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

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Student Council

Our Head Students

'I am a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) ambassador because I am very enthusiastic about all areas of equality. I would like to help students be more confident and make sure their moral opinions are heard.' Yasmina Brodie, 8 Da Vinci

There are lots of opportunities at Chestnut Grove to become a student leader and represent the student body. Our Inclusion Ambassadors work to support the Learning Support Centre and Special Educational Needs department, by monitoring teachers and collecting student voice. Our SMSC Ambassadors and Sith Form SMSC Prefects fundraise for protected groups, raise awareness through campaigns and tutor times activities, and help to organise community events.

Chestnut Grove also has a student council who meet twice every half term. They collect student voice and share student ideas with members of staff. Our Head Students, Mattias Borchardt-Hume and Stella Rousham, also meet with Mr Kingsley and run the council. If you are a student and you have a comment to make, please inform your year representatives.

As soon as our student council members are agreed for the new academic year, they will be listed below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

6th Form

Ambassadors and Prefects

Students also have a right to have a say in their own education and to have their needs met. As such, many of our students have taken on the role of subject, EAL or inclusion ambassador to help teachers deliver the curriculum. Our 6th form subject prefects also support students in class, whilst our inclusion mbassadors often act as peer mentors. We also have literacy ambassadors and volunteers who help with our open days.

As soon as our subject ambassadors and prefects are agreed for the new academic year, they will be listed below:


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Inclusion, Literacy and EAL Ambassadors

Students have the right ro access their education, no matter what their circumstances. As such, many students choose to act as Inclusion, EAL or Literacy Ambassadors to support their peers and teachers.

Peer Mentors

Year 9-13 students have been trained internally and externally to peer mentor younger students. Mentees can be year 7 students transitioning from primary to sceondary as well as those students that need additional guidance and support.

Student Receptionists

Year 8 and 9 students are used by the reception and designated staff to sit at a student reception and are expected to represent the student body in a positive manner at all times as they are also the first ones to greet visitors.

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