with emerging literacy whilst developing own interpersonal skills.

Chestnut Grove Academy is a Creative READING Community: at our school everybody reads and enjoys sharing their reading experiences. These are just some of the initiatives that help us to promote wider reading:

  • Accelerated Reader in KS3. 
  • Paired reading in tutor time: Year 7s read with Y10 students.
  • Drop Everything and Read – yes, everybody takes part, including the teachers on duty in the corridors! 
  • Eclipse, a brand new cutting-edge library system which can be accessed from any device anywhere.
  • Reading/ writing workshops with famous authors: this year we have meet numerous children’s authors including Sally Gardner, Dan Shan, Tom Pollock and Cathy Cassidy. 

Our Year 8 Art Specialists have designed Chestnut Grove’s own Book Bench based on ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman. 

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